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18 Hacks for Eating Well on a Budget 1. Scratch-cook.. Not everyone will have time to make everything from scratch (OK, the vast majority of us), but cooking 2. Scout the sales.. If your local grocery store has weekly specials, sign up to receive their circular by email. Every 3. Meal-plan..

Try these easy hacks for eating healthy on a budget and let us know what works fo. Not only does cooking your own meals prevent you from spending money on expensive delivery and takeout fees, but you’ll be able to create fun and unique, healthy recipes quickly and easily for affordable meals at home. When it comes to cutting calories or saving cash, we know tight budgets can be a challenge.

When you’re trying to do both, well, that’s even trickier. To help you eat well and stick to your food budget, we recently polled our community and collected some helpful tips and suggestions. I hope these 18 hacks. Healthy eating on a budget: Top 20 hacks to stay on top of the game!

Plan with anticipation. This is a big one my friend! Planning can save you so much time, energy and money when it comes Stick to your grocery shopping list. Oh how many of us guilty here? It still happens to me sometimes.

But. Therefore, it can be difficult to eat well when you’re on a tight budget. However, there are many ways to save money and still eat whole, single-ingredient foods. Here are 19 clever tips that can. Tip #6: Order in Bulk.

Though there is more of a cost upfront, ordering in bulk can usually save money in the long run. We order non-perishables like coconut flour, shredded coconut, olive oil, coconut oil, herbal teas, liquid castile soap, almond flour, etc. in bulk from Thrive Market at a discount.. We also order cheese in bulk 10-20 lb blocks from an organic farmer who offers raw cheese. 8 Simple Hacks to Eat Healthy On a Budget.

Eating a balanced diet doesn’t have to drain your bank account. By Jenn Sinrich. Nov 3, 2017 Getty Images. The common misconception is that eating healthy has to be expensive, and while some healthy foods can be expensive (especially pre-prepared foods), in reality it’s easy to eat well on a tight budget if you know what to do.

Here is a list of five hacks from nutrition experts to eat well for less. #1. Eating Well on a Budget Eating wisely doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are a few tips on ways to eat well on a budget while keeping your calories and your budget in balance: • Plan your weekly menu of meals and snacks in advance. Include meals like stews, casseroles, or stir-fries, which “stretch” expensive items into more portions. Living and eating well doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg!

Find out the many simple, easy and economical ways you can save money, spend less, and live a healthy lifestyle while still eating healthy food. You can do things at home and well as prep in advance that are cheap and cheerful ways to help you live a healthy lifestyle easily. Read a nutritionist’s pointers on how to use leftovers.

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By buying meats on sale and freezing them, you can easily pull something from the freezer for dinner without making a special trip to the store or breaking the budget.

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by Kristie Sullivan, Andreas Eenfeldt MD
Victory Belt Publishing, 2018

There’s no shame in using supermarket shortcuts to get your dinner to the table—bags of shredded cabbage and carrots, cut green beans, chopped peppers, asparagus, and so on—if your budget allows; you’ll still be saving lots by not eating out.

“The Doctor's Diet Cookbook: Tasty Meals for a Lifetime of Vibrant Health and Weight Loss Maintenance” by Travis Stork, Leda Scheintaub
from The Doctor’s Diet Cookbook: Tasty Meals for a Lifetime of Vibrant Health and Weight Loss Maintenance
by Travis Stork, Leda Scheintaub
Bird Street Books, 2014

lots of great things to eat are relatively inexpensive.

“The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook” by Mireille Guiliano
from The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook
by Mireille Guiliano
Atria Books, 2010

While real food isn’t always as cheap as packaged ramen and mac and cheese, there are a lot of little things you can do to make your money go further.

“Craveable Keto: Your Low-Carb, High-Fat Roadmap to Weight Loss and Wellness” by Kyndra D. Holley
from Craveable Keto: Your Low-Carb, High-Fat Roadmap to Weight Loss and Wellness
by Kyndra D. Holley
Victory Belt Publishing, 2018

You may think this sounds cheap, but if you need to save money, these are great, responsible tips to use when you go out to eat.

“Love Your Life Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want” by Rachel Cruze, Dave Ramsey, Ramsey Press
from Love Your Life Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want
by Rachel Cruze, Dave Ramsey, Ramsey Press
Ramsey Press, The Lampo Group, 2016

You don’t need to cook every day – you can make large batches, freeze them, and take out something when needed (buying in bulk is cheaper too, and chilis, stews, and soups with vegetables and beans are filling and cheap).

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Springer International Publishing, 2018

I use these tips and tricks to help cut the cost of general food preparation, cooking, and family eating.

“Frugal Living For Dummies” by Deborah Taylor-Hough
from Frugal Living For Dummies
by Deborah Taylor-Hough
Wiley, 2011

There’s nothing wrong with a microwave dinner (other than more fat and sodium, unless you’re a watchful shopper), but cooking from scratch is usually a lot cheaper.

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Here’s the point: With a stockpile of these basics at hand, you’re much better prepared to throw together a meal that’s delicious and nourishing, even if you begin without a plan.

“Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better” by Sara Moulton
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by Sara Moulton
Oxmoor House, 2016

Many of these tips will not only cut your food costs, but will also enhance your finished products.

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  • Wtf milk is 98 cent
    In my country (Indonesia)
    Its like 1,50 cent+
    Wtf is wrong with my country?
    98 cent
    15k Idr
    But in the indo market
    Milk cost 20k up to 30k idr
    So fucking expensive -_-

  • Sadia, this is my first time watching your video, your smile is so impressive! You are gorgeous! Plant-based recipes is so interesting as I am a big fan of cooking and all kinds of western herbs. Your tips is very helpful to me, thanks for sharing.

  • this is a valuable take away. thanks for sharing. Im a new Mom and want to learn how to be at a healthy weight. let’s grow together.

  • Unsalted sunflower seeds without the shells are a very cheap way to get in your nutrients without spending so much on other seeds!

  • Just a tip (I haven’t watched very far in so I don’t know if you’ve done it lol) but you can regrow scallions by putting them in a cup of water after you’ve taken a bit from the top! Saves a bit of money

  • cut up some corn tortillas, toast them a little in oil, add eggs and scramble. When done top with ketchup or salsa. Really good. For some reason ketchup tastes better than salsa.

  • Hey Sadia, would you consider giving us a basic nutrition course: Like how to understand what to eat or how to create a meal plan

  • Hi:) i am a bit puzzed looking at your Shop Page. Is that sheet pan really Aluminum? Didnt think folks still used it, i dont. Plz address this…Ty in advance:)

  • When you buy your organic baby spinach at Costco you have no choice but to throw it into everything! I personally think it make meat sauces much more appealing to eat.

  • Awesome ria seen some of the tips on high on antioxidants will it be possible for you make a special video how to increase fibre intake once again Thankyou really inspiring videos

  • I love your voice.. I saw your channel recommend by some youtube comment and I’m not originally vegan..
    But I guess I’ll try when I can

  • What exactly is Custokebon Secrets? How does this thing really work? I see a lot of people keep on talking about this popular weight loss methods.

  • Hi rachel! first of all, I’ve been a big fan of your videos for a long time, the quality of everything you do is amazing. Now, I have a question, now that you have dropped keto, your diet is still being higher in fat or now is more protein dominant? you’re looking great, and thank you!

  • Pasta sauce for a dollar? Just buy a can of canned tomatoes and put them in the pot. Then you just wait and mix every now and again and boom pasta sauce. Add salt, minced garlic, and herbs. Let simmer for a total of 1 hour. Should be perfect time to cook all your other foods.

  • You can get cheap veggies at 99cent store. There u can get bag full of avocado for $2. Wal-Mart is not bad but if u incorporate with other outlets it can help. Just bought cheapest liter of milk at Wal-Mart yesterday. Cheapest one was $1.60.

  • Hi would u consider doing a 14-day challenge with us, where your viewers can follow along when u make meals each day, esp those who want to learn how to eat cleaner?

  • I love this woo woo salesman. Gives her $20 on air. Keeps bringing it up. As if she’s some charity case. Grabs her hand?! Omfg no, creep factor over 9000!!!!!

  • hack1




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    an act of computer hacking.

  • Another tip, you can use bits of veggies that are often thrown away. The leaves on cauliflower, beets, etc taste great. You can use the cut off ends of veggies for broth too. Tip two, if your veggies wilt, often you can put them in cold water and they’ll come back to life after a while.

  • Thanks for the video. So important to go a step further and not just gulp down smt because its supposedly good for you. I see a big problem in multi vit/mineral products. Oftentimes the combinations do not make sense at all…

  • Ethical arguments against veganism:

    1. If someone doesn’t feel pain, is it okay for us to break their bones? If not, vegans shouldn’t eat plants either. For example, people born with congenital analgesia cannot feel pain and are far more susceptible to life-threatening injuries than others. Even though they can feel discriminative touch and have normal cognition and sensation.

    2. Plants are sentient or self-aware by the same standards animals are deemed to be self-aware. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/full/10.1098/rspb.2015.1379

    3. If a higher intelligence is the reason why animals should be spared from being eaten and plants shouldn’t, then there’s nothing wrong with eugenics either.

    4. What should we do about the problem of obligate carnivores? Should we sterilize them en masse and make them go extinct in the process? In a world free of carnivores, herbivores must face a stiffer competition against each other to procure food for themselves. In a world of limited resources, death and suffering is inevitable either way. A herbivorous species must either ward off, maim or starve a rival species of herbivores to death in order to fend for their own and secure territory. How is this any better?

    5. If it’s okay for animals to eat other animals including human beings, but not the other way round, then why are we applying any moral standards at all? If animals are incapable of moral agency and can’t form a social contract with humans, then it’s preferential treatment for animals which is inherently unjust towards and discriminatory against human beings. In nature, those who make the best utilization of whatever resource is available for them as food have a higher chance of survival and get to reproduce more.

    6. Humans are obligate carnivores in nature. Even if it’s in the narrow sense that we get our B12 from animal products and in some climates, our vitamin D (D3) as well. Our bodies were designed to break down meat. Why is something natural wrong, even if it has features that are unpleasant? Should we get rid of gender too since men have unfair physical advantages over women?

    7. Meat is required for optimal health. There are nutrients in animals that we simply cannot find in plants. Then there’s the fact that we can more readily absorb essential nutrients from animal products than from plants due to the lack of antinutrients, which in some cases, can be lethal. Plus, animal nutrients exist in a more bioavailable form in comparison to the plant variety. For example, retinol vs beta carotene, heme iron vs non heme iron etc. Why should we consume a prohibitive amount of nutrient sparse food which is time-consuming, uncomfortable and unhealthy due to its high fiber content and can even ruin our guts?

    8. If both plants and animals are off the menu due to ethical considerations, should chemically produced food alternatives and nutrient supplements be the future of “food” for humanity? Why should we substitute food with chemical goo when our bodies are best adapted to and have evolved over millions of years to their current state fueled by an omnivorous diet? The potential consequences could be disastrous for our species in the long run.

    9. In the near future, the already existent cultured meat will become commercially available at an inexpensive price for mass consumption. If a human donor can donate a pound of their flesh to feed a small town in the process, why is it unethical to procure it from animals instead? If altruism is a good thing, why are humans to blame for the shortcomings of animal cognition? A portion of cultured pork meant for human consumption can be fed back to pigs as well.

    10. Why should it ever be right to prevent a man from raising his own animals for food? Why should we infringe on individual liberty? Both cultured meat or a supplement aided vegan diet is dependent on big corporations and the expertise of a small, elite group of specialists. Why should people from other walks of life throw their most basic right away to the whims of a powerful minority? If they get to control our bodies, they get to control our policies as well.

    11. Is animal exploitation wrong even when it saves human lives? If it is, doesn’t it imply that the life of a few animals are more important than that of a human patient? Is this needless? Should we let nature take it’s course? Then why is it wrong to eat meat? Isn’t it natural too?

    12. If vegans really value animal lives, including that of rodents and insects, shouldn’t they adopt a lifestyle that causes minimum harm to them without being outright misanthropic? Shouldn’t vegans avoid fruits and vegetables that depend on beekeeping? Shouldn’t they take a more anti-civilization stance in general and be more closer to nature like those of the uncontacted tribes of the world? If not, how is the impact of civilization upon non-human animals not tantamount to ethnic cleansing through population displacement in a human context at the very least? Not to mention crop deaths, pest control, uprooting wildlife habitats etc. Isn’t it grossly inconsistent to be vegan while reaping the benefits of modern civilization at the same time? Is the life of an earthworm or a fruit fly less valuable than that of a cow or a dog? If so, is this a morally consistent position?

  • I am allergic to wheat products, milk products, chick peas & ghugni matar, whole mung dal,rajma, red gram ; mustard, sesame seeds, chia seeds ( & have not dared to try other seeds) & cannot eat acidic foods like Limes, lemons, nor can I digest spinach & other leafy greens ( I can only have methi saag & lal saag in small amounts. Can you suggest some tips fir for tasty & healthy eating. I checked your videos on no cook meals, but there are some food groups which I can’t eat. I have fatty liver, cholesterol, food allergies, & gastritis

  • no need to take new bags and vacuuum, use the same bag, close it with clip and its the same. in freezer it does not matter if there is tiny bit air in or vacuumed. we need to think about waste too. why take a new plastic bac if you already have one which the food is in originally. also, keeping leftovers, even better would be using plastic boxes which you wash after use, not throw away. also reuse plastic boxes you buy food from the shop. wash them and put other food in. no need to throw everything away, many package boxes can be reused, just take the small effort and wash it.its easier ro recycle water than plastic, at least at the moment

  • I’m kind of weird, but I hate bananas alone. But if it’s toast, with peanut butter spread, with sliced bananas, you KNOW I’m gonna eat that, full or not.

  • Food is my medicine but I am late to learning the joy of food. I loved this video but I’m sad that you are pushing Amazon when buying local is what we need to encourage and support. My best tip for cooking healthy on a budget if you don’t know someone with a garden is to use the local food bank once a week for all the fresh produce they have, plan your meals based on what you got, and then shop at the local food coop for whatever else you need. For me, the even bigger benefit of using the food bank is that now my diet gets more variety because I’m not afraid to try all the produce they have like I am when I’m at the store with my tiny food budget. Your website and blog is going to be very helpful and I appreciate your good work a lot. Thank you. Jesse Larsen, Bellingham, WA

  • collage takes all your funding never be out of it be carefull with 4 year programs they dont include dorm and food other costs doubles quickly

  • For the starchy foods..like in the oat meal is it better to eat like a cold pan fried potato? Or sweet potato rather than the one freshly cooked?

  • I agree with meat. Its getting too expensive. I am trying to eat less meats.Thinking of making Lentil Spaghetti today. Love Lentils. I need to make that Chia Pudding again. Love that stuff. Love these tips. I need dairy free recipes. ��

  • I see you have dried fruit in jars…did you dry them…I just bought myself. Nesco dehydrator and would love to dry fruits.
    I’ve been making green powder out of broccoli and cauliflower and beet leaves, lettuces,spinach, kale in the dehydrator….but my Cusiniart doesn’t process it fine enough…..what else could I use……?

  • Thank you!! These were the best tips ever. Am looking to start eating healthy and these tips are the best because you’ve shown me a lot of meal prep hacks.

  • I love your videos so much that I watch them over and over again:) I’ve also shared them with my family and friends.
    So inspiring and calming:) Thank you for your great work!

  • Just to clarify, Do you normally keep your veg frozen when adding the cooked meat to it (for meal prep)? This is brilliant I never would have though of that! thank you!

  • also a cool tip is that you can plant the roots of the scallions in a pot and then you’ll have an infinite supply of scallions! a jar of water also works:)

  • I am lucky enough to live in Nebraska where good beef is readily available. It took us a couple of years to get on our feet financially, but now we buy a half a cow every year. It’s enough for my family of 6. It is the cheapest way to get good beef but it does come with the cost up front.

  • Who buys $13/lb MEAT?! No, that’s too fancy for my. I keep it under $4, most of the time under $2. Please don’t shop at Whole Foods then give advice of eating on a budget. Most people can’t afford those kind of stores nor have access. There are plenty other places to find tips on eating healthy on a budget. ANYWHERE BUT HERE WOULD BE BETTER!

  • What is the best way to lost lots of fat? I read lots of good opinions on the internet about how Custokebon Secrets will help you lost a lot of weight. Has anyone tried using this popular fat burn method?

  • I wish myself luck in trying to buy a weeks worth of food for $10. Not sure how I will do it given Canadian grocery prices are absurd.

  • did no one think it was suspicious when one of the 1st things she said was “my 2 year old son likes to eat so much he’s so expensive”..? he’s…two…. does he eat more than your grown husband im so confused.

  • he forgot to mention tha broth gonna cost you at least $2 or $3.That canned salmon is gonna be high sodium.And how the hell are you suppose to survive on only that all month?

  • Thank you for this very informative video! Waiting for your new video every single week, really hope more people reach out to your very informative and helpful channel:)

    Btw you have really nice voice and really cute cats <3

  • Hi Lisa, love your channel and your recipes are outstanding. I had a heart attack a few years ago and I have been educating myself on healthier foods and your site makes them so delicious. I have 2 questions that I hope you could answer.

    Question 1: On your recipe pages you have a nutrition value at the bottom. Is this value per servicing or per the recipe?

    Question 2: I live alone in Costa Rica and I do travel the country quite a bit as I am an architect and I build houses. However, your recipes have ingredients that I believe are local or imported to your country. What would you suggest as a resolution to choosing replacement ingredients not readily available to me?
    I believe that you are a perfectionist by the details and clarity of your web site structure. So this question may hurt a little.:)

  • One way I save on meals is I buy what is on sale then with a Food Saver and instant pot the money I save.
    I have invested in the Food Saver @179 + Instant Pot @129 but I have 30 days of meals pending on what I plan to make. my food bill on everything at about 150 for 2 People having the above items will also save you!

  • Thanks for this very informative video!:) one question though… is it nutritionally bad or not as good if I don’t cook the oats and just let them soak in almond milk/water overnight as they are and eat them the next morning?

  • Why is it that they pay you less for eating healthy but they pay you more for eating unhealthy? This world is wicked and ran by Satan

  • Really enjoyed this as I tucked in my bacon and sausage bap… my family keep insisting I should try a vegan life style? So I have subbed and notified and will give these a go, as i work away from home for 5 days and the veggie in water in Jars is a great idea that I can do. Thanks…see Im practically a vegan already..lol

  • A tip that might help right now is that a lot of stores will have to close (some just for a few weeks) bc of the coronavirus, so they try to get rid of the food that would go bad in the time they will have to close, so some might sell their products a lot cheaper than usual. We had to close one of the stores i work for and sold a lot of stuff for just 1CHF that would usually cost a lot more. I think that happens in a lot of places right now

  • With $20 I just can buy half gallon of milk, a dozen of eggs and a few apples! I’m single and I spend more money on my food than my sis who has two kids. Quality food is more expensive.

  • OZ was very touchy feeling before Social Distancing became the order of the Wuhan SARS 2.0 era….�� $20 a day or what is the duration?

  • I try to avoid seafood as much as possible, at least ever since I found out the dangers of mercury, seafood allergies, undercooked fish, etc.

  • I know that grocery store chain!:D I have some pumpkin seeds that mysteriously vacuum packed themselves. they’ll have been refrigerated for a year this October.

  • Eating out really adds up, recently I started meal prepping and budget shopping and have been able to save up so much over a short time

  • Drink almond milk for milk, or any other milk but regular milk. Last way longer regardless and you can always find cheap or great value versions. This got me through undergrad!

  • Mexican here. The eggs, scallions and milk blew my mind, usually I buy those items for double the price (or triple lately, thanks to the pandemic). Didn’t grew up poor, even though there were some rough times, but my parents taught me how to cook, so I could learn how much it costs to bring food to the table. So I completely appreciate this type of videos. So cool.

  • Hello from Alaska. I am a new vegan, and I’m struggling a bit. But your videos are extremely calming and informative.
    Thank you. Lisa.

  • Please stop touching women like that it is creepy and makes lots of them feel uncomfortable. There was the one who lost heaps of weight and you did it and it was so inappropriate. It’s not a metoo thing it’s just that some men don’t get that it feels patronizing and unnecessary. 00:54 she is not a little girl who needs to be taken by the hand she looks at the camera and that look says it all: 1:42 she actually moves away when he touches her arm. You need to look at the body language the person has you are talking to!

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  • You mention that when you’re meal planning, you should pick meals that share ingredients. Can you please do a video on how you decide what to make when you’re planning your meals? The biggest problem I have when meal planning is trying to make meals that share ingredients that aren’t just 3 different versions of stir-fry…

  • These are good ideas. It tells you the price per serving and that really doesn’t help.
    If you had only $20 and no other money, and none of these ingredients on hand, and you had to buy them all, even for just one of these “meals,” it would add up fast. Too fast.

  • I ain’t never in my life got that amount of grocery for 10 bucks. I’m about to really start planning my shopping trips and meal planning

  • Hi can I please askshould we also grind sesame seeds to get the most nutrients from them? Also, does dry toasting raw cashews in an oven destroy any of their goodness? I found they tasted lovely done this way! Many thanks

  • Wonderful!!
    We use a lot of store bought Organic Almond milk, with 3 growing kids. But i am allergic to raw cashews, so can i roast cashews and grind them to make cashew milk?

  • no lie ive gotten in the best shape of my life off canned spinach and rotisserie chicken i was spending 20-30 dollars a week on food and only eating at home my bank account gotta lil more mature lol

  • I always heat up my tortillas before eating them with anything. It makes for a better texture and flavor, plus the tortillas don’t break.
    Thanks for making such a cool video and showing that you can still eat well when in a budget!

  • Thank you for this! PEople tend to think eating healthy is impossible, but it’s not if you shop smart and buy in bulk/frozen etc.:D

  • Thats not a meal. The doc himself I bet wouldnt eat this stuff and dude you can talk to a woman without touching her every 30 seconds. Quit being so grabby Harvey.

  • Another tip to spending less cash at the grocer is to eye the seasonal produce of your region. They can come in cheaper and of higher quality.

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  • Wow! Food is relatively cheap in America compared to our country South Africa. Even with our current weak exchange, $10 would never buy that amount of food here. A gallon of milk for 98 cents is unheard of. Well done.

  • It all depends on your area too. My health counselor was shocked when I walked through our grocery stores with her on the phone and told her the prices for some of the things she always recommends as cheap. That size of off brand canned salmon is 3.50 here, for instance. Some things are cheaper, but the proteins are always twice as much as these lists. There is also the part where most of us can’t afford a dinner that costs $20 for our family, even if there is leftovers for the next day. Can’t hurt to get some ideas you can tailor to suit your family from these videos though:)

  • People need to take cooking classes. Eating healthy doesn’t cost that much. Throwing different things together and make a meal.. easy.

  • bus that is so expensive still, compared to what it could be, i make full meals ( not just one part of them like in this video ) and they are often under $1 a serving sometimes, for the WHOLE meal, not just 1 part of it!!!

  • The sad thing is, some people don’t have this kind of money to spare on food. A friend of mine is in hospital after a suicide attempt, due to being completely broke. Her story starts here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-debt-and-depressed-help-desperately-needed&rcid=r01-156097093382-e571b3a1a00f4db7&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

    Obviously, being in hospital, she hasn’t been able to update her own story.. Out of all her friends and family, I’m the only person that has been arsed to help her, lending her money over the past few months… but it still wasn’t enough. All she asked for was for people to help with just €1/2 and no-one could be bothered to do that.

    She ended up losing her job, as the stress of her situation caused her performance to suffer.. by the time she’s out of hospital, she will be homeless. Her parents aren’t helping either… they gifted her aunt €10k for a home remodel, but won’t even help their daughter by co-signing a loan..She was begging in the streets before she tried to kill herself..

    Does this sound like I’m begging for help? Probably.. I don’t care.. she is the best friend I’ve ever known.. She would give any friend in need the shirt off her back, and yet, now that she’s in need of help, everyone but me seems to have turned their back on her. I failed to help her before this, but now.. I’m desperate.. I’ve nearly lost her once, and I don’t want to lose her for good..

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  • I guess she never shopped at the 99 cent only store. I can get 3 large sweet potatoes for one dollar. People are shopping at the wrong store!

  • Actually it’s very healthy. A little bit gassy. I used to do that. I spend $100 a month on good. I eat too much. I’m gaining weight again. I love cheese.

  • I am starting meal prep this week and I’m needing advice on a good blender as well as your storage bags. Can you let me know which you prefer. I loved watching all of your videos and just signed up for your weekly emails. I am really looking forward to making huge changes in my diet. You’ve got me excited that the food will actually taste good and not just be good for me ��

  • For someone who is currently trying to eat as healthy as possible to clear their skin & tone up, but also save for travel and life in general this is perfect! Great video as always girl xx also your EDITING!! Teach me your ways!

  • I’m Canadian and our prices wouldn’t be that cheap,milk here is $4,99
    Box cereal $5-8.00 depending on brand,here you get value brands here maybe $3-4.00,eggs here $3.00…but you amazing and budgeting now is important

  • I also check store’s clearance shelves because many a time there are products that might be slightly overripe or packaged items that are one or two days past their sell-by date. I often get large bags of spotted bananas which I freeze for smoothies, or veg that go really well in soups or stir fries. I also price match, but I’m not sure if you guys have that. Basically I have an app that shows me all the local grocery sales, and I take it to my store and if their price is higher they give you that discount price. If you have an Asian supermarket anywhere nearby (often near Chinatown) their produce is often much less. It’s all about developing a relationship with your food, knowing what is good/can be salvaged and in season, and taking advantage of stores who insist on selling “perfect” food. I’ve somehow made it work as a vegetarian on $35/week (so unfortunately no tips for meat eaters).

  • Hi! I’ve got a question. If I cook carrots for some days and later I eat them cold, does it matter for the absortion of betacarotene?? Thanks!

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  • ze one and only meal prep queen! loved the editing as always xx
    another tip though ; everytime i shop just an hour or so before the store closes most of the products have usually a discount.

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  • My personal advice is to approach the season of fruits and vegetables. I usually buy them and freeze and later I can enjoy them in the winter.There are also many vegatebles which stay a lot of time like patatoes, onions,pumpkins..

  • Watching this from New Zealand and I am absolutely gobsmacked at how cheap food is there! A 2litre milk is around $6 here, same for 500g butter and $16 (on special) for 700g block of tasty cheese. And NZ is a huge producer of dairy products for the overseas market. You might be able to do this challenge for about $50 min here which is insane right?

  • you are wasting food with healthy stuff you should go to the freezer section and get like a box of frozen meat its like a dollar for 22 pieces of meat if you eat 2 a day that alone is 400 calories intotal for a dollar (for the 22 pieces) you get 4400 calories for a dollar and if buy a bag of potatoes potatoes have all the nutrition your body really needs and is packed with nutrients and that will last you a intire week and MORE and should be 2-3 dollars for a 10 pounds a bag of rice is just as cheap although i really really dont recomend it because rice is quick engerny it easily digests and makes you hungry quickly after again and the meal you offered its really really bad and super expensive for what it is the nutriets isnt enough and it doesnt fill your belly
    potatoes are really the way to go 2 potatoes a day fuffils all your nutrient needs the meat makes it tasty and also adds protein as for water tap water should suffice as for breakfast i recomend from the frozen section loumpia’s if you have them (depending on the region) there are 2 big ones for 80 cents and 1 is enough to satisfy your breakfast needs and is packed with veggies how ever because its frozen and you dont have a deepfryer i recomend a oven to bake them or if you dont have that a pan will do you can also decide to cut it open or let it be it doesnt really matter and because it was premade its really really tasty and all this only cost 40 cent per breakfast so the potatoes and meat is 4 dollars and that is your meals satisfied for a week and then you have 4 loumpia’s for 1 dollar 60 cent and that is 4 breakfasts leaving you with 4 dollars 40 to spare on extra’s or like idk a big bag of rice and cheese and dont get me started at befriending farmers if you befriend farmers they will let you have grade 4 foods that just look weird for really really cheap and i live in a more rural area and by good are there alot of farmers here its definitly worth asking for their lower grade foods if you can buy it directly because a bag of potatoes that normally costs 3 dollars all of the sudden becomes 1 and this is 10 pounds mind you this will last you atleast 10-15 meals depending on how much of a eater you are and if you have this deal with all your local farmers you can believe you will have normal healthy meals for under 50 cents a day the meat what as establishid is already cheap but even there you can befriend some fishers or some local hunters during hunt season im sure they dont mind selling you a liver on the real cheap or even free because life hack livers are fully packed with nutrients and minirals and vitamins its one of the healthiest foods on earth and by good is it pretty tasty if its fresh you’d be suprised what a little asking can do for you and as long as you arent a dick and willing to compensate people how ever little that is they will do alot for you
    i hope i helped someone who reads this atleast although it will probably be burried in youtubes algorithm

  • i eat at least 2 eggs a day. if i bought pasture raised eggs for $6 a dozen. they would last me maybe 6 days. and just the basic egg for breakfast would be about $30 a month. not very economical i feel.

  • it always make me want to claw my throat out realizing the price difference in food between america/canada. our prices are so high…. 2 dollars for a head of broccoli.

  • I highly appreciate that you just get straight to the point. I’m tired of watching half an hour long videos with basically the same information. Love it!

  • You might also check your local farmer’s market. We have several that are each open two days a week. The food is in season and local and most growers will happily chat with you about their growing methods. I’ve found their pricing comprable to what I pay at the grocery store only it hasn’t been shipped in near freezing trucks (and rot a day or two after getting them home).

  • Woow! That’s cool. Thing is tho, vegetables and fruits and almost all ingredients where I’m from are too expensive compared to this ������ I never knew that it’s cheaper in US or other countries. Well done on being able to make it happen!!! ��������

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  • Love your channel and you Rachel.

    Also hooked on your friend/roommate Rachel Lee too!!

    Any chance you can do a video on how to initially set up with kitchen larder, kitchen utensils and equipment for making meals and meal prep but with your minimalist thinking/design??

    I am in the process of setting up my first purchases for my own kitchen and just want a slimline collection of kitchen items and also be health conscious when purchasing too? I suffer with Hashimoto’s Thyroid issue since I was young and am always discovering new issues that cause my issues to get worse. I’ve recently discovered i need to stay away from storing food in plastics and using pans/cooking pots that have teflon coating as they are chemicals which in turn slowly poison and cause extra fatigue on my body to filter out….

    Any advice or tips you’ve picked up I would (and many others) would be eternally grateful.
    Love and blessings xxxx

  • Wow I didn’t know this stuff. I eat all these healthy foods but had no idea about pairing them to increase absorption. Thank you!!!

  • I love this. I made up my own cheap health meal for a few yeah but thes are great tips i could use in my own shopping and cooking. Big thanks from Kansas city, Missouri

  • This is my 45th video with you and WOW today I actually DID DID NOT buy a convention oven that I DID NOT NEED! but oh, it was half price HALF and oh I almost… almost… yet realized what comes first… my integrity! I would have only ended up giving it away and, thus, would have lost that “half” of income. THANK YOU for your consistent advice to live a “nicer” lifestyle…

  • Hello! New subscriber and power watching all your great videos! I have a question on the making of oatmeal and cooling to gain better nutrition. If I cook the oatmeal say the night before and cool, can I re-heat to eat in the morning or does it need to stay cold for benefit? Thank you so much. I am very much loving your videos and information. I am on a journey to turn my health around.

  • Yum, I’m feeling inspired…today’s lunch will be a spinach pizza on a flatbread base with tomato paste, oregano and vegan parmesan cheese, served with some lovely lemon water and for hubby a side serving of homemade oven fries

  • I buy a gallon of milk and put one half in the refrigerator freezer it keep very well until I can use it. It is cheaper to buy large items and you do not need to shop too often for then if you can freeze some things and use them weeks later

  • Please don’t feel self conscious about the different lengths of your videos. Trust us, we’re engrossed. We keep watching. So many great YouTubers apologise for a slightly longer video than normal and it’s always so strange to me. It’s like saying ‘Oh no, this box of chocolates I gave you has three extra chocolates in it, I’m so sorry…’ ��

  • please tell me how to eat uncooked vegetable!:(( bcoz here in my country is unusal for people eating spinach, kale, and other greens uncooked

  • Hi, first of all well done on your videos:). Can you please let me know what hand soap you have next to the kitchen sink please? I really like the bottle. Thanks

  • Eggs is less than a dollar???? So is milk? That’s less than 52php. Wow I feel so weird in the Philippines 1L (not gallon) of milk is 180php. I’m hella blown

  • Would love to see a meal budget video extend for a month, a lot of people shop that way. Make new meals out of old ones not just eat the same thing.

  • I wish i would of seen this when I was living on my own. I pretty much survived off of cup noodles, ramen, Peanut butter sandwiches, and $1 frozen dinners. Not all at once though. Usually by time i paid everything I had at most $10 sometimes if im lucky $20 to pay for groceries and any other household items i needed (like pet food, laundry soap etc.) I’ll def keep these videos saved as I’m getting ready to move back out once i get another job! Thank you!!

  • The markets here in Sydney, or at least the ones that I know of, tend to be more expensive that produce from Woolies or Coles, is there a certain type of markets you would suggest or know of that are cheaper?

  • As you said you haven’t lived in any other country, in my opinion quality and the price you get for good in Australia is much better than many other countries

  • This may be best frugal grocery shopping trip I have seen. I am also older and was raised very poor I know how to cook and stretch groceries. So many of the other people’s videos show convenience foods that are always more expensive. Great video that should help a lot of younger people with frugal grocery shopping and cooking!

  • I stopped eating out long time ago. Stories of waitresses and cooks spiting in food. Do not know what people have these days, ie; hepittis, or whatever. There R some mean / evil people out there!!!

  • If you are aiming for a healthy diet, why wouldn’t you eat more plant proteins than meats? Even chicken has cholesterol and the nutrients have already passed through that animal that has consumed them. Why not spend less $ and get the nutrients straight from the source? It’s also loads better for the environment and doesn’t cause an animal a life of suffering. Organic, grass fed or free range do nothing for the animal and only make you feel better about purchasing.

  • Ottimi consigli… ma la patina bianca sulla pasta è inguardabile. Immagino già in bocca il gusto attaccaticcio e scotto. Dopo che l’acqua bolle va buttata la pasta, non prima… dai.

  • Am I the online that just find out you don’t have to prep the frozen part of meal prep and just put it in the container if it will be microwaved? I’m amazed!

  • I pick my own fruits nd vegetables when they are in season at local and nearby farms. For example, there is a sweet potato farm ten minutes from my house and I can pick as many as I want for free! IfI go to a nursery/farm it only costs a few dollars ($5-$8) for a quart size bucket. I live in the states, so I’m not sure what it’s like in other parts of the world. Hope this helps some of you! ��

  • your videos are awsome.If one has no thyroid can one be 100 % vegan?Cannot eat alges seavegetables and iodine?Love your talk of minimalism.And that you only use coconutoil on you face,Do you use sunscreen?What do you use to wash your hair with and body?

  • Why can frozen berries sometimes be more nutritious than fresh berries? Many fresh fruits, like berries, and some vegetables too, are picked before they are ripe. This allows them time to fully ripen during transportation, but it means they had less time to obtain and develop a full range of vitamins, minerals and natural antioxidants with help from the soil. Berries destined to be frozen, on the other hand, are picked at peak ripeness, when they’re most nutritious. Both fresh and frozen berries are wonderfully nutritious, and incredibly antioxidant rich; include these little gems in your meals and snacks whenever possible:)

  • As a Nutritionist do you have any suggestions for helping a fatty liver? I’m asking because of the Turmeric in the video I’ve heard that is one of the spices that can help with this How much oatmeal was in your small bowl with the berries? Lastly could you tell me what is the benefit of nutritional yeast?? Thanks in advance.

  • Uh, no, The soup looks disgusting, powdered peanut butter is more expensive then regular peanut butter, the salmon is a good idea but the way he’s got it a serving would be about teaspoon so screw that, and buying Quinoa in a box like that is actually the expensive way tot do it….go to whatever your local healthfood store is, buy a big bulk bag of it it’s way cheaper.

  • Everything looks so good and fresh! I don’t eat as healthy as I should bc it feels overwhelming to come up with tasty options. Thanks for making it look/feel so simple!

  • Hi I saw you have tiny magnets that hold your paper to the refrigerator….I’ve been looking for something like that…. where did you get yours? Thanks

  • I’m really enjoying your newer videos! You seem much happier and look amazing girl! I’m so happy for you. Thanks for the great advice!

  • I went to uni in Australia, so I understand completely when you said that the price of processed food in Australia is insanely expensive. ��

    One good thing is that it drives people (or maybe just me) to cook for myself and therefore having much more healthier option, rather than live somewhere with really cheap processed and take out food that aren’t exactly healthy.

  • This is a brilliant, beautiful-looking, and useful video. I might try to apply some for myself. The thing is I currently live with my family and their diet is not the healthiest, with plenty of snacks, instant noodles always stocked in the pantry, and a lot of deep fried, flour coated food. There’s always vegetable soup, but even that is usually rather heavily seasoned. I ended up always sautéing or steaming my own spinach or and boiling my own eggs, but nevertheless this video is still helpful.

  • Super helpful video! Do you think I’d still be able to get my hands on that acne studios sweatshirt you are wearing? I’m obsessed ��

  • I’m very greatfull and blessed that I’m watching this video because it was interesting and entertaining and not because I legitimately needed the knowledge.
    Very great and informative video.

  • could you pls make a video where you show us tips on how to go grocery shopping so that the food you buy will not just be finished in one week or so

  • Rachel please more meal preps with frozen stuff. You put them in the freezer again or just in the fridge? And also, using microwave or oven to cook them?

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  • be honest, I’m going every 2 weeks on local food pantry at church to get dry beans, raw honey, oats, brown rice to make more healthy plant-based food. That way I’m not shopping a lot at the store these items and saving money…

  • Such good tips and beautiful to watch as always �� sometimes I try to see how long I can wait to shop, maybe an extra day or two than i initially wanted to and I will get creative with whatever is left in my fridge/freezer/pantry! I’ve come up with some tasty meals this way!

  • Sorry, you’re talking about buying everything organic. It is not affordable to buy organic stuff which is the issue of most middle class. Is there any other options for example washing the produce with water and vinegar or lemon. What you suggest? Thank you.

  • The cheese sticks, buy bread crumbs, egg and milk.
    Take the mozzarella stick and cut in half amd coat in flour
    Then roll around in egg milk mix and bread with breadcrumbs back and forth in egg and breadcrumbs at LEAST 4 times.
    Then freeze for a minimum of an hour before frying
    Fry until the shell is hard NOT until they burst.

  • Nutrition is still in its infancy. It doesn’t account for many factors that shape what and how people can actually eat. Here in The United States there’s a tendency now to just discard all or most animal protein and toss in all sorts of allergenic foods into recommended diets that cause chronic rhinitis or even sinusitis sometimes. For example, wheat, especially whole wheat, is one of the most allergenic foods in existence. Millions of people worldwide have allergies to wheat, some severe. Most berries, except bananas, are also very histamine inducing, especially when consumed long term. And flax seeds and chia seeds are the worst. Most people on earth have never even encountered those foods in their genetic group until now. That is a huge potential for a severe allergic reaction. It just bothers me that allergies are always treated as an exception rather than a fact of life. And people basically have to get their own private consultation to have any basic idea or sense of what to eat. And Including allergies information in food products does not count. That’s just a disclaimer to protect the industries from lawsuits.
    This isn’t a tantrum. This needs to be accounted for and not everyone can or should eat the same things.

    For starters, nutritional information should encompass propensity to cause allergies. There should be a statistical index proportionally worked out with the current American population. And it should be understood that not everyone traces their lineage back to groups of people rich in berries diets or people rich in rice diets. Everything has its place.

    Understanding nutrition the way it is learned now is like teaching Psychology everywhere the same. Psychology is a field that is very dependent on the culture. Some cultures deal well with intellectual deconstruction of emotions, others don’t. Some deal better with strategies to feel better without deconstructing anything. And those cultures coexist many times in one place, one country. This is the same thing with nutrition. Do we think the US is so vast that it is the only valid place on the planet. Many cultures far more ancient have tried and true methods of nutrition that don’t include all those nuts smoothies, and dipping on hummus or yogurts as foods, but rather plates eaten at the table with a variety of choices.

    This whole snacking thing is unthinkable for more of human history. Except fruits, snacking is a very recent and lazy thing.

    Let’s dive deep into nutrition beyond just looking at nutrient density or proteins. Lets look at amino acids and which foods offer which. I bet the majority of people can name many antioxidant rich foods and in the correct order, but probably have no idea which amino acids are present in which proteins, and how much starch actually promotes a healthy weight instead of discarding things like rice as only belly promoting foods

  • One of the ways you can save money is drinking coffee black with no sugar or cream, drinking it black will suppress your appetite also be mindful don’t continue to drink the coffee if you cant you might throw up, but one cup or a LITTLE less will do if you can drink more go right ahead.

  • Money saving hack, buy different brands, even themoney value items and figure if there is a difference in taste and if you’re willing to pay sometimes double or triple for items that taste almost or sometimes exactly the same. Don’t just buy the biggest or expensive brands

  • Great video and a good way to show how to make a dollar stretch! It’s also very cool to see the types of meals that different people gravitate towards when getting the most out of a little.

  • My dad read “how not to die” two years ago and suggested it to me.So for the last 2 years I have been sticking to its tips like a Bible

  • ::smashes up the food in a regular bag::
    ::shows it next to a non-smashed-up piece of food in a vacuum bag::
    “Just take a look at the difference! Which would YOU prefer?” LMFAO

  • Can confirm:
    In the US getting a week’s worth of fresh produce and meats are unreasonably more expensive than say… getting boxes of mac ‘n’ cheese and hamburger helper or ordering off the $1 menu at McDonald’s. Being poor totally screws with your health when you only have enough food for today.

  • So grateful I found you videos on youtube! I finally feel like I found someone who explains living a healthy life that is in line with what I can do. Thank you so much! -Katie, BC, Canada

  • Her 2 year old son eats so much? WTF? Really? She is attractive, her body is not. Salmon is the only one that was appealing.Quinoa is good as a side dish for most people. Basically another Dr Oz fail.

  • It’s not more expensive at all. I’m sorry but a sac of sweet potatoes and veggies and chicken are way cheaper than hot dogs, frozen fries, and boxes of cookies. All these are excuses to eat unhealthy. Yes, if you go out to eat unhealthy foods are WAY cheaper. But thats why you’ll just have to prepare things.

  • I know he’s a doctor and he likes to focus on health. But, none of these taste good. You realize kids got to eat this too and we can’t just let them starve or force food down their throat.

  • For me, if I have a plan I waste less and buy less. It takes time-something I’m still working on but as I add to my go-to’s I’m thinking it is helping. Plus-use the freezer to freeze in-season fruits/vegetables. I invest in blueberries and peaches in season every summer. Didn’t know I could freeze spinach right out of the container. That’s a game changer as it always goes bad on me. Thanks!

  • If foods are at risk of going bad, dry them. You can do it in the oven or microwave if you don’t have a dehydrator. Also, regarding meat and vegetable waste. I throw mine in a pot with seasoning and make my own broth.

  • Quite a few people are criticizing the avocado tip. Saying you are ruining the avocados for other people.

    IF you pick the stem and it’s already brown then you aren’t wasting anything. IT was bad to begin with. By damaging the fruit you’re actually directing people away form it and to choose another avocado.

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  • It is so hard to afford healthy food with a chronic illness. So much is off the table. Try no eggs, dairy, wheat or gluten, and no sugar. It’s so boring. Hard to live this way. Oh and have to keep legumes in moderation or else flare-ups. So basically fruit, veggies, and meat. �� Help!