Think of it this way. Do you know how many carrots it takes to make a pint of juice? I'd say in the neighborhood of around 1 to 1 1/2 pounds. That's alot of carrots to eat at one sitting. Then there's the question of your chewing the carrots down to a pulp so then your digestive system can turn it into juice in order to digest it. Even if your digestive system was in real good shape you still only get a very small percentage on the nutrients that are available in that vegetable.
When you juice you've already done probaly 75% of the work done in digesting the whole vegetable since your body has to turn it into juice to begin with in order to extract the available nutrients so you're getting a much muuuuuch greater portion of the available nutrients in a much more assimilable form. So in reality while you have an initial investment in the juicer you are saving money compared to the nutrition you get from juices versus the amount of whole vegetables you'd have to consume to get the same nutritional benefits of juicing. I drink 2 pints a day of a juice mix consisting of carrots, celery, beets, parsley and green apples each day. I would say that I would probaly have to eat close to 15 to 20 lbs of vegetables a day to >maaaaaybe< even begin approaching getting the same nutritional value. It really is amazing.
Having said the above I would say that if you can't get or afford a juicer right now not to worry and keep doing the best that you can with what is availble to you but definetly investigate the posibility of getting a juicer. Your body will thank you and you won't believe the energy/health you'll get from it.;+)
I've just given you a very general view of juicing as a general health thing. Because of the high concentration of nutrients in a highly assimilablbe form there are also all kinds of theraputic and curative effects to be had for different mixes of juices.