Kerrygold is usually the cheapest grass-fed butter available. It sells for far less than butter from a local farm market most of the time. You can find it at even mainstream grocery stores too. A half pound of Kerrygold sells for over $4.99 at some stores, especially gourmet stores or some Whole Foods. To save a lot of money, take a walk up the street and find the market near you that sells those same half pound packages for under $3. You’ll find Kerrygold for prices like $2.79 hiding in conventional grocery stores like Safeway. Most Trader Joe’s nationally sell it for $2.79.
Buy ground beef instead of steak to save money. Also buying in bulk is the key here. Spend more to spend less–most local grass-fed farms will give you a buck or two off per pound for ordering 50 lb. or more of ground grass-fed beef at once. And ordering from Alderspring Ranch will save you even more.
What needs to be organic and what doesn’t? Heavily sprayed produce: apples, cantaloupe (Mexican), carrots, celery, cherries, cucumbers, grapes (imported), green and red bell peppers, green beans, kale, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, spinach, and strawberries. It’s a good idea to spend the extra money on organic for these.
But it’s pretty safe to save money and go conventional on asparagus, avocado, bananas, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, couliflower, eggplant, grapes (from the U.S.), kiwi, mango, papaya, pineapple, plums, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and watermelon. Avocados are pretty much the safest conventionally-produced food on the market today. Some of the produce on this list is not too Bulletproof, like the fruits (sugar) or the nightshades (lectins), but everything’s listed here for reference. Be certain, however, that any non-organic produce you buy is not GMO.
Cold-smoked wild pacific smoked sockeye salmon
For some reason this product is often either $13-14 or $7-8 for the same exact same 8 oz. pack depending on brand and store. Find a store that sells it for $7-8.
Are cheap enough already, don’t try to skimp on eggs. Find a local farm and pay them the $4-6/dozen for quality organic free-range pastured eggs.
Drink bottled water (bottled in glass is best) but when you have the money, an under-sink RO system for $200-300 will save money in the end.
- Vitamin D-3 cholecalciferol – $15 for 250 ct. 5000 IU lasts a couple months at least
- Magnesium chelate comes out to about $15 per month if you’re taking 4-6 capsules a day.
- Lugol’s iodine $15 will last a couple years.
- MCT oil – $33/mo but well worth the fast, convenient energy and brain fuel.
- Collagen for $44 per month if possible (edit: 2/7/2013: Upgraded Collagen coming soon!). Your body won’t get these aminos in many other places.
The last tip is do Bulletproof Fasting by drinking Bulletproof Coffee for breakfast. No matter where you buy it, Bulletproof-quality Coffee isn’t going to be as cheap as Costco. The savings comes in when you add butter and MCT to it, and make it your entire (or at least most of) your breakfast. (Plus you save on healthcare costs later by not consuming toxins every day in your morning drink…)
Not consuming other foods every morning is a huge savings here, and yet your body is totally happy with the grass-fed butter and MCT energy while you get the added benefits of autophagy with Bulletproof Fasting. Total cost is around 40-50 cents for the coffee + an ounce MCT for $1 + big slice Kerrygold for around 40 to 50 cents. A $2 breakfast that puts you in performance mode, not bad. If you don’t like coffee you can do the same thing with chai, but beware mycotoxins with that as well. If you feel dizzy or tired after it, it’s got mold.