Here’s the deal: we’ve been reading and getting so many questions, complaints, and talk about raw food being expensive. Not only that, but it seems like so many other raw food blogs mention it at some point.
Now, there are many ways of eating the raw food diet and many ways of looking at the financial aspect of raw food, but one thing is for sure: you can eat raw food on any income…and thrive!
So in this post, we are going to give you five easy tips for saving money while still eating raw
- Buy in bulk. This one should be a no-brainer, but make a list of things that you can buy in bulk. Find bulk rates online from raw food stores like sunfood.com and rawguru.com. Ask your local co-op if they will sell you fruit by the case, you’d be surprised how easy it is to get discounts
- Buy only what you plan on eating. We know how tempting it can be to grab one of everything in the produce section, letting your raw recipe desires fly wild. Try to only buy what you plan on making that week or in the next few days. The only exception should be the one or two new recipes you are going to try. Wasting food is the quickest way to throw money away
- Eat only when hungry. Many people tend to stuff their faces multiple times throughout the day, even when they are not hungry. This generally isn’t damaging, but it can really add up in the expense department. If you only eat when you are truly hungry you will feel better, and the only weight you will gain is in your pocketbook
- Keep a list of the best prices. This is one of our favorite tips we’ve been using for a while now. We shop a lot at our local co-ops and farmer’s markets. When we find a good price on nuts and seeds, or notice that one place has a better price on bananas, we keep it in a speadsheet in Google Docs. Then, when we are out of something, we just refer to the sheet and plan accordingly. We also keep prices from online distributors on there. With this tool, we can know at a glance, instantly, the best price on nearly any raw food item. Of course the prices will change, especially with fresh produce, but you can get a quick sense of where to get the best price on something pretty easily
- Make sure your daily raw food staples are inexpensive and easy to find. Think about this: what do you generally eat everyday? Mostly the same things, right? Not much different than our cooked food friends. In fact, we’ve read recently that the Standard American Diet is 80% corn, soy, and wheat. For us, we know what we usually eat: bananas, berries, cashews, dark leafy greens, flax, and other seasonal fruit nearly every day. These are easy to find and generally inexpensive because most cooked and raw people eat them on a regular basis.
One of our favorite financial and fun benefits of being raw, is that as soon as other people know you as the crazy “raw guy” or “raw girl”, your family and friends will start giving you fruit and vegetables! Seriously, this works!
“Here, Justin, we bought a bunch of peaches…have some!”
“Oh Heidi, here is a bunch of mint that we picked from our garden. We know how much you like fresh herbs!”
Got any tips on saving money while eating raw? Let us and our readers know in the comments!
Get ready to save some money!