When we first joined Weight Watchers Online, we went nuts with only name brand expensive foods that were diet-friendly. I sort of overlooked the wide variety of regular foods that would work just fine and keep my grocery budget from exploding. We have now been on Weight Watchers for more than 6 months, and here are the diet friendly foods that we enjoy that also don’t break the bank:
- Honey Nut Cheerios – $6 for a double box from Sam’s Club
- Eggs – $1.50 on a bad day for a dozen
- Turkey bacon (12 slices) – $2 a package
- Smart Ones frozen dinners (great for lunch and I like them a lot) – $1.50 – $2.25 each
- Progresso soups (2 servings) – $0.80 a can
- Leftovers – negligible
- Lean Turkey (93% fat free) – $2.89 a pound on sale and we stock up
- Chicken breast – $2 – $3 a pound
- Tilapia – $3 a pound on a bad day
- Frozen green beans – $1 a pound
- Sugar Free Jello – $0.50 for 8 servings
- Bananas – $0.45 a pound
- Green seedless grapes – $1 a pound right now
- Nectarines – $1.30 a pound
- Plums – $1 a pound
Since our diet assigns a certain number of points to each food, we actually eat a ton of different things, but the options above are great fall backs to conserve as many points as possible.
A normal week day for me would be:
- 1 cup of Honey Nut Cheerios
- 1/3 cup of whole milk
- Smart Ones lunch
- Grilled chicken breast
- 1 cup green beans
- 1 cup rice or chopped roasted potatoes
- Sugar free jello or 4 ounces of frozen yogurt
- Sweets to finish off any points I have left
Overall, my husband and I usually spend about $15 jointly on food a day as our average. Some days will be $10 and some will be $20. Overall, we try to keep ourselves fed on $500 a month but have strayed up to $650 before and down to $350 before. It all depends on what we want to eat on a given day, lol.
How do you eat healthy on a budget?
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This all gives me the time to be with my aging family members, the flexibility to stay close with my friends and family, and it should help if we finally get pregnant too! Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!