BudgetPaleo

This Week’s Menu

Monday

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs

Lunch: Leftover peach and plum salad with pulled pork

Dinner: Bunless burgers with corn on the cob

Tuesday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftover peach and plum salad with pulled pork

Dinner: Thai inspired ground turkey bowl with shredded cabbage “noodles”

Wednesday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftover pork sausage & potato hash from last week

Dinner: Paleo zucchini fritters with bacon and egg

Thursday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftover Thai inspired ground turkey

Dinner: Lamb blade steaks with spicy potato salad

Friday

Breakfast: Green smoothie

Lunch: Leftover spicy potato salad with hard boiled eggs

Dinner: Out

Sunday

Breakfast: Out

Lunch: Out

Dinner: Out

 

This Week’s Grocery List

Kerrygold unsalted butter ($4.99 @ Amazon Fresh)
Kraft cheese slices (24 pack) ($3.99 @ Amazon Fresh)
Broccoli slaw (9 ounces) ($2.99 @ Amazon Fresh)
Potato rolls (8) ($3.39 @ Amazon Fresh)
Poland mandarin orange sparkling water (6 16.9 ounce bottles) ($2.99 @ Amazon Fresh)

Smoothie Supplies

Ginger (8 ounces) ($2.49 @ Amazon Fresh)
Zico coconut water (1 liter) ($3.98 @ Amazon Fresh)
5 Apples ($3.75 @ Amazon Fresh)
1.5 lbs. limes ($2.49 @ Amazon Fresh)
1 large avocado ($2.00 @ Amazon Fresh)
4 small avocados ($4.99 @ Amazon Fresh)
Kale (3 bunches) ($5.97 @ Amazon Fresh)
Clamshell spinach (5 ounces) ($3.99 @ Amazon Fresh)
Simply orange juice (59 ounces) ($2.99 @ Amazon Fresh)

 

Totals

Overage from last week: $13.41
Amazon Fresh: $51.42

 

Budget Breakout

This week, I spent $64.83; $35.17 under budget. Whoo hoo! Stretching the budget a bit by having a bacon and eggs night worked! I was a little light on protein that day, but overall an austere night was a success.

 

Leftovers From This Week

At the end of the week, I have beets, and a little cabbage left over. I need to incorporate these items into my menu for next week.

Think eating healthfully is too expensive for you? Think again. According to the USDA, to ensure a nutritious diet as of December 2014, a family of two aged 19-59 years should spend between $388.90 and $776.10 on food per month, or $89.80 – $179.30 per week. Source 

For my family of two adults, I spend roughly $400 a month on groceries or $100 a week – and we eat well. Not caviar and lobster well, but I do manage to serve a predominately paleo diet with little to no processed foods, and I get to throw in a few luxuries here and there (like expensive snacks for the hubbs and the occasional ridiculously expensive bag of coffee). We even manage to buy “good” meat (grass fed beef and free-range chicken) most of the time – and I make this budget work even on the weeks we pay for convenience by getting delivery groceries. I make: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 10 dinners a week – plus enough snacks to satisfy and fuel two active adults.

I’m hoping that this series will help shed a little light on the day-to-day things a “paleo” person really eats — and how that way of eating can work on a budget. I want to nudge anyone sitting on the fence right over the edge by showing that it *can* be done and that you don’t just eat meat, meat, meat and more meat.