5 tips for frugal juicing + cucumber romaine carrot juice

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5 tips for frugal juicing -- you can reap the benefits of juicing, even if you're on a tight budget // bring-joy.com #cleanse #vegan

If you were to ask me what the greatest invention of the last century was, would it be: the airplane? the stove? a washing machine? the blowdryer? modern sanitation?  

As nice as all of these are, the one invention of the 20th century, the one that impacts my life the most–or at least, I’d put it up there in my top three, along with modern sanitation & air conditioning (especially now that I live in south Texas!)–would be my blender. Specifically my Blendtec (why I love my Blendtec, here).


Because it makes my life easier.

You know how much produce I can pack into my diet each day because I have a blender? I like to drink at least a quart (that’s four cups) of smoothie every day. In 4 cups, I can pack a ton of greens, much more than I have time to eat (though you know I still love salads!).

It saves me so much time (at least one meal a day comes from my blender) and makes my role as nutrient deliverer to my children so much easier.

The thing is, a lot of people think juicing is expensive, so they don’t do it. Well, I want you to juice, I want you to know that even if you’re on a tight budget, you can juice!


Here are 5 tips for frugal juicing.


Note: I use my Blendtec blender to juice. Some juicing “pro’s” say this is not juicing. The thing is, with a powerful blender like a Blendtec, you can make juice that includes the fiber (which I prefer). You can’t make a smooth, smooth, fiber-rich juice with just any blender. You need to use either a Blendtec or Vita-mix. If you own & use a juicer, many of these tips still apply, so read on!


You might also want to check out my other frugal tips posts:



#1 Juice carrots

You can buy large 15, 20, 25 lb. bags of “juicing” carrots. These carrots are less pretty than conventional carrots, but are often half the price. Carrots are rather affordable anyway, but if you buy juicing carrots, they tend to be an even better deal.

Now, if you don’t have a crew like I do, maybe just one or two others in your household, a large bag–5 or 10 lbs–of organic carrots will still get you a lot of servings of juice at a fairly reasonable price. I often add a carrot or two to my juices. It adds a bit of sweetness & lots of vitamin A.


#2 Juice the remnants of the bottom of your veggie bin

Remember my 7 tips for saving on your grocery bill each month post?

The photo I took of my fridge was taken at the end of the month when my fridge was nearly bare. For the last few days of the month, I just took the remaining leftovers from my produce bin & made some interesting concotions that wouldn’t have otherwise tried. (The recipe below is one such concoction.)


#3 Use a blender instead of a juicer to make your juices

It’s not just because I’m totally impartial to Blendtec. It’s that as a busy mom, hauling out that juicer, cutting the veggies, making the juice, & then cleaning up is more work than I’m willing to do at this point in my life. (I used to have a Champion juicer but then sold it when I realized it was only collecting dust.)

Also, I like/want/need the fiber from the produce, which a juicer eliminates. If you’re doing a cleanse, you may want to have the fiber removed, but as my friend Leanne recommends in her cleansing ebook (afflilate link), you can remove the fiber by pouring the juice through a fine-mesh sieve.


#4 Freeze just-about-to-go-bad produce & use it in future smoothies/juices

One of the things I love about the Blendtec? I can throw in frozen fruit & greens.

Using frozen fruit saves money on spoilage (why frozen is often better, here). And did you know you can freeze things like watermelon & canteloupe & use them in juices/smoothies?

{13 foods you probably didn’t know you can freeze}


#5 Juice what’s in season, & what’s on sale

Now that most of us can our hands on big bags of kale & greens year round, it’s easy to afford most of the produce you use in juicing.

However, in the spring & summer months I tend to use more cucumbers, carrots, watermelon. In the fall, more apples, and  in the winter, citrus fruits. Focusing on seasonal produce makes sense & several levels, not the least of which is it’s nicer on your wallet.


start your day with a high alkaline pick-me-up -- cucumber romaine carrot juice //  bring-joy.com  #cleanse #juicing

This is what I made the end of last month when I thought I didn’t have anything to make for my morning smoothie/juice.

If you’ve read my ebook, you know I love a kale protein smoothie in the morning, but I was out of hemp protein, out of kale.


But I did have a small head of romaine lettuce, a cucumber, a few carrots, a lemon, an apple.

So I made this, which is very similar to my green lemonade smoothie:

start your day with a high alkaline pick-me-up -- cucumber romaine carrot juice //  bring-joy.com  #cleanse #juicing

If you’ve never juiced cucumber or thrown it into a smoothie, here’s a tip: it *can* have a strong flavor, so you’ll want to combine it with something that complements it. Carrots, lemon, & apples tend to go well with cucumber.

Since I’ve made this juice, I’ve made it several times again. Note, it’s not necessarily “the most delicious juice you’ve ever tasted in your life!” but, you’re getting a: full cucumber, a full apple, two carrots, several leaves of lettuce, juice of one lemon. It’s very alkaline, & your body will love it.

Cucumber Romaine Carrot Juice

  • One cucumber (cut into chunks)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 3 romaine lettuce leaves, torn into smaller pieces
  • 2 carrots (washed, cut into chunks)
  • 1 sweet apple (I like fuji), cored & cut into large chunks

Juice in your juicer OR if you have a Blendtec, place cucumber chunks into jar. Pulse a few times, then press whole juice button. Run 1/2 cycle on whole juice. Add lemon juice, lettuce leaves, carrot chunks, & apple. Run on one whole juice cycle.

*Tip: If you like your juice cold, add a few ice cubes when you do the full juice cycle.


Do you juice?
What’s your fave juicing combo?
Do you juice with a Blendtec or Vita-mix or with a juicer? 


  1. Mo
    on February 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm said:

    You suggested freezing fruit before making my smoothies. Do you think that freezing the already “juiced” smoothies is just as good? My vita Mix tends to make them almost too thick, but I do it this way to save some time on a daily basis.
    Any other thoughts?

  2. Duane Fox
    on January 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm said:

    I have a Ninja Pro, is it OK to juice the night before & take with me to work the next day ? Will it keep all the vitamins & nutritional value for 24 hours in fridge ?

    • Janae Wise
      on January 26, 2016 at 5:18 pm said:

      Yes, absolutely–if you use within 1-2 days, your juice should be good to go! I recommend storing in a glass canning jar (the 4 cup bottling kind) with it tightly sealed–fill up to the top & screw lid on tightly. Do whatever you need to to make juicing convienant & doable, which sounds like you are doing that!

  3. Debbie
    on December 11, 2015 at 11:53 pm said:

    I would like to see a lot of your receipt on health.

  4. Nicole Jones
    on December 4, 2014 at 5:06 pm said:

    I haven’t juiced in years! (Maybe around 20 years.) I do make protein smoothies for the entire family, but now that I am over 40 and recovering from a hysterectomy, I want to start juicing to start working on my body from the inside so that when given the go ahead to exercise I’ll have a head start. Can you recommend juicing “cookbooks”?

    • Janae Wise
      on December 5, 2014 at 6:00 am said:

      Hi Nicole! Way to go for wanting to take better care of your body & get back into juicing. As we age, I think we realize with each passing year how priceless (& fragile) our health can be. I’ve used & read several juicing manual/cookbooks. My favorite is actually by my friend Leanne–it’s a super-awesome how-to, recipe book, & motivational manual all rolled into one. You can check it out HERE: You can also see a review of it, in this post.

      Best of luck with your juicing endeavors!

  5. April
    on May 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm said:

    I have a garden and get tons of cucumbers when they grow well. I never knew what to do with them. I read somewhere that I could add them to my smoothie. So when I have an abundance of cucumbers but not greens I’ll throw half a cucumber in my smoothie as my veggie! I don’t notice the taste (but I am VERY heavy on the fruit). Nice frugal way to get my smoothie!

    • Janae Wise
      on May 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm said:

      Jealous of your cucumber garden! We grew cucumbers for a few years at our old house. I MISS it!

      And yes, that fruit can mask most any taste (except for maybe mustard greens 🙂 ) …

  6. Laurie
    on May 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm said:

    I juice and have a juicer which I like even though it’s messier than juicing in a blender. For me, the juicer itself is pretty easy to clean up. It’s the mess I create on my counter as I juice the pulp that’s discouraging. (There must be a way to be neat about it that I just haven’t found yet.)

    I like carrot-apple or carrot-lemon juices because I have a sweet tooth. Spinach-orange juice is also good–again, the sweet tooth. But my husband likes and I don’t mind really green juices. The only juice I’ve been on the fence about is one I made from the Juiceman’s book that had red cabbage in it. My co-worker told me he gave up juicing after he made a concoction with a whole onion in it…so, I don’t plan to ever try that.

    • Janae Wise
      on May 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm said:

      Red cabbage? Yes, I’d be on the fence about that one too 🙂

      And onion juice??! Acck! You’re smart to avoid that stuff.