Losing Weight on a Budget

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 20, 2009

Andrea from Mommy Snacks shares a few important secrets from her weight loss journey with us today! Her story is remarkable and encouraging! Be inspired!!

I hear so many people say, “Eating healthy is so expensive. How do you stay on a budget?” Last year, I lost 35 pounds by eating healthy foods and staying on budget. So, eating healthy is possible if you want to lose weight and not break the bank!

Planning is key to so many things and it certainly important with weight loss! Planning makes it easier to spend less when you’re trying to eat healthier. Watching the sales and matching up your coupons accordingly can help you get the items cheap and stockpile for the future. But, meal planning has been one of the biggest benefits to help with my weight loss. Not only am I purchasing the healthier items at a lower price, but I am scheduling what I will eat so I know I won’t be tempted by unhealthy options.

My main goal is to eat a balanced diet, high in nutritional content with yummy treats in moderation. I manage to do that each day, maintaining my weight loss and filling up my family with wholesome meals. There are certainly times when I “splurge.” And, I do have my special food items that are rarely on sale that help with my weight loss (must have Baked Lay’s chips).

I figure I save so much by planning and stockpiling that I can spend a few extra bucks on some of those items to help with my weight loss. Even with those few extras, I still come in within our budget and feel great about the weight loss I have accomplished!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie – $.34

4 tbsp Peanut Butter ($.18 – purchased on sale for $1.20)
1/2 cup frozen banana slices ($.10 – froze during sale of $.29/pound)
2-3 tbsp Fat Free Chocolate Pudding Mix (FREE)
1/2 cup Skim Milk ($.06 – purchased on sale for $2/gallon)

Add ingredients together in blender until to smoothie consistency. The protein from the peanut butter is filling, and the bananas help with muscle cramping (for my weary runner’s legs). This is so delicious and filling! It always helps with my chocolate fix!

What healthy snack do you go for that hits the spot and is under $1?

Andrea Deckard is a stay-at-home mommy with an amazing husband and three energetic boys. She chronicles her weight loss journey at Mommy Snacks in Fat Burnin’ Friday! You can get other zero-calorie “snacks” to help you Save, Earn, Live and Learn!

Photo Credit: kthurmond06

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Joanna February 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I get the 1 pound (or more?) bags of baby carrots when they go on sale for a dollar- they are regularly priced at $1 at Aldi, and I see them on sale for that elsewhere. Nibbling on these when I get a mid-afternoon munchie craving has worked for me- I know it’s good for me, and I think just the act of eating something makes the munchie craving go away.

The other thing I’ll munch on is cut-up apples.


Jen February 20, 2009 at 2:26 pm

I love peanut butter in smoothies. I usually make a strawberry smoothie with frozen strawberries, a cup of milk, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a teaspon of sugar free strawberry jello–makes for a sweet strawberry flavor without the sugar.


Jennifer @ CleverHomemaking February 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Wow, that recipe sounds delicious!


maggie February 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm

What an interesting idea to add chocolate pudding mix? Does it add body to the smoothie?


Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget February 20, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I love your post. I am on a journey of losing weight on a budget. You definitely need to plan but it is possible.

I love the chocolate pb smoothie. I make them all of the time. I also like to do frozen or fresh strawberries with cheesecake pudding, splenda, milk and ice.

My favorate healthy treat for under $1 (at the moment) is hummus and a grilled Mission tortilla cut into triangles. I love the taste and it is so filling.

Thanks for the great post. I can’t wait to check out your site.


Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam February 20, 2009 at 3:36 pm

yea for you Andrea…that is amazing! 35 lbs – you look fabulous. I was 40 lbs heavier than I am now back in college and know all about weight loss. i went back to aerobics just this year after slowly gaining 12 lbs last year. Don’t want to go back. :)


brittlynn44 February 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Wheat thins and Starkist tuna in sunflower oil with cheese…yum. Wheat thins tomato basil-FREE(from kraft contest or free from cvs)
Kraft cracker cuts $.50(dillons sale and q)
Starkist tuna pouch $.93-vocalpoint q=FREE


Andrea @ Mommy Snacks.net February 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm

maggie – the pudding gives it more of a thick consistency since there isn’t ice cream added. Plus, it’s an easy and low-cal alternative to add flavoring too!!


Laura February 20, 2009 at 4:35 pm

How do u freeze the banana slices? My girls would LOVE these!


Alice February 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Oooh, that smoothie sounds delicious. I think I’m going to have to try it. Thanks!


Rona's Home Page February 20, 2009 at 6:46 pm

I lost over 25 pounds in 1.5 years by eating heathly and getting a daily walk in.
This year, my husband and I joined the local recreation center gym for $12 a month. They have all the bells and whistles without the pricey gym memberships.


Super Healthy Kids February 20, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I love a bowl of plain yogurt, with a little whole fruit jam mixed in! I could actually eat it all day. Delicious.


Lauren February 21, 2009 at 12:05 am

I cannot stay away from unhealthy foods without my Popsicle molds! Since I got these I have made all kinds of tasty frozen treats easily that can be healthy and cheap. Here are some of my favorite things to put in the pops:

Chocolate pudding

Strawberry cheesecake yogurt

Any can of fruit in natural juice, blended until smooth (my favorite is mangoes).

Bananas with a little cocoa and coconut blended together

Pomegranate juice

Pretty much any leftover fruity items blended together!

I am ashamed to admit that I sometimes hide the Popsicles from my kids! :-)


Angie February 21, 2009 at 11:37 am

I love smoothies! I always have bananas in my freezer just for smoothies :)


Laura February 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Vegetables are usually pretty cheap, if you eat at least one serving at each meal, YES, THIS MEANS BREAKFAST TOO! Then, the pounds will not only come off, you’ll be getting extra vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber! Vegetables also stable your blood sugar so you don’t go mad with desire to eat bags of chips or Oreo’s. Another thing to keep in mind is protein. Beans and rice are usually pretty cheap. There are a gajillion different kinds of beans out there, find a few you like, mix them with rice and you’ve got a complete protein. 10grams of protein at each meal helps to stable blood sugar.


Dana February 21, 2009 at 8:06 pm

A great idea for my diet, starting next week! Thanks


Tracy February 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm

I’ll have to try that recipe, it sounds so good!


Andrea @ Mommy Snacks.net February 21, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Laura – to freeze banana slices, just cut up the banana (into slices :-) and lay them flat on a cookie sheet. Place that into the freezer. When they are frozen, just put them into a freezer-safe bag. So simple!!

Rona – WAY TO GO!!!! THat is awesome. What a great gym rate too!


Netts Nook February 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

Sounds great trying this morning.


Shannanb aka Mommy Bits February 22, 2009 at 11:18 am

That smoothie sounds YUMMY! I am the least creative person I know when it comes to cooking and the kitchen. I am glad I have creative friends like you gals!


Shelly February 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm

wow, I just found your blog tonight and its awesome! I am enjoying reading it and learning new things and I am going to send your link out to several of my friends.


Martha A. February 23, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Popcorn….I know it is a grain, but it is a whole grain and you can make it very low in calories and full of flavor!


Laura February 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I made those smoothies for my teenage girls as a dessert after dinner and topped with fat-free whip. WOW! They loved it! Also made the veggie tacos for myself for dinner and will have enough for a few more dinners and lunch at work. Soooooooooooo yummy! Used brocoli, mushrooms (both $1 at Meijer last week), onion, gr pepper, garlic. Put veggies on low carb shell and topped with melted pepper jack cheese. Toasted in oven and was in HEAVEN! This is a keeper!!!



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