Sometimes when people think organic, they think it’s not budget friendly. And sometimes, this is true. Maybe all organic products aren’t budget friendly but is it worth it to go organic? I believe so. Today, I’m going talk about how to save on organic groceries, and specifically I want to talk about seven ways to save on organic groceries. It may not seem like much, but these are small steps that you can start today to save on organic groceries.
Why Buy Organic Groceries?
One reason that people don’t buy organic groceries is because they say it’s too expensive. And in some cases, yes, this is true. I used to work as a personal grocery shopper and I know the difference in price.
But is it worth the extra money?
I definitely think so.
Why should you buy organic?
Organic food is any food that is produced without the use of artificial pest control, fertilization, or drugs. But in order to be certified by the government as “organic,” the food must be produced under very stringent guidelines and rules.
So do organic foods make a difference in your every day life and health?
Absolutely. I can tell the difference after preparing a meal with organic foods as opposed to when I don’t. But, I still haven’t made the full switch to buying organic foods and here’s why: it’s the cost.
7 Ways To Save On Organic Groceries
* Avoid the supermarket as much as possible. Supermarkets are generally the worst place to buy organic foods, because prices are high and quality tends to be low. Instead, try buying organic foods at health food stores.
And with Amazon acquiring Whole Foods? You can now purchase some of Whole Food’s product line through Amazon, sweet! As an Amazon Prime member, I absolutely love this.
* Visit your local farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets are among the best sources for local produce. And farmers that sell locally are much more likely to produce organic foods, even though they may not have gone through the expensive organic certification process. Detailed information about the products is usually available, and you can ask the vendor any questions you may have.
* Buy from organic food delivery services. These services sell boxes filled with various types of organic foods at discounted prices. You can get boxes of fruits, vegetables, meats or other items, or you can buy boxes that contain all sorts of organic foods. Most services offer a variety of options, so there’s sure to be something that meets your family’s needs.
* Buy non-perishable organic foods such as grains and cereals in bulk. Stores can sell items such as these in bulk much cheaper due to the lack of packaging. And as long as they’re stored properly, they will keep for a very long time.
* Shop around. Different stores often have vastly different prices on organic foods. Take note of prices at local stores, and check prices online as well. When it comes to organics, it definitely pays to seek out deals.
* If you truly can’t afford to go completely organic, adding more organic foods to your diet can still be of benefit. The most important things to buy organic are meat, cheese and milk. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, try to at least buy the foods organic that are most prone to pesticide contamination. These include peaches, apples, peppers, strawberries, lettuce and carrots.
As going completely organic still isn’t in our budget, we try to go organic wherever we can.
* Grow your own organic fruits and vegetables. It’s simple to do, and when it comes time to harvest, you’ll have plenty of food for your family and then some. Can or freeze the excess, and you’ll have delicious home-grown food to eat in the winter, too. You can find all sorts of information on organic gardening and food preservation online or at your local library.
The benefits of organic food are many.
It’s better for the environment than food that’s grown with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and it’s certainly better for our health. And if you are willing to search for the best prices, eating organic isn’t as hard on your wallet as you might think.
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