The one true downside about eating organic is the cost. Although organic foods may not have more nutrients per dollar, consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Benefits Of Choosing Organic Over Conventional Produce
Organic produce contained more phytonutrients. (source)
Organic farming has been demonstrated to have less environmental impact. (source)
I wanted to share the top organic money saving ideas that I’ve gathered from my own experiences and what I’ve learned from my family and friends.
I hope this list helps to persuade you to look more closely at your organic produce when shopping and help you to mange your budget to help you shop for the best produce possible.
Because YOU deserve it, we all do!
Eating Organic On a Budget
- Check the websites of your favorite companies for coupons and special promotions, almost all of them have some.
- Join your favorite company’s social media pages for special coupons and deals.
- Check out various organic coupon sites. Some of my favorite examples include Mambo Sprouts, All Natural Savings and Organic Deals for organic food/natural living coupons, and money savings ideas.
- Simply Organic who makes spices, seasoning mixes and baking mixes always have coupons on their website here – sometimes more than a dollar off.
- Kroger has coupons or Simple Truth.
- Whole Foods has coupons here every week for various products throughout the store.
Buy In Bulk
- Visit your near by wholesaler, Costco or Sam’s Club. You can buy a large quantity of your staple foods at decent discount price.
- Take advantage of the ‘buy one get one free’ sales or buy one get the other for a discounted price. You never know when it will go on sale again, so make sure to take advantage of it and store for later use.
- Stay organized. Plan out your meals for the week according to organic foods that are on sale and/or that you have coupons for.
- Budget. Write out a weekly and monthly budget to help you keep track of spending. This will allow you to see your spending habits and help you prioritize purchasing organic food within your budget.
- Join Thrive Market – This website is like a health food store stocked up with non-GMO and organic groceries at drastically reduced prices (up to 25-50% off).
- Amazon – One of my favorite shopping sites, because they basically have every brand available and ship free over $25.00.
- VitaCost – Another low cost website that has a wide variety of organic and healthy foods, vitamins, etc.
- Herbs Pro – Another low cost website that has a wide variety of organic and healthy foods, vitamins, etc.
Choose Organic Brand Names
- Even though name brands like 365, Lucky’s Market or Trader Joe’s are more expensive than most grocery stores, it turns out buying their brand name are sometimes are cheaper than other brands they offer in their stores (keep an eye out for sale items and weekly coupons.)
Buy Local / Seasonal
- Local food can be significantly cheaper than food shipped from miles away. Find a farmers market near you through LocalHarvest.org or the USDA – get to know your local farmers, create a personal relationship and negotiate prices.
- Get to know your farmer and his prices. (Some farmers do not spray pesticides on their crops but do not seek USDA certification to keep prices lower.)
- Buy a share in a community-supported agriculture CSA program.
- Find out what foods are in season and buy those in bulk, as they are significantly cheaper.
Grow Your Foods
Stop Wasting Food
- Be aware of how much you are throwing away.
- Repurpose scraps
- Properly store and wash produce for a longer lasting life
- Buy local produce when in season and freeze to save for out of season, for example in the spring and summer spread berries on a sheet pan and freeze overnight and then store in jars for the fall and winter.
- 9 times out of 10 the organic frozen produce at the store is cheaper than fresh, especially if the fruit or vegetable is out of season.
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Peace & Plants
Hannah the Vegan