I've been following the 30 day meal plan from 'Everyday Paleo' with my family, and the recipes are great, but gosh, it's expensive. Since going Paleo we've gone from eating meat 2-3 times a week to 2-3 times a day, and we're consuming about 5 dozen eggs a week. I've only got two children so far, but would like 1-2 more, and I'm struggling to see how I can afford to feed my family a Paleo diet. We live in Australia, and organic food is not cheap! I came home from the supermarket yesterday having spent $250 on 5 days worth of food! We're a single income family, and are going to home school our kids, so will be for a long time. We can't sustain that level of expenditure on food.
Around the parenting blogs, I've noticed quite a few comments recently from parents of larger families saying they feel much better eating Paleo, but just can't afford to feed their family. I'm trying to work out some compromises - probably eating potatoes and more dairy. We used to eat gluten-free WAPF and didn't have a problem with our budget.
So, for those with families, how do you make your budget work? Do you make compromises to cut down your budget?
We currently get nearly all our meat from friends with farms at a good prices, our eggs are from a friend, and we always eat the cheap cuts of meat, and are happy to eat organ meats.