30 Bananas a Day!

Seriously considering HCRV lifestyle, but hesitant because of my strict budget

Can anyone offer any advice? I am a waitress, and living at home so that I can save. I honestly cannot afford to be spending $100 a week on food. Can anyone help me with this? I would really love to start this new lifestyle, but I got no money in the bank hahaha

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Hi Molly, I'm in the same situation as you. I'm a student, living at home, working a bit but can't really afford buying all this food haha. I'm vegan at the moment but I really want to go HCRV. Money is the only thing stopping me. I think we both need to think about how important it is to be healthy and happy and then we will make it work for us. I was thinking of trying to eat as much fruit as possible and then eating cooked foods which are generally cheaper? Also, at my uni we have a food coop and if we volunteer for an hour there we can get a discount. You could also try swapping your waitress job for another job where you can get fruit cheaper. Buy in bulk. I guess until you make up your mind if the diet is worth it or not you're not going to put all your effort into making it possible. Good luck!!

Hi Laura,

It's nice to know I'm not alone in this boat. You're lucky that your school does that, mine doesn't have anything like that-it's right in the middle of the city :( I hope everything works out of you, and hopefully we can keep in touch to exchange advice going forward 

That's one of the reasons why I love bananas. They are like 49 cents a pound and are delicious!! Look in all the grocery ads for great deals on fresh fruit... Oh and if there are local farmer's markets, those are relatively cheaper than the stores.

Hey, I don't know if you're still looking for help with this. I'm not a 100% raw vegan yet, just a regular one. Something I've noticed a lot online is buying raw from wholesale stores. They have massive quantities of fruit and they sell it cheaper than grocery stores b/c I don't think they lose a lot of money for when the fruit goes bad (or something, idk why lol). I know there's a wholesales in Philadelphia and I think they buy it right from the source. Your best bet would be wholesales or buying straight from the source. 

yes, Its hard to stay raw on limited budget :=(

OPTION 1 OF 3 get food stamps.
I'm not sure how your state works but here in Washington state if you live at home and you are over the age of 23 then they don't count your parents income. Just say you're vegan and your parents eat American food, so they know you don't share food expenses.
Go to your local DSHS office  and apply.
-bring consecutive pay checks to prove employment wage (the lower the more you get).
-Don't let them know you're a student or else its harder to get. (ironically).

I was always brought up as a child to never use social services and that they were for poor lazy people, but honestly the rich get bigger "handouts" so that argument is invalid and if you need food assistance GET IT.
Also, its there for a reason and being in school and working shows that we don't plan to "suck off the system" as many people claim beneficiaries to be doing.
I get $188.00 a month for food. I use to get $200.

OPTION 2 OF 3
Food banks
some are better than others, but when I was homeless before joining the military I got a great deal of produce from my local food bank.

OPTION 3 OF 3
speak to local produce suppliers and become "friends" with the manager  (a means to an end i guess)
and try to get discounts on purchasing "spoiled" produce that they plan on trashing.
a lot of it is still really good and just doesn't look as pretty as they'd like

BONUS OPTION.
grow your own wheat grass and sunflower sprouts. and other sprouts. ITS SO EASY AND SOOO INEXPENSIVE.

youtube it.
(omega 8005/8006  juicer is the best way to juice wheat grass and other greens) (cost $300.00 ish though)

hi molly ;]

im a college students and i was spending about 70 a week when i bought groceries at the supermarket. however i recently found  a farmers market around my college area and i can buy fruits and veggies there for muchhhh cheaper. maybe look for a farmers market around where u live and that will help u.

I struggled with this a lot this summer, when I started out I was spending about $110-150 a week on food and I just could not afford it. 

I ended up investing in a Costco card and it has been a life saver. A lot of their produce is organic and people don't look at you like you are crazy when you buy 5 bunches of bananas at a time.

I spend about $50-70 a week right now and have a decent variety.

Ex: this week I spent $68 and got:

-4 lbs of dates

-28 bananas

-22 peaches

-24 mangoes

-2 big flats of raspberries (this was a splurge, not getting these would cut about $10)

-12 apples

-a bag of about 50 oranges

-5 lbs romaine lettuce

-4 lbs carrots

The only issue is that some weeks EVERYTHING is organic and some weeks they have NO organic produce. You really are at their mercy but I travel a lot and I like that no matter where I go I know I can get my fruit at the same price. 

its 2013 now so im late.
But I've if you spend 100 a week on food you must live in an expensive place.
I spend about 200 a month on food. 250 max..

Here's the catch - it's not more expensive, it's less expensive! 

When you eat cooked food you have to buy lots of stuff to flavor it because otherwise it would be inedible. Seriously, what cooked food can you find that's cheaper than bananas?! Even organic white potatoes are $1 per pound! 

Buy bananas by the case - convince them to give you a discount. Buy fresh dates from AZ/CA. Buy greens. Shop around for seasonal variety. For example, I bought forty pounds of asian pears from the local food coop for $35. That now supplements my bananas and dates. 

Wow awesome :)

Hey :)

Same problem here!I started this lifestyle about 5 weeks ago and so far I feel AMAZING! But I've been spending SO MUCH MONEY on it! (I'm also a university student with not a lot of money to spend...) SO currently I'm in a bit of a situation, REALLY wanting to continue this lifestyle, but worried about the money! :/

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