Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16

Thread: Anyone else trying to do SW on a student budget?

  1. #1
    Regular Member
    bumblebee1990's Avatar
    Join Date
    26th May, 2014
    Posts
    86
    Rep Power
    1
    Diet: Slimming World
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 26th May 2014
    Start Weight: 13st2lb
    Current Weight: 11st8lb
    Goal Weight: 9st7lb
    Goal Date: May 2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 28.8
    Current BMI: 25.4
    Goal BMI: 20.8


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 1st8lb
    Weight to Lose: 2st1lb
    % Lost 11.96%

    Anyone else trying to do SW on a student budget?

    Hi

    I'm a full time student living away at university (but do manage to get home quite a lot), and whilst I do have a well paid part-time job, I'm mindful that I have to stick to a reasonably low food budget. Are there any other full time students out there doing SW? How do you manage to get diversity into your diet whilst sticking to a budget? I have around £25 a week to spend on food.
    x-If you've got soul let the world know-x
    Mini goals:


    • Get in to the 11 stones (Done 18/07/2014)
    • Lose 6 inches from hips (Currently 42 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Lose 4 inches from waist (Currently 32 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Lose 4 inches from bust line (Currently 38 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Do Pilates and jogging 5 times a week




  2. #2
    Regular Member
    LittleFlo's Avatar
    Join Date
    30th April, 2014
    Location
    Milton Keynes
    Posts
    30
    Rep Power
    0
    Diet: Slimming World Extra Easy
    Height: 5ft9in
    Start Date: 31/03/2014
    Start Weight: 17st11.5lb
    Current Weight: 15st7.5lb
    Goal Weight: 12st0lb
    Goal Date: 31/03/2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 36.8
    Current BMI: 32.1
    Goal BMI: 24.8


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 2st4lb
    Weight to Lose: 3st7.5lb
    % Lost 12.83%
    I'm not a student, but I am mindful about what I'm spending my money on. I'd suggest looking at somewhere like Lidl or Aldi, you'll find shedloads of good quality fruit and veg in there for a really reasonable price. I think I've seen some threads on here about Aldi/Lidl equivalent of Mullerlights too.

    If you've got access to the SW website, they do have some of the syns online for Aldi and Lidl branded foods.

    Personally, I find the meat in Lidl amazing for a fraction of the price I'd pay in one of the main supermarkets.
    Mini Targets
    - One stone award done 12/05/14
    - One and a half stone award done 02/06/2014
    - Club 10
    - Two stone award

  3. #3
    Likes to post
    stburgan's Avatar
    Join Date
    21st February, 2014
    Posts
    756
    Rep Power
    28
    I would recommend markets as well the fruit veg and fresh meat you can get is very good both in choice and in price
    sharon

  4. #4
    Likes to post
    RosiePops's Avatar
    Join Date
    11th March, 2014
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    775
    Rep Power
    18
    Diet: SW EE
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 8/2/14
    Start Weight: 12st2lb
    Current Weight: 10st10lb
    Goal Weight: 10st4lb
    Goal Date: 7/8/2014


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 26.6
    Current BMI: 23.5
    Goal BMI: 22.6


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 1st6lb
    Weight to Lose: 0st6lb
    % Lost 11.76%
    Hiya, im a ft student and doing ee/green. I shop mostly at lidl and buy the veg that is on offer- they have good frozen superfree too.
    The ff yoghurts are half the price of mullers, think they are all 0.5syn or cherry is free.
    I dont really eat much meat by my OH says its nice!
    The tinned stuff is cheap too- mushy peas, chopped toms, mixed beans etc.
    Agree with the above re local markets too- I try to go on a Thursday and gets two bags full of fresh veg for £4-7.
    Hope this helps! Its so frustrating that unhealthy foods are so often cheaper..
    Rosie x

  5. #5
    Regular Member
    bumblebee1990's Avatar
    Join Date
    26th May, 2014
    Posts
    86
    Rep Power
    1
    Diet: Slimming World
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 26th May 2014
    Start Weight: 13st2lb
    Current Weight: 11st8lb
    Goal Weight: 9st7lb
    Goal Date: May 2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 28.8
    Current BMI: 25.4
    Goal BMI: 20.8


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 1st8lb
    Weight to Lose: 2st1lb
    % Lost 11.96%
    Thanks all - very helpful stuff indeed!
    x-If you've got soul let the world know-x
    Mini goals:


    • Get in to the 11 stones (Done 18/07/2014)
    • Lose 6 inches from hips (Currently 42 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Lose 4 inches from waist (Currently 32 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Lose 4 inches from bust line (Currently 38 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Do Pilates and jogging 5 times a week




  6. #6
    Regular Member

    Join Date
    20th March, 2014
    Posts
    10
    Rep Power
    0
    Diet: None
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 03 March 2014
    Start Weight: 20st5.0lb
    Current Weight: 19st9.5lb
    Goal Weight: 12st0lb
    Goal Date: 03 MAr 2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 44.6
    Current BMI: 43.1
    Goal BMI: 26.3


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 0st9.5lb
    Weight to Lose: 7st9.5lb
    % Lost 3.33%
    Hi,
    Just had my last exam! Still only working part time though so being mindful. I am also trying to do it for £20-£25, but I'm doing mostly red days as I'm a massive meat eater. Any tips appreciated!

    As for myself, finding the reduced meats in Tesco etc is always great, there always seems to be turkey too, which is great for sw, it must be an unpopular meat? I buy as much meat as I can and freeze.
    I also visit the local veg market and fruit market, but again, reduced in the bigger supermarkets is also great.

  7. #7
    Likes to post
    MagicBeans23's Avatar
    Join Date
    4th January, 2014
    Posts
    138
    Rep Power
    22
    Diet: Slimming World Original/Green
    Height: 5ft2in
    Start Date: 01/01/14
    Start Weight: 10st8lb
    Current Weight: 9st3lb
    Goal Weight: 8st7lb
    Goal Date: 03/08/14


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 27.1
    Current BMI: 23.6
    Goal BMI: 21.8


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 1st5lb
    Weight to Lose: 0st10lb
    % Lost 12.84%
    When I try to keep costs down I buy a load of veg on offer/reduced and make a HUGE batch of soup that freeze in portions, that can last the week or keep for longer. Same with meats, if you can cook large batches and freeze it can work out cheaper over, say, 2 weeks than 2 separate weekly shops.
    Jan: -11lb
    Feb(Bday/Holiday): STS
    March: -9lb
    Apr(Holiday): ​-2lb
    May: +3lbs
    (off the wagon!)
    June (so far...):
    Total Loss: 1st 5lb

    Mini Goals:
    9st7lb
    9st
    8st10lb

    Long Term Goal: 8st 7lb

  8. #8
    Im always here!
    RebekahR's Avatar
    Join Date
    24th March, 2012
    Posts
    6,744
    Rep Power
    149
    Diet: Maintaining SW
    Height: 5ft6in
    I study pt and work. I try to keep it under 30 quid for 2 & kids half the week

    I don't buy fizzy/squash/bars anymore
    We don't eat meat or milk

    Basics are as follows
    Tinned tomatoes 25p a can
    Sweetcorn 35p a can
    Shredded wheat/wheetabix - budget line. 2 weeks worth under 2 quid
    Greek yoghurt 1 quid big pot
    Cottage cheese

    Fruit on offer aldi - my biggest spend around 5 quid a week - banana /grapes/pineapple/whatever on offer

    Frozen green beans - these last 4 weeks
    Frozen onions
    Tinned chickpea 35p

    Wholemeal rolls 12 for 1 quid

    I make every week vegetable curry or soup enough for 6 portions this then goes in freezer!

    Fresh veg on offer - I always get cherry tomatoes & lettuce

    This works for me..I'm trying to reduce it down another tenner or so using aldi

    Sent from my GT-I9300 using MiniMins.com mobile app
    Last edited by RebekahR : 28th May, 2014 at 07:33 AM

    2012
    Slimming for my Breast Reduction

    5.5 Months on S&S

    BMI 34 to HEALTHY BMI

    6kg removed during surgery

    2013

    Maintaining & recovering
    Using SW






  9. #9
    Regular Member
    bumblebee1990's Avatar
    Join Date
    26th May, 2014
    Posts
    86
    Rep Power
    1
    Diet: Slimming World
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 26th May 2014
    Start Weight: 13st2lb
    Current Weight: 11st8lb
    Goal Weight: 9st7lb
    Goal Date: May 2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 28.8
    Current BMI: 25.4
    Goal BMI: 20.8


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 1st8lb
    Weight to Lose: 2st1lb
    % Lost 11.96%
    Quote Originally Posted by RebekahR View Post
    I study pt and work. I try to keep it under 30 quid for 2 & kids half the week I don't buy fizzy/squash/bars anymore We don't eat meat or milk Basics are as follows Tinned tomatoes 25p a can Sweetcorn 35p a can Shredded wheat/wheetabix - budget line. 2 weeks worth under 2 quid Greek yoghurt 1 quid big pot Cottage cheese Fruit on offer aldi - my biggest spend around 5 quid a week - banana /grapes/pineapple/whatever on offer Frozen green beans - these last 4 weeks Frozen onions Tinned chickpea 35p Wholemeal rolls 12 for 1 quid I make every week vegetable curry or soup enough for 6 portions this then goes in freezer! Fresh veg on offer - I always get cherry tomatoes & lettuce This works for me..I'm trying to reduce it down another tenner or so using aldi Sent from my GT-I9300 using MiniMins.com mobile app
    That's really helpful, I just need a basics list to help get me started! Tbh, I think I ate too much meat before starting sw, so it wouldn't hurt me or my purse to cut down meat to once or twice a week! Good ideas.
    x-If you've got soul let the world know-x
    Mini goals:


    • Get in to the 11 stones (Done 18/07/2014)
    • Lose 6 inches from hips (Currently 42 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Lose 4 inches from waist (Currently 32 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Lose 4 inches from bust line (Currently 38 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Do Pilates and jogging 5 times a week




  10. #10
    Likes to post
    Hippopotamum's Avatar
    Join Date
    3rd May, 2013
    Posts
    527
    Rep Power
    39
    Diet: Slimming World
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 16/02/14
    Start Weight: 22st9.5lb
    Current Weight: 20st7lb
    Goal Weight: 11st5lb
    Goal Date: In the next few years...


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 49.7
    Current BMI: 44.9
    Goal BMI: 24.9


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 2st2.5lb
    Weight to Lose: 9st2lb
    % Lost 9.61%
    Use the market for your fruit and veg (or offers in the supermarket) and buy seasonal, plus root veg like onions and carrots, which are always cheaper. Asda have lettuce and cucumbers for 50p and cheap grapes. You can buy a bag of porridge for about 40p and will last most of the week. A box of eggs in Asda 15 free range for £2, great value and really versatile.

    You can still eat meat cheaply, a small chicken is about £3.50, which could feed you for a week. Roast the chicken then strip off all of the meat and place in individual portions in the fridge and freeze the rest in bags for later. Chop leg meat and keep to one side, boil the carcass with an onion for 2hrs, strain through a sieve and use it as stock. Chop onions, carrots, swede, potato, etc, pearl barley and add the stock, add leg meat and simmer for 90mins. Blend with a hand blender and portion into freezer bags/containers (about 8-10 servings). Lunch and dinner almost every day for a week.

    Buy cheaper canned fish like sardines and tuna, great for making pasta dishes/potato toppings and sandwiches. Cans of beans (26p for basics) for beans on toast and baked potato with beans, etc, basic cottage cheese is only 64p in Tesco and Asda and is really good for quiches and salads.

    Go to the supermarket later in the day and buy reduced bread, freeze and use over the following weeks, just take out what you need each day. Same goes for catching reduced meats, cheese and yoghurt, they all freeze.

    Use mysupermarket to compare prices and look for offers, and plan a menu and shop just for what you have on the list. Good luck. xxxx
    Started WW- Jul '13 @24st 1lb- BMI-52-50lb lost so far.

  11. #11
    Regular Member
    bumblebee1990's Avatar
    Join Date
    26th May, 2014
    Posts
    86
    Rep Power
    1
    Diet: Slimming World
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 26th May 2014
    Start Weight: 13st2lb
    Current Weight: 11st8lb
    Goal Weight: 9st7lb
    Goal Date: May 2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 28.8
    Current BMI: 25.4
    Goal BMI: 20.8


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 1st8lb
    Weight to Lose: 2st1lb
    % Lost 11.96%
    Quote Originally Posted by Hippopotamum View Post
    Use the market for your fruit and veg (or offers in the supermarket) and buy seasonal, plus root veg like onions and carrots, which are always cheaper. Asda have lettuce and cucumbers for 50p and cheap grapes. You can buy a bag of porridge for about 40p and will last most of the week. A box of eggs in Asda 15 free range for £2, great value and really versatile. You can still eat meat cheaply, a small chicken is about £3.50, which could feed you for a week. Roast the chicken then strip off all of the meat and place in individual portions in the fridge and freeze the rest in bags for later. Chop leg meat and keep to one side, boil the carcass with an onion for 2hrs, strain through a sieve and use it as stock. Chop onions, carrots, swede, potato, etc, pearl barley and add the stock, add leg meat and simmer for 90mins. Blend with a hand blender and portion into freezer bags/containers (about 8-10 servings). Lunch and dinner almost every day for a week. Buy cheaper canned fish like sardines and tuna, great for making pasta dishes/potato toppings and sandwiches. Cans of beans (26p for basics) for beans on toast and baked potato with beans, etc, basic cottage cheese is only 64p in Tesco and Asda and is really good for quiches and salads. Go to the supermarket later in the day and buy reduced bread, freeze and use over the following weeks, just take out what you need each day. Same goes for catching reduced meats, cheese and yoghurt, they all freeze. Use mysupermarket to compare prices and look for offers, and plan a menu and shop just for what you have on the list. Good luck. xxxx
    EXCELLENT!!!
    Wow, thanks - you may have saved my life!
    x-If you've got soul let the world know-x
    Mini goals:


    • Get in to the 11 stones (Done 18/07/2014)
    • Lose 6 inches from hips (Currently 42 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Lose 4 inches from waist (Currently 32 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Lose 4 inches from bust line (Currently 38 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Do Pilates and jogging 5 times a week




  12. #12
    Likes to post
    sophance's Avatar
    Join Date
    2nd February, 2009
    Location
    North Yorkshire
    Posts
    319
    Rep Power
    19
    Diet: Slimming World
    Start Date: 05.01.14
    Start Weight: 14st3lb
    Current Weight: 12st12lb


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 1st5lb
    % Lost 9.55%
    Don't know if it's already been said but have a look on the sw website, they have a student area which might give you ideas

  13. #13
    Regular Member
    Ellielw's Avatar
    Join Date
    1st June, 2014
    Posts
    91
    Rep Power
    1
    Diet: Slimming World
    Height: 5ft9in
    Start Date: 15/05/2014
    Start Weight: 19st10.5lb
    Current Weight: 18st13lb
    Goal Weight: 12st7lb


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 40.8
    Current BMI: 39.1
    Goal BMI: 25.8


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 0st11.5lb
    Weight to Lose: 6st6lb
    % Lost 4.16%
    I first did SW when I was a student and found green days the best for money saving as you can buy rice and pasta really cheaply and in massive quantities!

    I'm not watching my spending to the same extent but am trying to cut back a bit, managed to make 6 decent sized (so maybe 7 small) portions of bolognese sauce for around £10 the other day, packed with lots of veg to make it go further:

    500g extra lean mince
    Tin of chopped tomatoes
    Water (filled up to halfway up the tin
    Stick of celery
    2 carrots
    1 onion
    Garlic
    250g mushrooms
    Tube of tomato purée

    Tastes best when allowed to stew so often best the day after cooking because it gets really rich!

  14. #14
    Likes to post
    miss.mooey's Avatar
    Join Date
    5th January, 2014
    Location
    North East
    Posts
    454
    Rep Power
    15
    Diet: Slimming World - From Home
    Start Date: 3/1/14
    Start Weight: 16st10.2lb
    Current Weight: 14st5lb
    Goal Weight: 10st7lb
    Goal Date: Christmas 2014


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 2st5.2lb
    Weight to Lose: 3st12lb
    % Lost 14.18%
    Iceland do a good variety of frozen veg - own brand is £1 more or less a bag. Onions, country mix, broccoli mix, slices peppers... i always find these handy. And value for money
    **GOALS**

    Complete Easter Challenge - Lost 17.8lb
    Club 10 - Lose 1st 9.5lb
    Loose 2 Stone - 14st 10.2lb
    Get Into a Size 18

    13st 7lb
    ~ Half Way
    Get Into a Size 16
    Loose 4 stone - 12st 10.2lb
    Get Into a Size 14
    20th Dec - Be 10st 7lb
    ~ And Win my £100 Wager

    'Carry Pounds in Your Pocket... Not on Your Hips'

  15. #15
    Regular Member
    bumblebee1990's Avatar
    Join Date
    26th May, 2014
    Posts
    86
    Rep Power
    1
    Diet: Slimming World
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 26th May 2014
    Start Weight: 13st2lb
    Current Weight: 11st8lb
    Goal Weight: 9st7lb
    Goal Date: May 2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 28.8
    Current BMI: 25.4
    Goal BMI: 20.8


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 1st8lb
    Weight to Lose: 2st1lb
    % Lost 11.96%
    All great tips guys :-)

    I need to get myself organised and just make a weekly meal plan or maybe even a monthly one if I'm going to be making and freezing meals. Any ideas on a list?
    x-If you've got soul let the world know-x
    Mini goals:


    • Get in to the 11 stones (Done 18/07/2014)
    • Lose 6 inches from hips (Currently 42 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Lose 4 inches from waist (Currently 32 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Lose 4 inches from bust line (Currently 38 inches - 19/07/14)
    • Do Pilates and jogging 5 times a week




Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast




Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.