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    Thumbs up Cheap Paleo/Primal - Under 50 bucks a week

    So my wife complained that I spend too much money on food.

    Hence this thread.

    This is where you can post your grocery lists and show people that everyone can purchase organic foods for really cheap.

    Don't believe those people who say "whole foods/whole paycheck."

    Grocery list today:

    Whole foods:
    3x Yams ($4.13)
    1x Coconut Yogurt ($3.99) [indulgence]
    2x Avocado ($3.00)
    Total came to ($11.12)

    Trader Joe's: (Yeah I went to trader joe's too)
    6x Organic Bananas ($1.74) (woohoo!)
    Spaghetti Squash ($2.74)
    Organic Grapes ($2.99)
    Organic Baby Carrots ($1.69)
    4x Organic Grassfed Beef Patties ($6.49)
    Bag o' Brussel Sprouts ($2.49)
    Organic Button Mushrooms ($1.99)
    Organic Raspberries ($3.49)
    Eggs (flaxseed fed/pasturised/organic) ($3.99)
    Butternut Squash ($1.99)
    Total came to ($29.65)

    All in all 29.65 + 11.12 = $40.77

    And my wife said I was expensive .

    This of course doesn't include the protein shake I've been using which is techincally 30$, but that's just protein powder with lots of vitamins. Who's counting?
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    Food is fuel for your engine. Don't use low octane!

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    I wish I had all of those good stores where I live!
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    The food choices are fairly good, but that's nowhere near a week's worth of food. That's about 2 days worth of protein(if that) and 4, maybe 5 days' worth of produce for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsa23 View Post
    The food choices are fairly good, but that's nowhere near a week's worth of food. That's about 2 days worth of protein(if that) and 4, maybe 5 days' worth of produce for me.
    I have some leftover pork shoulder that's frozen.

    I only eat maybe 3 eggs a day at most, 1 grassfed beef patty a day, and the food holds me over good. I've had to re-listen to my body when I skip meals too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Finnabair View Post
    Food is fuel for your engine. Don't use low octane!
    Just know that one of my goals is weight loss, I use LOTS of coconut oil, and I eat 2 meals a day or until I'm full. Also, those squashes are HUGE.

    I also do intermittent fasting 3-4 times a week on days where I'm not working out.

    Last thing, I have 8 dollars left to budget for emergency bacon if necessary. Get some Emergency Bacon Rations ftw.
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    I just had my shopping trips Wednesday and yesterday. Wednesday I put about $15 into veggies/fruits at the farmer's market, getting plenty for the week. Then yesterday I hit Whole Foods and Publix -- spent about $20 at WF and $40 at Publix. Actual cost at Publix was more like $20, considering I stocked upon EVOO (BOGO sale) and Lindt 90% (2 for $4, I got six). At Publix it was onions, sweet potatoes, chicken breast, eggs, black olives. Not a lot.
    Are you a college student, trying to navigate college while being Primal? Do you know any other PB college students on a tight budget? Heck, for that matter, are YOU trying to live Primal on a budget? Enroll at Primal University!

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    Here's what I get:

    Whole Foods
    ~2 lb. grass fed ground beef, ~$16
    0.5 lbs. grass fed beef liver ~$2.50
    2.5 lb pack organic chicken thighs ~$8
    1.25 lbs lamb sausage ~$8
    Spring mix clamshell ~$6

    Trader Joe's
    5 avocados ~$7.50
    Cherry tomatoes $2.50
    Persian cucumbers $2.50
    Celery hearts $2.50
    Red bell pepper $2.00
    Cage-free eggs $2.50

    So that's about $60 for the week, plus odds and ends that I don't run out of weekly, like EVOO and balsamic vinegar and kerrygold butter and potatoes and non-fluoridated water. I'm sure on average I land at around $80, taking into account treats and whatnot.
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    I'd encourage you to go to Costco.

    Typically at Costco I buy:
    • Brussels Sprouts ($1.50 / lb.)
    • Frozen Chicken Breast ($1.23 / lb.)
    • Rader Farms Triple Berry (Frozen Blueberries, Raspberries, and Marionberries) - $2.00 / lb
    • Greek Yogurt (32 oz. $6.00ish)
    • Baby Spinach Leaves (16 cups - $2.14)
    • Certified Organic Ground Beef - ~3.50 / lb.


    Eggs there are stupid expensive, though.
    Traditionally the berries and yogurt lasts me a week (I buy two yogurts at a time), which mean my breakfast costs me roughly $2.00 a day. That's $14. The Brussel Sprouts, Spinach, and Chicken make a great salad, for roughly $2.00 a day, that's $28.

    I do the Leptin Protocol Reset, so I don't eat dinner (I am never up 18 hours day to get three meals), so I can get most of my meals done at Costco for under $30 a week.

    As far as the "It's not organic vegetables!" bit, I agree. "Organic pesticides," have been proven to be carcinagenic (certain types), and in general unhealthy. I'll choose the CW produce and avoid those terrible organic pesticides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggie View Post
    As far as the "It's not organic vegetables!" bit, I agree. "Organic pesticides," have been proven to be carcinagenic (certain types), and in general unhealthy. I'll choose the CW produce and avoid those terrible organic pesticides.
    I figured it was the lesser of two evils. Meh, I like the organic berries better and my wife seems to think so too.

    I have no problem going to Sams club, because I can go there. I will go take a look.
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