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I started Weight Watchers last Tuesday and shared with you guys during Friday Finals that I would do my best to start to share some frugal menu ideas.  We’ve had to rethink our buying over the last few days, but the more I’m reading and learning the more I see that a lot of things in my freezer and pantry can be turned into healthy versions of great meals.

I will confess that I would be best friends with Paula Deen and a stick of butter goes great in almost any recipe so this isn’t the easiest decision I’ve made.  But I’m already amazed to see what bad food choices I was making and move on.

So using items that we have gotten from previous sales here are three ideas to get us all thinking healthier without breaking the budget:

Breakfast:

Thomas Great Start English Muffin –  1 pt
1/4 cup Egg Beaters Eggs  – 1 pt
3 slices of Deli Fresh Shaved Ham – 1 pt
1/8 cup 2% Kraft Cheese cheddar – 1pt
salt & pepper to taste
Add green pepper or onion – 0 pt

1 small orange – 1 pt
glass of water

Total points = 5
Cost per serving = $1.37

The English muffins are B1G1 at Kroger right now and the egg beaters was B1G1 at Publix last week.  For the cheese we already had a lot of this from past sales where we got it for almost free.  I grabbed a green pepper also at Kroger for $0.75 ea.

Lunch:

3 large Pieces of Lettuce – 0 pt
canned Tuna in water 5.5 oz can – 3 pt
2 tbsp Kraft Fat Free Mayo – 0 pt
2 tbsp Mt. Olive Relish – 0 pt
salt and pepper to taste

Makes three Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps

Eat with 1 small Apple – 1 pt

Total points = 4
Cost per serving = $1 or less

Tuna is very easy to grab around $0.50 cents a can (if you haven’t yet then grab some starting Wednesday at Bi-Lo).  We’ve also grabbed the Kraft Mayo on a past B1G1 sale with a coupon.  Mt. Olive products were also recently B1G1, I’m noticing a trend here…

Dinner:

Grilled Chicken Breast, boneless skinless – 3 pt
Marinate in 2 tbsp Kraft Light Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing – 1 pt

Steamed Zucchini – 0 pt
1/2 cup of Mashed potatoes – 2 pt
1 tbsp Smart Balance Light Spread – 1 pt

Total Points = 7
Cost per serving = $1.25

My go to price on chicken is $1.99 lb or less so we have a good stock in our freezer from a past sale.  The Kraft dressing you can grab for free through Wednesday at Bi-Lo.  Potatoes are pretty good at Kroger this week for a 5lb bag around $1.75.  Squash and Zucchini are $0.99 lb at Kroger right now too.

Total points for the day = 16 points
Total cost = $3.62

Note:  Points are a trademark of Weight Watchers and are part of their program.  This post is not intended to be a diet program…  (just have to say that).

    • Rhlambert32

      Very excited to see someone else on WW. I've lost 21 pounds. Lots of people think it's expensive to diet. But I don't think so – especially if you look at unprocessed foods to eat. Good luck with your journey!

    • hmands00

      Jenny,
      Congrats on starting WW! I used it before I had kids and after each of my kids. I am in medicine, and I really find it to be the most live-able of the diets out there (and medically sound). thanks for the informative post!
      Good luck!

      • Ash

        I agree…plus it's way easier to follow since technically nothing is off-limits. You just have to plan accordingly.

    • Ash

      Jenny…God BLESS you for posting this! I started WW last week too and this is very helpful…dieting can tend to get expensive so I am happy to see these frugal meal ideas!

    • Megan

      Wow!! Good for you. You may inspire me. I am a lifetime member, but I've definitely not stuck to it. You've even left enough points for a snack. You will do great!

    • Paulaw

      I am so proud you are doing this!!!!!

    • TeachReid

      Way to Go!! I love these great healthy meal ideas. I am a lifetime member of WW but sometimes still struggle making my goal weight! Thanks!! Keep it up, it's worth it! Let us know how you do!

    • colagirl

      GOod for you! The one drawback about WW is that there are some foods that can be good sources of GOOD fats that wouldn't be allowed on WW like nuts, olive oil, etc. because it would make it too many points. I always add these into my diet though to make sure I am getting healthy oils and fats and to get other elements in my diet (like more protein, etc). Other than that, it is a good program.

      • Mary Lee

        I have done WW in the past, and there are no foods that aren't allowed – everything has a point value – you can eat anything you want as long as you stay within your points. I know at my meetings they actually wanted you to add olive oil when cooking veggies like green beans, etc.

    • Just me

      I know you don't live around “here” but do travel this direction frequently. Mr K's Piggly Wiggly has boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.99 a lb “all” the time (I've infrequently seen it on sale for $1.79 a lb but it seems to be unpredictable). So you might want to think about checkig next time you are here, lower fat and no bone.
      You might also want to be alert to Farmer's markets and produce stands in your area–I get in season veggies at ours for less than the sale prices at the stores

    • Essielee

      I have been doing WW @ work for a year and have lost 38 lb. getting close to goal. Eating healthier is a way of life. It is more costly at the grocery, but it is worth it. Great deal at Publix on Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. $1.50 with store and mfg qs. Only 2 points.

    • Micheller080584

      I just started WW about 3 weeks ago. Thanks for the ideas :)

    • Racngirl

      Thank you so much for this – I have become the “couponing queen” at my office and have also joined WW 7 weeks ago. It thrilled me to see the meal ideas and points based on some of the things that I already have or can get for next to nothing. Dieting does not have to be expensive! Thank you so much for posting this… maybe as a way to keep your focus going on your own journey, you could occasionally post other finds like that – ah heaven is coupon matchups AND WW points matchups!!! lol thanks again!!

    • Elizabeth Hatton

      What a great idea! Thanks for the recipe ideas…would love to see more.

    • Ebelyeu

      This is great!!! Thank you:) I have been wanting to lose a few “baby” pounds and I am a SS follower…perfect! Thanks for taking the time to do this menu!!

    • Grace

      I just started reading your blog about 2 weeks ago and I want to thank you for posting WW meal ideas as well. I have been very successful with WW. I have lost 65lbs in the past 3 years myself. I love the plan, but it can get expensive if you are not using coupons and finding new foods to eat. The Weight Watchers Magazine usually has coupons and also if you go to meetings, they give you coupons for their products (I always asked for extra coupons–and they gave them to me with a smile). Keep up the great work! and good luck on your weight loss journey.

    • Beverly

      I started WW about 6 weeks ago and I've lost 11 pounds. I love it since I get to choose what I want to eat depending on my points or activity for that day. Thanks for recipe ideas! I look forward to seeing more!

    • Sfinley941

      you have no idea how awesome it is to hear you're doing this and the insight on doing Weight Watchers and balancing a frugal budget, THANK~YOU

    • Andrea

      I love this!! I'm going to hop back on the “lifestyle change” (I try not to use the term diet) again after several failed attempts. I thought it would be too expensive to change my diet completely, but now I see that is not so, its just another one of my excuses. Maybe there should be some kind of Southern Savers WW support group :-)

    • Kelle McCarthy

      Here's a great WW treat for the sweet tooth::

      Take chocolate graham crackers and break them to their smallest size. Then take fat free cool whip and put some (cant remember the amount) on a graham cracker and then make a ice cream sandwich with it. Put in the freezer in a zip loc and grab one when you have that sweet tooth…. ONLY 1 point!

      • 1MiniMom

        For “Almost” Ice Cream Sandwiches use 1 12oz tub ff whipped topping, 1 box instant sf vanilla pudding mix and 10 chocolate graham crackers. Whip until completely dissolved. Break crackers in half and place a large dollop on 10 halves then top with remaining halves. Freeze on a cookie sheet, then store in freezer bag. If you can't find chocolate the regular flavor crackers taste fine too. These are amazing.

      • Carrie

        These are delicious! Even as kids when my mom was on WW we would ask her to make these! So yummy! Just the difference in the food we ate helped me to lose about ten pounds in one year without even trying. WW works!

    • Rhlambert32

      The program has changed since you knew it as they now suggest 2 teaspoons of healthy oils each day (olive, canola, safflower, sunflower or faxseed oil. Please almonds are definitely mentioned often has a great snack.

    • Kimboone123

      WW is a wonderful program! I've had success with it. Get as MUCH protein in each meal as you can so that you won't get so hungry in bettween meals. Also, Jolly Time popcorn is a GREAT snack at 1 point per bag and sometimes it goes on sale at Publix for $1/box with 4 bags in a box. That's 25 cents per bag/snack! Good luck with it! I know you'll have success!

    • Scrapbookservices

      I hope this doesn't offend you but is 16 points your goal? I am wondering because I'm in my target range so my points per day is one of the lowest I've seen and it's 22. I just hope you're making sure to still get enough calories and food in you. Eating too little can be damaging as well.

      • No no, not my goal. I'm far from my goal so I've got 25 a day but like to have extra to help get me through the afternoon and late night munchies.

        • Scrapbookservices

          Okay, that makes me feel better. I was concerned when I saw the total points because I knew that probably wasn't eating enough. Glad you eat more than 16 points per day :)

    • Sarah

      I think this is so awesome that you are doing this! I love how you are using whats on sale right now and showing how you can use the groceries to make HEALTHY meals. Love, love, love it! Wish more sites would do this. Thank you!

    • Jennifer

      Thank you so much for doing this! I could really use advice like this. I need to lose weight, but always worry that I can't on such a tight budget. This was a great start!

    • Stephanie

      Jenny, Best wishes in your decision to work on a healthy lifestyle along with healthy finances. I have never done WW, but I have lost 53 pounds using a similar approach. I simply count calories and took up running. You know, the old fashioned “eat less and move more” concept. I am closing in on my goal weight now; about 13 pounds to go. During this whole time, I have couponed and continued to spend half of what I used to spend on groceries. Portion control is key (and that helps save money too). Thanks for the post on this subject.

    • irmolees

      Congrats Jenny on joining up! I've been a Lifetime Member within my 2lb range of goal for 9 yrs! I love WW. It's flexible and TONS of recipes! The Green Giant Just for One veg are 0 points and I usually pair that with 0 point soup (Progresso Light, etc) and protein (grilled chick on a salad or turkey rolls). Variety is great and the BOGO and sale options with coupons are amazing! Keep us posted on your journey! Maybe I'll see you at a meeting some time! :)

    • Katherinecguti

      I'm so excited for you. This program will really change your life. I joined Weight Watchers 15 years ago when I was a very overweight teen. I lost 30 pounds and became a lifetime member. I gained about 43 pounds when I was pregnant with my daughter. I joined Weight Watchers when she was 6 weeks old (having already lost 23 of my pounds from delivery and breastfeeding). She is now 20 months and (after taking about an 8 month break from seriously dieting) I just hit my goal weight 2 weeks ago! I lost 26 pounds from when I joined at 6 weeks post-partum and weigh less now than when I got pregnant. Weight Watchers works. To be successful, you have to have your head in it – you have to want to do it. Two recent dieting discoveries that will help you in your journey:

      Whenever you buy veggies and fruit, cut it up and put it in baggies immediately for snacking. I cut up celery, cucumbers, carrots, grapes, etc. and have them ready to grab in baggies in the fridge. If I don't do this, I won't eat these things when I'm hungry. I know it sounds lazy, but trust me, when you need to snack, you want something you can quickly grab. This strategy helped me lose the last 5 pounds. Second, the low fat Eggo Nutrigrain waffles (on sale at Target and $.75 with Target coupon) are so yummy. They are low points (like around 1 point per waffle). I eat 3 with light syrup and count it for 5 points. They really taste good.

      I wish you so much luck on your weight loss journey. I look forward to your posts.

    • Bkbbmullins

      YAY for you. WW is AWESOME. The only plan that truly fits into your life. I'm a “repeat offender” so I'm back on the WW plan and I've lost 17 in 9 weeks. As they say in our meetings, “the plan works when you work the plan.” And I agree, coupons and WW advice in the same place makes life GREAT.

    • Meagan

      Thank you so much for doing this! I enjoy SS so much and I ma currently doing WW. I am so glad you posted this. It has inspired me to really look at both points and WW points! Please keep posting ideas like this!

    • Rfpatrick001

      Awesome. I have been thinking about joining! This is so helpful.

    • Vincerho

      Jenny,

      Thanks so much for this post on the Weight Watchers ideas! I just joined Weight Watchers last Wednesday, and so far so good. It will definitely take some determination but I think it is the best plan out there to lose weight. Keep those Weight Watchers posts coming!

    • jhp

      Thank you! I am in my third week of WW after many years of yo-yo dieting. I love Southern Savers and appreciate the points along with recipes of items we have purchased couponing! You are the best!!! Thank you!!!

    • Dmanning5

      I have been on WW now for 5 years, and need to say that this is a wonderful post that you have put together. It is very hard to stay on a diet and on a budget! WW is a great program, I lost 117 lbs. It took me 2 yrs and 10 months to get off the weight and I have been able to keep it off!

    • Tracy

      Thank you for the post. I started ww approx 6 weeks ago and have lost 16 pounds. Buying more healthy foods, including fruits and veggies is more expensive, but worth it.

    • grateful mom

      what a great idea! i hope you will continue to post economical meal ideas and points values! you have inspired me to start back{finally! i've been thinking about it a long time but just couldn't get inspired}

    • kermnelmo

      Oh my goodness ! I wish this was a regular post from you ! I love the idea of actually seeing what someone else eats each day and how much it costs us couponers !!!! Thanks for this post !!!!

    • Oxnermcm

      I also am on the Weight Watchers Program, not a diet, it's a way of life changes for a healthy way of eating and living. Started the program January 6 and up to this point have lost 23.8 pounds. It is so easy, because you eat real food, not special foods you need to buy from the program itself, only if you choose to. GOOD CHOICE!!
      Hope we can find more WW product coupons and products in the stores.
      Love this post, please keep it coming.

    • i love weight watchers!
      if you are looking for some new recipess, check out http://www.skinnytaste.com. Gina has some great recipes!!

    • Ginny_allison

      I enjoy playing with my grandkids – putting a puzzle together.

    • bunchofpants

      I've had great success on WW, and I hope you do, too. I LOVE this post and I hope you'll add it as a regular feature. Maybe WW would consider a few sponsored posts if you let them know what you're doing ….

    • Adamsacreas

      I started just cutting back on sweets and gave up carbinated beverages(in Oct) earlier this year. I started weighing in March and since then I have lost 15 lbs. I am now at 153lbs and my goal is to weigh less than 150 so I'm close. A big saver for me was my big lettuce patch that I grew from Dollar General .25 a pack seeds. I planted it in an area about the size of a flower bed and it produced so much that I was sharing with everyone at school. We had a small frig in class and 3 of us at salads together everyday. It made it more enjoyable. Now that the weather has warmed up and the lettuce wilted it is being replaced by my squash plants and onions. It amazing how much produce you can get out of a small area. We have a tractor but it's not allowed near my veggies-so if you don't have one that's OK-you can grow your own food without it. Also you can grow a lot of produce in big flower pots.

    • grisy

      Congratulations Jenny for your decision!! I admire you even more now, because you are going to be an example that couponing is not an excuse to only buy junk and not eating healthy!
      You go girl!!
      We cheer you up from here!

    • Heidster

      Like this, Jenny! I am back on WW, too…. so this gives me good (cheap!) ideas. Thanks. Off to make a version of your yesterday's breakfast!

    • julie

      this is my favorite post you have had!!!! just last night a friend commented that poor people are more obese because it is more expensive to eat healty…and when you look at the sales the cheapest stuff always seems to be the worst for your health. Thanks for finding a way to help us be on a budget and eat healthy!

      • JL

        I hate it when people say that. Why is it the only in America are the “poor” people obese. Even withjout copons you can get an entire healthy meal for what you pay for 1 fast food meal. I do love this post. We need to educate people that they CAN afford to eat heathier.

    • Amy

      This is very inspiring… I was on WW for 12 weeks lost 12 pounds and felt great!! I have to confess… I strayed when I started couponing because of all the sweet deals on snack foods (my will power when it's in the house is low). I am starting to count my points again today… Thank you Jenny!

    • Tg

    • This is a great! I started WW two weeks ago and was wondering how it would change my grocery budget. I hope more WW-friendly menu ideas are to come.

    • JL

      Great Job!!! If anyone has an Aldi near them they should check it out. Great place to buy produce, milk and eggs. A gallon of milk is always under $2.00(right now it is $1.89 and eggs are.59 cents) Produce is super cheap. I got strawberrys and a whole pineapple fo .99 cents each!!!!!

    • Ashley

      I hope this becomes a regular post. I am a lifetime WW, but quit going to meetings after reaching my goal. I strayed from counting my points and gained my weight back. Seeing your post today helped me to see that you can still lose weight and save money. I am going to get back on WW after vacation next week. Thanks for the inspiration !!

    • Vikie504

      My husband has been on Weight Watchers for years. 2 years ago, we decided to really cut our grocery/dining/household budget (from about $1800 down to $700). He has been able to stick to WW the entire time and we usually spend way less than we budget for food. The best thing to do is STOP eating out! Restaurants are a budget and diet buster.

    • Mom-2-many

      THANK YOU JENNY!!!! MUCH NEEDED!!!!!

    • sarah

      A good way to keep your veggies healthy and tasty is to cook them in chicken broth….it's VERY flavorful and doesn't cost any extra points! I'm not on WW now, but have been in the past and that's how I always cooked my veggies.

    • Amy

      Good for you! I love WW and I hope it works well for you! Thanks for the great easy menu ideas, including the points–so helpful!

    • I'm loving the WW posts! I love WW, keep em coming.

    • Jacketfan24

      I started WW in March, so I was really glad to see this post. I have managed to still buy what I need to eat and still save money with your site. My family doesn't always eat exactly what I do, but there is always something that I can buy on sale that I can have. I would love to see this as a regular feature!
      Good luck!

    • sarah

      A good way to keep your veggies healthy and tasty is to cook them in chicken broth….it's VERY flavorful and doesn't cost any extra points! I'm not on WW now, but have been in the past and that's how I always cooked my veggies.

    • Amy

      Good for you! I love WW and I hope it works well for you! Thanks for the great easy menu ideas, including the points–so helpful!

    • I'm loving the WW posts! I love WW, keep em coming.

    • Jacketfan24

      I started WW in March, so I was really glad to see this post. I have managed to still buy what I need to eat and still save money with your site. My family doesn't always eat exactly what I do, but there is always something that I can buy on sale that I can have. I would love to see this as a regular feature!
      Good luck!