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08-06-2005, 04:14 PM
How much do you spend each month eating raw? Especially with some of these recipes that I am seeing....I need to get that book!
We have 5 people in our family and doing 100% raw would be so spendy I think.
I am 85% raw right now and am moving to a more raw diet, but would love some pointers from those who are raw with kids and a dh that eats alot!
08-06-2005, 04:35 PM
I don't spend a lot right now being that I am just trying to keep things simple and basic - fruits, veggies, raw/unsalted nuts and seeds. No dehyrdrator. No food processor. (not yet anyway) And it helps that the dh does this along with me (though not at 100%)...we go to the Farmers Market sometimes where they have cheaper prices, and I don't buy all oganic just yet. So sometimes I hit the grocery store and stock up on what's on sale (who can go wrong with bananas - 4 lbs for 80 cents. Can't beat that price) So, my guess, around $100 a month at the most probably. Oh yeah. I don't really eat all that much anymore, either, and that makes a difference, too...
08-06-2005, 04:43 PM
Thanks for replying.
I know that my appetite has decreased, but apparently not enough to make it on $100 a month! Oh wow, I'd love that!
I'm noticing I am getting more simple foods when buying, but so want to try some of the recipes I've seen on here. But, want to keep those for special occasions and not an everyday thing. Cost is mainly the reason.
08-06-2005, 05:00 PM
$100 in a month? Wow.. I alone dont really spend less than $30 a week...thats $120 a month without anything special....and thats just for me, not for other people....
08-06-2005, 05:26 PM
We spend about $200 for the two of us. However, we grow massive amounts of our own produce, fruits, greens, herbs and nuts.
We dehydrate them and save for winter time, so our spending is on average about that much,
We have been know to not go to the store at all in the summer time and fall, and to live pretty simply, by walking around our gardens, and eating what we pick. This is sooooo fun when the granddaughters are here.
I just say, "How, wants to eat grass?" and they come running, this means we go outside and pick our own food. They love it.
08-06-2005, 05:51 PM
You have inspired me to have a garden next summer. I don't have a green thumb, so I'm hoping what I grow really grows and we can live off of it.
Wow, that would be exciting! How big of a garden do you have?
08-06-2005, 06:01 PM
I spent $28 today for one person. I got
1 head of romaine
1 head of chicory greens
2 small heads of bibb lettuce
3 large peaches, about 3/4 lb each
3 pink lady apples, about 1 lb each
3 lbs of tomatoes
5 lbs of collards (very cheap where I live)
1/2 lb of walnuts
3 lbs of oranges
1/3 lb of alfalfa sprouts
1/3 lb of mung sprouts
3 green bell peppers
1 lb of celery (organic)
1 small head of radicchio
1 lb of radishes
1 pint of blueberries
including (not raw)
32 oz of soy yogurt (organic)
1/2 gallon of soymilk (organic)
I hope this lasts one week. I still have onions, parsley, sweet potatoes, zucchini, yellow bell peppers, and beans from last week.
08-06-2005, 06:28 PM
I went shopping on Tuesday and bought enough fruit and veg to do us both for a week. I also got some 8 packs of items including flaxseeds nuts seeds etc. It cost 146 which would be $179. I will have to go again on Monday because I will be out of many items
08-07-2005, 06:58 AM
My hubby and I have two large gardens (one in the backyard, and one on a piece of land we own which is 40 minutes from our house). We grow tons of things here, (as well as fruit trees and berry bushes and grape vines) as we have mild weather year 'round. Hubby is not raw, but is a big veggie eater and is getting better. :D Still, we spend about $40-60 a week on raw things (this is including a few specialty items), depending on what we have in the garden at the time.
08-07-2005, 09:48 PM
I spend, on average, about $40 a week on food for myself. I don't go out to eat but very rarely, so this is usually my total food bill for the week. So that's about $160 a month. I am fortunate to have access to several markets in my town that sell produce much more cheaply than the regular grocery stores. If not for these markets, I don't know that I'd be able to afford all the wonderful produce I buy. I don't make very much money, and so have to budget wherever I can. Luckily food is one area where money can be saved, if you know how to shop. I generally buy what is on sale that week, and it's kind of nice, because then I get to eat different things. I get really excited when something that I really love, but can't usually afford, is on sale. I absolutely adore blueberries, and I have been in total bliss for about the last month, because I have been able to find them very reasonably priced at various different stores, from week to week. Just bought a 2 1/2 pound package of the little jewels yesterday! Yum!
08-07-2005, 10:15 PM
I also have a garden and it sure helps out with the food bill in the summer time and I just love the fresh produce.
But I also love grocery shopping (farmer's markets too) and it is the one area that I really splurge on! My hubby does not eat raw so this is a combined total for both of us, about $400 a month. I know that sounds like a lot, and I should work on getting that amount cut way down, but it is the only fun thing I spend money on, I love cooking, uncooking, and food in general!
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