I should start this by letting you guys know that I’m still a student. I’ve been studying for the past 2 years, and am in my final year of my degree in Communications. Which means that I don’t have much money (what student ever does?!), and I also pay for my own rent, car, food etc, which as we all know, can add up!
When we started keto last year I was working part time at a pretty cool job in the city, and it paid me well enough to afford dinners out and little luxuries every now and again, which was super amazing while I was still at school, then I worked full time as soon as uni wrapped up for the year. Again, super cool and nice for the ol’ wallet.
So while we were starting out on keto, we were pretty ok for money at the time and could afford dinners out and to buy extra food whenever we couldn’t decide what to eat!
Now is a different situation: I’m back at uni, the partner is back at work, and we’re both struggling (financially) after an extended holiday overseas while I look for a new job (that I won’t hate).
Thankfully we’re both adept cooks! We both love food and making new recipes that we’ll enjoy, and we both love making things from scratch! So here are my tips for how to survive keto while also broke AF!
How We Swing It
- Shop in bulk: Costco for (free range) meats, eggs, dairy and salad mixes
- Plan your meals: Planning has helped up so much with what to make! We usually have a plan on a Sunday when we have bought all of our groceries with what we’re going to make!
- Make plenty of food every time you cook, and ALWAYS eat your leftovers! We cook enough so that we can have it again another night (I usually make it into something different because I cannot eat the same food again and again)
- Use cheaper ingredients that go further and add flavour. Spices are cheap and they add so much flavour, bacon adds flavour and fat to food when you’re trying to increase your fat intake, eggs are cheap, filling, and have great macros for keto – I add them to every single salad by boiling a bunch very few days and just cutting them up for salad.
- Buy on sale: most foods have shelf lives much longer than the product says, so things like cheeses and meats that are marked down will still be fine for a little while, so try to catch the sales at the end of the day at the market or grocery store when foods are being discounted and freeze them! Which brings me to:
- Utilising your freezer! Freeze everything you’re not using in the next few days, if you’ve been shopping, then you should know what you want to make for the next few days and you can freeze everything you won’t need! I separate my meats and certain vegetables so that I can freeze all of the stuff I won’t need immediately.
- Crappier cuts of meat are your friend on the keto diet! Using things like chicken thigh and wing, the fattier mince or cuts of beef are also going to be cheaper than their lean alternative, and they’re all usually higher in fat, which is perfect for the macros you’re aiming for!
I hope some of these tips have helped you out! I find that when it comes to keto, there are some staple ingredients that you can usually find pretty cheap, and everything else is just surplus! Make sure you’re eating plenty of greens and getting in enough micronutrients and you should be golden!
Do you have any extra tips for being keto on a budget? Let me know!