You might think that only the well-to-do can afford to purchase organic food on a regular basis, but the reality is that if you are shop savvy, you can afford organic food with a set budget.
The key is to know where to shop, as well as learn to grow some organic food yourself.
Organic means that the food has not been grown with a bunch of pesticides and artificial ingredients. Non-organic food may contain hormones, pesticides, artificial substances, and genetically modified ingredients.
When a food is deemed “organic”, it has to adhere to laws that fit the description.
But how do you go and buy organic food, which is more expensive than non-organic food, when it’s already tough to pay the bills?
Here are some ways you can make buying organic food more affordable for you and your family.
- Buy local. Go ahead and support your local farmers and buy local organic food. There are most likely some local farmer’s markets in your area, so choose something local to give your business to independent farmers. The prices may be cheaper than the organic sections of the supermarket.
- Purchase from major store chains. Some larger grocery stores like Walmart and Kroger are carrying a good amount of organic foods, so instead of heading to the more expensive specialty stores, give places like these a try.
- Buy in season. Be sure that you get your fill of summer produce in the summer and refrain from purchasing so much in the off season. You can always learn how to can produce in order to enjoy during the winter.
- Frozen foods. Frozen is not fresh, but organic frozen food can be much cheaper than organic fresh foods.
- Buy in bulk. If you have stores like Safeway or Costco, go ahead and purchase in bulk when you can. By doing so, you will save money in the long run.
- Use coupons. Go ahead and check out coupons and use them where appropriate. Sites like coupons.com have great deals going on all the time.
- Grow your own organic food. If you do not have a garden, go ahead and start gardening. You can start off with just a little garden and take it from there. Many communities offer free or low-cost gardening classes through the city or perhaps a community college. You can even grow your own herb garden. It may seem like a daunting task to begin with, but you will be pleasantly surprised at how satisfying it is to grow your own food.
- Purchase sale items. If you find a bargain, go ahead and stock up on such items.
- Shop around. There may be cheaper prices at one store over another, so be sure to do some comparison shopping. Price Book Budgeting is a great way to save money when you shop around.
- Join online groups. Maybe there is a Meetup group online that is just as interested in organic food as you. Do some research to see if you can connect with others who are like minded and glean from each others’ tips and resources.