AAAHHH! The grocery bill that ate Ontario!
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    Default AAAHHH! The grocery bill that ate Ontario!

    My grocery bill is simply spiralling out of control --- I spent $75 today and I did not get everything I needed so I have to go back tomorrow, for crying out loud.

    I started doing Weight Watchers about a month ago, which is just spectacular for my health, but not so great for my wallet. I am eating tons and tons of fruit and veggies and "tis NOT the season!" I am trying to optimistically think about the fact that I am hardly eating out at all. That does cancel out a little bit.

    But the long and the short of it is that I am going to be about $100 over my $300 grocery budget at the rate I am going. I am at $161 and it is only the 8th!:surprise:

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    I found the same thing when I did weight watchers so I ended up eating the same meal a few times a week, it seemed to work out cheaper for me.

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    I know exactly what you mean. Have you checked out any of the free WW messageboards? They normally have inexpensive ideas for 'real' food. I got a recipe off there for baked oatmeal that probably costs me $3 to make the whole pan. I cut it into squares and have one for my breakfast-lasts me 6 days.

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    Thanks, great ideas!

    I made a big pot of low points soup yesterday for lunches this week - that should help a lot!

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    We haven't done weight watchers, but about a year ago, we switched to a "healthier" style of eating. It wrecked havoc on our wallets for several months. It took me a while to get a really good handle on what we needed.
    I also found that I was purchasing more than we needed, too. When you are eating healthier &/or dieting, you eat ALOT less. So I found I was able to adjust some of our food that we bought. Where I was so used to buying x amount of something...we were now using only half that much and things were either being wasted or frozen at the end of the week.

    It'll take you a little while, but you will get adjusted and you'll find some good meals that work with your budget! On the plus side, in the last year, my hubby and I have lost about 145 pounds (combined...I'm about 50 of those pounds...and only 14 away from my goal)...and our grocery budget is lower than ever, spending only about $25/week on groceries.

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    Me too! I'm already 1/2 over my budget for Dec., we'll be eating alot of pasta this month!

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    weight watchers sure isnt cheap. But I find the veggies and fruits are the budget killer, period.!!!
    Its so hard to eat fresh unless u buy frozen ones in baggies and make slushies with ice, powder milk to supplement the diet.

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    I don't know how specific the WW fruit and veggie parts are, but surely you can change things a bit based on what's in season. For instance, this time of year I would never buy berries, but I tend to eat a lot of apples and citrus, some tropical fruits, maybe cranberries. Also, this is the time of year for squash, yams, etc. So eating seasonally makes a HUGE difference.

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    Smile money or weight loss?

    When I read your post I had to chuckle a bit. I could have written that one myself a few months ago. I always said that I could either watch my weight or watch my money but never both at the same time. Well, I settled into a routine and it became much easier as time went on and now I find myself almost 60 pounds thinner than at the beginning of the year. Pm me if you want and I'll give you a few tips. I actually used to be a lecturer for WW in my earlier days. BUT just because I know how to do it doesn't always mean that I do do it....if you know what I mean lol

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