Skip to comments.Papa Joe Aviance Lost 250 Pounds on the '99-Cent Diet'
Posted on 06/05/2013 12:16:35 PM PDT by Kartographer
Only $50 Per Week for Food While he was determined to eat better, Aviance had to find a way to do it on a shoestring budget. A friend told me I should check out the 99-Cent Store. Since I couldnt afford Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, I decided to see what they had. Aviance was pleasantly surprised to find that the 99-Cent Store in his neighborhood had plenty of healthy foods to choose from. Oatmeal, raisins, nuts, bananas, apples, oranges, bell peppers, spinach, salad dressing, tuna fish, eggs
I was shocked. I was blown away, recalls Aviance. It was a huge savings. I literally spent no more than $50 a week on food. (Feeding a family? You can still do it on the (healthy) cheaphere are 20 ways to feed your family for $100 a week.)
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Doesn’t hurt to look!
Must be a different 99 cent store. The ones I’ve seen here only sell bobble head dolls, kitchen gadgets, candles and anything else made in China.
At least it's better than the 50 Cent diet, which is cocaine and cognac.
(those that are up on their pop culture references will get it...)
Tell this to the Dept of H&HS. Replace EBT cards with (half the current amount in) Dollar Store gift cards.
You misspelled fitty cents.
For lunch, I had a cup of cornmeal mush which rings in at 15 cents.
Even I have been converted from buying my produce at Nob Hill or Whole Foods.
They sell in quantities that I usually cannot finish and for a couple of bucks less I can get the same lettuce, red & orange peppers, cheap azz cilantro, broccoli, etc.
Heck, even yogurt is way cheaper, as are eggs.
I can even get red potatoes in the size I prefer, medium/large, with more regularity than the other stores.
So did U.
My mom would buy it or make into a loaf and slice off pieces about 3/8 inch thick, slightly brown in a skillet, serve with maple syrup.
The ones to look for are called 99 Cents Only stores. Lots more fresh foods than Dollar Tree.
I just eat dirt, which is free. Plants eat it, so must be good stuff.
I get a lot of strange looks though.
Seems to be a bit limited in locations. Too bad.
Same here. I can’t imagine eating anything that came from a 99 cent store. It means it didn’t sell somewhere else so it was sent to a 99 cent store. How old are those canned foods? Maybe the guy lost 250 pounds because he spent most of his time in the bath room (and I don’t mean taking a bath).
I eat worms from my gardens. Very high in protein.
Ever had polenta? That’s the new fancy gourmet name for cornmeal mush. Don’t know it until you’ve tried it. Nice warm comfort food.
I’m familiar with corn mush. Sliced and fried with bacon on the side.
I buy whatever I can there, for all of those reasons.
Don’t worry. Some is local-brand or store-brand instead of name-brand stuff, some comes from bankruptcies or store closings of other chains, some comes from trial runs of new flavors or new sizes, some comes because it is indeed getting close to the expiration date. But even with that last one, note that the FDA does not have a hand in those dates — it’s up to the manufacturer.
So did U.
Thought it was “Fiddy cent...” Must be a dialect issue...
East Coast/West Coast iterations.
I agree. I’ve read you should stay away from dollar store toothpaste and pet food, since it could be contaminated Chinese crap. No way am I buying food for myself there.
The only things I ever buy at those Daollar Stores are:
Bazooka Bubble Gum (hubby loves it & it’s hard to find)
Wrapping paper around the Holidays
Mean Green Cleaning spray. That stuff killed all the black mold in my basement, when nothing else would. I still have cases of it, and if I could bathe my kiddies in it, I would ;-)
“I cant imagine eating anything that came from a 99 cent store.”
Actually the movie candy is very good. I never lost weight on it though.
Jasmine rice with chicken and lentils.
Chicken - 6 dollars
Rice - 2 dollars
Lentils - 1 dollar
I get 10 meals from it. 90 cents a meal. The rest of the family eats whatever. This week was a bonus. My dad got 2 pounds of free brisket from Rudy’s. He’s a Korean war vet. Came down to 30 cents a meal.
Now if I can only stay away from the pies, cakes ice cream and pretzels.
Looks like they buy a lot of ‘distressed’ products.
Nothing wrong with them....items that can’t move through the regular grocery channels for whatever reason.
(off buy, poor production planning, new items, dropped orders)
There are places like this all over the country. Stores like this buy products for pennies on the dollar and put very little markup percentages on them to move products through their doors quickly.
Some references (there’s more out there)
Not to put too fine a point on it, but I think you BOTH did. In the hood, it would be pronounced: Fit-ty Cent.
Just got back from my monthly trip. Hubby eats alot of canned soups, etc. and it is always cheaper there. During the month I buy alot of produce there. My mom used to eat almost totally out of the 99c store for between $15-20 a week.
That’s Southern Drawl for them.
Kinda like the difference between “Shit” for East and West Coast or “Shee-yit” for Southerners.
Only food I see in those places is Mexican cereal and peanuts from Vietnam.
The food section at our local Dollar Store has expanded to two aisles and gets bigger each time we visit. They have now added a frozen foods section
Just like Walmart, Big Lots, Dollar General and many other stores that sell food products at a discount, some items are good value, some are not.
We have learned to stock up when we see something we like that is a good value because the item may not be restocked when sold out.
Depends on what the meaning of distressed is.
If it is nearing a “Best Used by Date” and it’s in a can, it means absolutely nothing to me.
The bucks saved do though.
you can Colgate, Suave, Dinty Moore, and many other name brand products for cheap, cheap, cheap.
two or three bars of Dial soap for a buck? Not anywhere else.
I’ll trust vegetables and fruit, but would be iffy on buying meat products.
There’s the discount beef frozen meals that are actually horse, and the Icelandic meat pie found by DNA testing to have no meat in it.
My wife wants to know: How long did it take him to lose the weight on that diet?
Big Lots sometimes has good deals on groceries. They’ve even brought in their own line of generic foods, with canned tomato sauce and canned veggies due to demand.
My neck of the woods we have “Grocery Outlet”, a chain that carries discontinued items/ overstocks from the main supermarket chains.
One time I was in there and they had the same kind of thing, canned roast beef in gravy, so I got about 4 cans.
Had a meal with it served over noodles about a week later and it was DELISH!!, so I went back, it was all gone.
So next time when I saw something, almost the same, canned chicken in gravy with dumplings, I bought a couple cans, took them home, and tried it that very night. Excellent stuff. Good, cheap canned meats are hard to find.
So I made a point to go back the next day and bought a case of it!
Haven’t been in there for a while, I should check it out.
It’s amazing what you can find at the .99 store. I’m gluten intolerant and found Gluten Free Pantry items which normally sell for around $5-$6 box. A lot of their canned goods are actually less than .99.
Yes, but when you call it polenta, you can sell it for a lot more. );-)
Did you know there is no Trader Joe’s, Costco or 7-11’s in Fort Wayne, Indiana?
Which means no blue Stilton cheese, no decent $2 slices of pizza and no Slurpee’s.
It is really all quite sad, when you really think about it.
It pays not only be informed, but to be wary as well.
We only purchase meat where we have some confidence in the store.
And who knows for sure what is in prepared foods?
Even well known brands are an unknown.
yuck I hate WalMart “meat”
BFL - This broke, fat guy REALLY needs to read this!
I thought it was “fiddycent”.
Probably. I just knew it wasn’t spelled “fifty.”
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