Monday, May 11, 2015

Food for $29 a Week? Yes, if you're Doing Low-Carb and Shopping the Sales

With some help from my frugal Internet friend Galina, I've figured out how to live within a $29-per-week grocery budget, which is what some people get as part of SNAP:

 caloriesprice$/100 calories
12 eggs            852  $    3.00  $             0.35
2 chickens, whole         4,280  $    8.40  $             0.20
head romaine lettuce            106  $    0.99  $             0.93
pound butter         3,240  $    5.00  $             0.15
head cabbage            218  $    1.62  $             0.74
avocado            227  $    0.88  $             0.39
can salmon            536  $    2.48  $             0.46
3 pounds pork         4,272  $    4.50  $             0.11
salad dressing         2,176  $    1.49  $             0.07
        15,907  $  28.36  $             0.18
       
Calories per day         2,272    

 I've seen butter for $5 a pound, whole chickens for $2 a pound, eggs for $3 or less a dozen and Galina tells me she sees pork on sale sometimes for $1.50 a pound. The rest of the prices come from store flyers and my latest shopping trip. Calories are from nutritiondata.com and the web site of Double Q Salmon.

Some people complain that low-carb is an "expensive diet." But look at the price per hundred calories--18 cents! There's plenty of satiating fat and protein and other nutrients.

Is this perfect food? No--there's seed oil in the dressing and a lot of omega-6 fats in the pork. But it's food without the antinutrients of grains and beans and the fattening, blood-sugar spiking, tooth-decaying effects of those foods.
 

2 comments:

tess said...

yes, trying to "eat cheap" ya gotta watch the sales! :-) takes me back to my college days....

Lori Miller said...

I like to stock up during sales, too.