I try and buy big cuts- I got a boneless leg of lamb that will be 5 meals for $25. Lamb chops are $12 a lb, so 5 meals would be $60 bought that way. My freezer is full.
It does save money on eating out.
For reference, my neighbor spent $20 on McDonalds for 3. My meal that night was lamb burgers with sweet potatoe fries and asparagus. My meal ended up being under $20 for 4 servings. The lamb was $12, $3 for asparagus, $2 for potatoes.
[QUOTE=prufock;1172781]Damn, eating primal food seems to be expensive! Been doing this for 2 months now. Before starting primal eating, I was spending about $200 (CAD) on groceries. For the past 2 months it's been almost double that. What gives? Unfortunately I don't have any receipts from before to compare. Anyone have cost-saving tips.
Relevant info: Single male, no kids, 6', 185#, office job, doing Stronglifts.[/QUOTE]
Hey, fellow Islander! I feel your pain, do I ever feel your pain... I'm lucky if I can be after getting a month's worth of groceries for under $400.
-forget buying fresh produce during the winter months. yellowing broccoli for $5? No thanks.
-in the summer, go to your local farmer's markets to get produce. good quality, generally cheaper than the grocer
-depending on what coast you live on, there's a few farmers around who will sell you wholesale meat (Oliver's Farm comes to mind in St. John's, there's also a pig guy out west who travels around and delivers his pork)
-when you see sales on at Sobeys or Dominion for meat (every few months Country Ribbon will have chicken breasts nice and cheap, like $2/lb, or ground beef for $2-3/lb) buy as much as your freezer will hold.
-buy whatever meat is on sale that week. you might have to deal with eating pork for two weeks, then eating chicken for two weeks, etc.
-if you knows anyone out ATB that fishes, hit em up during food fishery and stock pile your freezer full of cod
-same with moose. go in with some buddies or your neighbour's nan for a license
-grow your own root veg. this might be difficult if you're in town with a lawn the size of a postage stamp, but you can grow potatoes in a barrell: [url=http://greenupgrader.com/11708/4-simple-steps-to-grow-a-hundred-pounds-of-potatoes-in-a-barrel/]4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel | greenUPGRADER[/url] (disclaimer: i have not tried this)
-if you're drinking lots of milk, look round your local convenience store. milk really spiked in prices in the grocery stores, but I get 4L every week at Marie's for $7, not much more than cost.
Basically, just make sure you got a big freezer and then stockpile anytime butter/bacon/ground beef/chicken goes on sale, plus take advantage of the moose and rec cod season. Good luck!
Random fact: did you know that if the ferries broke down and we were stranded, the entire island would only have enough food for like, 3 days? Scary stuff.
[QUOTE=krsn89;1172809]As someone who also lives in Canada, I feel your pain... food is so expensive here (Toronto). I can't always afford to buy organic/grass-fed/pastured everything so I try when I can afford it but otherwise I just shop at a "regular" grocery store. I eat a lot of starches now so that is super cheap. Whether it will fit in with your primal way of living is something you'll need to decide. I eat a lot of white rice and potatoes now and it fills me up and rice and taters are both dirt cheap! I eat a lot of canned sardines too, and you can get these at grocery stores for fairly cheap.. I buy them at an Asian supermarket and they're under $1 a can. Also, this sounds odd but intermittent fasting has helped me. I don't (usually) eat breakfast or lunch so I don't ever have to really worry about those meals. I do have fairly large dinners but again starch is a big filler for me.[/QUOTE]
Yeah I here ya living in Toronto, food is EXPENSIVE. I stopped shopping for my produce at big grocery stores. Luckily there is an Asian supermarket by my place and I spend about $14 week on fruits and veggies. I actually get my meat at a local farm called Brookers Meat. They supply to organic grocery stores but I order mine online and they come to my place to deliver. I have to order $200 worth of meat a time because that's the minimum before they would deliver. This last about 1.5 months.
To the OP, what helped for me was when I switched to Paleo I had this urged to make paleofied treats. This got really expensive because of the ingredients I needed. I also stopped buying more than I can eat in a week. I never let anything go bad. If I had left over meat I would eat it for breakfast or find a way to not have to throw it out. I also stopped buying too many varieties. I know it may seem like you are eating the same thing over and over but if you find a way to cook your food differently then that's a bonus. Yeah I understand your taller and weigh more so naturally you are going to need more food.
[QUOTE=Argon;1174118]Hey, fellow Islander! I feel your pain, do I ever feel your pain... I'm lucky if I can be after getting a month's worth of groceries for under $400.[/QUOTE]
Always a pleasant surprise to find out I'm not the only Newfoundlander lurking around a website! I will actually probably be getting a trip on the water for the food fishery myself over the summer, and dad's been hinting at a moose hunting trip this year, so we'll see how that goes.
Good comments from everyone here, thanks.