When I changed from a SAD (standard American diet) to Paleo I decided the cost was about the same.
Here are some tips to help keep costs down:
-stock up on turkey and freeze around Thanksgiving when it’s on sale.
-chicken has a big difference in prices. I prefer chicken tenderloins which are more expensive. Bone in, skinless, what to do? You really have to shop around and watch for sales then stock up. Whole chicken is generally less expensive. Cook it all day in the crock pot, cool and debone. It is more time intensive. You can get broth out of it also.
-vegetables. Lean towards what’s in season. Produce stores may have a sale section of fruits and vegetables that are not perfect but still fine to use. Frozen vegetables can also be a good choice. They are flash frozen to retain flavor and nutrients. I buy what I will use in 3-4 days to avoid waste. Bagged produce usually costs less. If I buy a bag of lemons or limes and am not going to use them soon enough I juice and freeze them. You can also zest them first and freeze that for added flavor.
-check out Thrivemarket.com. Orders over $49 ship free. There is a membership fee. They have super prices on all kinds of products and have a whole Paleo section. I have ordered sugar free marinara sauce (Thrive brand is awesome), Charlie’s soap, nut butters, ghee, coconut vinegar and coconut aminos (Paleo sub for soy sauce).
-if you’re in a small, rural town check out their meats at the local grocery. I save a lot when I’m in Webster or Groveland. Their meats are usually superior and less expensive. Sausage is usually made in house and wonderful.
-seafood is tough. Try catching your own or trade services with a friend that fishes. Go to a local fish market and ask what’s local.
-eggs are a great source of protein and fat at a lower cost per serving. I judge eggs by the color of the yolk not what the packaging says. The darker more orange the better.
-try growing your own vegetables and herbs. To buy herbs is a bit pricey, as much as buying a plant. Nothing adds great flavor like fresh herbs! Oregano, rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley and basil are pretty easy. Basil and thyme don’t do well in Florida in the summer. I struggle with tomatoes. This year I had some bell peppers, white eggplant and Swiss chard.
-nuts. I prefer Trader Joe’s although for now I have to go to Orlando to buy. They have very reasonable prices and most come unsalted. I stock up when I go over there every month or two.