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    Shopping Tips??

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    As someone new to primal, I experienced the 'sticker shock' which I'm sure hits everyone the first time they venture into a Whole Foods Market. While I am more than willing to spend what it takes to live a healthier life, I also suspect there are some ways to trim those costs somewhat. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



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    You may find you naturally start to eat less food, so some savings there

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    Thanks Bron. I definitely binged out at the market the first time I went. So many things that I wanted to try, plus buying some primal staples (safe oils, nut flours, Coconut milk, Et Cetera...) I wound up buying more than I needed. It took two solid days of cooking and freezing just to make sure I didn't let anything rot. On the plus side, I have lots of quick easy meals ready to go now.

    While I've had a chest freezer and a Food Saver for years I never really made good use of either till now.

    This said, while I know I wont usually be seeing a grocery bill like my first one, the fact remains that a lot of the things I'll be eating cost a lot more than what I used to spend (meat, eggs, oils, and at least some organic fruits and veggies). I'm looking into the local CSAs (Anyone have experience with these?). I'll also be hitting my first Farmer's market this weekend, so I'll see what I can find there.



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    Sounds like you're off to a great start. Whole Foods is definitely expensive. Joining a CSA should help cut your grocery bill. I mean, you're still paying for them, but it's all up front, so what you pay at the store will be less. You could also look at buying a quarter cow, half a pig, whatever amount will fit in your freezer. Buying meat in bulk will save you tons over what Whole Foods charges.

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    If you have a Trader Joe's nearby, you can find some great foods at lower prices than Whole Foods.

    Also, you could check out your local membership club.

    My local BJ's store while lacking in grass fed meats has a good selection of relatively inexpensive organic vegetables, eggs and milk, as well as high quality, hormone / antibiotic / additive free meats.

    I have not noticed an uptick in food spending since I started eating primal. A lot of the foods that I don't eat any more were pretty expensive - breakfast cereals, prepared frozen meals, soda, etc.


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    First of all-- don't shop at Whole Paychek... I mean Whole Foods. Get the best you can afford. Set a budget, then go from there. Here are some tips I wrote about shopping primally on a budget:
    The Primal Junk Foodie: Tips For Shopping Primally On A Budget
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    Pick up sardines at Wal-Mart.

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    I also just remembered that Robb Wolf recently published an e-book on this topic:
    The Paleo Diet Budget Shopping Guide

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
    First of all-- don't shop at Whole Paychek... I mean Whole Foods.
    Yes...Well...I'm afraid I'm going to have to chalk up my Whole Paycheck experience as a completely deserved 'Stupid Tax' I had to pay for not doing my homework first. We live, we learn.

    Since then I have done my research and have found a plethora of similar grocers with much better ratings by the local community. I will be doing some hard target comparisons the next time I stock up.

    Nice blog and good suggestions! I have bookmarked it and will be checking it out again soon. Thanks for the help!



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    Quote Originally Posted by yodiewan View Post
    Joining a CSA should help cut your grocery bill. I mean, you're still paying for them, but it's all up front, so what you pay at the store will be less. You could also look at buying a quarter cow, half a pig, whatever amount will fit in your freezer. Buying meat in bulk will save you tons over what Whole Foods charges.
    Thanks, I have been looking into the local CSAs. Unfortunately I seem to have missed the boat for the summer produce harvest, however I still have time to join the fall ones. I'm going to start hitting the farmers markets here beginning this weekend. Hopefully I can learn a bit about the ones that participate in the CSAs.

    As far as meat is concerned several allow you to join year round so that remains a possibility. My only issue there is making sure I don't overload my freezer. I'm single and most of the shares are designed for families, but I'm optimistic I can find one I can work with.

    Thanks!


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