By Christine Frietchen
Sticker shock is relatively common when it comes to Rebooting. When you’re armed with a shopping list of fruits and veggies, buying groceries all at once for a 5-Day Reboot can add up. But Rebooting doesn’t have to empty your wallet.
I used my recent 5-Day Reboot (in the Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Book) as a test case to see just how little I could spend. Keep in mind this is New York City, a city known for its high cost-of-living. The first step was determining what I spend on food for 5 days normally, so I’d be comparing apples to apples.
I already consume a plant-based diet, so I figured my weekly food costs were pretty low to begin with, but I had not recently actually done the math. I normally pick up breakfast on the way to work: a container of steel-cut oats for $3. Then I add my own fresh fruit and almonds. I make big dinners so I can take leftovers to work for lunch, spending about $20 on vegetables and another $10 on fruit for the workweek. Adding in canned beans, lentils, quinoa, nuts and a little tofu brings me to a total of $62, or $12.40 per day, and that’s without eating out, or grabbing a snack or a cup of tea here and there.
The total spend for my 5-day Reboot: $58, or $11.60 per day. Outside of New York City, I’m sure my costs could have been $15 or $20 less. Here’s how I kept my Reboot grocery bill as low as possible.
There are more strategies I didn’t try that might have lowered my costs even further. I could have tried visiting farmer’s markets late in the day to snap up leftover produce at a discount.
Bulk stores like Costco or Sam’s Club could have saved me some money, but neither was available to me.
I’d love to hear your tips on saving money on grocery bill, especially from those in other parts of the country! As Joe says, “Juice On!”
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