I didn’t really realize how much work my husbands reboot would be. I read through the menu for the first 5 days and made a masive grocery list. We did the shopping first at Holiday Market spending just over $18.00. I new they had some of the organic berries we needed. I opted for frozen because I had coupons and it would have been crazy expensive and very hard to find organic blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries this time of year. Even with the coupons, the frozen berries were the most expensive thing we purchased. And to make matters worse the frozen strawberries did not juice well at all. The other two berries were blended so that was not a problem.
- Cascadian Farms Organic Frozen Blueberries $4.69. I had a $0.75 off coupon making them $3.94
- Cascadian Farms Organic Frozen Blackberries $4.89. I had a $.75 off coupon making them $4.13
- Woodstock Organic Frozen Strawberries $5.19. I had a $1.00 off coupon making them $4.19
Next we went to WinCo and spent a whopping $120.00. And that is after $4.00 in coupons. I used 4 $0.75 off any EB Farms product coupons and 2 $0.50 off Del Monte Pineapple coupons. The fridge was full to the brim!
After the shopping trip I thought my job would be done for the most part. Boy was a wrong! Some day’s I spent 3 hours in the kitchen fixing all fruit and veggie breakfast, lunches, and dinners. I doubled the dinner recipes so I would only have to make one dish for dinner. Some of the recipes were very good and will most likely stay in my recipe catalog, I just was not expecting there to be this much work. The first five out of ten are complete and now the true juicing portion of the reboot begins for him. And that will mean less work in the kitchen.
Before my husband started the reboot, I spent some time researching and gathering ideas on how to juice on a tight budget. Many of the ideas are practical for everyday juicing, but as the reboot had a menu and was fairly regimented, some of the ideas just didn’t fit for this 10 day adventure. Regardless, here are some ideas to help us save as we continue to juice in the future.
- Buy in season – Lesson very well learned with the berries. Pick juicing recipes or combinations using seasonal fruits and veggies.
- Use parts of fruits and veggies you would normally toss or compost – For example pineapple and apple cores, broccoli stems, beet leaves, asparagus ends, and carrot peels.
- Only buy the dirty dozen organic – The items on the dirty dozen list are the fruits and veggies that are most important to buy organic. I believe because of this list stores like WinCo now carry organic apples, carrots, and lettuce.
- Use juice as a meal replacement – Drink a large juice made of 4 or 5 fruits and veggies as your breakfast instead of in addition to your breakfast. The juice has all the nutrient you body needs to get a good start to you day and it’s something easy to take on the road.
- Use the pulp for other things – I have heard many people make bread or muffins with the pulp from their juice. You can of course add it to your compost or even feed it to your chickens.
- Grow your own – Gardens are not just for summer time. Carrots, broccoli, radish, and greens love the cooler weather and juice wonderfully. In many areas you won’t even have to worry about watering a fall garden as the rain takes care of that for you.
I believe we will continue to juice a couple of times a week and keeping these tips in mind will help me stick to our very tight $80.00 a week budget.