Money, money, money....

RawsikiRawsiki Raw Newbie

Okay, I am worried about how much $ I will be spending next year. I plan on being at least 95% raw (right now, I am at maybe 65%).

I am going to have a special meal plan with my university (I’m a student) where I get two meals at the cafeteria per week and I can use my own money to buy the rest of my food. The cafeteria provides all you can eat bananas, apples, oranges, a salad bar, and even raw sweet potatoes (at my request). I can also take out the food and store it in my room. Knowing that I could stock up on a limtless amount of fruits and veggies twice a week, I was wondering, is it realistic to aim for spending $20 per week on my own groceries? I’m really cheap…. What’s the most you think I could get away with spending?

I also don’t want to be stressed with ordering a lot online, searching for bargains and special markets since I will be busy with school, so the majority of my shopping will be done at the local grocery store.

By the way, I eat about 1200-1500 calories per day.



  • suzyqsuzyq Raw Newbie

    Hi Rawsiki. Can you get away with taking food out of the cafeteria? I know when I was in college, we often would grab a couple extra apples or bananas to eat later…not that we were allowed to. Anyway, you could score an extra meal or two that way.

    As far as buying food, the best way to cut costs is to avoid buying ‘superfoods.’ Don’t worry—regular old fruits and veggies are full of nutrients and antioxidants and all kinds of things (as you know, I’m sure). So, where does 20/week leave you? Based on prices here, you could get TONS of bananas, which are dirt cheap, then maybe a jar of nut butter or a bag of nuts (this will be your most expensive purchase probably but they’re super calorie-dense so a little goes a long ways, or should at least), and some greens (I usually find them for around $2/bunch). If you bought those foods in sufficient quantity for a week, I bet you could survive. But you wouldn’t have much variety and might get bored…

    To make things cheaper, there’s always foraging and buying produce that’s been marked down because it’s getting old. Your school cafeteria sounds really accommodating—you might ask them whether you could take older produce of their hands so they don’t have to throw it out.

    Honestly I think you could pretty easily do $50/week but 20/week might be a challenge. Good luck!

  • javafoundjavafound Raw Newbie
    edited March 28

    I started to observe that I spend more money each year. I don't know maybe it's caused by inflation, by we have to find more ways to win extra money. Recently I started to play roulette. I understand that gambling is not so good, but it's a good opportunity to make some money. Our company started to play poker at night. We live in Singapore and it's very hard here to find cards. It's good some time to time to have a little fun. It's very chilling and relaxing for me.

  • LifetronLifetron Raw Newbie

    If you are trying to avoid spending money on food one way is to eat the most nutrient dense foods that you enjoy. Find out what foods suppress your appetite while delivering lots of minerals. The reasoning behind this strategy is simply that otherwise you will find yourself more likely to give into social temptations or other cravings and justifying it with strange logic. There are definitely values you can exploit for your gain because let's face it, raw foodists are in the minority in this culture.

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