Organic Food Prices: 5 Ways To Save Money When Shopping!

So you’ve decided you would like to eat organically whenever possible, but it seems like it would be too expensive.  Never fear, it really is possible to save money on organic food prices.  Don’t be put off buying the best foods you can because they seem out of the reach of your food budget.  Although organic food can be more expensive than traditionally produced food because it is generally more labor intensive, there are ways to cut costs when shopping for organic foods!cheap-health-food

Here’s some information to help you out when you need to go grocery shopping!

Save Money On Organic Food Prices

1) Prioritize

It’s hard to buy every food you want in organic form.  Some just might not be available where you shop, and others are too expensive for your budget.  So the best thing to do is choose what produce is most importat to buy in the organic version.  The most logical choice to to buy the organic version of foods that are known to absorb the most chemicals.  You can save money by purchasing the conventially grown foods that aren’t as prone to having heavy doses of pesticides used on them during the growing process.

Here are a few of the most important fruits and vegetables to include in your organic food shopping:

  • Peaches,
  • Apples,
  • Celery,
  • Sweet peppers,
  • Pears,
  • Strawberries,
  • Nectarines,
  • Cherries,
  • Spinach,
  • Potatoes.

If you want to know which foods are most resistant to the absorption of chemicals, meaning you may still buy non-organic versions, these are:

  • Onions,
  • Sweetcorn,
  • Mangos,
  • Avocados,
  • Pineapples,
  • Asparagus,
  • Kiwis,
  • Cabbage,
  • Bananas,
  • Papayas,
  • Broccoli.

 

2) Grow Your Own

If you want something done right, do it yourself!  Okay, that’s not exactly applicable, because organic food producers generally do a good job.  However, if you have the space and the time, then growing your own organic food is a good way to say money.  Why go to all that trouble? Because then you know exactly how the food is grown, since you have complete control over what you grow, and what you use to grow it.

Not only that, but it’s a good “green” option because you won’t be using the gas to drive to the store for your food, and there won’t be gas costs of the organic foods being shipped from the farm to the local store.  hydroponic_fresh_vegetables
By reducing the miles traveled by or for the organic food, it helps reduce your carbon footprint.

You don’t have to live on a farm or have a huge yard to grow some of your own organic food.  Herbs, salad greens, and even things like tomatoes can be grown in containers.  You can either use dirt in pots, or grow them hydroponically.  It’s a great way to get some good organic food, brighten up your environment with greenery and let it put some fresh oxygen in your space.  Many people discover it’s an enjoyable hobby, as well!

 

3) Eat Food in Season

Eating locally grown foods is a great way to ensure you are getting the freshest foods possible, support your local farmers, and reduce your carbon footprint.  Why?  Because you can get fresh food that hasn’t had to be transported for miles across country or even overseas. It also makes your organic food shopping cheaper, and it tastes great, too!

If the food is in season in your area, then there should be someone producing it locally.  If you’re in a big city, there are probably still farmers not that far away growing the foods that are in season.  See if your local market carries food grown in the area.

4) Shop At Farmers’ Markets

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Even in big cities, Farmer’s Markets are becoming more and more popular.  If you’ve never visited one before then you just might be surprised at the many different foods that are available!  These types of markets are great for picking up fresh fruits and vegetables.  However, be aware that all the produce will NOT have been grown organically, so you have to ask the vendor about their farming methods and whether they are organic.


5) Food Coops & CSA’s

Many areas have local food coops and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) that often carry organic foods.  Any of these can be a great way to get fresh, organic produce.  You can read more about these, and look to see if where the Farmer’s Markets, Food Coops and CSA’s are in your area by going to LocalHarvest.com.  As they say, “The best organic food is what’s grown closest to you!”
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As you can see, there are many ways to save money on organic food shopping if you take the time to change your habits and learn a bit more about where organic food comes from. Every little effort you make will make a difference to the environment.

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