Low-Carb Eating on a Budget: Advanced Strategies

Ready to go beyond the basic tips for saving money while eating low carb? I have some basic tips and thoughts in the articles Low Cost Low Carb and Low-Carb Eating on a Budget. Here are some more tips and advanced strategies.

Learn From a Master

Is it possible to eat well, eat low-carb, and eat very inexpensively? Yes! To learn some great tactics, you can't do better than follow low-carb blogger Regina Wilshire's adventure in attempting to follow a low-carb diet for a week on $3 per day:

Regina's Shopping Trip

Regina's Reports on Her Week of Eating (a bit out of order)

Price Books

In order to save money, it's important to know what the standard prices and sale prices are for your area. Some of it you can do from sales circulars in your mail box, and some from jotting down prices next time you're in the store.

Know the "Enemy"

Of course, stores are there to make money, not give you great deals. There are lots of tricks that manufacturers and stores use to try to get you to spend more. 

Using Coupons

I have tended to think that we as low-carb eaters wouldn't get much value from coupons, since most coupons are for processed foods. But there are certainly coupons out there for some low-carb foods, as well as non-food items. So why just leave that money sitting in a newspaper, magazine, or online source, when it could be yours? About.com sites have a lot to offer in the way of advice:

Ethnic Grocery Stores

If you live in an area where there are grocery stores that cater to certain ethnic cuisines, you can sometimes get great deals on some foods. I have found that in particular Asian supermarkets (on the West coast of the U.S. an example is the Ranch 99 chain) have very good prices on produce, many meats, and such Asian staples as soy sauce, sesame oil, and spices.

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