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10 Ways to Buy Organic on a Budget

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

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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10 Ways to Buy Organic on a Budget

Backyard Garden

1. Grow your own. Start a backyard garden, and grow a few vegetables on your space. If you don't have a yard or have very limited space, consider a small container garden for herbs. Herbs are expensive, and growing them is a huge money saver. You could also look into a community garden plot.

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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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson


Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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9 thoughts on “10 Ways to Buy Organic on a Budget

  1. jo says:

    wow. thank you SO MUCH for this. it’s exactly what i need right now. i’m trying to buy more and more organic but i’m spending more and more money! this is going to be so much help.

  2. Robin says:

    I am committed to buying organic milk for my toddler, but I must say, it is soooo much more expensive. Every once in a while I waver, and then I see another news story that reminds me why I’m paying $7 for a jug of milk.

  3. Magnoliama says:

    I would also add that you should join a food co-op. Our co-op has specials every month just for members as well as wonderful sales for everyone. They also do this awesome thing on the tenth of the month where members get 10% off of their entire purchase. We buy all of our dry goods and some of our produce on the 10th and save tons.

    Another thing that we do that saves money is buying directly from farmers and have back yard chickens. Our chickens aren’t totally organic, but they cost about $6/month for 8 dozen eggs. We get milk straight from a dairy with a group from our neighborhood and buy our meat from a local farmer as well. We save dollars per pound on the meat and it’s awesome supporting responsible, local farmers.

  4. MamaCooks says:

    Re No. 8: Be sure to ask how non-organic produce is grown. The strawberry stand I frequent has a selection of organic berries, but they’re grown the same way as the less expensive berries. The non-organic berries are grown at another field that’s awaiting organic certification — meanwhile, they cost less. You’ll probably find a few farmers who are pesticide-free if not fully organic, but aren’t certified organic.

  5. tigerfish says:

    Thanks for your tips. I was thinking of getting myself on a CSA pgm too :) …I try to buy organic too….esp the dirty dozen.

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  7. nourishthespirit says:

    Know what foods are higher priority to buy organic, like certain produce. Refer to EWG’s guide to the Dirty Dozen – produce high in pesticides, which often includes all the berries, for ex. Stick to buying those in organic form. Look for last minute deals at your farmer’s market. In San Francisco I often get peaches and other important organics at a lower price when the markets begin to wind down.

  8. Komputery says:

    I suppose it depends on how you look at it. There’s usually another way.

  9. artistschmartist says:

    Think trade! My parents have chickens, and so we save a ton on eggs, but there are lots of urban coops and hives popping up, and I warrant those people would love to trade eggs, honey, or an overabundance of zucchinis and tomatoes for other goods and services you may have available. Be creative, ask around through your social network. You can also share a share of a CSA if, like our family of 4, you found it a little *too* expensive and abundant. We shared with another couple and it was just right, price-wise and amount of food. The other thing I would say is to just *commit.* Make it a priority (for us, getting pregnant spurred us to make the commitment to organic meat. Then dairy. Then dirty dozen. Work your way up.) Where there’s a will, there’s a way! (We have a VERY limited budget, btw.)

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