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    I'm rather new to the Paleo scene and I am looking for some advice. I'm sure this question has been posed a few times on this forum already, so I apologize for repeating. I'm curious what some of you are doing to keep the cost down when grocery shopping. My wife and I go to BJ's Wholesale club and get most of our produce and proteins, so beyond buying in bulk do any of you have any other suggestions? I have read a lot online, but thought i might ask the question direct to see what real Paleo people are doing.

    Thank you

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    I take advantage of farmer's markets and roadside produce stands whenever possible. In my city, there are several big and popular farmer's markets where prices tend to run higher than normal because it's the "cool" thing to shop at the farmer's market. However, my city is big enough that there are also some small neighborhood farmer's markets where prices are so much better. And I've also identified several nearby produce stands where prices are good too -- of course that's in the spring, summer and fall. Right now, in the winter the fresh, local produce is harder to come by.

    I also check the close-out section of the meat case and find mark-downs that are fine as long as I cook them right away or put them in the freezer. I also tend to buy cheaper cuts of meat whenever possible and braise for tenderness or cook in the crock pot. And we eat a fair share of canned salmon & tuna.

    I have a family member with a small flock of chickens, and she often gives us eggs when she has too many. These are like gold! And I have another family member who hunts and will sometimes give us some elk after a successful trip.

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    • #3
      I stock up on grassfed ground beef from one of my local-ish farmers who delivers to the city. Ends up being only $4.25/lb which is less than the CAFO beef from the grocery store. I use it in all kinds of things like chili, curries, meatza, meatballs, meat loaf, hamburger soup. It makes it pretty easy to be frugal; and save the steaks for a special evening. Eggs are great and inexpensive for their nutritional punch. I'll make a big egg/sausage/veg frittata thing and eat it all week. I'm big on cooking in bulk so I have lots of leftovers to bring with me to work for lunch. But then again, I'm kina like Elvis and can eat the same thing for a week. Might not work for everyone.

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      • #4
        I'd be interested to know the recipe for hamburger soup!

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        • #5
          One trick for the farmers' market is to show up in the last 1/2 hour. Lots of stands are marking stuff down, at least at mine.

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          • #6
            If I could ask another question...I try to eat close to 6 times a day, with having my typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a snack inbetween. Are you eating 3x daily or how does your daily intake break down? By the way my snacks are anything from an apple with a handful of raw mixed nuts or most times a piece of chicken breast with about 1/2 cup of broccoli, 1/2 c diced red bell pepper and 1/2 cup baby carrots. The later leads to me eating 2 pieces of chicken a day and we always buy the Harvestfarm chicken from BJ's that comes in a box of like 6-8 pieces. So that might explain some of why my grocery bills are high because I roll through chicken in a short time.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ravenscpf View Post
              If I could ask another question...I try to eat close to 6 times a day, with having my typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a snack inbetween. Are you eating 3x daily or how does your daily intake break down? By the way my snacks are anything from an apple with a handful of raw mixed nuts or most times a piece of chicken breast with about 1/2 cup of broccoli, 1/2 c diced red bell pepper and 1/2 cup baby carrots. The later leads to me eating 2 pieces of chicken a day and we always buy the Harvestfarm chicken from BJ's that comes in a box of like 6-8 pieces. So that might explain some of why my grocery bills are high because I roll through chicken in a short time.
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              • #8
                Hamburger Soup

                1-2 lb. Ground Beef
                1 Onion - Diced
                1 C. diced carrots
                1 C. diced celery
                3 garlic cloves, minced
                4-5 C. Beef stock
                1 can diced tomatoes (BPA free or glass jar if at all possible)
                2 T. Worchestershire sauce
                1 t. hot sauceSalt & Pepper to taste

                Brown the beef, chuck in the veggies and let them soften a bit. Then add the broth and tomatoes and sauces and let simmer until delicious.
                Last edited by TriCiCi; 02-03-2011, 03:28 PM.

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                • #9
                  Have you tried chicken thighs instead, or roasting whole chickens? That's usually cheaper than the breast meat. I like the taste of the dark meat better, too. It's not as dry.

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                  • #10
                    I tend to do most of my shopping at the local health food store, which can be a bit pricey. So I supplement by buying certain items from the big supermarket that don't need to be organic or "best" quality. All my greens need to be organic, and I think its worth the extra $ for the flavor. But things like avocados are pricey enough as it is and can be peeled, which cuts down on the pesticides etc. I buy good game meat at the farmers market in bulk and freeze it in portion sizes so I can take one out the night before and its ready to go by dinner time. If Im really strapped I go for the conventionally raised meats but I go for super lean cuts like flank steak or turkey breast.
                    To me, the extra $ for really high quality food pays for itself in a reduction of doctor visits and in higher energy which allows me to get more done. At least that's how I justify it.

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                    • #11
                      Are you genuinely hungry 6 times a day? Don't eat if you aren't hungry. I'm never hungry int he morning so I just wait until I am hungry to have lunch. I find that I eat 2 big meals a day if I listed to my hunger, and have a little late evening chocolate just 'cause I like it.

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                      • #12
                        I eat 6 times a day because it's healthier to spread out your meals into smaller portions and keep your metabolism burning all day. Not eating breakfast, allows for your body to start taping into other sources for energy, i.e. muscle. So thats why I eat 6 times per day and to answer your question; yes I only eat when I am hungry.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ravenscpf View Post
                          I eat 6 times a day because it's healthier to spread out your meals into smaller portions and keep your metabolism burning all day. Not eating breakfast, allows for your body to start taping into other sources for energy, i.e. muscle. So thats why I eat 6 times per day and to answer your question; yes I only eat when I am hungry.
                          No, it's not actually. No offense, but everything you wrote there is kind of totally wrong. You should read Taubes, or at least read Mark's book. There is no need to eat 6 times per day. Most days I eat twice or three times only, and almost everyone on here is the same. Some people only eat once. Not eating breakfast allows your body to tap into fat stores deeply because your insulin is so low, not muscle in particular. Eating less often is an important part of PB and will in fact allow you to save quite a bit of money - snacks tend to be expensive.

                          As to saving money, I'd recommend you start using a crockpot quite a lot and cooking cheaper cuts of meat - two huge meals of chuck roast from a crock pot are not expensive and very healthy.
                          If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                          • #14
                            I JUST talked about this today! http://simplesunshine.wordpress.com/...e-money-thing/
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                            • #15
                              tfarny, you and I might have to agree to disagree on not eating breakfast and only eating a few times per day. There are different schools of thought on this topic as we all know. I fully believe that you need to feed your body to gain muscle and lose fat. What the person before your comment was saying by not eating breakfast and going half the day without eating was boarding on starvation which however you might like to disagree will tap into the most nutrient rich part of the body which is muscle content. But as I say lets agree to disagree. I hope I'm not coming off as a jerk, certainly not my intention.

                              I do appreciate you bringing the crockpot idea back to the light as that is something that I should certainly use more often.

                              Thank you

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