Fortunately, we have good news for you.
If you are selective about the organic food you eat, and you shop smart, then you can enjoy all the nutritional benefits of organic food without paying a premium price. Here are 10 ways to go organic for less:
1) Prioritize the organic food you purchase.
You don’t want to buy any food you’re not going to eat. Make sure you have a weekly meal plan or at least a rough idea of how much food you’re going to need each time you go shopping. Wasted food is wasted money, so this is obviously the number one priority when looking to save money on organic produce. You should also skip the aisle with “organic” canned and packaged items like cookies, soups and pancake mix. These are expensive food items and they don’t necessarily add value to your nutrition.
2) Stock up on organic meat and dairy.
The advantage of eating organic meat and dairy is that you won’t be exposed to risks like dangerous hormones. Since organic meat and dairy are expensive, it is always best to stock them up when they are on sale. Buying in bulk usually makes buying food cheaper, and the best part is you can freeze meat and dairy to use at a later date.
3) Get coupons and utilize them.
You can get mailed and printable coupons. Newspapers and other paper publications often have coupons in them. Try downloading an app or using the website of your favorite grocery store and you may be surprised at how much you could save!
4) Join and participate with the local food co-op.
Individuals who want access to natural and organic food can afford such food by joining local food co-ops. The co-ops are stores where members are required to work shifts or buy clubs where people can order organic produce and natural items. This is definitely a great option if you have the time and motivation.
5) Have your organic food delivered to your home.
Through community-supported agriculture programs (CSAs), you can buy fresh organic food for lower prices. If you participate in such a program, all you need to do is pay a fee to a farmer at the beginning of the growing season. Then during the harvest time, you will receive a weekly box of produce. The only disadvantage of this program is that you can’t choose the food items you receive.
6) Don’t buy organic food through the middle man.
You will save a lot of money by buying organic food directly from the farmer or a local store. Larger stores obviously have higher costs and longer transportation times. By using a local grower you will also end up getting freshly picked organic food.
7) Stock up organic food for the winter.
8) Cultivate your own organic garden.
If you have green fingers, then why not start growing your own food? The best part about growing your own food is that you don’t need a lot of land; a small sunny patch is more than sufficient.
9) Don’t buy expensive organic food when you can get cheaper.
In recent years, many supermarket chains have started including organic products to their own private labels. Some of the items are cheaper and even better quality. Stores like Stop & Shop, Super Target, Walmart and Winn-Dixie sell their own organic food that you can check out.
10) Be sure to check member warehouse clubs.
All big warehouse clubs sell organic food at the same price as conventional goods. Be on the lookout for such deals, and remember to buy in bulk.
Do you eat organic? Do you have any other tips for keeping it cheap? Let us know in the comments!