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:
- 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.
- Pay close attention to grocery store sales.
- Buy produce in season.
- 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.
- 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.
- When using citrus zest the fruit first for increased flavor. For example with fajitas, Lime Pork Tenderloin and Lime Jalapeno Marinade.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!