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by 5 · 2 minutes ago

Really, really, really trying to get the food budget lower. It's been a real challenge. I have a family of 7, two adults, kids ages 9, 7, 5, and 2 year old twins (one of the twins has a feeding tube that I blenderize food for, allergies to... (more)

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RK 0 · April 13, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Hey Ashley - I have 4 kids, ages 13, 7, 5, 4. Our food budget is right at $200 a week. (I try to keep it lower, like $170, but I usually end up spending it when I need to repurchase large items in bulk like coconut oil or almond flour). I used... (more)

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by 88 · 3 minutes ago

I usually don't eat rice but I am needing to safe money and I find myself eating to much sugar (from fruits) so I am trying to get away from that. Also Is oatmeal worse or better than rice IF you had to choose from either ? Paleo Daddy on a budget... (more)

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Varelse 0 · April 01, 2013 at 5:18 AM

To start, there is no such thing as white wild rice. Even though it is called rice, wild rice is actually a seed. It is called rice because it is used culinarily like rice and with rice. I don't know about brands, but if you are looking for a... (more)

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by 75 · 4 minutes ago

I'm having to look at tightening up our food budget. I'm also wanting to venture into the culinary world of offal/organ meats for the first time. I'm looking at 50p! for 225g chicken livers, versus ??1.22 for 300g free range chicken livers +... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

If you don't and don't take cod liver oil etc. you'd probably need to supplement with preformed vitamin A, especially if you take vitamin D supplements (which you should). I don't know what chicken farming is like over there, but there's simply... (more)

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by 342 · 6 minutes ago

Is it possible to live off of $200 a month and be healthy and paleo? I live in Canada... I need cheap options... I'm 80%. When I eat out I don't eat Paelo, and I eat peanut butter- because it's calorie dense and cheap.

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Crowbar_1 0 · February 14, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Well, you won't afford much organic or free-range. I can't either, so it's not a criticism. Go for leaner cuts of meat, and buy in bulk and portion for freezing. Eat eggs, and frozen veggies are a better deal, as they provide solid nutrition in a... (more)

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by 221 · 8 minutes ago

How can I get more omega 3 fatty acids in my diet without spending tons of money? I would like to eat the fish instead of supplements. The wild caught salmon at my local grocery stores are very expensive, 13$ for 12oz of wild sockeye salmon. Is... (more)

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jake_16 0 · January 12, 2013 at 12:33 AM

sardines, herring and mackerel in cans are cheap and tasty.

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by 571 · 9 minutes ago

Could someone recommend a good-quality reasonably-priced brand of krill oil for someone who doesn't eat fish? I've been researching different brands and reading up on krill vs. fish oil vs. FCLO all morning and making myself crazy. What do you... (more)

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Jay_25 0 · January 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Jarrow Formula's. This is what Dave at bulletproof exec recommends, and I can honestly say it is one of the first fish oil's I've taken that has had a noticeable effect.

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by 55 · 10 minutes ago

Has anyone successfully cooked paleo for two on less than $450 a month, groceries and grass fed meat included? My husband and I are saving for the down payment of a new home and need all the extra money we can come by so I am trying to limit the... (more)

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Michelle_22 0 · November 29, 2012 at 2:18 AM

My husband and I eat on $300ish a month. We get our meat from a local, grass-fed rancher. Availability and costs vary from region to region. Cost of living is very low where I live, but that's offset by the very low income most people here... (more)

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by 95 · 11 minutes ago

Hello, I've searched and read various 'budget paleo' threads, but I was hoping I could get some more specific advice addressed to an individual recently wanting to adopt a paleo diet. I've been a vegetarian for about a year, and have excluded... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · November 14, 2012 at 4:48 PM

In terms of quantity/price, vegetarian is going to win over paleo 90% of the time. If you start considering quality/price, paleo is going to start to pull ahead.

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by 2029 · 14 minutes ago

Thankfully I don't have to make this sort of decision, but I know many people whose resources for meat are limited to the local Walmart. In this particular store, the options are limited to beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and fish. All CAFO, and no... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · September 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM

WalMart has liver so I'm going to over rule your no offal rule ;)......Liver. The toxic load is no more (or barely more) than what is found in other areas of the animal, but with a substantially larger dose of beneficial nutrients. If not that... (more)

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by 497 · 15 minutes ago

Hi Hackers... OK so I'm a studet living in Manchester UK, need some help. My budget is about ??20 a week for my shopping and I find it quite hard to stay paleo at times. This is what I bought this week: ??5 of chicken legs from the market (which... (more)

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Whirl 0 · September 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

That sounds like your doing alright there. I get all my meat from the market too, but because it's not the best quality it will more than likely have a high mega 6 to omega 3 ratio , so what I do is just supplement on omega 3's. It's not ideal... (more)

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by 20 · 17 minutes ago

I'm on a very tight budget, so I'm looking for cheap ways to increase my fat intake. Here's my list of regular go-to fats: shredded coconut: $3.69 for 12oz --> 225g fat --> $1.46 per 100g fat Bob's Red Mill coconut oil: $8.49 for... (more)

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Colin_2 0 · August 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

BACON FAT!!!! When you cook a few strips of bacon, there is almost always runoff fat (unless you buy a really lean variety, which just totally defeats the purpose). Instead of throwing it away or pouring it down the drain, pour it into a jar or... (more)

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by 6229 · 18 minutes ago

So I was at the farmer's market the other day and I realized how inexpensive some things are in when in season! I can make 1 pound of organic kale chips (2 bunches of kale) for $4 + price of high smoke point oil and spices. Commercial Kale Chips... (more)

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AnarchyCaveman 0 · August 03, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I love how cheap lard and liver are. I forget the prices, but I get them both for around $2 a pound.

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by 50 · 19 minutes ago

Very soon my food budget is going to tumble down to around $20 per week. Through trial and error, I've noticed my body works a LOT better on a meat/vegetables/fat diet. Since my budget is crashing down, I've been thinking of adding in legumes... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · July 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM

You are going to need to visit your local food bank, and apply for food stamps if you want to continue eating well. It takes a while to get on the SNAP rolls, so please enroll now. Here's the website to get started: ... (more)

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by 1281 · 20 minutes ago

I've been thinking about supplementing with CLO for a while now, mainly because I have some skin issues. I'm visiting Oslo pretty soon, so I wonder if some of the Norwegians can give me a tip where to buy quality CLO? I wish I could give Green... (more)

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AmandaLP 0 · July 16, 2012 at 5:57 PM

The issue, at least from the Green Pastures perspective, is that All of the Norway Cod Liver Oil factories use the same industrial techniques, including heating the oil, and usually extracting the natural vitamins, and adding in the synthetic... (more)

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by 396 · 21 minutes ago

New Question: You have $35/week to spend on Paleo only food. What do you buy? and what do you already have in your pantry? Edit: I put in the new question to be more inclusive, and to provide more information for other people who read the... (more)

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Glaceaus 0 · July 08, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Since no one has mentioned it; if you can get local lard, it may be one of the cheapest fat srouces possible. I buy nearly a pound of leaf fat for about $4. Thousands of calories that I can add to any hot dish, especially vegetables. Just an idea.... (more)

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by 384 · 23 minutes ago

Hey there, Stats: 350lbs, 5'5", Male, 25 y.o. I started down the Paleo path right around Christmas 2009 when I found Mark's Daily Apple. Being a poor college student I did my best to eat Primal with the occasional meal out with friends. I... (more)

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Joshua_1 0 · June 08, 2012 at 6:04 AM

This post comes with some trepidation. I am going to say some things that a lot of people are going to disagree with - but I was in your shoes as well and I would like to share a few things with you. You are 5' 5" and 350lbs. You have a broken... (more)

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by 809 · 24 minutes ago

Grassfed beef is out of my reach in price. I try to eat as much fish as possible, but its far from my favorite, besides the types I really like are the pricier fish out there. I do supplement Omega 3s with fish oil, etc. Since I still love beef,... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · May 27, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Non-grass-fed beef isn't high in omega-6, it's simply low in omega-3, not that grass-fed beef is high on omega-3 to begin with. Grass-feeding has relatively little effect on beef composition, when you considered than beef, grassfed or not, is... (more)

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by 336 · 27 minutes ago

I'm very poor, very fat, and very paranoid. I will eat it if I have to, but I want to avoid industrial beef, chicken, and pork. Grass-fed counter-parts are off the table as a staple. I understand there exists cow pooling, but that isn't... (more)

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Joshua_1 0 · April 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

You can get a 54oz tub of coconut oil for around $20 bucks. That seems to last my whole family (that and butter are the only cooking oils that we use) about a month. You can switch to conventional beef if you have to (I know you don't want to),... (more)

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by 531 · 27 minutes ago

What do you think of the idea of drinking olive oil, say 400 calories' worth, at night if I'm still hungry? It's the cheapest calories I can get that seems reasonably healthy.

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VB 0 · April 26, 2012 at 5:24 AM

If I were you, I would have no more than one tablespoon or two. And you can add some shredded carrot. And sesame seeds. And it's a salad! Or you can add some baked/roasted sweet potatoes and parsnips. And beets. Just don't drink too much or it.... (more)

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by 788 · 27 minutes ago

I realize that I am almost asking the world but I wanted to put the question out there. Do you know of any cheap and healthy food you can order out? Healthy = Paleo/Primal approved (Conventional meat and veggies is fine) that would NOT count as a... (more)

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tdgor 0 · April 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM

My rule of thumb in general that with "cheap," "fast," and "good," you can usually pick any two out of three, but asking for all three is expecting too much. If I want "fast" food I'll run to the grocery store and pick up, say, sashimi. Although... (more)

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by 529 · 29 minutes ago

Hey I was wondering for college people out there with a college budget what is your typical monthly budget for food, for those keeping paleo/primal. Also what is it that you find most challenging about paleo/primal diet as a college student. Just... (more)

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sabretoothandclaw 0 · April 01, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Me and my boyfriend are at about the $80-100 a week as well I'm pretty sure. Which is a lot on the budget of two full-time college students who work pretty part time. We eat a lot of food though, which I'm hoping might decrease as our appetites... (more)

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by 210 · 29 minutes ago

Alrighty, so just as a disclaimer, before I started making my switch over to start becoming more of a strict primal eater (def more primal than paleo), the majority of my fridge already made up of mostly nearly paleo/primal foods (meat, fish,... (more)

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Jen_20 0 · March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

It sounds like you are on the right track! Some advice: -Hit up farmers markets, watch sales, buy what is in season -Buy in bulk (while only buying what you know you will use) -Consider sharing a large purchase of grass fed meat with a friend... (more)

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by 1683 · 33 minutes ago

Hey all! So I am currently out of work and living off my student loans, and let me tell you it is SUPER easy to go over budget on Paleo. When it comes to my meats I can no longer afford strictly grass-fed beef....the only place I can get it costs... (more)

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wildwabbit 0 · February 12, 2012 at 4:34 AM

If you can't afford grass-fed beef, don't sweat it, because who really can? Go with the highest quality you CAN afford. If all you can afford is standard store-bought grain-fed beef, then go with that, its still better than the alternative. I... (more)

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by 5808 · 33 minutes ago

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Caleb_the_Hobbit 0 · February 03, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Things I would buy would often last me more than a day, but if it broke down to $7 / day, I would buy Day 1: a dozen eggs and ground beef Day 2: mushrooms ($2), kale ($2), a red onion ($1), and perhaps a sweet potato ($2) Day 3: beef, chicken,... (more)

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by 554 · 38 minutes ago

I am on a severe food budget - approx $330 a month for 4 people (2 adults, 2 preschool boys growing like weeds). I am trying to go as paleo as possible within that budget. My hubby will join me... eventually (has a serious cereal habit, but we... (more)

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Kewpie 0 · November 28, 2011 at 3:26 AM

Looking at your list I have a few suggestions. Coconut flour is a fun ingredient for making paleo treats, but it's not exactly a nutritional powerhouse and it is very expensive. I would skip that. Because you are buying conventional meats rather... (more)

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