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my husband lost his job a few months ago and we are on a tight budget. what are some healthy recipes with cheap ingredients? and what are some workout options when you don't have a gym membership, money for a lot of home equipment, and unpredictable weather?

Fri. Jul 21, 4:21pm

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you can substitute cans of soup for minimal weights or the large plastic gallon milk jugs for a heavier weight (once you've used the milk, fill up the jug w/ water for more/less weight. you can tie the legs together on a pai of panty hose and adjust the resistance for leg toning.

if you can purchase your food in bulk, you can make lots of meals at one time and freeze for future use.

this is the place for tips of this sort. just keep checking this thread-i'm sure you will be able to get some good/useful ideas. good luck!

Friday, July 21, 2006, 4:53 PM

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Making meals ahead is a great idea, and that way nothing goes bad in the fridge.

Shop around to multiple stores and keep in mind the cheapest price you find things for, and try not to pay more. (Example: cheap grapes are 99 cents a pound, and I try not to ever buy them for more).

As far as working out, you've got your own two legs - go for a walk or run! Rent workout DVDs before you buy, or start an exchange program with some friends, or get a cheap NetFlix subscription and rent some.

Friday, July 21, 2006, 8:06 PM

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Buy Oatmeal and Beans in bulk.

With the oatmeal, you can make homemade granola, oatmeal bars, have oatmeal in the morning, add to ground meat to streach it.

Nothing beter than rice and beans, the combo makes a great protein.
Refried beans, (In a crock pot take some beans [what ever is the cheapest] a bag of frozen mixed veggies, some garlic, and a palm full of season salt, cover with water, and cook on low all day. when you get home, mash, serve with a bit of cheese and some tortlias. This is my all time fav thing.

Working out, look into old time exerciese, jumping jacks, push ups, sit ups and you can also walk around the block.

It can be done, all it takes is some determination. Good luck

Friday, July 21, 2006, 9:31 PM

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How do you make homemade oatmeal bars? I've been looking at taking some thing hearty and good for me to the gym for right after a workout and love the idea of just munching on a granola/oatmeal bar, but I'm allergic to flax seeds and flax seed oil is in almost every healthy nutrition bar I find in the market. And if it doesn't have that it will be loaded with fake sugar stuff that makes me just as sick. I'd love to be able to make my own kind of munchie goodie in my pocket snack. Oatmeal is awesome stuff.

Friday, July 21, 2006, 10:28 PM

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Oatmeal Bars

2 Cups Oatmeal
4 scoops of whey (protein powder--any will do-vanilla kind)
1/2 cup peanut butter
about 5 tbsp of water.

Mix in a bowl--dough should be stiff.

Forms 6 bars on wax paper--freeze them for 40 minutes and then they are ready to go!! No baking!!

For the tight budget, leave out the protein powder.
these are really really good. I find them kinda curmbly, but not bad. I like to add some dried fruit.

Friday, July 21, 2006, 10:50 PM

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My sister swears by her jump rope for aerobic workouts.

Saturday, July 22, 2006, 5:49 AM

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Many communities have a pool/gym, usually inexpensive. Shop garage sales for weights or exercise DVDs and videos. Walk with a buddy! Buy veggies that go on sale - I plan my meals around the sale flyer. Make friends with garderers. Buy grains, beans, spices in bulk.

Saturday, July 22, 2006, 6:05 AM

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I'm a big fan of exercise DVD's - particularly the ones from Crunch - you can find some of them on eBay pretty cheaply. Go to to read reviews.

Also, shop for in-season vegetables. Buy things like chicken breasts in bulk at Sam's or Costco (although watch the portion sizes - some of the Tyson bulk chicken breasts are really TWO portions of chicken - they're HUGE!)

Most of all, avoid gimmicky "diet" foods. Most of them are overpriced and nutritionally not all that great.

Saturday, July 22, 2006, 11:56 AM

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I eat the same foods most of the time as the rest of the family no diet foods for me, just remember it is all about portion control measure what you eat and you can eat the same as the rest of the family, for exercise take a walk if you don't have any exercise videos make up your own exercise plan throw on some music and just dance around . You can lose weight on low budget!! I know first hand.

Sunday, July 23, 2006, 7:57 AM

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walk away the pounds

I just got some of these tapes off of ebay cheap- and love them.... low impact and she does not have you take up much room in living room or wherever the tv/vcr/dvd player are. I plan on doing these instead of reinrolling in Y for the winter...

Sunday, July 23, 2006, 8:13 AM

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