My super-cheap raw food story! (So excited!!)
So, I discovered this restaurant that I have ties to orders cases of broccoli, but uses only the crowns and throws away the stalks. I've started being able to take them, which means once a week or so I get a huge garbage-bag full of them, for free! (Last time I picked them up, I didn't have a car, so I had to walk back home with it, uphill, for 30 minutes... that was quite a work-out! [not to mention an interesting sight for passersby!])
Also, I've discovered this produce-based grocery store that specializes in local fare, and it often has clearances on slightly worse-for-wear apples and bananas, among other produce. So... I bought several bags of apples for 79 cents each bag, and I've been going to town making up apple-broccoli juice! Here's the breadown of today's juice:
-678 grams of broccoli (6 stalks)
-1249 grams of apples (8 apples, with small bruises cut off)
Made: 2.75 litres of juice (taking into account the ~750ml of water added due to juicing with the vitamix) for 79 cents!
Now, had I paid retail for this, considering broccoli / apples at, say, $1.50 / lb....
...doing a little metric conversion........ 1.5 lbs of broccoli...... plus 2.75 lbs of apples..... 4.25 lbs @ $1.50 / lb.....
This juice would have cost me $6.38! That's a savings of $5.59! Woo hoo, not too shabby!
And since I've been harvesting weeds for my smoothies, my banana smoothies are costing me also only 79 cents each, for two litres! Oh, I love a good deal! :dance:
So, for anyone feeling that a raw-food diet is too expensive, search out cheap (and free!) sources! Find a grocery store with a discount bin! Harvest some weeds! Even scope around, see if you can score a restaurant's unneeded produce!