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5 Ways To Save Money On Organic Food Shopping

Ways to save on organic food shopping

As the dangers of pesticides become more prevalent, many people are looking to make the move to organic and natural foods.  Others have no choice due to health concerns but to eat as natural as possible.  Unfortunately the cost of doing so can be budget killer.  When you are working to reduce your grocery budget yet maintain a healthy kitchen it can be tricky. Although organic food can be more expensive than traditionally produced food, there are some simple ways to save money on your organic food shopping.

When I started a real food kitchen my grocery budget almost tripled.  Talk about a real food frustration! Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks for organic food shopping that you’ll want to consider.

1) Prioritize

To do the best you can for your family, why not limit your organic buying to those products that are known to absorb the most chemicals? For the rest, carry on buying traditional products to save money.  Here are a few of the most important fruits and vegetables to include in your organic food shopping. Often dubbed the “Dirty Dozen,” they are most likely to be found with high levels of pesticides.

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Imported Snap Peas
  • Potatoes

When doing your organic food shopping the list commonly known as the “Clean 15” are fruits and veggies you can save money on and buy non organic varieties.  They include:

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Frozen Sweet Peas
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes
  • Papaya
  • Kiwis
  • Egg Plant
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet Potatoes

2) Grow Your Own

If you have the space and the time, then growing your own organic food is the best way to stay green and healthy – and save a huge amount of money on your organic food shopping! You have complete control over what you grow, and what you use to grow it, and you’ll save energy on driving to the store, as well as reducing food miles that also contribute towards your carbon footprint.

Even if you don’t have a back garden with space to grow your own, you could grow a limited amount of organic food yourself, such as salad and herbs inside.

3) Eat Food in Season

This is extremely important if you want to be eco-friendly, as it means you can get fresh food that hasn’t had to be transported for miles overseas. It also makes your organic food shopping cheaper, and it tastes great, too!

4) Shop At Farmers’ Markets

If you’ve never visited a local farmers’ market before then you may be surprised at what they have to offer. Simple markets are great for picking up fruit and veg – just make sure to ask them about their farming methods and whether they are organic. Some will use integrated pest management which is not USDA approved organic but it does utilize less chemical pesticides than standard commercial farm practices.

 5) Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk can be a major money saver if you are willing to put the time into preserving what you buy.  Most times if you talk directly to your farmer (on the farm, or at the market) they will give you a volume discount if you purchase a larger quantity.  If you don’t have the time or energy to preserve all of your order, consider sharing it with a friend.

As you can see, there are many ways to save money on organic food shopping if you take the time to change your habits and learn a bit more about where organic food comes from. Every little effort you make will make a difference to the environment.

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