There are ways to save even when changing to a real foods lifestyle. In order to do so it may mean shopping at more than one grocery store, or taking time to prepare more meals though.
One way I have learned to save money is by knowing where to by certain items, it takes a bit more effort and time to go to separate stores but for me it's worth it.
Today I want to open your mind to Grocery Outlet (otherwise known as the Gross Out). It's a store that I adore, and that saves me oodles of cash, but that also carries a stigma.
No everything there is not past the expiration date, no you will not be poisoned by eating the food, no you probably won't find 100% of what you need, and yes there are things there that should not ever be consumed. BUT you will find a lot of really awesome stuff at fantastic prices. They don't call it the 'bargain market' for nothing!
Just because it doesn't look fancy and it is cheap doesn't mean it doesn't have great stuff. It means you can get some really good deals. You just have to have the nerve to go outside of your comfort zone and check it out. Go in with an open mind.
The exciting part (as well as the frustrating part) is that although there are some staples much of what they have available rotates. So if you find something you want you better get it because next week it could be gone! And who knows when it will come back again. That's all part of the fun though.
So what do I get there? Need some proof that you should even venture there? Good, because I'm super excited to share all my awesome deals with you. I seriously love finding a bargain, it makes me feel just a smidge proud of myself.
You can find all your natural beauty care. They usually have some form of natural & organic toothpaste, face wipes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion. Shifting away from cheap products full of chemicals and toward more natural choices can seem financially out of reach when you first walk the aisles of Whole Foods or your local Co-op. I'm here to tell you that thanks to Grocery Outlet you can afford it! They carry some of the very same brands you will find and the expensive stores! So if you are brand oriented you don't have to worry.
Some staples for me at the Gross Out are:
- Epsom Salts
- Organic Salad Greens
Other things I have found for amazing prices include:
- Smoked Salmon
- Cured Meats
- Organic Hemp Milk
- Organic Frozen Veggies
- Coconut Water
- Coconut Oil
- Pure Organic Maple Syrup
- Dark Chocolate
- Seaweed Snacks
- Olive Oil
- Bagged Ice
- Bottled Water
For those that don't have as many dietary restrictions they have a lot of other healthier convenience foods as well. Every time I go I swear they've added more to their Organic section. It's wonderful.
With meats I usually look up the company while in the store to make sure it is from a wholesome source. There is plenty of meat there that is very sub optimal, but I have found some great stuff as well.
If you are looking to save some money, and are willing to try out a new grocery store head on over to the Grocery Outlet. Like I said before, sometimes there are more awesome things than others, but if you at least want some avo's and wine it's worth it.
Get over that the G.O. seems 'ghetto' and start saving some freaking money! No excuses. There are ways to save while making healthy choices, you just have to broaden your horizons!
They are constantly getting more and more healthful, and organic products. As with anything, the more it sells and the more it's requested the more they will stock. This means that these foods and products can be more accessible to everyone, and that's what we need.