Organic Living Does Not Need to be Expensive

 

OrganicLearning about the all the food chemicals going into your body is incentive enough to switch to organic products. However, one concern is the cost. Compared to their conventional counterparts, they may be a bit more pricey. There are different tips though to avoid paying so much for something that is good for you.

Here are a collection of tips from different sources that will help you practice living organically without going over your budget.

Buying affordable organic food is possible

Cheap Organic LivingJust a few years ago, if you wanted to buy organic food, you really had to hunt for it. But now, nearly every grocery store has an organic section. Even big box retailers like Walmart carry organic foods.

Organic food can be expensive. But there is a way to get organic food that is affordable, but you need to strike a balance between the desire to buy organic food, time, and buying it at a price you can afford.

Emily Bruso, who is on a budget, wanted to feed her family of six more organically grown food. She wasn’t sure she had the time or money to figure it out.

It has to be financially manageable. I’m a mom of four. I home school. It has to be, time-wise, do-able,” said Bruso.

Minde Herbert thinks Bruso can do it. The self-described organic foods evangelist runs the web site Affordably Organic and preaches buying organic foods on a budget. At a Publix, she pointed out organic canned food that is actually cheaper than brand name canned veggies. Even canned corn, peas and green beans were cheaper. If you buy in bulk, big deals can be had.

Fresh produce can really add up at the register unless you know what you’re doing.”

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Organic LivingOrganic food and consumer products that have been produced in a cleaner, more environmentally friendly manner take a bad rap on a fairly regular basis for being more expensive. On this point alone, that reputation is typically pretty justified: Yes, these products can be and often are pricier than their conventional counterparts. But there are ways to offset the costs so that your overall expenses in going organic won’t be much more than what you’re paying now, and possibly even a little less.

Here’s how:

1. Buy direct from the farm.

Farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) arrangements are typically less expensive than organic markets or the organic section of your local grocery store. You’re guaranteed the freshest flavors of the season, and as an added bonus, farmers have the best recipe tips!”

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Ways to Save When Buying Organic Foods

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Find and Use Organic Coupons

CouponsIn hopes to mitigate the initial money pains of buying organic, I want to share the top organic money saving ideas that I’ve gathered from my friends and family members. And, let me tell you, I learned a lot myself while putting together this list and combining everyone’s tips into one cohesive guide. I can’t wait to put some of these new ideas into practice. Let the savings begin!

  • Check the websites of your favorite companies for coupons and special promotions, almost all of them have some.
  • Join your favorite company’s social media pages for special coupons and deals. For example, if you join Nutiva’s facebook page, they will give you access to a $10 dollar off coupon. This is perfect for stocking up on chia seeds, coconut sugar, coconut oil, etc. (They also run huge discount specials every Tuesday.)
  • Check out various organic coupon sites. Some of my favorite examples include Mambo Sprouts, Saving Naturally, Organic Deals, Organicfoodcoupons, Healthesavers, Organic Deals and Steals for organic food/natural living coupons, and money savings ideas.
  • Simply Organic who makes spices, seasoning mixes and baking mixes always have coupons on their website here – sometimes more than a dollar off.
  • Whole Foods has coupons here every week for various products throughout the store.
  • Earth Fare has coupons here every week for various products throughout the store.
  • Most stores take each others coupons, so don’t be afraid to use them all in one shopping trip at your most convenient or favorite store.

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Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris was born in Europe but has lived in the US for many years. He attended college both in Europe and the US and completed medical school at the University of Texas. Residency and fellowship in oncology was completed at Baylor. Read More...
Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton