When I first started this diet back in July, I really didn't anticipate saving money at the grocery store. Having to buy more proteins I thought, would cost me more.
I was wrong.
I document all my purchases, it's part of the regimen, the home budget process.... And here's what I've documented in grocery purchases since March... Remember, I started my Carb-Check Diet in mid-July.
|March||$316.10||Stocking up, moving into a new apartment|
|April||$399.18||Freezer, fridge, pantry, fully stocked, with what I thought, were staples|
|July||$169.38||Grocery list restricted to meats, cheeses, vegetables|
|August||$280.88||Purchases include foods bought for a party|
Look at how much money I was spending on food back in March and April! Too much! A fully stocked fridge, freezer and pantry doesn't need to cost so much, especially now that I know what is considered as 'staples' for the diet, really aren't necessary.
Average monthly grocery bill in the four months before I started my diet: $297
Average monthly grocery bill in the almost two months I've been dieting: $224 (and that number would be even lower if not for the party). Shopping carb-smart can save a person between $800 and $1,000 a year, if not more.
I no longer buy ANY bad carbs and the savings are significant! I'm not putting flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, noodles, rice, cereals, crackers, chips, pizza crusts, dough of any sort, sliced bread, cakes, pies, cookies, sweets, nothing of the kind in the shopping cart. All those bad carb purchases have turned out to be more expensive than the increase in proteins I've bought for this diet. Why? Because proteins keep me fuller, longer, I'm just not eating as much food. My daily diet now, is pretty much meat, cheese, vegetables, some fruits and nuts..... Oh, and don't forget the pork rinds!
Absolutely gone from both my diet and the grocery list, are processed foods. Not only are these kind of items bad for the diet, they are bad for the budget as well! Why buy a fabricated lasagna for $10 when you can buy four pork chops, two chicken breasts and a large bag of carrots instead? That's two meals vs. about five meals with the latter MUCH more body-slimming friendly. And the best part, you DON'T have to sacrifice any flavor!
Even if you're not wanting to diet, consider shopping for more proteins and fewer processed foods and carbs - you'll save money!
Here's a great crock pot meal you can prep before going to work, it will be ready for lunch and it costs less than $5. No, McDonald's can't pack this kind of easy flavor that is body friendly.
- Two pork chops or one large chicken breast
- One teaspoon olive oil
- 3/4 cup of your favorite jar spaghetti sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried, minced onion
- One small can of sliced mushrooms
- Salt and pepper to taste
It's pretty obvious isn't it? Put all ingredients in the crock pot. Set crock pot on the high setting, enjoy at lunch.
This meal packs about 50 grams of protein, just 16 grams in carbs and less than 500 calories!
TIP: Here's a general tip for crock pots, 4 hours on high gives you a meal ready to eat. 8 hours on low is a meal ready to eat. Leftovers, can go on the keep warm setting while you're away.