So what are some of your cost saving tricks while following a Primal lifestyle?
I've been way over spending on both farmer's market items, and eating out. The eating out thing I can pretty much nip in the bud, but I do like my expensive grass fed beef cuts.
I know I can save some bucks by getting things like Beef Heart, and Tounge, and some of the cheaper cuts. I don't have to buy all of my Eggs at the farmer's market. I can get very cheap ones down in china town. ($1.75doz.) as well as cheaper veggies down there. And since Eggs are such a great food I can increase the amounts of those I eat. Heart is cheaper than grass fed ground beef.
Not EVERY bite of meat that passes my lips needs to be pastured, but I want to keep a high porportion of it that way. I enjoyed my $1 slices of Pork Shoulder, even though I'm sure they were full on factory horror pork.
Does anyone know an excellent butcher here in NYC? I know that if I could get a freezer chest I could save a few bucks by buying a 1/4 or 1/2 cow. But that's not realistic for me at the moment.
Another great inexpensive food is Kippered Herriing. The tins are fairly cheap, and I really like them. I tried to convince myself to eat Sardines more often, but I like Kippers so much better. A childhood food. I will eat canned Tuna now, and then, but I like the vastly more expensive Tuna Steaks, so the cans aren't my favorite.
Other seafood ideas? Octopus is usually really, really cheap. I'm intimidated by learning how to prepare it, but that just takes some practice.
One of my main Pre-Primal staples was lentil beans, they're so cheap, and filling that I would eat them weekly to keep costs down. It was hard to give up the idea of such a cheap staple, but here I am. I am often broke so they were a frequent meal.
Cabbages are cheap. I like those. Chicken Wings are nice, cheap, and tasty.
Uh... I'm probably rambling here.
I'm sure I could work out some crazy IF schedual to help keep costs down, but I don't react well psychologically to that sort of "deprivation" mentality. (I suppose I could buy a really nice steak, and IF for a set period, and then reward myself with that. But how healthy would that be?)
SO what are some of your tips, tricks, secrets?