Buying organic produce can definitely skyrocket your monthly grocery bill. If you are like me, determined to eat organic food, but each time you choose non organic because you can actually have more for your buck.
How to buy organic food on a budget
1. Plan your meals.
I believe it’s the most important thing when it comes to budgeting. Vague meal planning ideas at the store leads you to buy more unnecessary things.
2. Sign up for CSA – Community Supported Agriculture.
A consumer has an opportunity to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here is how it works: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. This share includes a box of vegetables, and sometimes other farm products. Interested customers subscribe to a membership and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
3. Shop at Trader Joe’s
if it’s available in your area. I practically live at the store 🙂 I truly think that their organic variety is more budget friendly compare to other stores
4. Utilize available coupons for organic food such as:
Mambo Sprouts: http://www.mambosprouts.com/free-coupons/
Whole Foods Store Coupons: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/coupons/
Safeway – Organic Store Brand O Organics: http://www.safeway.com/ShopStores/Offers-Landing-IMG.page
Albertson’s – Organic Store Brand – Wild Harvest: http://www.albertsons.com/savings/viewcoupons?pageSource=coupons
Super Target Stores – Organic Store Brand Anchor Farms: FREE coupons online
Simply organic: http://www.simplyorganic.com/simplyorganic/documents/coupons.php
5. Look for a farm near you to buy organic meats.
That is of course if you plan to go organic all the way. I know it can get really costly. I usually pick and choose what things to buy organic.
6. Prioritize your organic spending.
Here is the link to the EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/
7. Try to grow your own organic garden.
Even if you don’t have a backyard, you can still grow your own herbs. My husband does all the gardening on the patio.
8. Make soups
You can make a pot of all natural organic soup that will last you for several days. Good for you and your wallet!
I would love to hear about your organic budgeting!