Living a Paleo life on a budget is possible, even in New Orleans!
Unfortunately what you save in money, you'll likely spend in time.
But you'll be surprised with health benefits you and your family will achieve!
Buy in bulk when on sale. Whole Foods has one item on sale each Friday (only Friday). It is usually good enough to stock up.
Buy in-season produce
Buy meat in shares. While it costs more upfront, it makes a big difference in quality and price.
Buy in bulk with a friend. You can always find a friend in the NOLA Paleo Facebook Group. If buying items online, throw it out to the group and see if anyone wants to split shipping.
Learn about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15. Don't spend money on organic unless it is necessary.
Buy high fat cuts of meat when buying grass-fed. Buy lean meats when buying conventional meats. Fat is where toxins are stored.
Shop at places like Hong Kong Market, Farmer's Markets, CSAs.
Even Sam's and Walmart carry organic items now. Sam's always has organic spring mix, spinach, carrots and celery.
Cook in large quantity. Freezing in small lunch-size portions makes defrosting a breeze.)
Use meal plans
Eat and use everything you can, never throw anything away (repurpose food, like adding leftover meat to eggs for breakfast)
Shop with a list and stick to it
Use vacuum sealing to keep food fresh longer
Use coupons on household items in order to free up money for good food.
Learn to make things like coconut milk and mayo at home. (use youtube videos to learn easy ways, a fraction of the cost)
Use mason jars to store leftovers. You waste less if you can see what you have.
Use natural items for cleaning, such as vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen perioxide.
Here's the 2013 Dirty Dozen -spend extra money for organic on the items below:
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
8. Nectarines (imported)
11. Cherry Tomatoes
12. Hot Peppers
There are two additional items they are calling the Dirty Dozen Plus. You should also consider purchasing organic whenever possible:
1. Summer Squash
2. Leafy Greens (Kale and Collards)
1. Sweet Corn (I wish I could take this one off the list. Most corn in the US is genetically modified (GMO).
6. Sweet Peas- Frozen
14. Sweet Potato