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Best stores to buy paleo products on the cheap

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 04, 2012 at 7:44 PM

So I've done my fair share of scoping out all of my local supermarkets in order to find the best quality food at the cheapest price. I buy local and from the farmer when I can (ie. buying my grassfed beef from a local farmer) but it makes sense to buy some things from supermarkets. Am I better off buying these things in bulk from the manufacturer or Amazon? I'm curious to hear about everyone's experience in purchasing 'paleo' products. Here are some of my paleo top picks, where I get them from, and how much I pay. How do these stack up compared to what you buy and how much you pay?

*edit: I live in North Carolina

1) Kerrygold butter: $2.79/.5lb at Whole foods

2) Wild planet sardines: $1.25/pack on sale at Kroger (I bought about 30...)

3) Native forest coconut milk: $3/can

4) Hazelnuts: $5/lb at Trader Joes

5) All non-organic produce: local asian market

6) Sweet potatoes: $.39/lb at local asian market

7) free range, local, and organic eggs: $4.39/dozen at Whole foods

8) Spaghetti squash: $.99/lb at Food Lion

9) Avocados: $3 for 4 at Trader Joes

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on October 22, 2012
at 03:49 AM

What's the deal about the labeling at TJ's, pjnoir? I shop there all the time and if I'm not buying what I think I'm buying, I wanna know!

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on March 05, 2012
at 12:38 PM

1+ without a doubt.

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on March 05, 2012
at 02:46 AM

The negative reviews seem to be about the fact that some cans may get dented. I actually had this problem with Amy & Brian's coconut water from Amazon. Most cans were dented in but that is probably due to mishandling from UPS. The quality will be the same.

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on March 05, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Yup, CA. And these are the ugly ones... but they taste plenty good.

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:48 PM

Priscilla, I find that the occasional Honeyville almond flour is better than the TJs stuff. I like the blanched almond flour because the skins are off, which reduces some of the problems some people have with the skin and makes for a nicer color in baked goods (at least in my opinion). I buy that on their website, though, because they sometimes have 20% off specials.

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:46 PM

I've purchased both Thai Kitchen and Native Forest coconut milk (organic, both) on Amazon for about $2/can or slightly over per can. If you have prime, it ships for free.

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Agreed.. I buy their almond meal for $3.99/lb but I'm wondering what the quality of the nuts are.

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:24 PM

Where do you get your coconut, if you don't mind my asking? The cheapest I can get mine is on Amazon: 6 lbs of Let's Do Organic's for $20.15 (Amazon Subscribe & Save; $23.71 for a standard order).

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:20 PM

Good to know Kimmie. Thanks!

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:13 PM

FWIW, I also buy Native Forest coconut milk from Amazon and have never had a problem with the quality.

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:08 PM

I've read weird reviews regarding Native forest coconut milk on Amazon so I've been leary.. something about the quality of the product not being the same as what's sold in the store. I'd prefer that brand bc I know it is BPA free. What brand do you buy from Amazon?

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on March 04, 2012
at 08:52 PM

50 cent avos??? must be a CA or FLA thing And I would avoid all Trader Joe's as quality and honesty about labeling is a big issue.

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on March 04, 2012
at 08:55 PM

You're buying cocount milk for $3 a can?! Buy a 12 pack from amazon for as little as $24.79 which is just over $2 a can!

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

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on March 05, 2012
at 02:46 AM

The negative reviews seem to be about the fact that some cans may get dented. I actually had this problem with Amy & Brian's coconut water from Amazon. Most cans were dented in but that is probably due to mishandling from UPS. The quality will be the same.

0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:13 PM

FWIW, I also buy Native Forest coconut milk from Amazon and have never had a problem with the quality.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on March 04, 2012
at 09:46 PM

I've purchased both Thai Kitchen and Native Forest coconut milk (organic, both) on Amazon for about $2/can or slightly over per can. If you have prime, it ships for free.

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

(2290)

on March 04, 2012
at 09:20 PM

Good to know Kimmie. Thanks!

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

(2290)

on March 04, 2012
at 09:08 PM

I've read weird reviews regarding Native forest coconut milk on Amazon so I've been leary.. something about the quality of the product not being the same as what's sold in the store. I'd prefer that brand bc I know it is BPA free. What brand do you buy from Amazon?

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:16 PM

If you live in the GTA...Kensington market has some great cheap eats especially at Essence of Life health food market...the whole market is a great place to find bargains

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on March 05, 2012
at 12:38 PM

1+ without a doubt.

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on March 04, 2012
at 08:37 PM

That Kerrygold price can't be beat!! The closest TJs is 90 miles, so I stock up everytime I go and throw a few pounds in the freezer. The almond meal and nuts at TJs are a good buy too, imo.

I've found the cheapest coconut milk without a bunch of extra gunk at the local Asian market.

Grassfed beef and pastured chickens are cheapest straight from the farmer around here- I would expect that's pretty much the same anywhere.

Pastured eggs are cheapest at the local food co-op, and veggies and eggs are way cheaper at the summer farmer's market.

EDIT: I'm finding that coconut flour and coconut oil are cheapest for me on Amazon- not a lot of specialty stores around here, and both are way marked up in the "health foods section" of the local supermart. Of course, only one brand too. But unsweetened shredded coconut is not cheaper on Amazon.

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:48 PM

Priscilla, I find that the occasional Honeyville almond flour is better than the TJs stuff. I like the blanched almond flour because the skins are off, which reduces some of the problems some people have with the skin and makes for a nicer color in baked goods (at least in my opinion). I buy that on their website, though, because they sometimes have 20% off specials.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:24 PM

Where do you get your coconut, if you don't mind my asking? The cheapest I can get mine is on Amazon: 6 lbs of Let's Do Organic's for $20.15 (Amazon Subscribe & Save; $23.71 for a standard order).

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on March 04, 2012
at 09:32 PM

Agreed.. I buy their almond meal for $3.99/lb but I'm wondering what the quality of the nuts are.

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on March 04, 2012
at 08:36 PM

coconut oil - native forest = no BPA in can, get on subscription w/Amazon and price gets to be close to $2 (case of 12 on a standing order)

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on October 22, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Costco is selling Kerrygold, uncured nitrate free sliced ham turkey chicken, frozen berries mixed bags, organic apples coffee carrots ... Natural Grocer is also awesome place to get food and discount supplements incl Bluebonnet whey protein.

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on October 22, 2012
at 03:08 AM

I buy my meat from Sam's Club and any other item from WalMart. Although I do buy my pastured butter and eggs from Whole Foods.

Sam's Club has whole pork shoulder, 1.58/LB

If you need nuts, berries, steaks, hamburger Sam's Club is also the place to be. I find their prices on meat to be lowest around my area in Central Arkansas.

WalMart...everything is cheap at WalMart.

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on March 04, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Actually veggies are cheaper in the major supermarket, just the quality and freshness is suspect. I go to many farmer's market, I always blog one or two new FMs very month, farmers know what they can get for their superior product and yes I pay it, it isn't cheaper anymore (except at the end of the day if you are willing to buy what is left, although it may not be what you want, but that is hunting and gathering for ya)

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on March 04, 2012
at 07:47 PM

A few random data points off the top of my head:

Coconut milk without guar gum: $1.49/ can @ the Ralphs in Thai Town (LA) Avocados: $0.50 each, in season w/ cosmetic flaws @ farmer's market.

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on March 04, 2012
at 08:52 PM

50 cent avos??? must be a CA or FLA thing And I would avoid all Trader Joe's as quality and honesty about labeling is a big issue.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on March 05, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Yup, CA. And these are the ugly ones... but they taste plenty good.

2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

(270)

on October 22, 2012
at 03:49 AM

What's the deal about the labeling at TJ's, pjnoir? I shop there all the time and if I'm not buying what I think I'm buying, I wanna know!

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