How to Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank

“Sorry dude, eating healthy is too expensive!”

First of all, don’t call me dude.

Second of all, yes you can!

If you’ve been reading Nerd Fitness for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of the Paleo Diet (if you’re not paleo, make sure you read the comments for some non-paleo cheap healthy meal tips!).  It’s worked like a charm for Saint and Staci (whose birthday is today! Happy Birthday Spezz!!!), along with hundreds of other Nerd Fitness readers.  It makes logical sense, it absolutely works, it’s easy to remember what to eat and what not to eat, and there’s no counting calories involved.

However, whenever I bring up the Paleo Diet (or some variant of it), the usual pushback I get is “but it’s too expensive to eat healthy!”

Now, unless you’re living on Cosco bags of Puffed Rice, Ramen Noodles, and Spaghettios, I bet healthy eating isn’t too far off from your normal spending habits.

Here’s how to dominate the grocery store and minimize the impact on your wallet.

Make it a priority

First and foremost, healthy eating needs to become a priority for you.

In most cases, people are just too lazy or stubborn to make changes to their diet, and don’t feel like putting forth the necessary effort.  After all, it’s certainly easier to roll up to a drive-through window and say “I’ll take everything on the dollar menu” or place an order for Pizza Hut while playing Everquest II (yeah you can seriously do that) than it is go to a grocery store and prepare your own meals.

This goes back to my “How to Give a Sh**” article about Office Space: you have to want it.

I can tell you til I’m blue in the face that your diet will be 80-90% of your success or failure when it comes to weight loss and healthy living.  That no amount of exercise can undo a poor diet, and that changing even a few small habits can cause drastic changes (just ask Optimus Prime).   That spending a little bit more money up front now on healthier food can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in health care savings over the remainder of your life.  That cleaning up your diet can add years to your life, remove inches from your waistline, make you sleep better, feel better, look better, and live better.

However, unless you have that desire to level up your life, making the decision to eat healthy will be an constant uphill battle.

So first and foremost: make a commitment to start eating better, and back it up with a damn good reason.  Whether you’re doing it for you, your family, to win a weight loss competition at work, whatever, DO IT.

You’re going to need to give up some things you don’t think you can live without (SPOILER ALERT – you can).  You’re going to need to learn how to cook a few basic meals instead of ordering pizza every afternoon.  You’ll probably be eating a lot of the same things on a regular basis.  You might even need to make an investment in…gasp….Tupperware.

However, once you’ve made the commitment to healthier eating, all of these decisions get much easier to make and eventually can become habit.

Cut out the crap

If you’re on a tight budget and “can’t afford healthy food,” do you buy coffee at Starbucks every morning to get you through the work day?  How many cans of Mountain Dew do you go through in the afternoon?  How often do you visit the vending machine for a bag of Doritos because lunch is still two hours away?  Do you bring your lunch or eat out every day?

These small $1-2 purchases on a daily basis that provide no nutritional value whatsoever are what’s eating away your food budget.

“But Steve, I need MOAR CAFFEINE!”  Okay, if you REALLY need the caffeine (psst…you probably have a caffeine addiction), I might start scaling that back to a more reasonable amount on a daily basis.  But that’s beside the point – if you’re still in need of that caffeine, bring in homemade coffee from home, drink the crappy coffee at work, or better yet, switch to green tea – leave some bag in your desk at work and brew it when needed.  Stop spending $2.50 for Monster Energy Drinks or $2.00 for that 20 oz. Coke.  Your money is better spent elsewhere.

Want to know the best part about healthy eating?  Once your body makes the adjustment from constantly expecting empty calories (which can certainly take a few weeks), these cravings that you’re used to having will gradually start to disappear – instead, the healthy meals that you prepare (which we’ll get to in a minute) and the healthy snacks that you bring from home (which we’ll also get to) will keep you full and satisfied and you won’t even think about trips to the vending machine or snack bar.

So please stop spending unnecessary money on empty calories that leave you unfulfilled – you’re already on the path to winning.

Prepare your own meals

This is the motherload.  If you can learn to cook two or three basic healthy meals, along with a healthy breakfast option that you’re cool with having on a regular basis, you can absolutely dominate a week of healthy living on a cheap budget.

This is what we’re up against for a “cheap meal” (rough pricing, will depend on your area):

  • MacDonald’s Quarter Pounder w/Cheese Meal – $5.25
  • Wendy’s Dollar Menu Meal (two burgers, small fry, small soda) – $3.96
  • Burger King’s Double Whopper Meal – $4.89

Now, this is assuming that the meal listed above is enough food for you – it’s possible that you might be eating other snacks throughout the day, along with the soda breaks, and more.

So, we need to try and keep our healthy meals to a price at or below roughly $4.00 per meal.

Sounds impossible, right? 


I’ve enlisted the help of our birthday girl Staci (a Paleo/Crossfit/Legend of Zelda fanatic) today to show you how she eats super healthy on the cheap.  Let’s do this.

What’s in a healthy meal?  A few key things: protein, vegetables or fruit, and some healthy fats.

  • Protein – eggs, chicken, fish, pork, or steak
  • Your choice of vegetables and/or fruits
  • Healthy fats – almonds, walnuts, almond butter, cooking with things like olive oil or coconut oil

Pick your meat, fire up some veggies…cook em in some healthy oils – BOOM Roasted.

For example, this super quick and easy chicken stirfry meal that I prepared fed a group of four and probably cost a total of $15 in ingredients.

“But Steve, that sounds like too much effort on a daily basis!”  Fair enough…we’ll get to that in a second – let’s get to the shopping.

How to Shop right


As I’ve previously stated, Staci holds a PHD in “Cheap Paleo Eating,” so I asked her to put together some quick advice on how to have a kickass, cheap, healthy eating experience:

Look at different flyers, but only go to one store.  Spend about three minutes looking at the grocery ads when they come in each week , and check to see which meats are on sale.  Whatever grocery store has the cheapest meat is the one you’re going to.  It’s your protein source, and generally the main component of each of your meals, so base your shopping experience around that.  Don’t go to four different stores to save fifty cents on apples, you’ll waste time and money.  Pick one store for the meat that’s on sale, and then…

Buy your fruits and veggies that are on sale at that store.  This will go against traditional diet advice (which we tend to avoid around these parts anyway), but never go in with a list!  As Staci will tell you, “If I go in with a plan of what I want to eat for the week, I’ll spend so much money getting every item for that plan.  Instead, I just pick out the meat and then wander to the fruits/veggies section and buy what’s on sale.”  Now because you don’t have the week planned out, you’ll need to…

Get creative.  What if a recipe calls for red peppers but yellow are on sale? It looks like you’ll trying something new this week.  What if you get home and realize you forgot to buy something?  Check to see if you have any close substitutes or if there’s another recipe you can try.  Sure it might not be optimal, but you’ll certainly save money by NOT going back to the store (where you’ll probably end up buying other things).  Now, because the price is our limiting factor here, you’ll have to…

Compromise. Staci LOVES granny smith apples, but this week McIntosh apples were a dollar a pound cheaper ($1.99 vs. $0.99). Guess what she’s eating this week? Caviar! Oh wait, I mean McIntosh apples.  The same goes for the type of meat she’s cooking and the different cuts that are available.  Try new stuff if it’s on sale – it’s GOOD for you to try new things and experiment with new foods.

Prepare in advance!  On Sunday night while watching Family Guy or Breaking Bad (I really wish Season 5 started immediately), cook ALL of your lunches and portion things out.  It’s super easy to chop up chicken into 3oz sections, cook them on a tray in the oven, and then stick them into individual plastic bags in your fridge.  Grab one of those and a bag of frozen veggies and bring them with you to work – BAM. Lunch.

Buy in bulk and freeze – It’s possible to never pay more than $1.99 a pound for boneless chicken breast or $5.99 for a pound of steak.  If you can find it on sale, buy a WHOLE BUNCH of it (a few pounds), cut it up into smaller pieces  and separate into separate bags if you so choose, and freeze it!

Need a funky snack? – Think differently! Instead of bags of chips that cost a buck (which don’t fill you up), Staci eats 3oz bags of chicken snacks.  At $1.99/lb – that’s a pretty cheap snack, no?  Sure it’s weird…but who cares?  Normal these days is “out of shape and overweight.”  We don’t like normal around here!

What about “normal” snacks?   Nuts – learn to love em 🙂  Buy your nuts/seeds/spices at the bulk area of the grocery store. The kind that you can pick the amount you want – and only get the amount you need.  Don’t waste your money on the “individually packaged” snacks – you can do better.

Frozen vegetables are amazing – Especially the steamfresh bags of veggies. They’re a buck each!  Sure, maybe not as delicious as fresh veggies, but they won’t go bad, they’re so freaking easy to prepare (step 1: stick in microwave. step 2: eat), and they’re cheap!  Let’s say you eat half a pound of chicken (which is a ton of chicken and TWO bags of steamfresh veggies, which will certainly fill you up.  $2.99 – take that BURGER KING!

EAT EVERYTHING YOU BUY – This is what Staci’s fridge looks like on grocery shopping day – some chicken sausage, two onions, and some eggs. That’s all that’s left. The point is, EAT EVERYTHING YOU BUY. Throwing away food is throwing away money.

But I don’t know how to cook!

It’s not that scary, it doesn’t need to be time consuming, and it can actually be fun.

You just need to suck it up and learn to make ONE thing.  And then once you can make ONE thing, you can mix it up with a small variation.  I’ve already showed you how to make chicken stirfry, but lets say even that is too tough.

Here’s a simple example:

  • Buy a bunch of chicken breast. Cut it into smaller pieces, and place them on a cookie tray lined with tinfoil.
  • Coat the chicken with olive oil on both sides.
  • Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Cook in the oven at 375 for 12 minutes, then flip the chicken over and stick it back in for another 12 minutes.
  • Stick a bag of veggies in the microwave.

Open bag of veggies and dump onto plate.  Put some chicken on plate. Stick rest of chicken in plastic baggies and put in fridge. Use fork to consume chicken and vegetables.  Chew.  Swallow. You’re welcome!


Now, I’m not a great cook, but I’m damn good at following directions – seriously, you should have seen the Lego sets I used to build as a kid!  Now, if only there were directions to follow like that, but for food preparation.

Oh wait they’re called recipes. 

No, they’re not just something your mom uses.  There are a MILLION recipe sites online, there’s even a section of the NF message boards that can help you out.  Mark’s Daily Apple offers free recipes. A Google search of “paleo recipes” yields 1.9 million results.

Don’t get overwhelmed.  Pick ONE recipe, and get good at it.  And then pick another, and get good at it.  I challenge you to cook ONE new meal per week.

What else do I need to know?

A big question I get is whether or not you need to buy organic.  In my opinion, if you’re on a tight budget, you can avoid buying organic – just make sure you wash all fruits and vegetables (if you bought them fresh).  If you have a little bit more money, you can start buying some organic fruits and veggies, but don’t be too hard on yourself – pick organic for soft fruits and veggies, but you should be fine with anything that has a more durable outer “peel” or shell.  If you wanna go Organic, these are your best choices to start, and these fruits and veggies you can survive with just regular.

Grass fed beef?  This is a tough one, as grass fed beef is often WAY more expensive than regular beef, but generally a much healthier option as grains can have the same effect on cows’ stomachs as they do our own.  I’d probably put this as the last change to make as your income increases and you get more serious about a full-on healthy lifestyle. If you are hardcore no-grain paleo but still have a tight budget, treat yourself once every two weeks to a grass-fed steak while sticking to chicken and fish on the other days.

Avoid supplements – You don’t need to be buying supplements if you’re on a tight budget.  The ONLY time I might recommend it is if you’re coming up short on protein or don’t like eggs for breakfast – buy a GIANT tub of protein powder online (each serving comes out to less than 50 cents) for a quick protein shake breakfast or post workout meal.  If you’re worried about your Omega 3’s, cheap fish oil supplements.  Other than that, spend your money on higher quality food if you have some to spare.

Try farmer’s markets!  There’s no better option for healthy and awesome food than locally grown produce!  Google [your town name + farmer’s market] and see what pops up.  Not only will the food be super healthy and local, but depending on what’s in season you can score some amazing deals on fruits and veggies.  Just make sure you don’t buy more than you can eat or you’ll be wasting food and money.

What else do you need to know about cheap healthy eating? 

What other objections or questions do you have? 

Do you have any tips or tricks for folks out there who need to live on the cheap? 

Leave it in the comments and chime in!



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160 thoughts on “How to Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank

  1. Haha you crack me up. This is an awesome article and very entertaining to read. I’ve shared it with my friends and family and hope to continue educating people as well as myself on this diet and implementing it into my life.

  2. My most stubborn objection was, “But I don’t have time in the morning to sit and eat a bowl of natural muesli or to cook eggs.” As I’m gluten intolerant, toast at the traffic lights was my quick brekkie option, but others may be thinking of Mcdonalds or poptarts.

    My “real food” (I don’t care about labels like paleo etc) answer to that is an apple or a banana. It’s even quicker than toast or stopping at the drive-through, is low GI, high fibre, and tastes good.

  3. Why is grass fed beef so important, but i don’t see any mention of pasture-raised poultry and pork? Commercially farmed chickens and pigs are fed almost exclusively grains, and they don’t have multiple stomachs to digest the grains like cows do.

  4. You had me right up until the part on supplements. Not taking them if you’re on a budget is cool, but if you’re going to buy them, buy the good stuff.

    “Cheap” almost always means “synthetic”. Quite simply, the body doesn’t digest synthetic supplements as well as it digests organic ones. Personally, I use a few supplements (mostly protein), and am quite confident in how they work and the progress they help me make. I would take a look at Nutrilite for a good organic supplement.

    Disclaimer: yes, I am a distributor for Nutrilite, but even if I weren’t, the above holds true.

  5. I buy a flat of eggs every other week and boil a dozen of them when I have the time and just leave them unpeeled in the fridge. When I’m in a hurry I peel a couple of eggs and run out the door. I have no time for omeletting in the morning either.

  6. Hello Steve!
    Thank you for posting this. I’ve been intrigued by the Paleo diet for awhile now and did try it for awhile…however, I’m not sure if I screwed up my nutrient intake, but it made me feel *ahem* gassy. I don’t know if this was because I was getting too much fat and not enough carbs, but since you’re the “Fitness Nerd,” I figured you might know. Also, do I have to give up hot sauce? Because I find the spicier my meals, the fuller I feel. Lemme know 😉

  7. I am brand new to Paleo and today is probably what day 2/3 of my paleo diet. I want to really lose weight and if Paleo can help me I’d be glad to try it. So 30 days it is.
    I am a vegetarian so Eggs is all I have from the list of proteins allowed.
    Is there a way a Vegetarian can get the proteins apart from Eggs. I do remember the stay away from grains of any kind point so I am wondering how do I load up on my proteins apart from egg whites. Can someone please suggest something?

  8. I started reading through the Nerd Fitness stuff about two years ago. Sadly I have allowed myself to get the largest I have ever been in my life. I am committed to making a change especially before getting married in a year. I love to cook and I did a clean up of my fridge so now’s the time to restock with some great choices!

  9. I’d like to second this, I think I feel a little left out by this article as well. I’m not to the family stage yet, but all my money goes into gas and school. I think I plan pretty responsibly to make things happen, I’ve already trimmed down all the frivolous purchases (starbucks, buying lunch at work/school, extra clothes, games in Seam sales, etc.) We’re saving up for kids and a house later down the line, and we just don’t have a huge food budget. When it comes down to it, the mac&cheese/ramen/PB&J option isn’t just a little cheaper, it’s WAY cheaper than fresh meat and fish, or the TON of fruits and veggies that you need to fill up on a low-carb diet, even if you stick to frozen veggies. I like the idea of switching supermarkets to whichever has the cheapest meat, but I still don’t see that coming very close at all to the lower-cost options.

    Also, I applaud you on the couponing! I tried it for a bit and I just can’t quite keep up, I end up losing mine, but I’ve seen how much money it can save, it’s pretty incredible!

  10. I have been constantly been trying to force vegetables down my throat for the last week and I know that its all in my head. I gag when I try to eat things like bell peppers, celery, etc. So far I can get asparagus, green beans, and sweet potatoes down. So far the only effective way for me to get a decent amount of vegetables is with homemade smoothies. (I’m sorry, but I don’t see how anyone could get a raw beat down there throat while they are still alive.) My question is should I continue striving to get these foods to go down(so far with very little luck) or will a smoothie with fruit and fruit juice suffice? Thanks.

  11. Coconut oil has great advantages for your body, including but not limited to CURING Parkinson’s Disease!!

  12. Great article, thank you! There is also something to be said for the fact that “cheap” meat is not cheap. The meat industry puts an immense burden on our natural resources, exploits its workers, and treats the animals in horrific ways. There can be a lot of nice overlaps between the paleo diet and environmentalism (living in balance with nature and all that). Eating “expensive” meat is worth it if it means money for a local farmer and that the animals you are eating had decent lives.

  13. Chickens naturally eat grains and seeds (and bugs). Their stomachs are not specialized for grass-only like a cow digestive system is.

  14. Hi! I just found your website and I’m absolutely devouring it (Which may or may not go against paleo principles). So much useful information! I do have a couple of questions about this article though – I’ve always heard that you should go very easy on eggs since they can be pretty bad for you, any advice on this? What’s your favourite way to prepare them? Also, how much time do you think you should keep a frozen piece of cooked meal before it goes bad? Can you just heat it up in the microwave after a week?

    Thanks for your work!

  15. that’s right..and the sugar in them makes the cows get candida which makes the farmer douse them with antibiotics, which pollutes the lakes and rivers after a rain creating algae blooms that kill the fish and stink..the house that jack built

  16. Well, also because it’s incredibly bad for the cows, it fucks up their entire digestive system, and they will basically need antibiotics to survive.

  17. Thank you guys so much for all the articles! I started poking around Nerd Fitness at the beginning of January, jumped in the Challenge, had some ups and downs, and now fitness is becoming a priority in my life. 🙂 And I couldn’t be happier. I’m going to return all the junky food I have that I can and use that money to buy better food. 😀

  18. I love this advice, but I currently live in a place where I don’t have enough space or family lenience to eat healthy. I have four siblings and our fridge is always packed. On top of that my mother is always monitoring the kitchen, and the instant she’s in it she wants everyone and everything out of it. So I really feel like I can’t eat healthy until I move out and get my own place because given my current circumstance it seems close to impossible.

  19. Can you try asking your mom if you can cook one meal a weak? Let her know what you need for the recipe you want to try so she can get them when she does grocery then let her know she gets the night off. Even suggest doing the dishes, I’d happily hand over cooking and dishes duty for a night!

  20. There is a lot of research out there that debunks the “eggs are bad” rap. My 9 year old daughter and I eat 2-4 eggs each a day and have been for years and we have no problems. My cholesterol is just fine. As far as how to cook them- scrambled with veggies, over easy tossed on some slightly wilted greens, hard boiled, omelets, fritattas, in fried rice, etc. They are super cheap (even if you buy local free range) per ounce and provide a great amount of protein. I don’t know the scientific info for how long to keep cooked meat, but if it still looks ok, I usually use it to make something like garbage soup or garbage chili (toss all the food that is on it’s last leg in a pan and then add stock or canned tomatoes). Good luck!

  21. Actually “Yep” Everything you’ve ever eaten has been genetically modified. I dont care if you planted it yourself, this fact remains the same.

  22. Is it okay if you eat just chicken one week as your source of protein, just beef another and so on?

  23. I like that you assume I’m not eating healthily and don’t have the money to do so because I’m eating shit instead. Interesting. Show me how to make this work on a SNAP budget- which means no fast food, prepared food, and is beyond hard, and I’ll believe you saying you can eat healthily affordably.

    This mentality is stupid and why there are starving people in the US. Not everyone can’t afford to eat healthfully because they’re stupid about how they’re spending their money and buying starbucks. Attempting to get a month’s worth of healthy foods at a grocery store with the money allotted by SNAP is damn near impossible, crap foods are cheaper. A trip down the cereal isle makes that clear.

  24. So I love eating basically every vegetable (except eggplant, despite it being my favorite color) but am usually cooking for myself and my boyfriend who srsly DNW veggies. It’s a texture thing for the most part – he really doesn’t like the smell of brussels sprouts or broccoli – and he likes blended veg soups or sauces like spinach pesto. The issue is it’s been hot and not soup weather, so other than cranking the AC to a soupable degree or having (gf) pasta pesto every day, any ideas for how I could get more of the edible rainbow involved?

  25. What about smoothies? Add in some spinach or kale and he would be getting some veggies in.

  26. Smoothies could work, but generally I’m not into drinking what I could just eat (aka drinking my calories) so it’s not something we really think of. He did recently start weightlifting training though, and now he’s a lot hungrier a lot more often – so thick smoothies between meals could help with that too, and he could do it himself 😀 Thanks!

  27. We have chickens (Hens so we don’t kill them) for eggs, which in the long run really helps save.

  28. Wow! My God! Were you raised on mac n’ cheese and hot dogs? Did you ever see anything green in your diet besides jello or gummy bears as a kid? Because I’ve never heard someone talk about eating vegetables like with such disgust before! You can make smoothies with equal parts veggies and fruits and you wont be able to tell that veggies are even there. Google recipes for healthy juices and smoothies using fruits and veggies, and there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy. I suggest using bananas especially, as they naturally sweeten and add a smooth texture to the smoothies. As for trying Paleo without veggies??? Probably not the best idea. Eating a diet entirely of meat is not in any way healthy.

  29. How is grain bad for cows?? My granddad raised cows on a mixture of corn and hay, and never gave them antibiotics. They didn’t get sick and were perfectly healthy except in rare cases. Of course they were on a huge (sand) pasture too so maybe it’s not the grain, but being confined in a small space that makes cows sick?

  30. First off, great article and thanks for the tips! I do take serious issue with one of your points though. You say that grass fed beef is “generally a much healthier option as grains can have the same effect on cows’ stomachs as they do our own.” This is an erroneous claim. Let’s think about what cattle were made to eat: mainly grasses, plants, etc. Grain IS IN FACT made from plants, usually just higher energy plants such as corn, soy, etc. To use an analogy for humans, this is akin to eating broccoli instead of lettuce for a greater nutritional benefit (more calories and nutrients per a certain amount). Grain is more efficient and actually GREAT for cattle as it gives them more nutrients to help them pack on muscle (kind of like what we do here at Nerd Fitness…). There are no steroids or any crap in grain, just good ol’ plant nutrients. Furthermore, these cattle that are fed grain are still eating grasses, in the form of hay and/or grass in pastures. It is actually in the farmer’s interest to save money and let the cattle graze as much as they can. This is why in the summer in many places cattle aren’t fed grain at all as the grass in the pasture is abundant, and nutrient-dense. So I would make a strong case that lean grain fed beef is a fine health option, no need to buy grass fed beef (unless you desire extremely lean beef or genuinely like the taste then by all means go for it!).

  31. I’m on a crazy busy schedule and I rarely get 30 mins between getting off work/rehearsal for my school musical and having to go to sleep, but I’m trying to get at least a little healthier by prom (very stereotypical twenager-y problems, I know). Any suggestions for dinners and/or snacks I can pre-make in that amount of time and eat through the week? I’m a HUGE fan of pastas, meats and soups. Thanks for the help!

  32. Thank you so much Steve for posting this 🙂 How’d you know this was one of my many excuses? 😛

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  36. Sadly, certain meats in America are cheap because of the mass manufacturing processes we employ. A lot of our meat is deemed unfit for export. Factory farmed chicken is $1.99/lb ($4.39/kilo). Free range chicken is closer to $5.00/lb. Factory farmed beef runs $4-$8/lb and grass fed I’ve seen as high as $20/lb. Our produce is overpriced because we throw away 1/2 before market because it isn’t “pretty”.

    I shop “scratch and dent”. They markdown any produce slightly past its prime and products close to the sell by dates. I can cover our weekly produce needs for around $20. Same store always has specials on milk and cheese.

  37. I live in the states and no farmers market I’ve gone to surpasses the grocery in price. Quality, yes, but not price. I utilize the scratch and dent of my local grocery. They mark down produce past its prime. We have to eat it all within the week to prevent spoilage. And veggies that have lost their crisp still sautee or steam up well.

  38. You should try misfits market. I have a family of four and we spend about 450 on groceries. Almost all organic and healthy. We get 2 boxes of misfits that around about $100 per month. I also get 2 boxes of imperfect produce. They average about $80 a month. I realized long ago Americans cook way too much meat for meals. An average serving of meat is 3 oz cooked so a pound of meat is more than needed for a family of four. I also get raw milk and sometimes yogurt from a local farm. We spend about $40 there a month. That leaves us with about $230 in the grocery store. We get a lot of staples from Thrive so I would say we do one order there for about $100 a month. I get a lot of organic roasts and such from Wegmans. A 3 pound roast is about $18 there. That’s 16 servings of meat. I can buy one of those, a chicken, and some ground beef. That averages out to about $50 and I can still get staples like butter and snack items. Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be so expensive if people just look at serving sizes and find healthy alternatives. It takes a little more planning but we always have organic food.

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