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Frugal Paleo

Recently I met a lady that told me she and her husband tried Paleo but found it to be too expensive.

I beg to differ.

In the beginning when I stopped buying all of the SAD items I found it to be about equal.

For the past year I have been underemployed with a reduced income. I have remained true to a Paleo/Primal lifestyle. I have eliminated more expensive types of protein such as seafood and most beef. Here are some ideas I have used on a limited budget:

  1. Use your crockpot to coax as much flavor as possible out of your food. Low and slow cooking produces the most tender cuts of protein especially with less expensive cuts.
  2. Pay close attention to grocery store sales.
  3. Buy produce in season.
  4. Pile on the less expensive veggies and avoid waste.  For example when I make my crockpot chicken for lunch I use the entire celery stalk and leaves instead of half of it like I used to.
  5. Sea salt adds great flavor and minerals. Lately I have been using Jacobsen Salt. I found it at the Williams-Sonoma Outlet in Vero for a decreased price. I don’t cook with salt but may use a few grinds on the finished product.
  6. When using citrus zest the fruit first for increased flavor. For example with fajitas, Lime Pork Tenderloin and Lime Jalapeno Marinade.
  7. Be on the lookout for Paleo items appearing in stores as it becomes more mainstream and compare the prices. For example BJs is now stocking Chosen Foods avocado oil spray which I use on my grill. It’s more expensive than at Wal-Mart but they often run out of it.
  8. Whole chicken is less expensive than cut parts. I cook it in the crockpot. Yes cleaning it’s a pain but you get a very tasty less expensive product.
  9. Pay attention to how long produce stays fresh from which store. For example I find BJs organic baby spinach lasts the week versus anywhere else in spite of the “use by” date being the same. More for me, less for the compost pile.
  10. Be mindful of cost per ounce or pound. For example Bella or white mushrooms are about the same at Wal-Mart and BJs. Wal-Mart is $1.99/8 ounces. BJs is $3.99/1 pound 8 ounces. That’s an extra 1/2 pound at BJs for me!!


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Paleo Holiday Tips

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Paleo on a budget

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