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Juicing on a Budget

Updated on February 18, 2014

Budget Juice - Simple & Easy

Let's face it, as juicing requires a lot of produce it isn't cheap, and if making your own drinks regularly it can easily chew up your weekly shopping budget. Although a lot of money goes through the juicer, I think it is one of the best investments one can ever make - a long term investment in your health and well being.

However, juicing is just like anything else, it can be taken to different levels, so here is a few simple tips & tricks on how to juice on a budget, and still enjoy tasty & nutritious drinks.

Planning

the number one thing

Generally one of the best ways to save on your food shopping bill, is to plan ahead and buy in bulk, and the same goes when shopping for juice ingredients. So choose the juices you want to make for the week, and make a detailed shopping list of all the produce needed for those juices. Roughly add up how much it's going to cost, so you have a figure in mind, and add or remove ingredients to your list depending on your budget. Knowing how much you intend to spend before buying is the key.

Shop around and look for specials as the prices on produce can vary hugely. If near a market go there! It's probably here you'll find the best ingredients, especially organic, at the lowest price. But most importantly stick to the list, don't get overwhelmed by all the things on offer.

I know it's hard not to get tempted, but really try. Otherwise you'll come home with way too much stuff that you may not even be able to get through, and suddenly it wasn't exactly budget shopping :-)

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Making the most of your juices

How to choose ingredients

High water content fruits and veggies would be the preferred option as more juice can simply be squeezed out of them. If mainly making Green Juices you need a lot more produce (unfortunately;-) so it's hard to stay on the budget. Therefore buy in bulk and make green juices for the week, and then go with a different juice option the next week e.g juicing primarily with carrots.

Fruit juices are ideal when it comes to liquid content, but they are quite high in sugar so juicing entirely with fruits isn't advisable.

1 fruit juice a day should be the limit, so to make it economical choose high water content fruits which are readily available such as:

  • apples
  • oranges
  • lemon
  • pears
  • tomato
  • and mix in carrots, sweet potato, bell peppers.

Tropical fruits such as

  • melons
  • kiwi fruit
  • pineapple
  • berries
  • can be a bit pricey, if not in season so make them an occasional treat.

But what about berries?

Are frozen ones an option?

Berries (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry etc) are great in juices and smoothies, the only downside is that they can be quite expensive if out of season. So buy them in season, and like the tropical juices, make them a treat. However, frozen ones is an option!

I know the word frozen goes against the core values of juicing, as it's all about fresh produce, so I don't like saying it... but it IS an option. I often use a variety of frozen berries - it's easy and I don't need to worry about being able to use them in time.

So if you are juicing a lot and therefore need large quantities, it's something to consider. Defrosted berries still add a lot of flavor, and is not a bad substitute.

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Choosing a Juicer

Which type will create the most juice?

Choosing the correct type of juicer for your needs, can have a big impact on your juicing experience as juice quality, shelf life and quantities of juice extracted varies hugely from juicer to juicer.

  • Centrifugal Juicers are generally cheaper to buy and are the most common type of Juicers on the market. They operate at very high speed and they are quick and easy to use. However, due to the high speed and heating of the internal components, you should expect some loss of nutrients and a higher level of oxidation, which means that you may not be able to store and keep your juice fresh for long. Also they generally don't generate as much juice, especially from greens as the auger/ single and twin gear juicers do. But they are quick, and you don't need to chop produce to the same extend as if using a masticating/triturating type due to their wide mouths.
  • Masticating (single gear / auger) and Triturating (twin gear) type of juicers slowly chews fruits and vegetables resulting in more juice extracted and more fiber and enzymes. Due to the slower speed a which they operate, less foam and heat is generated making the juice more suitable to store and more nutrients goes in your glass. By being able to keep your juice fresh for longer, it is easier to budget and make "bulk juices" for a couple of days. Also single and twin gear juicers are more quiet than centrifugal types of juicers, so you can use them in the morning without waking everyone up, especially if using a "silent" version.

Kuvings Silent Juicer

NS-750 Upright Masticating Juicer

Omega J8005 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer, Chrome and Black

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor

Prioritize

Your Health is Number One

In addition to planning, another massively important thing is to prioritize what food items to spend money on. Instead of wasting money on cookies, lollies, chips, sugary drinks and other processed & refined foods which aren't good anyway, put that money aside so you'll have more room in the budget to buy fresh greens, fruits and vegetables.

Once you start removing those items from your diet, not only will you feel better, but your bank account will also show!

Even though you may not have enough time or money to juice every single day, just remember "Doing something is better than nothing" and you are on the way to a much more healthy lifestyle.

So keep on juicing, even though you are on a budget - it definitely can be done.

Thank you for stopping by. Any ideas or views you would like to share? Please let me know you were here, I appreciate your comments.

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      LauraCarExpert 4 years ago

      kale should be in everyones house! Great lens

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      LauraCarExpert 4 years ago

      Finding a juicer on craigslist is a good start, not the best but it can help people on a budget. There are produce wholesalers all over most major cities that people shuold check out!

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      h4v0c6 4 years ago

      I am looking at starting to juice and your lens provides some great tips! Cost is the main factor of why I have not already started juicing.

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      meltyourmansheart 5 years ago

      Thanks for the wonderful tips. I've been juicing for a couple of years and i absolutely love it. I'm going to start making a list before i shop for my juice supplies. Sometime, i purchase too much then i have to depose of it.

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I been thinking of making fruit and veggie smoothies lately

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      Hammocksaustralia 5 years ago

      I'm more into smoothies. Love a good frozen berry and banana smoothie with milk!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @gemjane: That sounds so good!!!!

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      gemjane 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Just made some tomato juice today with homegrown tomatoes and sweet peppers, plus store-bought onion and carrots.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      The cost of fruits and vegetable these days has gone through the roof. I purchase mine at Aldis or Sams Club. Blessings**

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Very motivating lens. Keeping it affordable makes juicing more appealing. Thanks.

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      @ErinRivers: Thank you erin-rivers. Good point, a single or twin gear juicer will generate more juice and cause less oxidation than a centrifugal juicer, something to consider.

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      ErinRivers 5 years ago

      Great tips on keeping juicing affordable. One thing to also remember is that if you use a really good juicer then it will squeeze more juice out of the fruit and vegetables and you will need less ingredients!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      This lens is so great. With all the different ingredients it gets costly. So your tips were helpful.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      This is very helpful information. I love berries, although as you say they can be very expensive. I freeze local strawberries and although they get a bit mushy when they thaw, it doesn't matter if it's going into a juicer.

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      Great tips...thanks for sharing.

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      ChefSquid 5 years ago

      I love adding celery to my juices-it's cheap and really bulks up the juice yield without adding too much taste.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for these budget juicing tips. I have to admit that I am spending a great deal on ingredients for my green smoothies. At the moment, I feel as though health comes first and I'm willing to make the budget adjustments. However, at some point, I will need to be more realistic about what I spend on juicing. Growing my own juicing ingredients is going to make a big difference.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      We're lucky because many of our neighbors have fruit trees and share the bounty. We can juice grapefruit pretty much year round from our own tree. It must be close to 80 years old.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      I have to admit that I've never embraced juicing. I love the idea that you can help people who do make juice do so for less money.

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      WiscBear 5 years ago

      Juicing is changing my health for the better. Very difficult to do 24/7, but am successful 3-4 days straight, but am eating much healthier during the "off days" and maintaining the weight loss. Have to add some type of exercise plan to get the weight to really come off.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      Buying fruit in bulk and then juicing them is a good way to consume them quickly. Thanks for the list of high water content fruits, I already like watermelon but I'll get more out of that.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm doing a health Lens, so will add a link to this one, very useful information on Juicing, it sure gets my vote!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for some useful and informative links on juicing. nicely done.

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Impressive lens, definitely thumbs up

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      wilfredpadilla 6 years ago

      i like this also.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      i love fresh juiced grapefruit. mmm...

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      tuliprose lm 6 years ago

      I'm just discovering how expensive my juice fast is going to be, so I shall definitely be shopping around. Enjoyed your lens.

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Concise to get started with juicing...thanks!

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      58james 6 years ago

      Hi, my name is James and I loved your lens on Juicing on a Budget. I really love your suggestion of juicers. I like your approach to this topic and I am new to the squidoo community and I recently publish a lens related to your topic at http://www.squidoo.com/power-juicing. I would really appreciate it if you can make a comment about my lens

      Thanks so much

      James

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great advice for brining those juicing costs down. Those of us who live in northern regions sure do pay premium prices for fruits and vegetables most of the year.

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      fotolady49 lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for more great information on juicing. I agree, juicing and also eating nutritiously can be very costly....anything one can do to stretch the food budget is good. Thanks for sharing! I am bookmarking this one too.

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      Thank you for your visit and comments vauldine and Joshk47, much appreciated.

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      vauldine 6 years ago

      Great job on juices. Tell me more!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Very good guide! Always good to get in a bit of homemade juice, but it can certainly get expensive.