The folks at Whole9, Balanced Bites, and Pa-Nu all have great posts on how to eat Paleo on a budget. Although I buy a lot of organic produce and grass fed/organic meats and I own a myriad of expensive appliances, deep down beats the heart of a thrifty Chinese woman. I’m always looking for a good deal and whom do you think is first in line at the sample station?

Seriously, when I go grocery shopping I always check out the specials and buy what’s on sale. I don’t always buy organic produce but I will always buy IN SEASON. I love berries but I ain’t spending $6 on a basket of sour, out of season strawberries in December. When choosing organic or conventional produce, I refer to the “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen” to see which items I should buy pesticide-free. Otherwise, you could be throwing money away for no reason (e.g. it’s dumb to buy organic onions). E-en if a stand at the farmers’ market isn’t advertised as organic ask if they are pesticide free.

I love frozen veggies. I stock up whenever they go on sale so I  have prepped veggies available all the effing time – just waiting to be microwaved for a couple minutes. It’s no secret that bulk shopping at Costco is one of my favorite ways to save money. I also troll the Internet for deals on shelf-stable pantry staples. Look at this big ass coconut oil that came in the mail today:

It cost $25 or $0.36 per ounce.

The bottom line is you will automatically save money by cooking your own meals. Plus, how much is your health worth?

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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