How to Stay Paleo on a Budget

Paleo on a Budget - Farmers market

Paleo on a Budget - Farmers market

When thinking about starting a new healthy lifestyle, price often on your mind.

Sure, it’s nice and easy for the person on the book cover to tell you to go the store for fresh produce twice a week, but when you’re a working parent juggling a family and a sticking to a strict budget, it’s just not that easy. Thankfully, there’s a number of ways to keep your budget, and your sanity, intact.

 

Plan, Plan, Plan

Don’t just plan your meals, plan your budget, too. Is the rest of your family not Paleo and still eating processed foods? Then you need to take into account their grocery expenses on top of your own. If you’re planning to eat out or order delivery at any point during your budget cycle, you need to set that money aside, too, so it’s there when it’s needed.

Planning your meals will also help cut costs. Sort out ahead of time which meals you’re going to eat and which ingredients are needed to prepare those meals. You’ll want to plan the meals for the rest of your family will have, too. When you know what everyone will eat and when, you’ll cut back on on those spur of the moment delivery calls because you didn’t have anything around in the house to eat.

Check out our recent article on planning your meals for some simple tips.

 

Hit the Farmers Market Whenever You Can

A great way to get fresh foods is to shop at your local farmers market. Not only will you get a better idea of where your food is coming from, but you can also find a lot of organic foods at great prices. But even though it seems like a farmers market would naturally have all organic fruits and vegetables you still want to be safe and ask them before you buy, you might be surprised to find that not all vendors at the market are selling organic.

Another good idea is to carry a notebook with you when you go to the store and when you go to the farmers market. Write down the cost of the store bought organic product and how much you will get for that price and then do the same thing with the farmers market organic products. Even though you can usually get more for your money at the market there are times when going the store route might be the best option, (like if they are having a sale), and you want to be prepared for that.

 

Freeze, Freeze, Freeze

When you plan your meals for the week, choose at least 2 or 3 that you can freeze. When you make that dish, make enough to freeze so you’ll have a dinner ready in a pinch (or as part of your plan). By freezing meals and dishes, you’ll be able to use all of your groceries and nothing will go to waste.

Take green onions, for example. The only way to buy then is in a bunch. But you might not need the whole bunch for your recipe. Now you risk the unused onions going bad before you make a recipe that calls for them. Instead, make a double batch of the first recipe, using all of your green onions, freezing the 2nd batch, and waste nothing.

 

Buy In Bulk Whenever You Can

It’s probably not the best idea to buy fruits or vegetables in bulk, but you can still save a pile of cash when stocking up on other ingredients.

Items like nuts, spices, and oils can be safely stored for months without spoiling. Rather than buying these items each week, do some comparison shopping and look for bulk deals. It might surprise you to know that a store like Amazon can often offer you more product for a lower price. As an added bonus, you get it shipped straight to your door! Now how cool is that?

 

One of the great things about the Paleo approach is that you stick to it on any budget. Most of the foods are things you can find easily in any grocer stores or often buy online. As long as you plan your meals and make smart choices for your wallet you can stay Paleo on a budget and still be a Paleo superstar.

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