Eating healthy organic foods is important to me. I want to feed my family the very best food, but at the very best price too!
We all know that ingesting chemicals is not good for us. I also know that many of us feel that it is very expensive to purchase organic foods. So, what is a frugal shopper to do? When shopping, I purchase only organic foods if they are on the Dirty Dozen List – these are foods that contain the most traces of chemicals in them. Other fruits and vegetables are on the Clean 15 list and I don’t worry about paying more for them. I do, however, make sure they are washed before serving or using for cooking.
Most grocery stores now have an organic section and there are many organic food coupons available that you can print and save. I recently found out that Abe’s Market has a program that allows you to try organic and natural products in exchange for your feedback! Try certain products for $2.00 (shipping included). What could be better than that?
Here are a few ways to save money while eating organic foods.
- Plan a menu and base it on what is in season and what you can find at the Farmer’s Market.
- Stock up on foods you use on a regular basis when you see them on sale.
- Buy meat when it is on sale and then buy in bulk. Freeze for meals in the future.
- Speaking of meat, use it as a “side” dish and not as the main dish. Smaller portions will save you money.
- Plant a garden. You can easily find organic seeds and you will have control over what goes in your garden. Think you don’t have the energy for a garden, ask a neighbor or two if they want to share the responsibility and the crop!
- Use coupons! Many coupon sites have organic coupons. You can also go directly to the sites of companies that share coupons directly on their site. Annie’s Homegrown, Boca Burgers, Stonyfield, etc.
- Purchase organic items from large stores like Costco – they offer many products and the prices can’t be beat.
- Join a CSA, it might seem expensive because you have to pay up front, but you will get fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables all summer long. You can share with a neighbor to bring the cost down
I hope some of these ideas help you to get on the organic track. I would love to hear your great ideas on how you feed your family organic foods.
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