Well, the one thing I have noticed in my own shopping, now that we are (almost - my six year old son is sort of, but still eats carbs) Banting as a whole family is this: there are A LOT of things I don't buy any more. So I save on these items I am not constantly buying:
- rusks (Ouma buttermilk to be exact)
- bread (which is cheap, I know, and easy - a lot of people would struggle to give this up)
- fruit juice
- Sprite Zero, Tab (I used to drink a lot of artificially sweetened drinks but finally, after a long road, and with Banting, I have given those up.)
- fruit (just a few now, for my son)
- breakfast cereals
- many snacky foods that we used to buy and eat because we were constantly hungry, and many small treat items that I used to keep to reward myself
- instant packet meal sauces (those bolognaise ones, curry ones, etc)
In fact, I hardly buy much packaged food at all. So yes, the cost of individual items are more, but I think that we end up spending the same or less. Hake, haddock and livers are cheap and we now eat those. Also, we don't eat six small meals a day, only two or three.
Look, we are on the beginning road of Banting. It's not like we have been Banting for years, so I don't know the true costs, but we also need to consider this: if Banting can prevent my hubby from going onto medication, there is another saving for us.