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    Is food expensive where you live?

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    This is $70 bucks worth of primal food from the Farmer's Market where I live. How do prices compare where you live?



    In case you can't tell what all this is, there is some grass-fed beef (chuck steak, ground and sirloin steak), pastured raw butter, pastured eggs, cilantro and I think the other veggies are recognizable.

    I'm not totally complaining since you know, I probably won't need lots of health care in my old age. Plus I can afford it for the most part, so long as I'm frugal in every other aspect of my life. But I'm not done with my grocery shopping yet today.

    I just thought I'd post this in case any of you feel that eating primal is expensive. If you don't pay the kinds of prices I do living in one of the most expensive cities in California, you can't complain!

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    no idea where you are from .. but that looks like a $15 basket from a local CSA here, and idk how much for food .. butter and eggs arent much cash ..

    if that was not grass fed beef i would say thats $30 worth of food here.. i dont get grass fed as often, only when i can buy in bulk .. i am currently debating a 1/4 cow @ $4.50 a lb .. and a 1/2 pig @ $4.75/lb .. both grass fed all natural etc ...

    but farmers markets to me are some of the most expensive way to buy things .. imho ..
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    The produce would be $15-$20 here. I pay $8/lb for ground beef, $8 for a dozen pastured eggs, $7/lb for butter (though not pastured raw) and probably $16/lb for steak. $20+ for stuff like ribeye. So I could easily pay $70 for that depending on how many pounds of meat are there.

    I'm in California which gets pretty expensive.

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    Here in NZ we'd probably pay around the same at my local "organic " farmer's market.
    I guess you could get it cheaper at the standard farmer's market.

    But then food has gotten pretty pricey here in the past few years. A general election is coming up and one of the main parties is saying that they'll knock th general services tax off of fruit and veggies, which would be fantastic! Just as long as they don't add a fat tax...
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    I think I paid close to the same as you on meat, Daisy. The butter was $10 a pound, the eggs were $5. The veggies are all organic and local. This is my food for the week, minus the weekend when I'll be backpacking. I have to share this food with my boyfriend. Hopefully he'll buy some food, too. He'll have to if he wants any fish. The salmon at the market was $21 a pound.

    I think maybe I will not shop the farmer's market anymore. It's not cheaper and might be a little more expensive since the meat is never on sale.

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    Hey wouldn't it be fun to have a little contest to see how much Primal food we could score for $100?
    We could take pictures of our "kill", and the receipt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
    Hey wouldn't it be fun to have a little contest to see how much Primal food we could score for $100?
    We could take pictures of our "kill", and the receipt.
    Oh how I wish I had $100 for food.

    Just spent $40 (canadian) on groceries that have to last me 2 weeks. Least I'll lose weight because I'll have run out of food...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    I think maybe I will not shop the farmer's market anymore. It's not cheaper and might be a little more expensive since the meat is never on sale.
    Pro Tip: Go to the farmer's market in the last half hour. If it's like mine, lots of booths are marking stuff down. Generally half off at mine. Smaller selection but it's quite a deal.

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    I live in the Seattle area and farmers markets seems expensive around here. Prices are usually double what you would pay for the organic version at the grocery store. I don't really pay attention to the prices of vegetables, but grass fed ground beef is around $6.50/lb, roasts are around $8/lb, and steaks are $12-$20.

    By contrast wild caught seafood seems cheap. Wild Alaskan Cod goes for $5 - $7/lb and Wild Salmon can be as little as $4/lb in season, but is usually around $9/lb. I even found a source for smoked wild Sockeye for only $12/lb.

    I know milk isn't paleo but my wife and I both tolerate it well and frankly we love the stuff. We go through about a gallon a week in smoothies and coffee. Price is $5 from Twin Brook Creamery. It is not homogenized so it can be a little chunky, but in a very good way.

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    They don't sell meat at our local markets but I went today and I got
    10 potatoes ($.60/ pound)
    4 pounds carrots ($.50/pound)
    4 pounds Sweet potato ($.60/pound)
    5 parsnips ($1.50/pound)
    2 Big Lettuces ($1.50 each)
    5 capsicum ($.60/pound)
    1 cucumber ($.80 each)
    2 pounds tomato ($.60/pound)
    3 doz free range eggs ($3/doz)
    1 coconut ($1 each)

    values are approx as I converted to pounds but it cost $25 and will feed 4 people for a week.
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    SW - 84kg / 185lb
    CW - 60kg / 132lb
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