We've had a number of questions asking about spending less money on evolutionary eating and living in general, but I'd like to take this question and try to flip that around.
This is kind of like a Return on Investment sort of question, we all have limited funds, where do you put yours to get the most positive results out?
If you want to answer with rules, mottoes, accounting schemes, or just links to the best stuff on websites, I'll take it all and we can all try to use it to improve our lives.
I'll add to the chorus of spending money on high-quality, naturally-raised, grass-fed red meats, except that I find it much cheaper to buy my meat this way! I would buy it anyway even if it were more expensive because 1) it's much better for me, 2) it's much better for the animals, and 3) it's much better for the farmer (no middle-man). I like knowing exactly where my money is going, and that it's enriching the local community. I'll pay more for decent eggs as well, although the organic eggs tend to be grain-fed, and the free-range eggs are questionable as well. I have one source for pastured eggs, but the laying season has been erratic. This seasonality and temperamentality encourages me to give more money to this farmer since his income solely relies on his animals, unlike farmers who are supported by supermarkets (and their mandatory antibiotics). He's also my raw dairy producer, so it's win-win.
I will also never go back to any walking/running shoes other than Vibrams; I love them so much, and all other shoes feel uncomfortable now! So I pay their lofty fee - but they're worth the cost since the KSOs I bought mid-2009 are still in great shape, and I wear them to and from work every single day! Buono!
Time = Money
Money = Time
Time to do what really makes you happy, not to buy what makes you happy.
In my case: family time, time in nature, play, friends, travel...
In my experience paleo eating is not expensive, except for grass fed meats. Although I tell everybody that it's not the grass fed that is expensive, it is the conventionally raised meat the is too cheap...
Buying Half a grassfed cow at a time...
What's more rewarding than my health
I only Want to do other Activities because I'm healthy and feel great... Most of which are social and mostly free(equipment)
Money: better quality food as per the other answers. And my FiveFingers were probably the best fitness gear buy I ever made. And realizing that I didn't need a gym to exercise in is going to prove to be a major moneysaver over the rest of my life.
Time (which = money): I now walk an hour a day at lunch, religiously, and then eat at my desk, save when it's raining heavily. I also make a point of making time for exercise (I'm doing the Primal Blueprint Fitness thing) in priority; "I wish I'd spent more time on the internet" is not likely to be high on my list of deathbed regrets. I also have booked a lot of vacation time this fall for deer and small game hunting (but then again I was doing that before going Paleo).
Crossfit is the best decision I have made in a very long time. It is very expensive, but the fact is.. I'm excited to go to CrossFit & I actually miss it when I can't go.
It makes me want to work out. When I'm there, I want to be challenged. I love the people I work out with. The last thing on my mind at CrossFit is weightloss; instead, inspires me to ask my body for more, push my boundaries, see what I can become if I set my mind to it.
Honestly, the reason I'm starting paleo is because of the way CrossFit makes me feel. If they say Paleo will make me feel even better.. I'm willing to give it a shot.
In general, spending a lot to make sure my family gets high quality, real food instead of cheap processed junk.
Specifically, I suppose, buying grass fed beef. I wish my source was local instead of from some ranch in far off Uruguay, but c'est la vie. From what I've read it's still good stuff.
Whether or not this is the best return on investment of course remains to be seen.
I pay more for grass-fed beef and lamb straight from a farm, and feel happy about that. I can't believe how little I spend at the supermarket (when it's just me - if my husband's there, we end up buying more because he's not true paleo). So it all evens out. I am also paying for a personal trainer, which I have found beneficial less for the motivation, but for the help in getting that last 10% out in the weights room - and for having someone watch your form, breathing etc.
I always spent a lot of money on quality ingredients for cooking, so that's kind of a given.
I recently swallowed the sizable fees to join a local CrossFit box, which was important to me because I need the structure of a program like that or else I tend to slack off on my exercise due to boredom and laziness. It's expensive, but it's definitely worth it--there's no way I'll be skipping out on class when I'm paying an arm and a leg for it!
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