Juicing is amazing. You can take the nutritional value from as many different fruits and vegetables as you want and feed it directly into your body. It’s an easy way to meet your daily requirements without breaking a sweat. Once you’ve experienced how good you look and feel when juicing regularly, you will never want to stop again.
While I love juicing and the way it makes me feel, I can’t deny that it can get expensive. Especially if we are juicing several times a day, the costs can pile up quickly. However, this should not stop you from juicing. Juicing on a budget is possible. I show you six simple ways to make juicing less expensive.
How to Juice on a Budget:
➀ Always Start with a Juice Plan
Get in the habit of planning your juices before you go shopping. Decide which juices you want to make for the week and make a list of the fruits and vegetables needed for those juices.
Be sure to stick to the list and avoid getting sidetracked by extras. A weekly juice plan will help ensure that you don’t end up spending money on vegetables and fruits you don’t need.
If you don’t have the time to plan your juices, buy lasting ingredients instead. Lemons, carrots, ginger, celery, cabbage, and beets all last a long time. They make delicious, healthy drinks and decrease the amount of food you throw away because of spoilage.
➁ Buy What’s on Sale
See what fruits and vegetables are on sale by checking your grocery store’s sale flyer. Alternatively, you can visit the website of your grocery store. Keeping an eye on the weekly specials can help you save money.
➂ Shop the Clean 15 List
Most of us would love to be able to juice organic produce all the time, but it can be expensive. The good news is, you can start shopping smarter.
Some fruits and vegetables are less likely to be contaminated with pesticides. You can feel good about buying them conventional if you are trying to stick to a budget. Check out: The Clean Fifteen List.
I usually wash my veggies and fruits using baking soda. It effectively removes pesticide residues:
- Fill a large bowl with water
- Add a teaspoon of baking soda
- Add the vegetables and fruits
- Soak for 5 minutes
- Occasionally scrub with a brush
- Rinse Off
➃ Juice Water-Rich Produce
You won’t get much juice from kale. If you are juicing on a budget, there are better options out there. Try to use as much high water content produce as you can. These are the fruits and vegetables that give you the most amount of juice.
Juicing ingredients that will get you the most bang for your buck:
- Swiss Chard
➄ Buy Your Fruits and Vegetables from Farmers’ Market
Farmers’ markets offer some of the freshest produce available. It’s locally grown and often sold at discount prices. Look for markets that are “producer-only”. Many farmers’ markets aren’t really farmers’ markets. They are set up by wholesalers who sell the same food you can get in grocery stores.
The first step is to find a genuine farmers’ market. Some markets are open year-round, and others only run from spring to fall. It depends on your location and varies widely.
Depending on where you live there may be several markets. Usually, there is an enormous variety in each one – including the prices. Get to know the markets in your area and find out which is the most affordable.
If you have found your perfect farmers’ market, don’t hurry. Try to arrive at the end of the day. You can get better deals that way. Vendors don’t want to haul unsold goods back home and discount products instead. However, some markets don’t allow the practice, so it’s wise to check before you go.
If you often shop at farmers’ markets, farmers will soon recognize you. Develop a relationship with your farmer, and you will most likely enjoy more discounts.
Seconds are those vegetables and fruits that are in some way not in good enough shape to charge the full price. The farmers want to sell their foods, even if they’re ugly or misshapen. Seconds are often bagged separately and marked down accordingly.
Sometimes you will have to ask the farmers. If you see vendors removing the foods that aren’t in great shape, ask them for the price. Why pay more for perfect looking vegetables, if we are going to juice them?
Buying locally grown produce will save you cash. It will also taste better and deliver more nutrition to your body. This seasonal food guide will help you to find vegetables and fruits that are in season in your region.
If you’re juicing on a budget, don’t buy at the start of the season. You’ll always pay a premium to get the first fruits or vegetables of the year. Wait a few weeks until demand dies down and you can get a better deal.
You’ll enjoy the best prices at a farmers’ market when you buy in bulk. Buy lots of whatever is at its harvest peak.
➅ Join a CSA
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. When you join a CSA, you purchase a share of vegetables from a local farmer. Once or twice a week your farmer will deliver your share of produce to a drop-off location in your neighborhood or directly to your door.
Each CSA is a little bit different. Some pick the vegetables for you, while others allow you to choose. A weekly fee will be about $30 and usually include 7-10 types of organic vegetables.
Juicing on a Budget Recipes
You don’t need ten ingredients per juice. Three or four will do it. If you don’t own a juicer yet, check out: How Much is a Good Juicer?.
➀ Budget Juice Recipe #1
Budget Juice Recipe
- 1 Cucumber
- 4 Stalks Celery
- ½ Lemon
Peel lemon and cucumber, if they are not organic. Enjoy!
➁ Budget Juice Recipe #2
Budget Juice Recipe
- 2 Carrots
- 2 Apples
- ½ inch Ginger
Peel the ginger. Peel carrots, if they are not organic. Core the apple. Enjoy!
➂ Budget Juice Recipe #3
Budget Juice Recipe
- 1 Beet
- 5 Stalks Celery
- ½ Lemon
Peel beet. Peel lemon, if it's not organic. Enjoy!