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Buying in bulk, saving money

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Created August 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM

I recently got married and moved states away. My husband is a medical student and receives a small stipend, and I'm still jobless (applying and applying and applying, but so far, not much luck). We're having a really hard time affording the paleo lifestyle on his paycheck. I was wondering the ways that you all buy in bulk/save money. We eat grassfed, organic, low carb, no dairy (except butter).

We found a farmer that's going to sell us grass-fed beef for $5.50/lb which is awesome, but in terms of veggies, coffee, nuts, etc. Most online stores that I have found are only very slightly cheaper, and once you add tax and shipping, it makes more sense just to buy in the store.

We go out to eat Maybe once a month, never buy alcohol, and are still looking at at least $250 a week.

How do you save money? How do you buy in bulk? What are your weekly or monthly food costs like?

Any tips/advice you can give would be greatly appreciated!

PS We live in North Carolina, so any residents that know of good local spots/deals/etc please let me know!

EDIT: We purchased a quarter cow from Double R Cattle Services yesterday, and it was probably one of the best investments that we made. Really nice family, really good quality beef. They even threw a cow heart in for free. If you are in the NC area, you should definitely check them out: http://doublercattleservices.com/default.aspx

Thank you all for your advice, too. We cut down on the nuts & braved a very very sketchy flea market and saved some money this week!

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on August 30, 2011
at 01:26 PM

How is their canned salmon? I saw it on the shelf the other day, and was tempted to try it

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Tubers, kerry gold butter, milk/cheese if you can do that and eating muscle meat sparingly should easily get you to around $50/week.

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on August 30, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Cliff. I eat 3,500 calories but I can't seem to spend less than $80-$90 per week. Can you send me your meal plan? I guess it's possible with organ meats. Liver is $3.00 per pound at my local farm supply shop. However, even my DOG hates eating it. I can't do liver. Just can't!

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on August 29, 2011
at 01:36 AM

I don't contend that tubers are paleo. My contention is regarding how much. You say to get a lot of your calories from them. Perhaps I needed to ask you what your definition of "a lot" is.

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on August 28, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Show one piece of literature that states tubers arn't paleo. "the presence of raphides suggests that it derives from a starchy storage organ such as a root or tuber" http://www.pnas.org/content/98/19/10972.short obviously you haven't look at much because it took me 60 seconds to find that.

677bf180dca60230f7bb01c07927e7df

on August 28, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Based on every piece of literature I have ever seen on Paleo. While some may differ slightly, I have never seen what you are suggesting.

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on August 28, 2011
at 01:20 PM

@Nutritionator- where in NC are you located?

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on August 28, 2011
at 01:19 PM

Husband is a moose haha. He eats a lot.

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on August 28, 2011
at 11:22 AM

(or any sized roast for that matter - even the non-decently sized ones are pricey. :) )

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on August 28, 2011
at 11:21 AM

yes, that's what we do - i'm obsessed with my crockpots. but I certainly have never seen a deal like that in the Boston area! I have never seen a decent sized grass fed roast for less than $5.99/pound.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on August 28, 2011
at 10:45 AM

based on what vic?

677bf180dca60230f7bb01c07927e7df

on August 28, 2011
at 04:13 AM

Really get most of your calories from tubers? Sorry starchy carbs as the predominant part of your diet isn't Paleo.

7cf45aaa9478fcef7dd16914088ce480

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on August 28, 2011
at 03:42 AM

I thought I'd share this link I found on another thread that relates to my comment. "The Primalist" posted a link to her blog talking about the merits of "batch cooking", which is a more elegant way to describe what I am doing. http://www.theprimalist.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-try-batch-cooking/

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on August 28, 2011
at 02:25 AM

I'm also in NC and there are farmers markets everywhere, the closest one to me has grass fed and finished beef for $4 a pound (ground) and free range eggs for $3 a dozen. Might just have to do some more searching around, it's worth driving a little further and buying in bulk to get a good price. I usually only get veggies from the farmers market because of the price and quality at stores and I'm not a coffee drinker. Like others said ditch the nuts and coffee which aren't providing much nutrition and spend that money on meat.

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on August 28, 2011
at 02:24 AM

250/week! Holy cows... I mean I dunno, is your husband a moose? I got a 4 and 2 yr old, my wife, and me and we get by on about 100/week (not counting 1-2x/week we eat out). Factor in the beef we buy for about $700 once every 6 months or so and $200 in pig and thats it for us. A DEEP FREEZER IS YOUR FRIEND....buy it on the cheap and freeze it up!

7cf45aaa9478fcef7dd16914088ce480

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on August 28, 2011
at 01:54 AM

Hey- you got to go with the deals when you see em. They are not always there. I'm shopping for the week tomorrow. I hope there is something quality and inexpensive. Otherwise it's a week of hard boiled eggs and tears for yours truly.

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on August 28, 2011
at 12:56 AM

you meant gluttonous right?

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on August 28, 2011
at 12:19 AM

here a some stuff: http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/budget#axzz1WH3r2PW5 good luck!

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on August 28, 2011
at 12:09 AM

yes, TJ's has good canned salmon and sardines, which I keep stockpiled at all times!

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on August 28, 2011
at 12:08 AM

We have a tiny balcony, too, and I am growing some tomatoes and green peppers quite well right now. Some tomatoes do very well in pots; check out a gardening book at the library and see what will work best for you? Good luck!

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on August 28, 2011
at 12:06 AM

how in the world did you find an organic grass fed pot roast for $3.50?!?!?!

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on August 27, 2011
at 05:40 PM

I cut my own hair - though it helps that I keep it very short. But I'm not completely without style, I use #3 clipper guard on the top, and a #2 on the back and sides.

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on August 27, 2011
at 05:20 PM

+1 to Andy for defending the honor of coffee!

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:33 PM

I'll bet you could cut your husbands hair...if he's willing to go a few trial runs. You sound like you're doing great...things will get better since you have tenacity. :)

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:23 PM

No worries- I have a soft spot for cafes and grab a drink at them from time to time (and will need to cut it out completely). Will def. find a costco near me. And grow some herbs once this hurricane is over!

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:21 PM

and by gross I mean Grows. ha

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:21 PM

Thanks BHC. I paid my way through college by working (sometimes full time), lived with my parents, paid for my wedding, and now am in a new place and jobless. So it's an interesting adjustment, and one that I feel helpless in since I can't be contributing monetarily right now. I really want to learn to cut my husband's hair! It gross so fast, and would save money. Awesome that you do that. Funny you mentioned, because I actually reused coffee grounds this morning- tasted totally fine and I'll be doing it more often!

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:51 PM

-1 for slandering coffee. :) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7451391

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on August 27, 2011
at 02:18 PM

If you are in an apartment with a balcony, you can grow an amazing amount of salad greens, spinach, arugula, herbs and other pricey veg in containers. The greens and herbs like mint, parsley, garlic and chives grow best in fall, and many start producing in as little as 30 days. Broccoli raab too.

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on August 27, 2011
at 02:16 PM

If you are in an apartment with a balcony, you can grow an amazing amount of salad greens, spinach, arugula, herbs and other pricey veg in containers.

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on August 27, 2011
at 02:10 PM

Sorry, misinterpreted (based on blog photos) and shouldn't be making judgements like that. It does depend on the farmers market. Some have great prices, some not, some vendors priced better than others. Seriously try the pick your own places - they can be the absolute best prices, esp if you can do some freezing or other preserving. Costco has great deals on some things - there are threads here on what to buy. Also check here slowfoodpiedmont.org/lfgfarms.html for farms where you can buy direct. Some will be better deals than others.

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on August 27, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Sorry, misinterpreted and shouldn't be making judgements like that. It does depend on the farmers market. Some have great prices, some not, some vendors priced better than others. Seriously try the pick your own places - they can be the absolute best prices, esp if you can do some freezing or other preserving. Costco has great deals on some things - there are threads here on what to buy. Also check here http://www.slowfoodpiedmont.org/lfgfarms.html for farms where you can buy direct. Some will be better deals than others.

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on August 27, 2011
at 01:44 PM

WOW. $50 is amazing. Me and my GF spend Aus$300+ per week.

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:51 PM

Yeah, you'd be surprised how those farmers markets are sometimes more money than places like Kroger! I haven't heard of the flea market though, so I'll look. I'm not big on "style" at all - I don't get my hair cut, I don't get my nails done, I shop at Goodwill. I shop at Whole foods for grass fed and eggs, Trader Joes for chicken and nuts, and Kroger for all veg. And, I don't think I mentioned where I was buying coffee from at all. Right now we're paying 7.99/lb for Organic dark roast from Trader Joes (I figure if we're going to drink it, it should be organic). Can you find something cheaper?

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:39 PM

[2/2] are on sale around where you live. And we made a tomato soup the other day out of roma tomatoes, I believe some canned organic ones and beef stock? It sure was tasty! And the pot we made ended up making enough to last us the week for lunches! Sorry to ramble!

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:37 PM

HOLY TOLEDO!!! :o. Oh I see what you are doing with the nuts, are you making like homemade Larabars? That sometimes can be more cost effective. Now, sorry for all the questions, but do you have a costco nearby? If I remember [now this was in washington the state] the costco I frequented had TONS of organic/grass fed meat [whole chickens, ground beef] extremely cheap. It could possibly save you money in the long run? I have noticed, buying the whole chicken saves more money than just buying breasts or thighs. And makes tasty soups! That's another thing I forgot SOUP!!!! I bet squash's and [1/2]

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:28 PM

Yeah, the cost is ridiculous. My husband told me he was spending almost 200/week before we got married. We have whole foods and trader joes rather close, but the cheapest I've ever seen grass fed beef there was for about $6.50/lb (ground beef runs 8.99!) Definitely will bulk up on more eggs. I use nuts to make my husband protein bars since he needs calories on the run, but maybe will just slip some more coconut oil into his morning coffee. And we're living in an apartment right now, but we are Itching for a garden! Thanks for your advice

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:13 PM

My husband works 18 hour days at the hospital sometimes so.. coffee is sometimes necessary. Good idea about the organ meats, I'll see if our farmer can make that happen

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on August 27, 2011
at 11:32 AM

You might be eligible for food stamps, I would check that out because it can help a lot

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D5e5788865a3d9a17a729097186e465f

on August 27, 2011
at 12:21 PM

250 a week... for two people!? That is insane. I too, would be questioning if this way of eating is sustainable lol. We are a family of five, and don't even spend that much. Do you guys live near a whole foods? or any other type of store like that? I have seen times when they put grass fed meat on sale for 2.50 a pound. We only spend 5.50/pound on meat when it's bison, and we only buy that on extremely rare occasions.

Basically, how we cut costs is we buy TONS of eggs, boil em, you have a nice snack throughout the day, or something to top greens. There are seriously a million ways to make eggs, and they are so cheap and tasty.

I also only eat when I am hungry, which is once to twice a day. Ditch the coffee like cliff said, and the nuts. Focus on good fats, protein and veggies. Do you live in a house, or apartment? You might have room to start planning out a garden for next year, which I HIGHLY recommend. Buy some Heirloom seeds, apparently those are better? Maybe someone on here with a green thumb can confirm/deny that for me.

D5e5788865a3d9a17a729097186e465f

on August 27, 2011
at 12:39 PM

[2/2] are on sale around where you live. And we made a tomato soup the other day out of roma tomatoes, I believe some canned organic ones and beef stock? It sure was tasty! And the pot we made ended up making enough to last us the week for lunches! Sorry to ramble!

D5e5788865a3d9a17a729097186e465f

on August 27, 2011
at 12:37 PM

HOLY TOLEDO!!! :o. Oh I see what you are doing with the nuts, are you making like homemade Larabars? That sometimes can be more cost effective. Now, sorry for all the questions, but do you have a costco nearby? If I remember [now this was in washington the state] the costco I frequented had TONS of organic/grass fed meat [whole chickens, ground beef] extremely cheap. It could possibly save you money in the long run? I have noticed, buying the whole chicken saves more money than just buying breasts or thighs. And makes tasty soups! That's another thing I forgot SOUP!!!! I bet squash's and [1/2]

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

(2290)

on August 27, 2011
at 12:28 PM

Yeah, the cost is ridiculous. My husband told me he was spending almost 200/week before we got married. We have whole foods and trader joes rather close, but the cheapest I've ever seen grass fed beef there was for about $6.50/lb (ground beef runs 8.99!) Definitely will bulk up on more eggs. I use nuts to make my husband protein bars since he needs calories on the run, but maybe will just slip some more coconut oil into his morning coffee. And we're living in an apartment right now, but we are Itching for a garden! Thanks for your advice

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7cf45aaa9478fcef7dd16914088ce480

on August 27, 2011
at 06:08 PM

Yup, this paleo business will take a huge whack of your paycheck if you are not careful. Our household spending was getting out of control between my non-paleo-eating wife's fickle food cravings and my carnivorous lifestyle. Grass-fed beef and frozen dinners ain't cheap, mafriend.

The best thing I have done to reign in the spending (at least with my side of the fridge) is cutting out the variety. I try to find whatever is on sale and buy it in bulk, and then plan a meal around it that I can eat every day (or have enough left over to tide me through the week). But it is not just the meat! It's crazy how much money I can spend on vegtables and herbs that go with the meat. Planning one meal and repeating it allows me to save by buying sale vegetables in bulk too.

Last week I got 5lbs of grilling steaks on sale for about $3.80 a lb. I made my way through them each day with a rotation of spinach, kale, and sweet potato. The week prior I made a huge pot roast (about $3.50) that stretched throughout the week.

So in short-- less variety equals more savings for me.

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on August 28, 2011
at 11:22 AM

(or any sized roast for that matter - even the non-decently sized ones are pricey. :) )

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on August 28, 2011
at 12:06 AM

how in the world did you find an organic grass fed pot roast for $3.50?!?!?!

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on August 28, 2011
at 11:21 AM

yes, that's what we do - i'm obsessed with my crockpots. but I certainly have never seen a deal like that in the Boston area! I have never seen a decent sized grass fed roast for less than $5.99/pound.

7cf45aaa9478fcef7dd16914088ce480

(654)

on August 28, 2011
at 03:42 AM

I thought I'd share this link I found on another thread that relates to my comment. "The Primalist" posted a link to her blog talking about the merits of "batch cooking", which is a more elegant way to describe what I am doing. http://www.theprimalist.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-try-batch-cooking/

7cf45aaa9478fcef7dd16914088ce480

(654)

on August 28, 2011
at 01:54 AM

Hey- you got to go with the deals when you see em. They are not always there. I'm shopping for the week tomorrow. I hope there is something quality and inexpensive. Otherwise it's a week of hard boiled eggs and tears for yours truly.

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on August 27, 2011
at 11:40 AM

Some tips-

.Get a lot of your cals from tubers, that will probably make your spending go down quite a bit.

.Try to get organ meats as these are usually a lot cheaper and eat muscle meat minimally.

.utilize eggs as a cheap protien source whenever possible.

.Quit coffee, do you really need it?

$250/week should be more than enough, I personally spend $50/week for myself and i eat 5k cals everyday.

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on August 28, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Based on every piece of literature I have ever seen on Paleo. While some may differ slightly, I have never seen what you are suggesting.

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on August 28, 2011
at 10:45 AM

based on what vic?

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:13 PM

My husband works 18 hour days at the hospital sometimes so.. coffee is sometimes necessary. Good idea about the organ meats, I'll see if our farmer can make that happen

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on August 27, 2011
at 05:20 PM

+1 to Andy for defending the honor of coffee!

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on August 27, 2011
at 01:44 PM

WOW. $50 is amazing. Me and my GF spend Aus$300+ per week.

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:51 PM

-1 for slandering coffee. :) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7451391

677bf180dca60230f7bb01c07927e7df

on August 28, 2011
at 04:13 AM

Really get most of your calories from tubers? Sorry starchy carbs as the predominant part of your diet isn't Paleo.

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on August 30, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Cliff. I eat 3,500 calories but I can't seem to spend less than $80-$90 per week. Can you send me your meal plan? I guess it's possible with organ meats. Liver is $3.00 per pound at my local farm supply shop. However, even my DOG hates eating it. I can't do liver. Just can't!

677bf180dca60230f7bb01c07927e7df

on August 29, 2011
at 01:36 AM

I don't contend that tubers are paleo. My contention is regarding how much. You say to get a lot of your calories from them. Perhaps I needed to ask you what your definition of "a lot" is.

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on August 28, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Show one piece of literature that states tubers arn't paleo. "the presence of raphides suggests that it derives from a starchy storage organ such as a root or tuber" http://www.pnas.org/content/98/19/10972.short obviously you haven't look at much because it took me 60 seconds to find that.

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on August 30, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Tubers, kerry gold butter, milk/cheese if you can do that and eating muscle meat sparingly should easily get you to around $50/week.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 27, 2011
at 03:54 PM

I commend you. You are clearly taking on a lot of responsibility at a young age and doing a great job.

(I'm still exploring ways "cheapify" this lifestyle as well. We wanted 1 parent to be available to our kids so my husband is a stay at home Dad and I work. I am the only one in the family who eats totally paleo so the bulk of expense is mine.)

These are some of the things I do...

Toiletry/Beauty expenses; (Don't know if you're including these in the $250.)

-I have $15 shears I bought on sale at a beauty/supply store and have cut my own and kids hair for about 5 years. I have long hair too and I simply comb all my hair forward wet and cut straight across the best I can. It creates some layering. I then make random layers throughout my hair combed normally. It has taken some practice. I'm definitely not going to be on the cover of Glamour but people are amazed when I tell them I cut my own hair. I use sweet almond oil, baking soda, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil in the shower. This saves me a ton of money. For perfume I use essential oils like amber/vanilla from Whole Foods.

Cleaning supplies; baking soda, vinegar, lemon. I still use some bleach too. These are all very cheap.

Food

Hands down...intermittent fasting has cut down on food cost. I also eat less protein as Gedgaudis recommends and more fat. I will do something like cook a lot of chicken and then eat with avocado and green chili in small portions. I buy in bulk and freeze portions. I buy grass fed beef for $5.79 a pound and make huge meatballs with eggs, herbs and almond flour and freeze. I intersperse grocery store meat like pork chops during the week too. I 2nd others organ meat suggestions as they are cheap and a lot of bang for the buck.

Coffee...I'm not a purist and I re-use my coffee grounds for a few days. This might not be palatable for some but it works for me. I also use and re-use bacon grease a lot for cooking in my cast iron skillet.

I spend about $40 to $50 a week on my food. I think you are doing pretty well with the $250. If you have lots of freezer room I would buy in bulk but check prices as it is not always cheaper. For your husband I would make chix salad, cold grass fed patties, hard boiled eggs to supplement the nut bars and put in a cooler. Also, I think it was Hunt, Gather, Love that emphasized you don't always have to eat grass fed. I frequently buy large supermarket steaks and I'll get 4 meals out of each one. We have to make it work for us right?

Look at other monthly expenses you can cut like cable, cell phone etc, more creative ways to save on Xmas/bday presents etc. Also, since you like to be online look into writing online articles. I did this for awhile and it won't make you rich but maybe you can keep doing it after you get a job too.

Great job to you and good luck to you!

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:21 PM

Thanks BHC. I paid my way through college by working (sometimes full time), lived with my parents, paid for my wedding, and now am in a new place and jobless. So it's an interesting adjustment, and one that I feel helpless in since I can't be contributing monetarily right now. I really want to learn to cut my husband's hair! It gross so fast, and would save money. Awesome that you do that. Funny you mentioned, because I actually reused coffee grounds this morning- tasted totally fine and I'll be doing it more often!

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on August 27, 2011
at 05:40 PM

I cut my own hair - though it helps that I keep it very short. But I'm not completely without style, I use #3 clipper guard on the top, and a #2 on the back and sides.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 27, 2011
at 04:33 PM

I'll bet you could cut your husbands hair...if he's willing to go a few trial runs. You sound like you're doing great...things will get better since you have tenacity. :)

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:21 PM

and by gross I mean Grows. ha

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:14 PM

Oils are probably one of the cheapest ways to get your calories in. Even coconut oil is a great deal if you buy it in enough bulk. Assuming you dont feel too glutinous eating oil by the spoonful.

Frozen veggies are cheap and often times as nutritious as their 'fresh' counterparts.

Also 3rding eggs as a cheap and amazing source of animal protein and fats.

Oh and canned seafood, especially canned salmon and sardines. Eat often enough and you wont need to supplement omega-3's.

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on August 28, 2011
at 12:09 AM

yes, TJ's has good canned salmon and sardines, which I keep stockpiled at all times!

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on August 28, 2011
at 12:56 AM

you meant gluttonous right?

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on August 30, 2011
at 01:26 PM

How is their canned salmon? I saw it on the shelf the other day, and was tempted to try it

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on August 27, 2011
at 05:33 PM

If you have an Asian market near you like Ranch 99 you can save a lot there. Their meat is cheap and so are their vegetables. I personally wouldnt consider it a lifetime option as it def isnt organic but especially at your young age Im sure its fine.

Also Fresh and Easy have great coupons such as "$6 off when you spend $25" that they send out almost weekly if you get on their emailing list.

Costco and Sams club are good too for food in bulk and cheap(er) gas if you have a card or know someone who does.

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:19 PM

If you're in the Asheville/Western area, there are many CSAs that will give you far more food that you'll know what to do with. http://www.canecreekorganics.com/OrderForm.html

Greenlife and Earthfare both have nice bulk food sections for nuts, etc.

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on August 27, 2011
at 12:32 PM

PS. Just from seeing where you're getting your coffee, you're shopping in the wrong places, and need to do some reevaluation of your need for style in food.

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

(2290)

on August 27, 2011
at 12:51 PM

Yeah, you'd be surprised how those farmers markets are sometimes more money than places like Kroger! I haven't heard of the flea market though, so I'll look. I'm not big on "style" at all - I don't get my hair cut, I don't get my nails done, I shop at Goodwill. I shop at Whole foods for grass fed and eggs, Trader Joes for chicken and nuts, and Kroger for all veg. And, I don't think I mentioned where I was buying coffee from at all. Right now we're paying 7.99/lb for Organic dark roast from Trader Joes (I figure if we're going to drink it, it should be organic). Can you find something cheaper?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 27, 2011
at 02:10 PM

Sorry, misinterpreted (based on blog photos) and shouldn't be making judgements like that. It does depend on the farmers market. Some have great prices, some not, some vendors priced better than others. Seriously try the pick your own places - they can be the absolute best prices, esp if you can do some freezing or other preserving. Costco has great deals on some things - there are threads here on what to buy. Also check here slowfoodpiedmont.org/lfgfarms.html for farms where you can buy direct. Some will be better deals than others.

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on August 28, 2011
at 12:08 AM

We have a tiny balcony, too, and I am growing some tomatoes and green peppers quite well right now. Some tomatoes do very well in pots; check out a gardening book at the library and see what will work best for you? Good luck!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 27, 2011
at 02:16 PM

If you are in an apartment with a balcony, you can grow an amazing amount of salad greens, spinach, arugula, herbs and other pricey veg in containers.

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

(2290)

on August 27, 2011
at 04:23 PM

No worries- I have a soft spot for cafes and grab a drink at them from time to time (and will need to cut it out completely). Will def. find a costco near me. And grow some herbs once this hurricane is over!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 27, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Sorry, misinterpreted and shouldn't be making judgements like that. It does depend on the farmers market. Some have great prices, some not, some vendors priced better than others. Seriously try the pick your own places - they can be the absolute best prices, esp if you can do some freezing or other preserving. Costco has great deals on some things - there are threads here on what to buy. Also check here http://www.slowfoodpiedmont.org/lfgfarms.html for farms where you can buy direct. Some will be better deals than others.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 27, 2011
at 02:18 PM

If you are in an apartment with a balcony, you can grow an amazing amount of salad greens, spinach, arugula, herbs and other pricey veg in containers. The greens and herbs like mint, parsley, garlic and chives grow best in fall, and many start producing in as little as 30 days. Broccoli raab too.

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(20378)

on August 27, 2011
at 11:49 AM

Eggs are great for breakfast with some butter. I eat them every breakfast. Trader Joes has some good deals. No need to eat nuts.

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