I have to share this. I went to the grocery store a few days ago and spent less than 100 dollars on fruit. Whats great is that this is more food to last me even a week! This is far less than I would have spent on cooked vegan food. This is for all the newbe's that keep insisting that fruit is expensive. Check it out
2 cases of the big mangos (9 per case)
2 packs of the little mangos (6 per pack)
2 boxes of navel oranges (24 in a box)
a case of organic bananas from whole foods (only about 24 dollars with the 10% discount!)
a giant watermelon from whole foods
a bag of clementines
2 bags of baby cucumbers
a large container of campari tomatoes
I have found the fruit that I usually enjoy eating. I usually eat bananas for breakfast, oranges for lunch and mango salad for dinner. Of course I have the watermelon that I might have instead of nana's for breakfast one of these days and a pineapple that's been ripening that I bought a little while back for variety. I'm totally new to this too. A few weeks ago when I started this I didnt really have staple foods. I just grabbed whatever fruit I could find. I was spending 200+ dollars a week!
Here are some tips to help you save money.
1.buy in bulk. Going to the local grocery store and grabbing 24 oranges will cost you a bit more. If you find a wholesaler close by you will be much better off. A box of oranges there is like 10 bucks.
2.find fruit that will be your staple. Mine are bananas, mangoes and oranges. Many people use dates. I have dates too but dont use them as much because they hurt my teeth when I eat them. I use them in smoothies. You can get 15lbs of dates online at shieldsdates.com for 35$ with shipping! Pretty good deal I think. Whatever your staple is makes sure it has enough cals, is satisfying and, most importantly, is yummy to you!
3.plan out your meals! If you know what you are eating at each meal you are much more likely to spend less money. If you buy a bunch of fruit not knowing what your meals will be like you will probably spend more than necessary (though having a lot of fruit is NEVER a bad thing, just make sure you are able to eat it!) I went to the grocery store already knowing what I'm buying. The watermelon was spur of the moment and thats OK but having a basic idea of what you want to get helps.
I know this is really long but I really wanted to put this out there. Again, I've only been doing this for a few weeks but I feel deeply connected to this lifestyle. I feel that when I started I could have really benefited from this information so I hope you will find it helpful.
This is the way we are meant to live! I feel like I've always wanted to feel and my skin looks better than ever! I dont even wear makeup anymore or use chemical laden shampoo and conditioners and my hair looks fantastic. This is a wonderful community! I cant thank everyone enough for all the support. Everytime I post a discussion, even if it is some ignorant mumbo jumbo, so many people reply with such useful information! I've never been in a better online community so use this site to your advantage!
If anyone else has suggestions on this topic, please share! I'm sure many of you have found methods to saving money over the years that you've been hcrv.
Very helpful post Vik!
Im so glad 95% of our audience lives in the US cos its SO cheap to be a fruity there. Relative to income, US is the cheapest place on earth for organic/conventional fruits.
Thanks DR, I've seen some of your videos about how expensive fruit is in Australia. I feel very grateful that there is fruit available where I am for relatively cheap.
When I go to Chinatown, on the streets right in front of the fruit stalls, there are boxes of almost free mangoes, papayas, oranges and ramboutans. I used to look at those boxes as total write offs, but now I see that the skin might be bruised, even cut, but the fruit itself is tasty and safe to eat.
I got 12 medium ataulfo (the kidney bean shaped yellow) mangoes for $2.
Nice! You just have to look around to find the good cheaper stuff. Another thing I've heard people do is to ask grocery stores about the fruit that they can no longer sell. Some of that fruit is still good to eat but because of the regulations they have to take it off the shelf. That stuff will often be much cheaper. It'll probably be very ripe so I'd imagine it would need to be eaten quickly but thats just an example that there are always ways the get the fruit!
hey Vik, did you get all of those organic? and what stores? whole salers? thanks! :)
Hey Jennelle, unfortunately it isnt all organic. I havent been able to find an organic wholesaler. The fruit I get non organic I make sure has a thick peel that I need to remove before eating. Organic is ALWAYS better but you gotta do what you can. The bananas are organic though.
God, that sounds amazing. There are defiantly some benefits to living in the States a. All that for $100, far out. Im spending close on $300 a week for not even a 1/2 of that, and to add insult to injury, its non-organic and real **** quality. So jealous. For all the people in the US enjoy what you have.
Wow 300$ a week sounds like a lot for sure. Fruit is always worth it though right? Mine is not organic either though. I'm sure if I got organic it might come close to 300 too.
It depends where you live. It has been costing us around $350 a week in New Zealand. Mangos are $3 each here! Luckily we have just found a date wholesaler (non organic, but worth it) so that will bring it down to $250.
The best thing long term would be to grow your own trees. That would be bliss :)
Yea it definitely does depend on where you live. Great that you found a date wholesaler! There are always ways of making this lifestyle work. The more I get into it the more deals I find! its like when you put it out there in the universe it manifests. I would totally love to have my own trees too! My parents recently planted a fig tree. Cant wait till fig season!
Yeah for sure. Once you decide that this is the life for you, there is no going back and you will find a way to make it work! :)
For me, living in Texas, it's easy right now to get bananas ($0.48/lb) and small navel oranges ($0.25ea) so I've been buying mostly those, and things like pears, or apples, when they're under $0.99/lb. It seems pretty amazing to have 20lbs of bananas for $10... when back in the bad old days of processed food, you couldn't get two Hungry Man frozen dinners, which boast being One Whole Pound of Food.
I work at a grocery store, so mostly I buy each day I work to last me until the next day I'm scheduled.