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Grocery Budget and Dieting

January 14th, 2008 at 10:10 am

For the last two months, I've been tracking all my expenses. I won't do it forever, but it does help me to keep my spending in check. Groceries is one category that can vary a lot. I've worked hard to plan my meals according to what is on sale and what I have on hand, and to make extra so I can bring leftovers to lunch. Now the hurdle is that I want to lose a couple pounds and the most effective plan for me is low carb. Problem: it can be pricey!!! Meat, poultry and veggies are the mainstays of the diet, which are also the most expensive. Now I will need to be even more careful with my food budget. I don't feel I should sacrifice my health to save money, so I need to find a balance between the two.

6 Responses to “Grocery Budget and Dieting”

  1. denisentexas Says:

    I have the same issue. I need to eat low carb almost all the time but can't afford it most of the time! I do manage to eat LC most of the time, though. It isn't easy, though, and you have my sympathy!

  2. always sunny Says:

    what is DINK?

  3. Sallyr70 Says:

    DINK= double income, no kids Smile
    denisentexas - great to know another low-carber! Maybe we can exchange recipes!

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Tracking expenses. I know it's quite a chore sometimes, but I think part of the problem could be just the system you may be using right now.

    For example, there was no way I could've done it the old fashioned, pen-and-paper sort of way, where I have to yank out all of my receipts from my pocket, write down everything, calculate on the calculator.... A chore!

    That's why Excel has been so popular with most people. Once you find a good template, it'll do all of your calculations for you.

    But actually, my system is by using a PDA, and for me, keeping tracking of every transaction that I've ever made is easy enough that I just do it all the time now!

    I don't think my way is the best way for everyone, but I do think that everyone has to find the best way that works for them. I don't know if you've found that yet, but it's worth experimenting?

  5. baselle Says:

    I second Broken Arrow's use of the PDA. I have two programs - My Checkbook (expenses) and Handy Shopper (price book) - both freeware. Price book is very useful in your situation - track the best prices on meat, dairy, poultry, fish, produce that you normally buy and ignore the rest.

  6. Sallyr70 Says:

    Those programs sound interesting. I will look into them. Right now I use Excel. I like the price book idea- I tried to do it with a handwritten book but it was cumbersome!

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