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#1 of 4 Old 04-09-2009, 05:23 PM - Thread Starter
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I am looking for approximates on the cost of a raw foods diet. Are you and or your family 75% or more raw foodists? If so, approximately how much do you spend a month on food and what state/province do you live in?



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I'm not, at all, but can you indicate whether this raw diet would include fish and/ or meat of any kind? That would make a difference cost-wise.
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My kids and I went high raw last summer, and will probably do it again this year.

I really didn't notice a huge difference in the cost of foods. We used to eat meat at pretty much every meal, so that's probably why I didn't notice the difference when we went high raw. It was more that we ate so much in terms of VOLUME, and I had to go shopping more often, than anything else. I mean, I bought bananas by the box, more than one watermelon at a time, things like that.

I lived in a higher cost of living area at the beginning of last summer, but produce was cheaper. (I guess because of competition? I'm not really sure.)

I used a mix of farmer's markets and the grocery store, and bought food wherever it was cheaper. (Although if a local option was only slightly more than something that was imported, I'd try to buy the local and/or organic option.) I did buy the top 12 organic. This year, I've got a garden going that I didn't have last year, and we'll also be going to u-pick farms for berries this year.

I also bought stuff from Just Tomatoes last year, that I ended up not liking, and it was not cheap, so we'll be doing our own drying this year.

I'd give you actual numbers, but I didn't keep track last year.

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well, i did about 90% raw on maui and it was expensive, like $1000 per month for three of us, but maui is expensive anyway.

out here in nevada, the most i've been was about 50% and i didn't notice a difference in our budget, i think it was actually a little less than normal say $750 per month for a family of four.

i will say that i found myself using a lot of nuts and the VERY best thing i did was find a tierra farms co-op. i think, if you order by the case they offer free shipping for over $250 and everything is organic.

i don't know of one going on right now but i know there will be one this summer on crunchy co-ops. um, if you can find a few people to order with you, you could do it on your own or you could jut buy a few cases of the nuts you will use.

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