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    So I'm a first year college student, and I just started this primal thing, and it turns out I actually wasn't too far off the mark while living at home. But now that I'm on a budget (40 for food a week), it's kinda tough to steer clear of the refined junk. Can anyone give me a list of some solid, CHEAP vegetables/fruits/alternatives/primal recipes? I would love to be able to just buy all organic, grass-fed, etc., but I just don't know if I can afford it.. Any advice?

  • #2
    canned tuna is going to be your top ramen
    try to buy fruits & veggies that are in season, b/c they are going to be cheaper

    here's some more information for shopping primally on a budget:
    --Trish (Bork)


    • #3
      Try going to a grocery store where poorer people shop. Oftimes the greengrocer section runs cheaper than in the "good" neighborhoods. Meat that is one day away from its sell by date will be on sale in most stores - you just need to figure out where they are hiding it.


      • #4
        a crock pot and the meat clearance section are going to be your friend. A good roast can last you a couple of days. Eggs are also an economic source of nutrients. Circular browsing for specials and finding a grocer who regular rotates stock to clearance will give you some scores. If you have a freezer stock up when you find stuff cheap, pay to stock up up front and you will save money in the long haul.
        Integrity is what we do when nobody's watching.


        • #5
          frozen canned/veggies, frozen berries, yams/sweet potatoes/ white rice.. and I agree get the cheap cuts a meat and make stews with root vegetables.

          I also second eggs/canned tuna/canned salmon.
          Primal since March 2011

          Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs


          • #6
            frozen veggies, 'off brand' everything
            yeah you are

            Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.


            • #7
              Coconut oil(for calories),frozen spinach and mixed veg, buy the cheapest minced, grass fed beef and lamb, make burger patties and freeze them. When you want a meal take a couple out fry in coconut oil and have with spinach or mixed veg.


              • #8
                Another good idea is to get marrow bones from the butcher and make bone broth.
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                • #9
                  i like to buy a bunch of vegetables (could be almost anything) at the farmers market (or supermarket, if I don't have access to a FM) and make a HUGE pot of soup that I can freeze in batches in whatever plastic containers I have hanging around. Add in a pound or two of ground meat, and you have serveral very filling meals ready to be eaten that require only heating.

                  For example, my last soup consisted of:
                  onions (sauteed first in olive oil)
                  Escarole (Chard works well, too)
                  1lb ground beef

                  I calculated that it cost about $1 or less per HUGE meal-sized serving.

                  Also, I personally avoid canned tuna - I've seen people on this forum recommending it, but after all the reports I've read about the high mercury content, I limit tuna to a few times per year or less. In my opinion, SARDINES are a healthier option - they're cheap, and since they are a smaller fish, they theoretically don't live long enough to stockpile heavy metals like tuna. Sardines take some getting used to, but I've found them to be quite good mixed into chili, or soup, or a salad or with tomato sauce so that their flavor blends in with other things.