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10-17-2007, 03:16 PM
I thought that I would write and ask for any helpful suggestions. I am wanting to become as raw as possible. My problem is that I am on a very tight budget with no supermarket close by. I also work at McDonald's making it that much more difficult to stay on this diet. I do receive $40 from the food stamp card but that is not enough. Does anyone know of ways to get fruits and vegetables for little or no money? I really, really need help with this.
10-17-2007, 03:26 PM
Are there any veggie farms locally? Maybe you can work something out with them. Another suggestion: neighbors- some people have fruit trees with overabundance of fruit- strike up a conversation with them, offer services in exchange for fruit...you never know:)
I understand the working at McD's...I worked there many years ago- can you believe a born vegetarian would ever consider it? Well, money talked and the schedule fit so I did it. I found it hard not to eat the fries but I would bring things from home to help with the cravings.
Good luck to you and remember...where there is a true will, there is Always a way:p
10-17-2007, 04:21 PM
Are there any farmer's markets near you? If you don't live near a farm, there might be a farmer's market that you could volunteer at. I was offered a volunteer position to be paid in produce.
Is there a Food Co-op where you live? Any way to get bulk grains/legumes to sprout? Sprouting is really easy and only requires water, bowls and a towel to cover the stuff while sprouting. Sprouts are loaded with nutrition and find a dressing that you like to flavor them.
There's also usually seconds at grocery stores that are cheaper than other produce. I was a student for many years and lived off of these "leftovers".
Hope this helps.
10-17-2007, 04:32 PM
Buy fruit and veggies in season.
Cranberries and apples are in season, and cheap here. I shop at the farmers Market, and the prices are about as low as their gonna get. With these, I made a cranberry sauce that is delicious. It's just half chopped apple and half fresh cranberries. I added some raw agave and then processed. For a quart of this it only cost me $2.50! If you freeze in season produce, you save just that much more, and will have some when they aren't in season.
10-17-2007, 04:57 PM
Yes there is a farmer's market on Thursday just down the road from me. Now that winter is coming it will end until spring. I am thinking about stopping there Thursday to talk to them. Perhaps there is something I can do during the winter to get produce. I may also check into growing a little herb garden inside during the colder months. Any tips on this?
10-17-2007, 07:27 PM
I agree with BonBon about using sprouts. Here's a good website about growing sprouts:
Sprout People (http://www.sproutpeople.com/grow/sprouting.html) There is great information here. There's many ways you can use them and they are generally cheap. You can throw sprouts on a salad and give it more nutrition and make it more filling so you're not as tempted by other foods.
Your local Health food store should have most of the sprout ingredients they use at a much cheaper price (Sprout people does have the best sprouting beans, nuts, seeds, etc., IMHO)
Lady Green Jeans
10-17-2007, 09:35 PM
Great suggestions from everyone. First thoughts went to sprouting. So many kinds are available for variety--all with impressive nutritional punch.
Hear you about the market closing for the cold weather. Young man at work told me he hits the farmer's market the last half hour--they reduce things dramatically. He added that the last 5 min. they further reduce to $5.00 fills the bag. Sounded good to me.
Some stores are still approachable about items that could be destined for the reduced bin. Others, sadly don't have that area anymore--they pitch it. What a sad waste. No harm in asking for them to save it for you or offer to purchase at a reduced price. There is still kind humanity out there. My best wishes for you.
10-17-2007, 10:49 PM
One more thing! I just got back from the most amazing international grocery food store. Lots of great, inexpensive produce (e.g., 2 young coconuts @$2.50, 3 lemons @ $1.00, etc.). Unfortuantely, none of its organic or local, but you can try one of these markets (Asian, Spanish, etc.) for your fill of necessary greens at a low price.
Good luck! :)
10-18-2007, 03:54 PM
post where you are in the world (no need to be too specific, just state and general area)....you might find one of us is near you and could clue you into some great place you never heard of....
10-19-2007, 02:28 PM
All I can say is don't eat a lot. I am mostly raw and the more that I am raw the less I want to eat. Try eating from small plates. It will be a challenged for the first month, because you are training yourself to eat in small amounts.
When I shopped at Whole Foods just a week's grocery was $150 in the beginning because I was buying the same food stuffs that would only make my bill $70 at a regular grocery store for two weeks of groceries. My food bill at Whole Foods is going down, because I don't get big like most Americans do.
10-19-2007, 04:56 PM
Someone asked me to post where I live at. I live in Bettendorf Iowa. One of the Quad Cities.
10-24-2007, 03:42 PM
I'm a grad student in the UK living on American student loans (exchange rate =:eek: ) so as new as I am to this, I'm learning, too. We have a great health food store nearby where I can get things like the raw seeds, goji berries (worth it!!), grains, and sprouting seeds. The only produce I can afford to buy there are carrots and zucchini (except when something's on sale). Otherwise I go to a supermarket (take the bus because the mini one (Tesco express) nearby has a lousy selection) that always has nice, less expensive produce, including bins of marked down stuff (yay for the pack of 5 avocados I got yesterday!), and herb plants for £0.69. I would love to find a farmer's market, but the only one around is only once a month. Joy of living in a big city, I guess.
While I'm no fan of walmart, from what I remember they often tend to stock decent-looking produce at cheap prices. But if there's a CSA farm nearby, that'd be way cooler!
These often have programs where you can work for so many hours a month for a share, which might mean 6 hours a month and a box of fruit and veg every week (for example!)
If there's a co-op anywhere nearby, you might see if they have a volunteer program. When I was at school in Boulder (oh I miss Boulder!), I volunteered at a co-op and got a meal each 3 hour shift, a discount, and free stuff when it got pulled from the shelves (spotty bananas, young coconuts, etc that were perfectly good). In addition to that, I spent time around lots of interesting people, first heard about raw food, and learned a lot!
There's got to be something out there, even if it takes some looking around.
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