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What are some suggestions for eating paleo on a very low budget?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I was vegan before and need some suggestions for eating meat on a budget. I pretty much feel I know everything ere is to know about eating fruits and vegetables on a budget I am mainly wondering about meat.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Check www.eatwild.com and be willing to invest a few hours calling/emailing different farms to find out what their prices are (and if they're not very local to you, whether they deliver, ship or will meet you somewhere mutually convenient)-- I have to drive 4 hours roundtrip to meet my beef farmer, but it's well worth it to me!

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on September 10, 2012
at 06:08 PM

Cowshare to get cheap grass fed meat.

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on September 10, 2012
at 01:58 PM

How/Where do you order meat from? I actually already have a freezer so that is one plus!

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on September 10, 2012
at 01:32 PM

I would be interested in knowing more about how you save so much getting your meat that way! The farmer's Market's around here are more than double the price!

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on September 10, 2012
at 12:59 PM

Many similar questions have already been asked on the topic. See here: http://paleohacks.com/search?q=budget#axzz2629oHIqI

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on September 10, 2012
at 01:04 PM

I think the other posters have covered most bases. However, if you have to stick to buying meat from the grocery store that isn't grass fed, go with the leaner cuts and use coconut oil, olive oil or good quality butter (such as kerrygold) to cook it with. I only buy the good meat when it's on sale. I take an omega 3 supplement as well. I haven't felt this great, well...ever! You can still reap 90% + of the benefits of the paleo lifestyle without breaking the bank. Do what you can. Don't stress about the minute details and you'll be fine. You're still better off than you would be if you were eating SAD. Good luck:)

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on September 10, 2012
at 12:44 PM

If you can afford it I would say good fish, pastured butter, pastured chicken andeggs, and good grass-fed beef is one of the first things you should put your money towards (before organic fruits and vegetables).

  • If you can find a good farmers market near you and form a relationship with a farmer, after a while you may be able to get things a bit cheaper.
  • Look for small cuts of beef and roasts.
  • If you tolerate eggs well, eat plenty of them. They are cheap relative to other protein sources.
  • Add plenty of saturated fat in the form of butter and coconut oil to all your meals. This will fill you up keep you sated longer.
  • Fast once a week. This will keep you from snacking to much on other days, and will help your body learn to better utilize the food that it is given.

If you decide you absolutely can't afford grass-fed meats, take some good fish oil. This will help prevent your omega 3/ omega 6 ratio from getting too out of wack.

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on September 10, 2012
at 08:07 PM

Beef liver is really cheap, like $2 a pound.

You can roast a big hunk of meat instead of eating steak. Buy rump roast or whatever is on sale, cook it low and slow in the oven, and divide it into. portions with the extras kept in the fridge in tupperware type containers. You end up eating the same thing three days in a row but it's cheap.

I tend to stay away from expensive cuts of beef because I just prefer leaner meat.

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on September 10, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Treat meat and animal product as a supplement to meet nutritional needs. Don't eat animals in excess and you'll have more money in your wallet.

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on September 10, 2012
at 02:02 PM

If you don't already do your own cooking, be sure to start. One of my favorite inexpensive beef cuts is sirloin tip steak. They cook quickly, have a nice flavor, and are fairly tender. Not as tender as a filet, of course, but a really nice cut of meat for the price. They're also pretty lean, which is a plus when you can't do grass-fed.

Another good alternative is a chuck roast. In a slow cooker, it takes several unattended hours and can provide lots and lots of meals. Discard the fat that rises to the top if it's not grass-fed. This is a really good alternative to ground beef and can even feel kind of decadent sometimes.

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on September 10, 2012
at 12:49 PM

By buying all of your poultry, pork, beef, and other proteins directly from farms, you can often get pastured/grassfed/no corn/no soy/no antibiotics/no hormone/etc proteins for very close to conventional prices-- and sometimes even lower than conventional proteins.

You will need to "invest" in a freezer and/or consider "cowpooling" (splitting a cow with some likely minded friends); you can find farms that sell directly to the public here: www.eatwild.com

Be sure to consider farms that aren't in your local area-- I live in FL and get my chicken from SC, my beef from TX and my pork from a farm 200 miles north of me in FL. Even with shipping or delivery, I'm still coming out WAY ahead.

If you're not ready to take the plunge and buy direct in bulk from a farmer, check out Trader Joe's (if you have one local), farmer's markets, as well as scope the sales at Whole Foods and other similar stores-- they often run specials on grassfed or pastured items, or at least they have options that are far better than CAFO.

Hope that helps!

6a37e92ef0a6ceb892eb00079314222f

(218)

on September 10, 2012
at 01:32 PM

I would be interested in knowing more about how you save so much getting your meat that way! The farmer's Market's around here are more than double the price!

7c379a865738d2b373a362dc0f1d9459

(357)

on September 10, 2012
at 01:58 PM

How/Where do you order meat from? I actually already have a freezer so that is one plus!

707342e3cb97e0fc088917919a154b8a

(1657)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Check www.eatwild.com and be willing to invest a few hours calling/emailing different farms to find out what their prices are (and if they're not very local to you, whether they deliver, ship or will meet you somewhere mutually convenient)-- I have to drive 4 hours roundtrip to meet my beef farmer, but it's well worth it to me!

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