I am tightwad when it comes to most things in life – clothing, entertainment, furniture are often used or I’ve scored the earth trying to find the best possible deal that I can on them but with food it’s a different story.
When I had an office job, we would easily spend $1000 a month on food and supplements. Take into account this was for two people only. Now with the Little I absolutely struggle with sticking to my $100 a week food budget. It’s tough and I mean tough. I go over my budget every week and I can’t do it any longer. So this year, I need to learn if it’s possible to follow the Paleo Diet on a budget.
If you follow a Real Food Diet or Paleo diet you know that it is highly recommended that you’re eating organic, non-gmo fruits and veggies and pastured animals. More than likely you’ll also be taking supplements like fermented cod liver oil or high quality fish oil and this mean MONEY. This often means going into Whole Paycheck and walking out of the store with 2 grocery bags and $175 less in your wallet.
Each week I’m going to share my groceries for the week and if I was able to stick to the budget. I’m going to share how to cut costs and still eat as organic and free-range as possible. One product I’m going to highly recommend going into this is a FoodSavor. There is absolutely nothing worse than going out of your way to save money only to find the food is freezer burnt or spoiled down the road.
Paleo Budget Tip #1
My first money saving tip revolves around nuts. I have found that absolute best time to stock up on nuts is after the holidays. Most grocery stores are going to stock up on the nuts for holiday baking so all of the overstock is going to be on sale. Today I was looking through the clearance bins at my grocery store and there were bags of walnuts on clearance. I scored five bags of 16 oz walnuts for $4.64 each. The suggested retail on them was $11 a piece.
Nuts will keep in the freezer for 9 – 12 months so if you have the freezer space, it would be worth it to stock up.