I spent close to $1000 the first W30 I completed last winter. Full disclosure: I have 18yo and 21yo sons at home who were happy to play along! I purchased a lot of organic chicken, grass fed bison, Aidels sausages, compliant sunbutter, different oils, spices, Kerrygold butter, and other high end food products. Had I purchased exclusively grass fed beef I'm sure that number would have been closer to $1200. This was my Christmas present to myself.
This go around, I'm keeping the costs down by purchasing conventional meats/chicken and discarding skin/fat. I simply cannot afford the grassfed/organic options. Also, I'm buying vegetables/fruit in season and relying on hearty/cheaper standbys such cabbage, sweet potatoes, onions, etc. I'd love to eat swiss chard, fresh mustard greens, etc. as I want, however spinach and kale are cheaper and just as nutritious. Frozen vegetables can also be purchased on sale and stocked. For making mayo, I use the Bertolli Light Tasting olive oil. It routinely goes on sale for 50% off and I then purchase 2-3 bottles at a time. I no longer buy salad mixes but purchase the greens and prep them myself. I don't buy expensive nuts, bottled probiotic drinks ($4/bottle), sausages ($6 for 4), etc. So far, my weekly food budget has only increased by about $30. I'm hoping these changes will help me complete another W30 and keep me from the dollar menu at McDonalds.
thanks so much for this post! I am on my first whole30 ever (or whole100 if I have my way) and have started to stress out a little bit today. I was actually upset with myself for having 3 pieces of fruit and cashew butter on two different occasions. did I stick to the rules? yes. could my food choices have been better? yes. did I drink diet coke and have cookies for breakfast like I did a week ago? nope. so that is success. I don't want to get discouraged and worry about how I can cook my veggies/meat/whatever.