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Papa Joe Aviance Lost 250 Pounds on the '99-Cent Diet'
Yahoo Health ^ | 6/4/13 | Jenna Bergen

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 couldn’t 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) cheap—here are 20 ways to feed your family for $100 a week.)

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True some stuff you can get on the cheap at the .99 Store, but some you are better off getting at Walmart. I did find some canned roast beef in gravy once (Made and Canned in America) that was great, but it didn't last long and they never restocked it.
1 posted on 06/05/2013 12:16:35 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

PING!!


2 posted on 06/05/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!

Doesn’t hurt to look!


3 posted on 06/05/2013 12:18:19 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

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.


4 posted on 06/05/2013 12:23:13 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: Kartographer
the '99-Cent Diet'

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...)

5 posted on 06/05/2013 12:24:50 PM PDT by apillar
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To: Kartographer

Tell this to the Dept of H&HS. Replace EBT cards with (half the current amount in) Dollar Store gift cards.


6 posted on 06/05/2013 12:26:33 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: apillar

You misspelled fitty cents.


7 posted on 06/05/2013 12:29:48 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Forget it, Jake. It's Eric Holder's people.")
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To: Kartographer

For lunch, I had a cup of cornmeal mush which rings in at 15 cents.


8 posted on 06/05/2013 12:30:10 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: Kartographer

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.


9 posted on 06/05/2013 12:34:51 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So did U.

It’s:

“Fitty Cent”...

LOL


10 posted on 06/05/2013 12:35:42 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

:)


11 posted on 06/05/2013 12:36:14 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Forget it, Jake. It's Eric Holder's people.")
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To: bgill

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.


12 posted on 06/05/2013 12:36:55 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: bgill

The ones to look for are called 99 Cents Only stores. Lots more fresh foods than Dollar Tree.


13 posted on 06/05/2013 12:38:43 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: bgill

I just eat dirt, which is free. Plants eat it, so must be good stuff.

I get a lot of strange looks though.


14 posted on 06/05/2013 12:39:58 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Hugin

CA/NV/TX: 8am-10pm
AZ: 8am-10pm

Seems to be a bit limited in locations. Too bad.


15 posted on 06/05/2013 12:41:58 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: bgill

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).


16 posted on 06/05/2013 12:44:24 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: listenhillary

I eat worms from my gardens. Very high in protein.


17 posted on 06/05/2013 12:45:41 PM PDT by Slip18
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To: listenhillary

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.


18 posted on 06/05/2013 12:46:41 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: bgill

I’m familiar with corn mush. Sliced and fried with bacon on the side.


19 posted on 06/05/2013 12:49:17 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: bgill
Dollar General has some really good products. I can get a can of chicken (US produced) for $1. There are a lot of reasonably priced healthy foods. Also, their household products are priced reasonably. They even have underwear. They carry a lot more "made in the USA" than most stores. Also, they seem always willing to give a person who is serious about working the opportunity to have a job.

I buy whatever I can there, for all of those reasons.

20 posted on 06/05/2013 12:52:57 PM PDT by grania
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To: Ditter

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.


21 posted on 06/05/2013 1:00:39 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Vendome

So did U.

It’s:

“Fitty Cent”...

LOL

Thought it was “Fiddy cent...” Must be a dialect issue...


22 posted on 06/05/2013 1:01:02 PM PDT by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: Kartographer
I'll say it again, the best place to get groceries "on a shoestring" is Grocery Outlet. If there's one near you, check it out every time you pass by. I can't count how many times I've gotten meat and cheese at 50-80% off what I'd pay at Safeway, but you have to keep an eye open for those kinds of deals.
23 posted on 06/05/2013 1:05:08 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Kartographer
I'll say it again, the best place to get groceries "on a shoestring" is Grocery Outlet. If there's one near you, check it out every time you pass by. I can't count how many times I've gotten meat and cheese at 50-80% off what I'd pay at Safeway, but you have to keep an eye open for those kinds of deals.
24 posted on 06/05/2013 1:05:35 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: petro45acp

East Coast/West Coast iterations.


25 posted on 06/05/2013 1:11:03 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Ditter

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.


26 posted on 06/05/2013 1:17:07 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Kartographer

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 ;-)


27 posted on 06/05/2013 1:18:13 PM PDT by LadyBuck (....and we're off to the rodeo......)
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To: Ditter

“I can’t imagine eating anything that came from a 99 cent store.”

Actually the movie candy is very good. I never lost weight on it though.


28 posted on 06/05/2013 1:21:51 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: stars & stripes forever

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.


29 posted on 06/05/2013 1:29:44 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: jiggyboy

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)
http://www.extremebargains.net/store/Independent_Discount_and_Salvage_Grocery_Store_Directory.html


30 posted on 06/05/2013 1:38:45 PM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: Vendome

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.


31 posted on 06/05/2013 1:39:41 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: Hugin

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.


32 posted on 06/05/2013 1:40:00 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Tucker39

That’s Southern Drawl for them.

Kinda like the difference between “Shit” for East and West Coast or “Shee-yit” for Southerners.

LOL


33 posted on 06/05/2013 1:44:56 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Kartographer

Only food I see in those places is Mexican cereal and peanuts from Vietnam.


34 posted on 06/05/2013 1:50:53 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kartographer

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.


35 posted on 06/05/2013 1:52:13 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: Vendome

Bulls-eye!!!

Cheers
KYPD


36 posted on 06/05/2013 1:52:17 PM PDT by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: libertarian27

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.

Gotta run.


37 posted on 06/05/2013 2:07:03 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Iron Munro

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.


38 posted on 06/05/2013 2:23:33 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Kartographer

My wife wants to know: How long did it take him to lose the weight on that diet?


39 posted on 06/05/2013 2:24:11 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: jiggyboy

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.


40 posted on 06/05/2013 2:26:02 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Kartographer

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.


41 posted on 06/05/2013 2:30:54 PM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: Kartographer

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.


42 posted on 06/05/2013 2:38:54 PM PDT by reformed_dem
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To: Tucker39
"Within three to four weeks, Aviance started to see changes. “And within 3 months, I was like ‘Hey, this is working!” he laughs. “I started to take all of my clothes to a seamstress so she could take everything in. I was still too broke to go out and buy new clothes, but I didn’t care. I was on a mission.”

Aviance’s morning walks become so regular, that people in his neighborhood started to take notice. “Since I walk every morning, people have started giving me high fives. I felt like a mini rock star in my community. I’ve even had people stop me and tell them I motivated and inspired them to start walking.”

43 posted on 06/05/2013 2:46:48 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: bgill

Yes, but when you call it polenta, you can sell it for a lot more. );-)


44 posted on 06/05/2013 2:53:45 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: Kartographer

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.


45 posted on 06/05/2013 3:08:10 PM PDT by foxpro2
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To: tbw2
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.

Good points.

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.

46 posted on 06/05/2013 3:13:59 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: Kartographer

yuck I hate WalMart “meat”


47 posted on 06/05/2013 3:46:44 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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BFL - This broke, fat guy REALLY needs to read this!


48 posted on 06/05/2013 4:04:44 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Vendome

I thought it was “fiddycent”.


49 posted on 06/05/2013 4:31:04 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Probably. I just knew it wasn’t spelled “fifty.”


50 posted on 06/05/2013 4:52:43 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Forget it, Jake. It's Eric Holder's people.")
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