In our last post, we discussed a very important topic. We will tackle another important one this week.
Eating Organic on a Tight Budget
Organic foods are considered healthier than processed non-organic foods as they contain fewer amounts of pesticides, are rich in nutrients and are environment friendly as well.
Unfortunately, these foods are costly. The reason is that they are free from chemicals which mean that they require more effort, more cost and more time. Local farmers grow organic food and they’ll tell you how expensive it is for them.
As it is costly, organic food is sometimes replaced with other cheap processed food options. We also prefer purchasing non-organic food because of its wide availability in the market.
Luckily, for all the organic food lovers, there are great ways of shopping their favorite produce and that too at an affordable price. If you are on a tight budget and you wish to eat organic food, then this post is for you.
So how can you know if a certain food item is actually organic? Is there any indicator or anything unique about it? Yes, organic food items come with different labels that help you in differentiating them from others.
Before going organic you should know the common labels so that you make sure you get what you want. Cage free, All Natural, Certified Humane are the labels that you must have seen.
There is a complete directory of the labels with their meanings that you can access. For your convenience these labels are available online as well.
Do your Homework – Find the Best Deals
If you expect that you’ll visit your nearest farm and you will get the best produce at the lowest price, then you are being too optimistic.
Before going out to shop for organic items, you need to do understand that there is a huge market of organic food out there which has a structure and functioning of its own. To get the best deal, you have to make the most effort beforehand.
You can start off by looking around for discount coupons and other sales. A good strategy is to buy sale-items and then using coupon to further lower the cost.
You need to look for the nearest departmental or grocery stores that offer organic food and have specialized organic food chains like Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Costco and Target which offer a variety of natural products.
Know your Reason of Buying Organic Products
Let’s face it; if you want each and every item in your daily food intake to be organic, it is going to cost you a fortune. But if you know your reason of buying organic products then you can easily get what you are looking for in a tight budget.
There can be many reasons behind buying organic food items. The most common motivation amongst shoppers is health consciousness.
They have realized the benefits of organic foods that they have fewer chemicals and they want to take advantage of these properties in order to keep their family healthy and happy.
For such buyers, 12 fruits and vegetables are the must haves. These include apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, and potatoes. These items are the results of the findings of the Environmental Working Group. You can find these items in your local farmers market at reasonable prices.
Then there are those buyers who wish to buy organic as they are support environment friendly products. For them any food item produced by using harmful pesticides that impacts the environment has to be replaced with an eco-friendly option.
Such friends of the environment usually look for substitutes of processed coffee products. Farm grown and local coffee is what they wish to purchase.
Finally, you can be an animal lover who wishes to buy organic products in which no animal were harmed. Mainly they disapprove the animal treatment at processing factories.
They buy organic dairy products like milk, eggs, cheese and cream cheese. Sadly, the organic versions of dairy products are very costly.
So by prioritizing your needs and understanding the different kinds of organic products available out there, you can get your preferred items on a tight budget.
Try online shopping
As the expense faced by online businesses is less than their counterparts, their prices are usually lower as well. They don’t have to pay rent for their shop or manage a large workforce.
You can also purchase local as well as international varieties of your favorite organic food. You might have to pay for shipping costs for some areas but overall the savings tend to be higher.
Buy in Bulk
Did you know that you can save almost 50% of your money when you buy in bulk? Bulk buying helps you cut your budget by a large amount. You will find bulk bins for spices and grains at local supermarkets. These are less costly and they last a long time.
Become a Grower
Why not try growing fruits and vegetables on your own when you have a tight budget? Don’t worry it isn’t all that difficult. You just need a few supplies, the right seeds and some spare time.
This will help you in getting great organic fruits and vegetables that are low on cost. Plus with growing food items on your own, you have the liberty to choose whatever you want and how much you want.
Also, if you live in an area where the weather is too cold or too hot and is not suitable for growing fruits and vegetables, then you can try indoor gardening. If you don’t have a lot of space or big yard, you can still plant tomatoes or pot plants which do not need a large area.
If you wish to save more money, start off by planting thyme and oregano as they are considered the most costly herbs. Also look out for some tips and tricks for beginners who have just started gardening.
So by using some of these strategies you can eat organic on a tight budget. Remember to just always stay on hunt for the best deals at lowest prices.