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Budget Low-Carb Eating

How to Save Money While Eating Low-Carb


Updated June 04, 2014

Is it possible to follow a low-carb diet while on a budget? In a word, yes! Here I have lots of great tips and ways to look at your eating from a cost-savings perspective.

Introduction: Low-Cost Low Carb

General tips for saving money on a low carb diet, plus some perspective on the costs of eating in a way that is low in carbohydrates.

Low-Cost Low Carb Advanced Strategies

Learn how one low-carb blogger fed her family for a week at $3 per person per day, and other advanced strategies for low-carb eating on a budget.

Back to Basics

When thinking about saving money while eating a diet low in carbohydrates, it helps to go back to look at the basics of the diet, and think about how we can save money on each one. When we do this, we realize how we often spend a lot on non-essentials. Then we can figure out which of those "extras" we want to add to the basics.

The basic elements of a low-carb diet, which make up the vast majority of the foods we need to eat, fall into three categories: protein, vegetables, and fats. Let's take each one, and find ways to save money. Bear in mind that I'm only talking about cost, and leaving aside other important considerations, for example, the importance of eating a variety of foods, the nutritional value of any given food, convenience, the distance the food traveled to get to you ("carbon footprint"), organic vs not, the care the animals received, etc. On the other hand, the good news along these lines is that a low-carb diet will usually be based largely on fresh (or frozen) whole foods with little processing.

Saving Money on Protein

How to save money on protein, including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, soy, and dairy products.

Saving Money on Vegetables

Non-starchy vegetables are an important part of any low-carb diet. Learn how to save money on vegetables.

Saving Money on Fats

The third basic category of food in a low-carb diet is fats. Here's how to save money when shopping for oils and other sources of fats.

Saving Money on Extras

After getting the basics of a low-carb diet, we'll want to add certain extras to round the diet out. Here's how to make economical choices and save money.
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