Saving money on food that is healthy and sustainability produced is not always easy, but there are some shortcuts and tricks to help you find significant savings on healthful items.
How to Save on Organic Meat
Organic meat usually stumps people from a money-saving perspective. One of the best tips to save money on meat is to skip the grocery store, and instead buy in bulk from a local farmer. You’ll know where your meat comes from and how the animals are treated. Check out Eatwild.com for a thorough listing of meat farmers in your area.
How to Save on Organic Produce
Know what’s on the Top 10 worst conventional produce list and buy organic for just those. Some of the worst fruits and vegetables for pesticides are:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
Buy these organic, if possible.
In addition, certain fruits and vegetables cost the nearly the SAME in both their conventional and organic versions. See the baby carrots example above. Celery is another product that is similarly priced.
Buy whole organic fruits and vegetables. You’ll automatically pay more for the convenience of having the store pre-chop and package them for you.
Check out warehouse stores like Costco or Sam’s. They are carrying more and more organics, and in many cases, the prices are better than grocery stores.
Join a CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You pay a fee upfront, then get weekly or biweekly deliveries of fresh produce to an agreed-upon pickup location. We have some wonderful organic CSAs in upstate NY. In fact, I’m SUCH a fan of CSA’s, I did a whole series on local CSA options last year. LocalHarvest.org is a great resource for finding a local CSA.
Shop your local farmer’s markets. Talk with the farmers about how they grow their crops. Many use organic methods, but just haven’t paid to be certified organic. Make the decision as to whether or not to patronize those smaller farmers.
How to Save on Organic Dairy
Dairy products are some of the most important items on your grocery list to choose organic. Yet organic dairy can be very expensive, especially organic milk. There are a few strategies I use to get around this:
Buy alternative organic milks.You can get Organic Soy Milk for $2.79 for 64 oz. 64 oz of Organic Dairy milk costs $3.49 (both store brands).
In addition, many organic brands come out with coupons. Stonyfield and Organic Valley are two brands who offer coupons on organic yogurt, cheese, and half and half. Mambo Sprouts is a great place to start looking for organic coupons.
Finally, skip the processed, box, pre-prepared foods. Organic or not, you’re paying dearly for the “convenience” of having your food preserved and frozen. Prepare meals and snacks at home, using whole, nourishing ingredients, and you are on your way!
Finally, Don’t forget to meal plan!!
Are you interested in saving money on your next grocery bill?
Then you need to take a look at your pantry and ask yourself this essential question: what meals can you create out of ingredients you already have on hand? Try to come up with three meals each week using ONLY ingredients you have on hand. Then you can buy less at the grocery store,and have more grocery dollars to use towards organic produce or milk.
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