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?2