Typical situation: You want to eat the absolute highest quality foods yet at the same time you’d prefer to not break the bank doing so. I’ve found it’s best to have a purchasing strategy and know where to get the best deals so you can afford your desired healthful lifestyle without the financial stress. Now with that said, I do know that in order to reach the ultimate levels of health, YOU MUST BE WILLING TO INVEST IN YOURSELF. You can still find the amazing deals, bargain with vendors, shop for sweet discounts, and buy in bulk (order with friends!) – be a smart shopper so your $$$ goes further!
With all that said, I still believe you need to have the willingness to pay any price for what you buy for yourself, because you know you’re worth it. You pay now or you pay later.
‘Every worthwhile accomplishment has a price tag attached to it. The question is always whether you are willing to pay the price to attain it – in hard work, sacrifice, patience, faith, and endurance.’ – John C. Maxwell, Author.
My personal purchasing strategy:
Raw and living foods: find your local farmer’s market, show up in the last 15 minutes, and ask for a deal! I have yet to find a vendor who is not open to this; they want to sell as much of their produce as possible to avoid transporting it back or wasting it. Choose to shop at smaller local co-ops and natural foods stores instead of big corporate grocery chains – nothing against Whole Foods, in fact I go there often because it’s the closest store to me, but the prices ARE higher there. And that’s another thing – I personally don’t drive clear across to another town to get something that’s a little less expensive. But, when I am there (for Superfood demos, classes, and staff trainings), I do buy whatever I can because I’m already there. Budget and PLAN ahead.
Instead of buying mixed greens and spinach for $5.99-$8.99/lb, get bunches of leafy greens that are each $1.99/lb each (this is at Whole Foods). You’ll get so much more if you do this, not to mention a massive variety of nutrients.
Grow as much of your own food as possible! Look online for info about organic gardening, permaculture, biodynamic and chaos gardening. At my new home in Mill Valley, CA we have planted so much and I cannot wait to pick from my own garden (my OWN, not someone else’s!). My next blog post will be all about what we’ve done at our ‘Wildly Edible Super Raw House of Bliss and Ormus Paradise‘! (Check out my pictures on Facebook)
Superherbs (tonic & medicinal herbs): Check out your local Chinese herbal shop. We have one here in San Francisco called the Great China Herb Company (search on www.Yelp.com). We got almost 2 dozen herbs this week for an unbelievably low price – when you begin to do the price comparison, you really see how much of a mark-up online stores are! Mountain Rose Herbs already discounts their prices (they do not offer regular wholesale) but if you can actually get up to 40% off if you order enough! Get some friends together, have everyone order at least 10 lbs, and you’ll be blown away at how little you spend (especially in comparison to getting things retail at grocery stores/natural food stores in smaller amounts). It adds up, so do what you can so it’s sustainable. Also, always get loose-leaf herbs, not tea bags which are just the remnants leftover. The loose-leaf ones are much more cost-effective, therapeutic, and are exceptional sources of vitamins and minerals.
Superfoods: Order less often and in bigger quantities. Order bigger sizes instead of smaller bottles and then re-use those (usually dark amber glass jars) for water bottles or to store whatever you’ve bought in bulk. Get wholesale accounts (call HealthForce!) where you can – ask even if you don’t think you ‘qualify’. Order with a friend who already gets wholesale, partner up and have a support buddy in this (at LEAST one!). Check out my list of ‘Where I Source Most Everything’ on most pages of my website in the bottom right.
The point is to never let money get in the way of your reaching the best health ever. Do whatever it takes. Don’t order everything all at once; order what you KNOW you’ll use and if you’re new to this then always buy something you haven’t tried before (like a new super tonic herb each time you go to the Chinese herbal shop).