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$20 and 16 Days to Paycheck - Halp!

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Created June 15, 2013 at 2:40 AM

I couldn't have picked a worse time to get back on the paleo horse, but here we go.

I recently had some major expenses that depleted my savings, so I'm back to living paycheck to paycheck, and scrounging.

I've got $20 to spend on food for the next sixteen days. What should I buy?

Some background:

  • I've got plenty of ground beef, chicken breasts, and veggies in the freezer.
  • I'm working mostly toward weight loss.
  • Last year, living paleo, I dropped 50 Lbs., but got lazy and gained back +20

I weigh 400lbs at 5'10'', so it's not like I'm gonna' waste away. I just need some good ideas to keep me from giving up and using the dollar menu from the king, the colonel, and the clown!

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3043 · July 01, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Joanna, I'm sure if you google in your area you'll find something. It took me a couple months to find a good source:)

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5650 · June 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Ah ur lucky. Its around five bux a dozen where i am.

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3043 · June 16, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I found it took me two weeks to get over the headaches. Than it was smooth sailing till I reached my goal weight and than added in more carbs. Also no need to cut all veggies, just if your tight on money don't buy too many of them till the money comes rolling in. You need to prioritize.Also if you can't get odd jobs maybe cut down on your cable? Your internet? Anywhere that is not important. Food is essential to nourishing your body right.

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3043 · June 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

I don't think he needs to go for factory farmed eggs. I can get pasture raised green, blue and brown eggs for 3.50/dozen and if I really search 3.00. Its cheaper than the grocery store.

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3043 · June 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Sounds like a good chance to destroy your metabolism!

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45 · June 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

This isn't my normal budget. I make to much for food stamps. I just bought a new car, and the down payment, plus some other emergencies kinda' screwed up my budget. I usually have a $400 a month food budget.

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45 · June 15, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I have a Costco membership, but I've learned potatoes kill my weight loss. Good call on eggs though!

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11683 · June 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Or put it on a credit card? (Is that ignorant of me to ask?)

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10994 · June 15, 2013 at 3:08 AM

1.25 a day is harsh man, can you get food stamps or something?

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45 · June 15, 2013 at 2:55 AM

That's a really good point about leaning toward ketosis! I've got a couple 16oz cans of coconut milk in the cupboard and a giant 96oz can I accidentally bought on Amazon. What I really need to do is study up on how to go ketogenic without the rage headaches and temper problems I seem to get when I'm without veggies. Odd jobs would be a great idea, except I have an insane schedule: work full-time, go to school full-time, and am a local ecclesiastical leader with lots of responsibilities. But I'll definitely keep that in mind!

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3043 · June 15, 2013 at 2:46 AM

16 days (just over 2 weeks) isn't too bad. My suggestion, organic coconut milk (1000 calories a can). You already have a good meat supply and get a dozen or two eggs and you have some great combinations.Don't waste your money on veggies and fruit when your in a crunch. You want the cheaper, most nutrient dense food. That would be grassfed ground beef, eggs, coconut milk and maybe some sardines if you like them (1$ a can, wild, atlantic). Ketosis is really good to get back on track and to cut the weight pretty quickly. As you get closer you can add a couple more carbs. Also, try to make some money through odd jobs. Offer to help cut your elderly neighbors lawn or help out with peoples repair jobs if you can.

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45 · June 15, 2013 at 2:55 AM

That's a really good point about leaning toward ketosis! I've got a couple 16oz cans of coconut milk in the cupboard and a giant 96oz can I accidentally bought on Amazon. What I really need to do is study up on how to go ketogenic without the rage headaches and temper problems I seem to get when I'm without veggies. Odd jobs would be a great idea, except I have an insane schedule: work full-time, go to school full-time, and am a local ecclesiastical leader with lots of responsibilities. But I'll definitely keep that in mind!

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3043 · June 16, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I found it took me two weeks to get over the headaches. Than it was smooth sailing till I reached my goal weight and than added in more carbs. Also no need to cut all veggies, just if your tight on money don't buy too many of them till the money comes rolling in. You need to prioritize.Also if you can't get odd jobs maybe cut down on your cable? Your internet? Anywhere that is not important. Food is essential to nourishing your body right.

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1346 · June 15, 2013 at 3:27 AM

Have access to someone's Costco card? 20lbs of russet potato is $4.50. Sixty eggs are $7.20. Two gallons of whole milk is $4.89 (my local prices).

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45 · June 15, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I have a Costco membership, but I've learned potatoes kill my weight loss. Good call on eggs though!

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5650 · June 15, 2013 at 3:24 AM

if I were in your shoes, i'd pick up eggs (just regular, not organic), cans of tuna, trader joe's coconut milk cans (only 99 cents a can), and cheese/yogurt.

since you are looking to do low carb, I didn't suggest anything like sweet potatoes or even rice (which is super cheap) just because they are carb bombs.

but, I have seen 99 cent bags of brown bananas at the grocery store. those are always the ones I get because I freeze them for smoothies.

just drink a lot of water or tea to at least keep your stomach thinking it's full.

I don't know what stores you have by you, but aldi's is by far the cheapest grocery store I've been to. when I shopped there before trader joe's came to town, they had 99 cent pineapples and $3 bags of 10 oranges. all conventional produce, but it's cheap.

I really hope you can stick to it though for the next two weeks! that must be really hard with having so few dollars to spend. good luck!

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3043 · June 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

I don't think he needs to go for factory farmed eggs. I can get pasture raised green, blue and brown eggs for 3.50/dozen and if I really search 3.00. Its cheaper than the grocery store.

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5650 · June 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Ah ur lucky. Its around five bux a dozen where i am.

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3043 · July 01, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Joanna, I'm sure if you google in your area you'll find something. It took me a couple months to find a good source:)

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1826 · June 15, 2013 at 5:02 AM

So, to save money and lose weight, I'd skip breakfast and instead just drink coffee with lots of coconut milk that you already have. Cook up those meats and veggies in the freezer and eat 1-2 small meals per day. Sometimes I go to farmers markets late in the day, when the vendors are breaking down their booths and they will give away most of the leftover veggies free or at drastically reduced prices. And, you can pool your resources (food in freezer) with friends and see what interesting meals you can come up with.

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-6 · June 15, 2013 at 3:11 AM

this might be a good chance for a water fast maybe 10-14 days

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3043 · June 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Sounds like a good chance to destroy your metabolism!

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