*Low Carb Living On A Tight Budget - Tips To Save Money*

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    • *Low Carb Living On A Tight Budget - Tips To Save Money*

      Hi all,

      I am new to low carb living and have noticed there is a major difference in the cost of food, especially when eating a high protein diet. As we all know, healthier food costs more.

      In our current global economic situation, many people are faced with unemployment and having to cut costs, so I would like to help make low carb living easier and lower cost for all. We don't need to shrink our wallets while shrinking our waists...

      If you have any suggestions, please share. We could all do with better budgeting tips.

      xx Monkey*moo

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      I'll start...

      One of my biggest tips for cutting cost of food (and general groceries), is to BUY IN BULK.

      If you find a good special on items you use regularly, buy as much as you can at once. Nonperishable items are great to buy in bulk, or things that will freeze.
      I buy bulk chicken breast (and other meats) when it is on special or from a wholesaler, and then individually cling-wrap the meat for individual use, before freezing it.

      I also, go to Campbell's Cash and Carry and buy all my toiletries, canned food and pretty much anything I know will be used. Beware of how much you CAN buy, as you will need to store it somewhere.
      I only buy toilet paper once a year and store it under my bed. SAVES A BUNDLE.

      You can also find many bulk wholesalers open to the public,online, who will deliver to your door.
      Here's on for nation wide meats: pjmeats.com.au/buymeat.php

      There are plenty available in each state, you just have to do a little research.

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      This is stickied up the top, you might find some good ideas: Money Saving Ideas for Low Carb Eating
      Low Carb in a Nutshell ~ Carb Counts ~ Research ~ Measurements/Conversions ~ Glossary

      Let me know if you think of anything else handy from the site to put here.
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      I find the slow cooker is my new best friend . You can use cheaper cuts of meat because of the cooking process it's always tender. I freeze whatever I've made into meal portions and use as grab and go meals.
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      But there is also a call for buying locally and saving money (& fuel). And don't forget to shop around an compare prices.

      I get budget whole rumps at my wholesale butcher for $6.59 p/kg (& he is on my route to the pool). And his premium rumps are only $8.99. It feeds our 6 cats and us as well. I mince it for things like meatloaf and rissoles, and we have it as just steak. It's so good I even slice it very thin and have it raw a al Italian style Carpaccio.

      When buying beef, you can pick grass fed (better for us I believe) as it does NOT have marbling and has softer yellow fat. Grain fed beef is marbled with fat all through the flesh and has hard white fat.

      Roadside stalls can be excellent for fruit & veg in season too.
      Odille -
      following Primal Lifestyle

      Low fat is so last century!
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      For really good quality and cheap fruit and veg, particularly stuff that's in season, I like farmers' markets.

      I'm still struggling to find a good one locally, but I know of stacks down on the Mornington Peninsula, and go whenever I'm down there visiting family.

      I like to buy my meat in bulk when I can, but I also like to support my local traders. I have a fantastic butcher locally, and although his prices aren't always the cheapest, his meat is consistently good.

      I lament my low carb necessity sometimes, because we have the best baker and european style cake shop locally too :( Ahh well.

      Slow cookers are the best, especially in summer. Although casseroles aren't really summer food, they're great because they don't add a lot of heat to the house while cooking, unlike ovens. They're great in winter, because they produce the best comfort food :)

      My best friend in the kitchen, and for saving money, though, is my Thermomix. Cooking from first principles has never been easier, right down to mincing of meat and grinding of grain. But, that's another story altogether :)
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      I agree very much with sourcing a good butcher, I have an amazing butcher when I lived in rural Queensland. I could get a variety of meat in a bulk pack for a cheap cost, included rump steak and all, I guess thats also because it was beef country.
      Now that I am in Sydney, I have not found 'meat packs' at any butchers. I have found that the supermarkets are a lot cheaper than the butchers.

      My tip for today is: Get to know your food suppliers.

      Take note on when your supermarket restocks and when the meat specials are especially great. My local supermarket restocks on a tuesday night and my meat specials are usually on a Sunday night, so I make a special trip to the supermarket to catch the bargains. You can catch great bargains each night, when the shops are closing. BBQ go on special at around 7.30pm and you can get cheaper fruit, veggies, deli goods and breads.

      Again, don't go crazy buying too much fresh food as you don't want it going to waste.

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      Yes this is important...

      Morte wrote:

      For really good quality and cheap fruit and veg, particularly stuff that's in season, I like farmers' markets.

      So todays Tip: Getting the best quality fruit and vegetables

      1. It is alway cheaper and better quality to shop for fruit and vegetables that is in season. Understand what is in season, to your region or state. You don't have to be a green-thumb or dedicated gardener to know what is in season. Check this out:

      2. If you live rurally, there is often farms you can buy direct from or farmer's markets. In the city, it is a little harder to find the famer's markets, but they do exist. So have a look in your newspapers for produce markets.
      Sydney peeps, head to paddy's markets or flemington, a great cheap way to fill the fridge with fresh food.
      A great convenient way to get fresh fruit and vegetables, is to order online from Aussie Farmers. You can get a box for as little as $26, more than enough for 2 weeks;

      3. Store your fruit and vegetables to make them fresher for longer.
      (from marketfresh.com.au/recipe/Purchasing_tips.asp)
      - Store potatoes, onions, garlic, and uncut pumpkin in a dry place (not in the fridge). Most other vegetables, for example, carrots, cut pumpkin, zucchini, eggplant, capsicum and broccoli, are best stored in the vegetable crisper of the refrigerator.
      - Keep your refrigerator vegetable crisper clean and dry for best storage and rotate produce gently every day or so.
      - Keep mushrooms in paper bags in the fridge.
      - Store apples, pears, bananas, lemons, and oranges in a large fruit bowl in a well ventilated, cool part of the kitchen and away fro the sun.
      - Store unripe avocado's in the fruit bowl. Ripe ones can be refrigerated.
      - Store tomatoes in a brown paper bag at room temperature with top loosely open to ripen and gain flavour.
      - Store fresh herbs in the refrigerator in a sealed freezer bag. They keep well for 4-6 days.
      - Small quantities of left over fresh vegetables such as carrots, beans, broccoli, snow peas and celery are great for stir fries or soups.

      *TRY not to throw any food out, you'll just be throwing money in the bin*

      Hope some of this helps. :D xx Monkey*moo

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      Great thread!
      I am currently unemployed... 3 teenage boys and a mortgage.. and a single parent.. so watching the $$ is very important, always, even when I do have work.....

      I have a vegie garden and have had prolific zucchinis, spinach, beetroot and tiny tomatoes this summer... have just planted my winter crop...

      When shopping, I only ever buy what is on special... nothing full price ever enters my trolley..

      Am now planning the weekly menu, then checking the fridge, freezer and pantry, and only buy the essential ingredients... has cut my grocery bill in half!

      I like the idea of buying toilet rolls once a year... I wonder where I could do that?
      I also buy washing powder in a huge box...
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      I think the $2 chinese containers from cheap shops are a good way to help save money. You can then make meals in bulk and freeze them for convenience.

      2 of my fav. meals to make on a budget are chickens soup & spaghetti sauce. I always have these in the freezer ready to go. When you break down the cost of a serving it's cheap as hell.

      Chicken soup.
      2kg of chicken legs (Cheaper cut than breast and you get the nutrients from the marrow. Soup is gelatinous, as it should be.)
      Bunch a bunch of celery
      Half a kg of carrots
      2 x brown onions
      chilli flakes
      salt & pepper
      Lots of water.
      (prior to this WOE i would also use macaroni pasta in it as well.)

      Remove skins of the chicken legs
      Brown onions carrots and celery.
      Add the chicken legs. ( You will need a super big, big pot to make this.)
      Add enough water to cover everything. You will need to keep skimming any fat that comes to the top off with a spoon.
      Add salt and pepper & chilli flakes.
      When the chicken is falling off the bone, start to sift out the chicken and all the bones. This bit is a bit fiddley, but worth it.
      You will need to keep adding lots water.
      Break up all the chicken and add return to the pot.
      Keep skimming the scum off the top.There will be a lot of it..
      That's it.... divide it in chinese containers. This makes about 10 full chinese containers for me.
      You can add any vegies you want too. This is just how I like it.

      Spaghetti Sauce
      1kg lean mince. You can use 3 star mince. You will just need to skim all the scum off.
      1 x Brown onion
      5 cloves of garlic
      1 x 400g tin of tomatoes. (Even the cheap ones are a product of italy.)
      1 x jar of passata
      dried oregano
      dried basil
      1 x bay leaf.
      2 x grated zucchini's
      2 x grated carrots


      Chop onion and sautee till almost translucent. Add mince and brown off. Don't drain if if there is too much liquid. You can skim this off later.
      Pour in tinned tomatoes and jar of passata. Fill the empty tin with water x 2 =800ml and pour in. Add carrot and zucchini and start to cook down. You will need to keep adding water.... throw in garlic. ( I don't like burnt garlic. Hence the reason for not adding it with the onions.)

      I cook my spaghetti sauce for between 4-6 hours. You can do it in about 40 minutes if you really need too. Add salt, pepper, oregano and basil to taste. Divide into containers and freeze.

      You can make all this for around $25-$30 when things are on special. even cheaper if you have some of the ingredients at home. Makes about 30 meals.:)

      The post was edited 1 time, last by Kristy79 ().

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      I like to add bacon to my spaghetti sauce :) And a little red wine. And lots of beef stock, leaving it to simmer so the mince breaks down :) Last time I used purple carrots, and they tinted it a little, was odd looking but still tasted great.

      I like the sound of your soup, but wouldn't personally add any salt until it'd nearly finished cooking. I've had some bad luck with salting stocks too early, and having them end up too salty.

      I quite often make my own stocks, too, using a method similar to your soup recipe, but removing all solids, of course, when it's nearly done. Though I use necks and/or carcasses for chicken stock, not legs. Beef or lamb necks generally for those stocks. Home made stock is so much healthier than store bought, no MSG, no 'yeast extract'. Make sure to simmer really slowly, so you can barely see the bubbles. If you cook it too fast, that's when it goes cloudy.