There’s a common misconception that eating raw food should cost more.
Of course, by calorie, fruits and vegetables are more expensive than some junk food.
This means you need to eat higher quantities of raw fruit and veg in order to meet your daily requirements for calories.
It goes without saying that the quality of your health improves drastically by eating more raw food, which will most likely translate into a more productive and profitable life for yourself, but let’s concentrate on the cost of food for now.
Personally. I spend a lot less money since I started eating a raw food diet compared to the standard western diet I was eating before.
The trick is to know how to do it.
Here are my four main tips to save money on raw food:
1. Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk is an important concept most people are ignorant about.
The idea with buying in bulk is to cut the middle-man whenever possible, and/or get a deal.
While living in London, I shop often for fruit and veg straight from New Covent Garden wholesale market in Vauxhall.
By doing this once a week, I save around £120 ($150 US) every 7 days, which is a lot of money.
Of course, each city and country has their own ways to cut costs but the arrangements are pretty much the same everywhere – cutting the middle man will save you tons of cash.
2. Focus on inexpensive sources of calories
One of the most important ways you can save money on raw foods is to focus on inexpensive sources of calories.
For instance, papaya is an “expensive” food (well.. unless you live in Hawaii) compared to other fruits because it gives you only 40 calories per 100g (3.5 oz.) consumed.
This means you need to consume a lot of papaya to feel full. Similar comparison applies to blueberries, cherries and other low calorie fruits.
By contrast, eating bananas will give you 89 calories per 100g (3.5 oz.) consumed, which works out a lot cheaper in comparison.
If we consider blueberries for instance, which yield only 230 calories per 453g/ 1lb. If you get them at $3 a pound (which is a pretty good deal), it will cost you $26 to feed yourself on 2000 calories, while bananas will only cost you only $6.43 in order to get the same 2000 calories.
3. Buy what’s in season
As we all know, seasonal fruits are always less expensive than out-of-season ones.
By sticking to what’s in season in your part of the world, you will save a lot of money on food.
I must point out that in-season fruit will most likely taste best and be sweeter too.
4. Buy what’s on special
Many stores — especially supermarkets and other food shops — run often special discounts to get people through the door.
Often, some of these special deals are so good that the store actually doesn’t make money on them. They’re drawing you in the hope you’ll spend more money in the store — which is usually what happens.
You should take advantage of these discounts and other offers available in your area whatever possible to lower your food bills.
While living in central London, I used to save a lot of money by shopping at main supermarket chains (Tesco, Sainsburys, etc.) for fruits that were slightly too ripe but perfect fine to eat, because they were sold at a big discount – sometimes even half price, which works out pretty much the same as buying them from the wholesale market. I saved lots of money doing this and it’s super convenient.
Again, depending on where you live, the possibilities are endless.
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