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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Paleo on a Budget

My family has been eating mostly paleo (or primal) for about five years now. We’re not exceedingly

strict, we allow cheese and when we go out, everyone can order and eat what they want. We do find that even out of the house, we look for the most paleo option, just because of the way other foods make us feel.

One of the main downsides to paleo eating I get people asking about is the price. Fresh fruit, vegetable, free range meat... it’s so expensive. But there are ways to cut the price of your food significantly, and still get the ‘good stuff’.

  1. Eat game. Seek out local hunters and negotiate on the price. If you buy your game directly from the hunter, you’re sure to get a good price, as often, they’re happy to get parts of their catch out of the way. 
  2. Connect to your local fishermen. Sports fishers and commercial fishers sell their catch at low price. I get some of my fish in Belgium at less than half the price, because I go straight to the fishermen. I buy a big order, with some for my family as well and freeze in meal sized stacks. 
  3. Cultivate your own vegetables and fruit. Even if you don’t have green fingers, there’s lots of plants that don’t need any or at least little attention. Small space or no garden isn’t even an argument because nowadays, there are so many ways to cultivate at home, vertically, in containers... It probably won’t cut out all of your vegetable and fruit costs, but it can significantly cut it down.
  4. Buy bulk. Even if you don’t have a big family, buying bulk and preserving (think soups, pickles, preserves, jam...)
  5. Buy less expensive parts of meat. Neck and shoulder are sold cheaper, but are just as delicious and contain lots of gelatine and other good stuff. I even get my soup bones for free, because they're offcuts that would otherwise get tossed, yet they still contain a fair amount of meat. 
  6. Befriend your local farmer. Maybe you can trade work in the harvest season for a small but steady flow of vegetables or fresh milk. Or you can bargain to get a tiny plot of land for your own crop.
  7. Reuse. Even in the kitchen, there's lots of stuff you can reuse. Roasted bones make a very hearty broth, and often there's still some meat attached which will detach easily when boiled. Vegetables scraps also go well to make broth. Make a new dish with your leftovers by adding an egg or some sauce. 
  8. Buy on sale. True, organic food and free range meat don't come on sale too often, but sometimes they are, so take advantage and get plenty. Keep an eye on the catalogues of the stores you frequent to see when sales are happening.
  9. Compare prices. Between stores, and even within the same store, there can be a HUGE difference in price for something that's nearly the same product.
  10. Haggle. When you frequent a market, wait until the last minute and then negotiate the price of what's left. If you come frequently and visit the same stall, you can also get a discount by saving baggies and egg boxes for them.

    Even following these rules, paleo still won't be the cheapest way of eating, but you'll be able to save a lot of money and have delicious food.
    Do you eat paleo? Follow my paleo board on pinterest to get recipe ideas and more

Image By Margaret A. McIntyre ("The cave boy of the age of stone"[1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed reading this post. So many people think that eating naturally means going meatless. We find eating unprocessed and naturally grown, harvested or butched food can't compare to anything we find in the stores.


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