Organic food on a budgetMonday, October 17, 2011
Eating food that is pure, with no pesticides and preservatives is the goal of many health conscious shoppers. The problem lies in being able to afford organic groceries.
Most families are on a strict budget, and purchasing all organic may not always be cost-effective.
Here are some of Momma Cuisine's tips on how to afford organic foods while sticking to a budget.
- Buy in bulk - Items like grains, legumes and canned goods can save you some cash when purchased at larger amounts.
- Family Food Trends - Take a look at food trends in your own home. These ingredients may be worth buying organic since you and your family eat them often. (I have 3 kids, 10 years old and younger, so I most often buy organic milk and cereal because these are foods that my kids eat on a daily basis).
- Plan Meals (Make a List)- As annoying as it may sound, planning (or at least a game plan) of the meals your intending to prepare for the week will help you to stay clear of purchasing ingredients you will not use that end up in the garbage.
- Stay Fresh - Buying as many fresh items and staying away from pre-made meals and food sections will help you to maintain your budget when shopping for organic foods.
- Eat More Vegetables - Eating less meat may not be easy if you and your family are carnivores. But, eating more fresh vegetables and fruits will not only help you stay healthy, your pocket will be healthier too!
- Use Coupons - Couponing is a hot topic these days, and many may hesitate because of lack of time and energy. But saving a few dollars here and there will help you save bucks in the long run.
- Buy Generic (Store Brand) - Generic brands have come a long way. Many health food stores and even big box grocery stores have high quality, premium organic brands that often cost a fraction of their brand name counterparts.
- Check out the Environmental Working Group's guide to pesticides in produce.