With the awareness about pesticides and GMOs in our foods growing, more people have been making a conscious effort to buy organic food. There’s just one problem with that though. Organic food comes at quite a steep price. So what’s a health-conscious person on a tight budget to do? Luckily there are a few easy ways to buy organic produce without going bankrupt. These seven tips will help you keep your meals natural without having to mortgage the house.
1. Educate Yourself About Organic Terms
Most products which advertise themselves as ‘organic’ tend to come at a higher price because they’re banking on the value of this term to get them more consumers. There are plenty of brands which are a lot cheaper which also meet the requirements for being organic, which might not overtly make this claim. Knowing which labels to look out for will give you a lot more choice when you’re hunting for a cheap organic brand. Be on the lookout for terms like ‘cage free’, ‘free range’, ‘free trade’ and ‘natural’ to decipher if a product is truly organic.
2. Settle For Being Semi-Organic
You could make every item in your pantry organic, but that will cost you a lot more than you’re currently spending. A more frugal way to shop organic is to only look for organic variants of a few products. Some produce contains more pesticides than others and so you could replace them with organic variants. Foods like apples, peaches, grapes and bell peppers tend to have the highest pesticide content, so avoid mass-market versions of them.
3. Ditch The Big Brands
Popular organic brands come at a much higher price since people are willing to pay more for their brand value. Lesser known brands are much cheaper but just as healthy. A great way to shop organic on a budget would be to choose in-store brands. Brands by the store themselves come at a much cheaper price and most have an organic line of products.
4. Be On The Lookout For Promotional Offers
Nothing is better music to a bargain-hunter’s ears than the word ‘sale’. This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, take full advantage of it. Organic brands offer ‘2 for 1’ deals from time to time so make sure you stock up on them when they do. To keep yourself updated on their sales, follow them on social media so you never miss one again.
5. Look For The Bulk Bins
If you’re ready to forego the fancy packaging, shopping from a bulk bin is an amazing way to halve your grocery expenses. Many major chain stores have a bulk bin section where you can stock up on organic ingredients. You will have to bring your own bags and containers of course, but that’s a small effort to make for huge monthly savings.
6. Find Niche Stores Online
Small online business which sell organic products directly from farm are on the rise. Be on the lookout for a good, reliable one and you’ll be amazed by how low their prices can be. These stores can afford to slash costs because they don’t have to pay rent for a physical store nor do they have to pay middlemen. Not only will you be saving costs for yourself, but you will also be supporting a small business.
7. Go To Farmer’s Markets
If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with a vibrant farmer’s market, then consider yourself blessed. Farmer’s markets are win-win situations. You get a huge variety of amazing, fresh produce, but they are very cost-effective. If you’re willing to go all the way, you can even try your hand at growing a small vegetable garden. It will get you more involved in your food, plus it will cost only a fraction of what store-bought ingredients will.