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How much did you save doing the Eat4Cheap challenge?

How much money did you manage to save over a week doing the Eat4Cheap challenge? Share your result here and how you did it!

For more information about the Eat4Cheap challenge read:

nhs.uk/Livewell/eat4cheap/P...

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Hmmm... well, I managed to eat healthily on £3 a day, which is £21 for the week. My weekly supermarket bill is normally £50 (including non-food items), so I reckon I saved £20-25 that week.

Actually, that's not bad - I halved my weekly food bill!

nhs.uk/Livewell/eat4cheap/P...

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We got down from £130 to £106 (excluding booze). I'm a convert to cheaper cuts of meat for stews/curries.

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My partner and I aimed to save 25% but we actually saved 40% of our weekly bill, AND managed to get our 5 a day every day. Top tips include writing a weekly meal plan, shopping at a bigger supermarket and buying fresh fruit and veg from the market.

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My husband and I have been shopping in cheaper stores, going for the cheapest makes and making more batch meals. We used to spend around £100 per week on shopping (everything all in). Having been much more careful and with a lot more planning over the last month, we have cut our food bill by ~40-50%. It's shocking to think what money we used to spend! I've made a reference to this site in my blog post today - wp.me/p4vqfX-6p

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Hi, My wife an I managed to save about £75 by doing the Eat4cheap challenge. We made savings by buying frozen veg such as sweetcorn, peas, peppers and spinach and by making sure we cooked enough for our evening meal that there were leftovers for both of us to take to work the following day, eating out for lunch, even if it's just buying a sandwich, drink and crisps can really add up.

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I'm going to try this when I live on my own in a few weeks. I've got around 200 pounds to spend on food for 7 weeks, and only myself to feed. Seem resonable?

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Hi Jennywalker,

Good luck. Let us know how you did!

Here's how Caroline managed feeding herself on £3 a day for a week:

nhs.uk/Livewell/eat4cheap/P...

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Yeh, I particularly like the comment under the item :-D

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I am developing a theory that a diet low in complex carbohydrates is associated with irritability!

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That's a good hypothesis to start with.

I would say you need to be able to distinguish from withdrawal from not eating the high-glycaemic foods mentioned, and reactive hypoglycaemia from eating them too.

The sustained energy options to avoid these would include barely ripe bananas, whole-oats, and sweet potato. Most vegetables are the best source of low Gi complex carbohydrates glycemicindex.com .

You don't often find people that are low in complex carbohydrates; it's usually the case that people have too much.

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But there seem to be a lot of people who have a particular communication style when they advocate that foods like jacket potato and wholemeal bread are actively unhealthy for everyone (cf not the whole answer) - like the commenter on that article. It doesn't say much for the effects of the advocated diet on psychological wellbeing.

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Are you saying that not everyone who eats high-Gi gets ill, but if you don't eat high-Gi your psychological wellbeing will be less than optimal?

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Because that wouldn't be correct would it?

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Brilliant !!

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£3 a day?! What the hell are you eating?

I'm currently spending 67p a day / £4.69 a week, because I want to lose weight but eat eat something I enjoy so I'm consuming ~1500 Kcals . I can sustain my weight at 2000 kcals but only spend 47p a day / £3.29 a week thus saving £1.40 ;)

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I usually buy stuff inn iceland but we have a local asda mini market up from us that does click and collect so decided to type in the asda site smart price I will b saving around £5/£10 per payday.

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Sadly could not do cheep challenge because I on no sugar challenge only eating healthy and got two pet cats Sydnee and Annbel need pet food and put price up here

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