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    moggle reacted to MrsStick in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Is frozen produce any cheaper? If so, you should be able to find plenty of compliant stuff (NO SAUCE/SEASONING - check your labels). 
    In my stores in all the places I've lived, I've been able to find compliant of the following:
    Peppers/onions (usually labelled as fajita veggies or stir fry - check to be sure there's no baby corn)
    Carrot/cauliflower/broccoli mix (usually labelled as spring mixed veggies - make sure no corn)
    Green beans
    You can also look into canned veggies, but look at the ingredients carefully. Green beans, mushrooms, carrots, and spinach can all usually be found in compliant cans. Steer clear of any crazy ingredients without making sure they're safe first, though.
    Basically, if you're going to cook the veggies anyways, you can probably get them frozen or canned. The texture shouldn't be too much of a problem (they can sometimes have a not-so-great texture but cooking them usually covers it up) and, if fresh is as expensive as you say, you can maybe save money. Where I'm at, it's cheaper to get fresh, so I keep a bag of frozen veggies as a last resort sort of thing. 
    Also, look for cheaper cuts of meat. I finally accepted (and convinced hubby) that in order to save money, boneless/skinless chicken breasts aren't for us. I can get (again, this is where I live) B/S chicken for $4-ish a pound, or I can get drumsticks/thighs or leg quarters for less than $1 per pound (whole chickens can be even cheaper - just 60-80 cents a pound). Look at your price per pound more than the overall price of the package. If you get more for the same amount of money or slightly it! Plus if you have chicken bones you can make chicken stock (carrot peelings, celery ends/leaves, sacrifice an onion, and whatever else you have just lying around) that you can use for making soup - all out of things you would've thrown away (and now you don't have to buy more ingredients to make soup! Saving money!). Same with beef bones, but I haven't tried making beef stock yet. I know that it is a little different than making chicken stock.
    Long story short - see what's cheapest (and compliant) in your area. Eat that. Buy that. When it goes on sale, stock up like a doomsday prepper. My parents aren't Whole30, but they have a store in their area that will occasionally run a "10 for $10" sale. My parents bought $150 worth of stuff this last time. It was mostly pasta, pasta sauce, etc., but there were a bunch of canned veggies too. Even if they're just 10 cents off, picking up a few cans extra will save you money in the long run.
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    moggle reacted to Jahx in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Honestly, in my experience and as always your mileage may vary, the key to keeping the grocery bill down is simply this.
    Stop obsessing over the word "Organic".  By and large, if you are embarking on a Whole 30, your eating habits previously were fairly awful.  You have already been been exposing yourself to the worst foods/chemicals you could.  Frozen vegetables are fine.  Beef that isn't labeled "Grass Fed", or "Pastured" also won't cause your heart to spontaneously stop.  
    Embrace that simple concept, and the Whole 30 is actually *significantly* less expensive than the current diets of those for whom it does the most good.  
    Is grass fed, pastured, "certified" meat and produce healthier than the standard found at your local supermarket?  Sure.  I won't argue that point.  Is it something you should stress over with your Whole 30?  No.  The Whole 30 is a large enough change in ones habits that adding an additional stress is unnecessary.  I had a friend whom I introduced to the Whole 30 actually give up half way through because she couldn't find the meat and produce locally, and was having to drive an hour and a half to do her grocery shopping.  I tried to explain/convince her that it wasn't necessary, and she kept referring me back to these boards, and how she *needed* these things to make the whole 30 work.  We are talking about a single mom, who works two jobs.  Adding 3 hours of drive time to her week... it was just too much.  Maybe she wasn't committed enough.  Maybe if she saw more people advocating plain old supermarket beef/chicken/eggs and frozen vegetables, she would have just stopped by Wal-Mart where she normally shops, and she could have completed the Whole 30, and made those healthy changes.  
    I love the Whole 30, it changed my life (Sadly it wasn't permanent, I fell back into old habits and am starting another whole 30 sept 1st), and these boards are an absolute wealth of information, and the people here are just wonderfully supportive.  That being said, I think sometimes we focus a little too narrowly on the minutiae, and forget about the overall benefits and goals the Whole 30 is helping us to achieve.
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    moggle reacted to annabel in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    We probably spend £100-£150 on restaurants/the pub. That's about the same as our typical food budget for the month, which means that I can double my food shopping budget on a Whole30.
    Growing your own salad greens and spinach is great advice. They grow really well in containers and don't take much effort on your part.
    And Starbucks is the biggest money sinkhole ever... I saved for my first round the world trip by cutting out coffee houses and packing my own lunch every day.
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    moggle reacted to kb0426 in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Here is what I learned from what I have read here...
    Cheaper cuts of meat can become tender and delicious thanks to the crockpot.
    Not all fruits and veggies have to be organic. For example, if there is a peel that is not consumed as part of it, I don't go organic.
    Tuna and sardines are delicious, compliant and cheap .
    You are so lucky to have Farmer's markets available!
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    moggle reacted to MrsRobinson in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    We got together with several families and ordered a cow together from a local organic farm. In a week or so I'm getting 50 pounds of grass fed beef in a variety of cuts that I will be spending $160 for. There are two of us, so 50 pounds of beef will last a good while combined with other things. I've been eating almost Whole30 for about nine months now (the only thing on my 'active elimination' list is dairy--everything else is already gone). I'm hoping this plus the temporary suspension of my cheese budget will balance things out a bit. It does seem like I drop a lot of money at the store these days (usually $100-125 a week for two) but when I consider all the stuff I'm not buying that I used to eat, I think I'm still ahead of the game. 
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    moggle reacted to [email protected] in Sourcing food in Australia   
    So this is a bit old, but on Facebook look for Broth of Life. Its a very small company from northern Tas that use local (grass fed of course, can't get anything else in northern Tassie!) meat and veggies for their broth, then they dehydrate it. So you just dissolve in hot water and drink (or put it in your soup pot). It tastes pretty good too!
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    moggle got a reaction from [email protected] in Sourcing food in Australia   
    If I can find them in Hobart, you can probs find them in Perth :-D
    I did have to ask on Facebook to find out. There's a spice shop in the centre of the city that stocks them (most of the time?) and a modern grocer/cafe (the Aproneers) out in the suburbs that sometimes stocks them.
    They ended up being quite expensive so I only got them once. I wonder if you got green bananas at the correct point of unripe-ness whether they would work for the tostadas (I've pinned a recipe, probably the same one you're talking about)
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    moggle reacted to malie in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    ------Sorry, you lost me at the part where you somehow paid less than $14 for TP, PT, and laundry soap. You must live in paradise!!
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    moggle reacted to MrsRobinson in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Well, back from the store, just shopped for my first Whole30 week and spent $114.00. Not bad. That includes TP, a roll of paper towels, and laundry detergent. So the food was just a skootch over $100, mostly vegetables, meat, eggs, and a couple of odd bits for my husband who is not participating. I think I saved money not buying my usual $5 a half organic milk and two horking fistfuls of overpriced cheese. And half and half by the hogshead.
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    moggle reacted to praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Not sure if it's been mentioned already, but I have had some lovely lovely grass fed meat from Otway Prime I picked mine up at the Mulgrave Farmers Market, but they go other places too and you can order frozen if you'd rather have it that way. they make GRAIN FREE SAUSAGES! (not all are, but if you ask, they have em).
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    moggle reacted to Terresa in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Fresh fruit and veggies that are locally grown and in season can be a little cheaper than the out-of-season imports here. Local free range eggs cost more (instead of $2.50, they are $3-4 a dozen, but boy are they worth it! Local, grain-fed meats are not cheap, but again worth it for the awesome flavour alone. Being on the coast, we do pretty well with catch-of-the-day prices.
    Overall, I figure I'm at least breaking even for what I'm saving on ice cream.
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    moggle got a reaction from praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    I usually reduce it down to a small rectangular take-away container (the ones that are about an inch to an inch and a half high) but you could make it smaller and then add more water when you're ready to use it.
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    moggle reacted to befabdaily in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    It takes a while to settle into paleo. I track my budget on, and before I started paleo I would always go over my set food budget (which includes restaurants and such). And then when I first did the Whole30, I went WAY over. And then over the course of the last 12 months, while I've been pretty much eating paleo at home and not eating out as much, it's gradually come down to where I'm staying in budget, and I'm going to challenge myself to see if I can get even a little more frugal. I seem to just need to eat less, which helps. I've gotten more and more conscious of food waste (I am embarrassed to think about how much food I'd throw out before -- especially veggies because I'd buy them with good intentions and then not eat them, now I power through tons of them every week) and also more and more conscious of how much food I actually need to have around, so I don't overbuy as much. I am less concerned with having a wide range of choices available in my house at all times -- I used to buy like five kinds of cheese and then it would get moldy because it turns out I like the idea of cheese but I don't actually eat that much of it. I've stopped building Great Depression style stockpiles of stuff I maybe might need. I don't have to stock the accoutrements of baking under the illusion that I'm a person who bakes when really I only did so a couple of times a year. I also buy less wine, which adds up. Keep an eye on some of these issues -- your relationship with food isn't only how much and what you eat, but how much you buy and why. That may also begin to change.
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    moggle reacted to PamH in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Over $200/week for a family of 5 here in Wisconsin. My biggest piece of advice is to create a menu for the week and stick to it when you shop! If you are like the rest of the US, you waste a ton of food through impulse shopping or wishful thinking ("I'll make that for sure!"). Second piece is to buy local and seasonal.
    Organic food here is significantly more expensive than conventional. I do pay attention to the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen and sometimes buy non-organic in the foods less pesticide ridden. Probably sticking to seasonal fruits and vegetables is a good budget reducer. Buy bulk when the berries are cheap and freeze them? I do that with blueberries and strawberries. They generally aren't good for more than cooking with or adding to things like yogurt or oatmeal but it works.
    Grass fed beef is insanely expensive here! It is what I use so I just suck it up and pay the price. Honestly, the health benefits so outweigh the price when it comes to the corn fed-grass fed decision so I just stick with grass fed. The meat I have access to here is both grass fed and organic (but not certified mostly due to cost). If the farmer is good enough to go grass free they are generally mindful of following organic guidelines as much as possible. I'm to the point that I'll forgo buying the meat if I can't buy grass fed.
    I'll stop here and admit I am blessed with a husband's good income so this is easy for me to do. I know that isn't the same for everyone.
    I buy a lot of cabbage, carrots, zucchini and make stir-fry. Mixed with ground beef it really goes a long way. There is a Pakistani Kima recipe floating around on the web (Paleo) that is so, so good! Cauliflower 'rice' when it is in season really stretches a meal. Bulk nuts instead of bagged. Same with rice when I eat it (if I go back to eating it).
    I buy things like ghee and coconut oil on line and in bulk to save $$. I cook everything and rarely buy prepared foods anymore. We don't eat out much at all but that is by choice and not to save $$. I bake all of my sweets for the kids. Tropical Traditions and Green Pastures are my go-to places. Find any friends who are willing to split the cost of a case and do it! CSAs are great if you are adventurous and willing to live with perhaps eating only beets or kohlrabi for a week at a time.
    Food is just expensive! I'm always amazed at the total on the register vs the number of bags I carry out. I just got a job at our food co-op which will apparently give me a 15% discount! That makes up for the near minimum wage pay check for us. Now, after over a decade, my unsolicited advice on healthy eating will actually earn me some cash!
    Good luck to you.
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    moggle reacted to 1Maryann in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Periodically I just have to declare a moratorium on meat purchases until I use up some of what I already have. There is no sane reason why a single person has to have 2 whole pork loins (cut into roasts and chops) on hand. I only stash boneless, skinless chicken breasts because they take up less space than bone-in chicken. It's a sickness! help!
    Kirsteen, I laughed out loud. How true!
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    moggle reacted to Kirsteen in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I have a very small fridge freezer provided by the landlord so I can't change it. I bought a table top freezer which, don't laugh, lives in my bedroom. In it, I keep meats that I've cooked and frozen in individual portions. The trouble is, its so crammed full that my new menu planning is open the freezer and whatever falls out first is the meal
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    moggle reacted to melbournegirl in Sourcing food in Australia   
    I found a powdered coconut chutney in an Indian-Fijian grocery in Melbourne, I reckon that must be close to coconut aminos... I used it on pulled pork! Pork carnitas
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    moggle reacted to Jinkse21 in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I find myself buying meats/chicken/fish on sale when my freezer is already full too! Since my husband and I eat separate meals, I keep my stuff in the kitchen freezer while he has allof the stuff I can no longer eat plus his foods in a big freezer in the basement. Beef Broth Bones found their way into his freezer because I didn't have room in mine!
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    moggle got a reaction from Jinkse21 in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    My concern over my spending on meat is turning in to a concerning sale meat 'stashing' problem. I couldn't help grabbing 1kg marked down gravy beef (still good till tomorrow) even though my section of the freezer is already full of frozen meat & meals.
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    moggle reacted to Moluv in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Me to my husband: "I want to save some money this month so instead of grassfed meat and organic produce I'm just gonna get regular meat and veggies"
    Him: "I don't think that's a good idea"
    Me: "why not?"
    Him: "we don't have health insurance"
    Good answer.
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    moggle reacted to moeshe in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Revamping to begin a second attempt of a whole30 tomorrow with my husband, our first attempt lasted about two weeks. Meat and oils are were where our costs hit an increase. I learned two things for our relaunch: do buy what you can afford. Look for specials, if local ads or websites don't have enough info (like price per oz/lb) be old fashioned and call around to compare prices. It may well save you 20 min. or more of needless driving. Plus, a few weeks ago, I packed some of the weekly cook-up items in 1-2 portion containers and immediately froze them. By our second week in, they were perfect for the days my husband got up late for work and needed something 'quick' for lunch. It saved him either a) not eating lunch at all or 2) joining his co-workers for a Jimmy John's or pizza.
    We're ready to begin tomorrow!
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    moggle reacted to annabel in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I made a lovely swede mash last week with 1 tsp each of ginger, mustard seed, cumin and turmeric, plus some ghee.
    There's a huge price variation in food here from one week to the next, I couldn't have cauliflower rice for 95% of my W30 because it was too dear, so yeah, focus on what veg is going to give you the best value for money. I'd skip tomatoes, onions and cucumbers if I was short on cash as I don't feel like they provide much nutritional value.
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    moggle reacted to Moluv in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Come to think of it, when I make a list and send my husband to do the shopping he spends about half of what I normally spend. I always pick up a bunch of little "treats" like black garlic and $15 boxes of tea that I never drink.
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    moggle reacted to MrsStick in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Between my leftovers and food I already have, this week's groceries were $39, not including breakfasts (we eat at work, where I don't get any choice about the oil my eggs are cooked in, but I do get a scramble with tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and, when I'm not W30ing, ham and cheese). I like leftovers and freezer meals! I am moving in 3 months...time to start working on those freezer meals and pantry stuff!
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    moggle reacted to SonyaT in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I know that planning helps a lot but I try to go to the store without a real set plan. Instead I make sure I know what I have in the house and how far certain foods should take me through the week. Then I buy what is on sale. We haven't had good kale here in months and I refused to pay for the wilted, scrawny bunches that were available and then this week viola: amazing, beautiful kale!! And it was on sale!! One of the really great bonuses of eating almost completely protein and veg, IMHO, is that with a host of different spices most any combination can be complimentary. Shopping this way has not only kept the grocery bill down but has also introduced me to some great things that I had never tried before. (Pork steak!!! Delicious and ridiculously inexpensive! Who knew??) It has been educational and fun really!!!