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6/26/12 8:37 A

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You might want to look at getting your meat at Costco. You could stock up so you wouldn't have to go very often. Their 95% lean ground beef is usually 2.99 lb here which is $2 less than anywhere else even on sale.

I have seen someone else from Alaska post and the prices there are really high.

Good luck!!!!


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6/22/12 11:46 A

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Thanks, I'll take a look at those meats today to see how easily I can fit them in my budget. Probably won't be too hard. I know that highly processed 'meats' are really bad and tend to stay away from them anyways. Right now my biggest goal is managing my budget to actually be able to do Paleo, which is a decent challenge for me and was the main reason I failed before.

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6/22/12 7:48 A

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Your best buy for canned meat is canned salmon in the 14-ounce cans. Salmon has the lowest mercury of any fish, so you can eat it every day. In addition, it has the highest amount of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

For beef, I buy ground sirloin and cube steaks, which are cheaper alternatives. I don't like the high fat ground beef, which is cheaper, but gives me indigestion. I avoid the more expensive cuts of beef. The cube steak tends to be tough, so when I eat it, I cut it into very small pieces, which makes it much more enjoyable to eat. Bologa and hot dogs are unhealthy. They are not meat.

Let me point out that when you use the Nutrition Tracker and limit your calories by about 25 % you save that much on you grocery bill! For me that is about $80 a month!

You will benefit from thinking about your priorities and setting some goals for yourself. Goals should be challenging enough to be motivating and specific enough, so you can measure your progress. Right now one of my goals is to lose six pounds by the end of July. I am doing well and so far have lost three pounds by using the SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker.

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6/22/12 1:42 A

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Not that I know of. Supermarket wise we have Fred Meyer (subsidiary of Kroger), Safeway, and Walmart. The other places that sell groceries are Costco and local small businesses. Wish I made enough to shop at the small businesses, they tend to carry a bit better quality. Well other then fresh produce, but that's kinda crappy everywhere here.

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6/21/12 11:33 P

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Got an Aldi near you? best prices and you can cherry pick what you want

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6/21/12 9:08 P

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We have three supermarkets, a standard grocery store, a Costco, and specialty stores. The supermarkets are all about the same price and I work at one and get a discount on certain grocery items there, so unless there is sale which I can't always shop for the one I work at tends to cost less. The regular grocery store has the best meat in town outside of one of the specialty stores, but there prices reflect that as they cost significantly more then the supermarkets, and Costco is hard to do for me because it's off the bus route, making it extremely hard to shop at without possible spoilage unless I manage to get a ride from a friend, plus I wouldn't want to buy most of their 'fresh' stuff anyways as it takes at least 2-3 weeks for us to get stuff from the lower 48. Canned tuna is good, but you have to watch out for the mercury in bottom feeders, tuna and halibut are the most common culprits of that, so as long as it isn't all your using it's fine.

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DO you have more than one store? Price shop and make a list of what everything costs at which store. Menu planning and making detailed grocery lists helps a lot. Canned tuna and things may be less expensive if it doesn't have added "junk". The one I buy is Bumble Bee low sodium and has only tuna and water. If I lived in your area I could help you more but things are naturally different here as we have a lot of farms around.

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6/21/12 8:37 P

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Thanks, all produce here is really expensive. And I'm envious of your meat sale prices, ours never hit that low, we consider it low when it's less then $5 a pound. Here the only little grocery stores are specialty stores that tend to be expensive, but at the same time less then the big stores on what they do.

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6/21/12 8:06 P

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Cantaloupe is in season here in Florida. I can get a whole cantaloupe for $2.00 when it is on sale. At six pounds, this works out to be 33 cents a pound! WooHoo! Oranges are out of season here, but I get them at about two or three for a dollar. You are right, your fruits are really expensive!

I shop for fresh produce at a little grocery store called Ward's that has prices about 30% lower than the big supermarkets. I also look online at the store ads to know what is on sale, so I can buy the fruits and veggies on sale. It is more trouble to do this, but I am retired and have the time, so why not? It is also sort of a hobby to shop around for the best prices on my fruits and veggies.

When boneless, skinless chicken breasts go on sale for $2.00 a pound, I stock up and fill my freezer. This way I save on meats and poultry!

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6/21/12 7:11 P

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Thank you both. I'd heard about Paleo 2.0 before but haven't looked much into it. I actually first heard about the Paleo diet on a Transhumanist site and then Paleo 2.0 George Devorsky's blog.
Conradburk I do use evoo already, it's the only oil I currently cook with, I tend to do alot of stir fry's with chicken and frozen veggies. I'll keep in mind the veggies you recommended to avoid as I didn't know about some of them. I mean I knew the obvious ones like potato's and corn, but not the beans. And I know what you mean about expensive fruit, oranges here are about $2 a pound, and if we're lucky cantaloup is $1.49 a pound out of season, in season it's closer to $1 a pound. The biggest problem with increasing my income is that I'm also trying to go to college while doing this and getting a better job at this point would pretty much mean giving up on taking more then one class a semester.

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6/21/12 6:03 P

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Google Archevore Diet or Paleo 2.0. That version suggests that veggies are not as necessary as you might think... Explains how Eskimos survive so well!

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6/21/12 5:22 P

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Frozen broccoli, spinach, carrots, collards and cauliflower should be available. They are all paleo. Frozen peas, lima beans, green beans, and corn are non-paleo.

I suggest you use extra virgin olive oil on your veggies. It is healthy and increases the calorie content for very little additional money because the oil is high in calories. Don't be fooled by the high cost of a bottle of oil. It is an outstanding buy in terms of cost per calorie! The primary fat in olive oil is monounsaturated fat, which is okay to have in your diet.

You might try decreasing your spending in other areas, so you can more easily afford the fruits and veggies for eating Paleo. Keeping track of your spending for a month is very informative. You will then know exactly where you can cut your spending.

Do not overlook the alternative of increasing your income, perhaps getting a higher paying job or some other source of income. Your health is very important and eating a healthy Paleo diet will yield benefits in your health and vitality.

Fruits that are less expensive are fresh cantaloupe, oranges, watermelon. Expensive fruits to eat sparingly are all the berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries.

Cheaper fresh veggies are cabbage and carrots. I never eat asparagus because they are so expensive. Never really developed a taste for them anyway.

Good luck!


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6/21/12 4:21 P

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That is what I'm currently doing and if that's the best I can do then so be it. I prefer frozen over canned as most canned have added sodium and I don't need more sodium really.

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Do you have access to frozen, or even canned veggies? Not quite the same as fresh but still far better than Twinkies and HoHo's.

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No farmer's markets in town. I live in South East Alaska in the middle of the largest temperate rainforest. Not really any room for farms. I think there's a farmer's market once or twice a year here and that's it. Any other suggestions for the veggies? Because they are quite spendy here. I can get away with the meat to some degree as I can shop sales pretty much daily, but produce kills my budget.

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Eggs are not real expensive. Get your veggies at farmer's markets. Grass fed meat is best but I rarely get that because of the price. Just eliminating the grains and the over-priced processed food has to be a good thing.

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Hey new to the team. I've tried to do Paleo before, but with my income level I'm finding it very hard to do and keep up with. If anyone has any suggestions on maintaining this with a limited income I'd like to hear more. :)

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