So you’ve hopped on the paleo diet bandwagon, without realizing how expensive it can be? Have no fear: I’m the queen of paleo on a budget! Follow these tips and you’ll be saving big in no time!
Plan your meals. Meal planning is a wonderful way to save time and money on your paleo diet. There are so many helpful paleo websites out there! Just do a simple Google search for “paleo meal plan ideas” or “paleo menu plan” and you’ll see that there’s no shortage of ideas!
Buy in bulk. Buy oils (like olive oil, coconut oil, etc) in large quantities. Buy a whole chicken, cook it in your crock pot, and use the bones to make chicken stock.
You can also buy 1/4 or even 1/2 of a grass-fed cow. According to The Paleo Mama, their 1/4th grass-fed cow yielded 64 pounds of ground meat, 8 rib eyes, 9 T-Bones, 3 Liver, 7 Sirloin, 4 Roasts, and 7 Cube Steaks. It cost about $4.50 a pound. That’s a huge savings!
Get used to eating organs. This one might sound kind of skeevy at first, but organs are seriously the cheapest sources of meat around. Often, they’re also the most nutritious. Think: liver, kidneys, and heart. To get over the ickiness of eating organs, try awesome recipes like this easy chicken liver pate.
Grow your own vegetables. If you can’t grow your own, consider finding a local co-op or farmer’s market to get your own organic produce at a fraction of the cost that supermarkets charge. Picking your own produce is fun and educational for the kids, plus it’s generally more affordable than shopping a big name store… not to mention how much better it is when it’s fresh!
DIY when possible. Make your own food when possible, instead of buying into convenience. Make your own paleo granola, trail mix, and other nutritious snacks to save big. Instead of eating out, pack your own lunches.
Eat eggs! Some folks that follow a paleo diet only eat a few eggs a week (the “recommended” is six), but if you’re not able to afford much meat, eggs are an inexpensive way to get quick protein and add variety to your meals. Whether it’s fried eggs, scrambled eggs, or some type of quiche, eggs are super versatile!
More resources about going on the Paleo diet:
Practical Paleo Customized Whole Foods Lifestyle
Practical Paleo Beginners Healthy Started
Paleo Budget Saving Eating Healthy
How have you been able to save money while eating paleo? Leave your tips in the comments!