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    Anyone else on a tight budget, can you post meal examples

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    Like the title says, I am on a super tight budget. My family isn't going PRimal with me. I've had a really hard time getting started. I tried buying organic/gras fed but realized quickly that if I wanted to also pay my utilities it would have to stop.

    I am budget concscious with my family's meals and they don't eat so bad (just not Primal) so no excessive spending on junk/processed food.

    I would love to see an example of what others with money concerns have done to go Primal on the cheap.

    I figured I could eat canned tuna, salmon and eggs. All are pretty cheap. I'm sure they will get old fast though, and not be nearly as tasty as the fresh versions (canned items).

    Thanks!
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    I would suggest buying cheap cuts of meat and meat that is on sale slow cooking trimming the fat. Then go to a local farm get some lard/tallow which they might even give you for free especially if its not yet rendered and cook in that. Frozen veggies are also a lot cheaper. So your meals could be the same as everyone elses. Eggs are probably the cheapest source of protein so I would incorporate them in as much as possible.

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    If you can't afford grass-fed, just don't get fatty cuts of meat, or don't eat the fat. Meat is often on sale when it's close to it's sell by date, so I usually stock up then and just freeze it. Frozen veggies are cheap, and produce departments often have stuff that's starting to turn, or has a bruise, and they mark it way down. Like you already mentioned, eggs are super cheap, and you can make lots of different things with them, so it doesn't get boring. Cans of coconut milk aren't too bad-you could make some curries with those. I'm sure others will have plenty more ideas....
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    What I buy in a typical grocery trip:

    3lb bag of onions
    3lb bag of peppers
    whatever meat is on sale, nothing above 2.99$/lb
    Any veggies that are on sale (recently avocados, kale, scallions, radishes, and mushrooms)
    Two 18pk of Omega 3 eggs
    2-3 lbs sweet potatoes
    various garlic/spices/canned specialties
    2-3 cans coconut milk

    Bill usually ends up between 65-85$, and lasts me at least a week and a half

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    If you're buying fresh veggies, get what's in season. This time of year things like broc, cauli, kale, spinach, peppers, and winter squash are usually a good deal.

    I've discovered that if I hit my grocery store on a mid-week day, first thing in the morning (usually around 8:30 am, after I've dropped my kiddo off at school), I hit the meat mark-down bin and it's full of good deals. Everything is close to its sell-by date, but I have a big freezer and in it goes. I've found stuff that's several bucks per pound off of its regular price. I'm getting so that I refuse to pay full price for meat when I can selectively time my visits to the mark-down bin. Also, I watch the weekly sales and plan my meals around what's cheap. If country-style pork ribs are 1.99/lb, then I plan to do a big stew in the crock pot or smoke them on my Traeger. I'll make a big batch and then we'll have leftovers for bkfst or lunches (or freeze leftovers for quick meals later).

    We also have a friend who goes elk hunting and usually has way more meat than his family can use so he gives us packages regularly (and then we give him cases of beer from Costco - a fair trade!)

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    Thank you for the detail. Do you mind sharing what types of meals you make with those ingedients? thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by SlimIcy View Post
    What I buy in a typical grocery trip:

    3lb bag of onions
    3lb bag of peppers
    whatever meat is on sale, nothing above 2.99$/lb
    Any veggies that are on sale (recently avocados, kale, scallions, radishes, and mushrooms)
    Two 18pk of Omega 3 eggs
    2-3 lbs sweet potatoes
    various garlic/spices/canned specialties
    2-3 cans coconut milk

    Bill usually ends up between 65-85$, and lasts me at least a week and a half
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    I agree with the seasonal vegetables. Here are some recipes I use and they make a lot of food!

    Pumpkin Sausage Soup (not mine)

    1 can large pumpkin (or you can buy and bake your own may be cheaper right now that Halloween is over)
    1 pound italian hot sausage
    1 onion
    1 pound of mushrooms
    2 quarts chicken stock (bought or homemade)
    1 cup of heavy cream
    Cook the sausage and onion together in stock pot, throw in the other ingreidents, you have a wonderful soup, you can always add more stock to make more soup.

    Another winter squash recipe.
    1 spaghetti squash (cut in half, lay on wire rack rind up, cook at 350 for about an hour, when you push the rind the dent should stay)
    When the squash is done scrape out the inside, will look like spaghetti, should come out quite easily.
    1 jar of Alfredo
    1 onion
    1 red peper
    1 green pepper
    1 pound sweet italian sausage
    1 cups of italian cheese

    Cook sausage, onion and pepers all together, don't drain the juices. Once done add about 1/2 of the jar of alfredo and the italian cheese to the sausage mix. Mix together with the Spaghetti squash and it makes a ton of stuff. Add more of the sauce if it's to dry for you. Also spice up with garlic salt and pepper.

    If you want more let me know.
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    Im a student, although in the uk, maybe my shopping guide can help, but will probably repeat a few things here:

    My Paleo Student Shopping Tips (UK)
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    Im a student, although in the uk, maybe my shopping guide can help, but will probably repeat a few things here:

    My Paleo Student Shopping Tips (UK)
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    No more diets. No more stress. Health made easy. Living made incredible.

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