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    i spend way less on food since i stopped buying grains. i could chow through a box of triscuits in 2 days. POOF! $4. i can buy a pound of grass-fed ground beef for that and get 3-4 meals.

    eggs, a million ways. the pastured, local eggs are only a few cents more than supermarket eggs.

    asian/latin grocers for stuff like lemons, garlic, jalapenos and greens. i also buy oogly bits of chicken, like heads and feet, for broth for pennies.

    we found a local farmer who will sell us off-cuts of organic beef, like tongue and liver, for $4pp. that's cheaper than cafo.

    i buy frozen cauliflower, spinach and broccoli on sale for $1 a bag.

    tinned wild salmon, mackerel and sardines are less than $2 a can.

    soups, stews, broth.

    there are very few on here eating grass-fed ribeye everyday. just do the best you can.

    i don't have cable and i don't have a smart-phone. i drive a 12-year-old car.
    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noodletoy View Post
    i don't have cable and i don't have a smart-phone. i drive a 12-year-old car. [/SIZE][/FONT]
    Yeah, I think if it's important enough to you, you find a way. I make my own laundry detergent and household cleaners, hang dry my clothes to avoid running the dryer, iron my work shirts ($2/pop at the dry cleaner's adds up), and learned how to eke 40 mpg out of a car rated for 30. I drink less, and buy what I can at garage sales and thrift shops. So saving money for food rather than on food is another strategy.

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    This is turning into the same BS that got posted when I asked about budget options.

    Trust me, when you try to spend $50 a week for 2 people you've already cut EVERYTHING else. It sucks and no one would try to do that so they could go get mani-pedis or whatever you rich people do with all your money. It's insulting to make suggestions of other things to cut. I already spend too much on food that I should be saving to replace my car (350k miles and counting). I have to have a cell phone (old on a prepaid plan) and internet access for my job, and have never paid for cable. If you are a student you don't qualify for food stamps here.

    I'll second Aldi and grocery store sales. I just bought a pork shoulder for $1/lb and will turn it into slow cooker bbq. I've got a rice cooker and eat white rice a couple times a week. One of my indulgences was kerrygold cheese for $6/lb at Sam's club, but I might have dairy issues so I'm going to try eliminating it. If you can have cheese Aldi has a great selection if you don't have a sam's club membership. I get all my ground beef at Sam's unless a local grocery store has a sale with a better price. I get lots of veggies at Asian grocery stores and make crustless quiche a lot to have around for snacks and breakfast.

    I'm lucky that in the last year it's finally quit being such a financial struggle, but for years I was too sick to work more than a few hours a week. Making almost nothing and having to pay for insurance, grad school tuition, travel to specialists all over the eastern half of the US, medications insurance wouldn't cover, and gluten free food made it tough. I couldn't take out student loans because my department tried to kick me out for being sick with Lyme disease. I understand what it's like to have financial issues and wish you the best of luck trying to figure out the healthiest way to spend your budget and not feel guilty that you can't buy the "better" stuff. You're still doing so much better than if you were eating normal american food. Some of the people on here forget that. I left paleo for a while because of the condescending assholes that claimed it was only worth eating if it was free range organic heirloom breed and whatever other exotic BS they could come up with. Send me a PM if you want to talk with someone that's been there and done that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notlupus View Post
    This is turning into the same BS that got posted when I asked about budget options.
    Several of us posted ideas for very affordable food items. How is that BS?

    If you can only afford Ramen noodles and dented cans of tomato paste, what do you want us to say, exactly?

    Grow up and lose the entitlement mindset. If you can't afford to barely feed yourself on what you make, find a way to make more, or free up funds elsewhere. Don't ask for help, then complain that it isn't good enough when people put time and energy into answering you.

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    The problem is that all the ways you suggest to "save money" are things this person probably already does. They want help with food, not rich people talking about giving up showtime so they could buy grassfed steak.

    Hopefully the poster will try going to stores like Aldi and Save-a-lot and seeing how far they can stretch their food budget. $50 a week is enough to make some positive changes, and that's what we need to focus on. When you buy eggs at Aldi they aren't that much more than ramen. Stretch them out by having things like tamago kake gohan Tamago Kake Gohan (Egg Over Rice) Recipe ? La Fuji Mama for breakfast. Use steamed cabbage to make wraps instead of ordering expensive paleo flours.

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    I must have missed something because I thought almost all the posts were being helpful.

    Buying in bulk is sort of a catch22 for some people. First you have to find an affordable freezer. So, you have an up front cost that people experiencing financial hardship can't always swing.

    Honestly, if you're really limited to $50/week for two people, it does behoove you to check out food stamps. Because the govt currently gives $200 per month to single people who qualify. In addition, once you have food stamps, you qualify for other programs. Free cell phones with 250 minutes per month, help with your utility bill, etc. We don't need to sit by like sheep and pay our taxes when we're able but then be too proud to ask for help when we're not. Also, a friend bought me some protein powder with his food stamps to thank me for driving him to doctor appointments, and protein powder can be a pretty inexpensive way to get protein.

    Anyway, yes, it's tough to eat non factory food on a strict budget. The only way it will change is over time as consumers shy away from factory foods. Or by convincing the fed'l govt to subsidize family farms the way it subsidizes big business. Which doesn't help the person looking to eat well today. We all do the best we can. And hopefully in the up times, we remember that sometimes people in financial trouble aren't slackers. A lot of Americans are about six weeks away from being destitute if the main breadwinner lost her/his job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notlupus View Post
    Trust me, when you try to spend $50 a week for 2 people you've already cut EVERYTHING else. It sucks and no one would try to do that so they could go get mani-pedis or whatever you rich people do with all your money. It's insulting to make suggestions of other things to cut.
    neither you nor i know what the op does or doesn't have. i offered what I DO. i was unemployed when i started eating this way. yeah, it sucked, but i didn't berate people who shared their experiences with me.

    most weeks i still spend only about $25-30 on food.

    the people who live in the homeless shelter on my street all seem to have money for cigarettes and dunkin' donuts coffee, ya know?

    gah. get over yourself.
    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

    Ernest Hemingway

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    Another thing that helps is making a menu based on sale items in the weekly ads. Then rummaging through your pantry for every ingredient, making a list of what you need for each meal. Then only buy what is on the list. This helps us a ton. I spend about 300 a month, for a family of 3. So not a big jump over your budget. I also do tons of leftovers. When making dinner, I try to keep back or make enough for lunch the next day. 2 boiled eggs and an avocado, banana, or orange costs less than a dollar a day for breakfast.

    As for cutting other things in life. We don't have cable, car payments, expensive hobbies, gym memberships, etc. Home internet and smartphones add to our overall life enjoyment and productivity. A small mortgage, and utilities make up most of our bills. Cut where you can, save where you can, splurge a little on yourself. But don't get down on yourself if you can't afford grassfed beef, pastured chicken, free range pig, and organic veggies. Eat your meat and veggies, a little fruit or treat every now and then, get some exercise, and be happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notlupus View Post
    The problem is that all the ways you suggest to "save money" are things this person probably already does. They want help with food, not rich people talking about giving up showtime so they could buy grassfed steak.
    They were offered help with food as well as other creative ideas to increase their food budget. Nobody said "get a job" or "fire your butler" or "auction off your collection of Renaissance Art"

    Seriously, lose the entitlement attitude. Be thankful when people try to help you. Or eat your damn Ramen noodles and peanut butter in silence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    They were offered help with food as well as other creative ideas to increase their food budget. Nobody said "get a job" or "fire your butler" or "auction off your collection of Renaissance Art"

    Seriously, lose the entitlement attitude. Be thankful when people try to help you. Or eat your damn Ramen noodles and peanut butter in silence.
    Yeah, you telling me to give up cable THAT I'VE NEVER HAD helps so much. Thanks. Or quit using the drycleaner THAT I'VE NEVER SET FOOT IN will save me money too. Just like buying clothes at the thrift store like I have been for years and years already. I lived off less than someone that worked at McDonalds, so having rich people giving me stupid advice to "save" money on things I can't afford sucks. I've never seen this level of snobbery on ANY other forum.

    How about we just get all this out of the way with this "helpful" article so we can focus on ways to save money ON FOOD. Twenty money-saving tips from bankers and their wives | Job news & advice | eFinancialCareers

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