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A kitchen well stocked with organic food, healthy foods, its the dream! Who doesn’t want to give their family only the best foods? Unfortunately little things like money, and availability get in the way of that dream. What if there are no Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or local co-ops to be found? No matter what situation you find yourself in, there are ways you can save money on organic food and make sure your family gets the best foods without breaking the bank.
Coupons: Save Money on Organic Food
Coupons are your friends! While the ones that come with the Sunday paper are usually for conventionally produced junk foods, there are coupons out there for the organic brands you love! The first place to check is your local store. Many stores have rewards programs and special sales that you can benefit from, or even their own coupons! The next place to look is the website of your favorite organic brands. Your favorite brands often have printable coupons you can use at your local store or discount codes to use online. Your favorite brands will also often share special coupons, discounts, and specials on newsletters and social media. So keep an eye on that too! Lastly, check out online coupon sites. Here are some of my favorites that specialize in organic and natural coupons:
Garden: Grow Your Own Organic Food
What better way than to grow your own organic foods? You have full control over your own garden. You know exactly what you put on your plants. Plus, there’s nothing better than eating your very own fresh produce straight from the garden! Even if you don’t have a yard you can still grow organic food for your family! Lettuces, tomatoes, herbs and more are all perfect for indoor and container gardening. Need some help or ideas to get started? Check out my Pinterest board, filled with gardening info for any gardener, new or advanced!
Buying in bulk can save you a lot of money, especially when it comes to organic foods. This doesn’t work for everyone, but if you’ve got a lot of mouths to feed buying in bulk is your best money-saving bet. But what if you don’t have an army to feed? What if, like me, you are only 2 people and really have no use for a gallon of organic olive oil?
There is a solution! You can get your favorite organic products at wholesale prices, without having to buy a pallet of granola. Thrive Market sells you wholesale priced organic and natural products and ships them for free to your door. So there’s no fighting the crowds, and no having to buy more than you need. Get everything you want all in one convenient place. Like saving even more money? Use my link and you can save 25% off your first order, get free shipping and 1 month free from Thrive Market!
Buy Ingredients to Make Food
Buy the things you need to make food, not pre-made processed foods. In addition to being healthier for you, it’s cheaper to buy the things you need to make food instead of that food item already made. You will have to spend a little more time preparing food, but I think it’s a good compromise to make. You know exactly how your food is made, and what’s in it. In addition to being cheaper and healthier, it’s also usually less wasteful, with less packaging than purchasing prepared foods.
Reduce Meat Consumption
Organic meat can be very expensive. The easiest way to reduce your spending on organic food is to eat less meat. Fellow, carnivores…I know, the struggle is real, but it’s not just better for your wallet, it’s also better for the environment. Meat production is one of the largest contributors to pollution and deforestation. Eating less meat is a simple act that can have a huge impact on the rest of the world.
Not ready to make that change yet? Got a picky eater? Try this smaller step instead! Look for cheap cuts of meat, especially beef. There’s nothing wrong with cheap cuts! They actually are quite delicious when cooked correctly!
Eat Seasonally, Eat Locally
Organic foods that are in-season are cheaper than when they are out of season. Out-of-season foods are shipped in from across the country, or even across the world! This means added costs that are passed on to you. Local, in-season organic foods are fresher, cheaper, and better for the environment since those long journeys are greatly reduced. So head on out to your local farmer’s markets, farm-stands, or shops and prioritize those seasonal specialties that you can only get right now!
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Prioritize the Dirty Dozen
Going completely organic might be out of budget right now, but what about if you just started with the worst offenders? What if you started with the foods that have the most pesticides on them and purchased those organic? Sounds a lot more doable right?! Generally speaking, fruits and veggies that have an outer skin that you can peel away don’t need to be bought organic, the same with ones that just don’t require a lot of pesticides to grow conventionally. However, some of your favorites (looking at you Strawberries!) are the ones you really should be mindful of because they have a lot of pesticide residue. Here’s a list of 2018’s dirty dozen. If you can only buy some organic food, prioritize these guys. It’s one change that will make a huge difference!
Saving money on organic food can be done! You can add more organic food to your diet without breaking the bank. By doing things like enjoying more local, seasonal foods, using coupons and taking advantage of Thrive Market you can save money on organic food!