Organic Farming. To me, anything that is pure and natural is always better than synthetic and chemically treated. However, with six mouths to feed every day, organic products can add up. In order to meld my ideals with my lifestyle, I needed to learn how to buy organic products on a budget.
In order to best feed my family, I make a conscious effort to source out products and produce in order to fit our budget. I will always buy organic varieties of the Dirty Dozen, but what about everything else? I have found that the more I work at it, the easier it becomes, and the truth is, you can buy real food on a budget.
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2. Look into joining a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, where you buy shares at a local farm. These are often cheaper for the amount of produce you'll be getting every week. There are different plans to choose from, so shop around and find what works best for your family. Find a CSA near you.
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3. Buy organic foods in bulk. A membership to a warehouse club can help maximize your buying potential when it comes to organic foods. For example, I know that a 10-pound bag of organic quinoa at my Costco is $10.99. That's less than a 3-pound bag at the grocery store.
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4. Sign up for clubs and programs and co-ops. Several stores will have customer loyalty programs that can maximize your dollar when you purchase there. Use the money you save to put into spending the extra amount on organic foods and products.
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5. Use coupons to buy organic. More and more organic companies are putting out coupons on a regular basis. Take a moment to look for them before heading to the store. Check out this helpful guide to finding organic coupons online and print your own here, and then visit frugal coupon and deal blogs and search for "organic" to find what deals may currently be available.
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6. Buy food that is in season. Food that is fresh and available in abundance is always cheaper than food that has traveled halfway across the globe. Buy it now while it's available for cheap, and then preserve it through canning and blanching and freezing for use in the winter months.
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7. Cook at home. Cooking at home saves money, first of all, and all the cash you would spend tipping a waiter or on a beverage at the restaurant can be put towards buying more organic foods for your family. Need inspiration? Search huge databases of recipes that will get you interested in spending some quality time in the kitchen.
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8. Buy from your farmer's market. A lot of times, you can find farmers using organic practices right in your own town or close by (but may not always be certified). Spend a Saturday (or whatever day your market is open) browsing the rows and talking to the people that actually grow the plants and harvest the food. Support local businesses and fill your fridge with fresh produce at the same time.
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9. Compare prices at different stores. I've learned through comparison shopping that my local Target has several organic items cheaper than the non-organic ones or at the same price. I also know the local grocer can get me organic bulk foods at the same price I could purchase non-organic at a grocer down the road. Knowing the places where I shop and the prices of products I'm looking for has allowed me to make more educated purchases when it comes to buying organics.
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10. Set a dollar limit for yourself. My cousin and his wife set a limit for how much more an organic product is to a non-organic product. If the organic product falls within that range, they will spend the extra money to get it organic. Setting a price range can be a good way to manage how much you're actually spending on organics versus non-organics.
That’s how we manage our money and still buy organic products. Do you have any tips for purchasing them at a lower price?
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