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Organic on a Budget

We’ve all been there: standing in the produce section, torn between the conventional and organic strawberries.  Conventional berries clock in at Buy 1, Get 1 for $3, and the organic ones are $4.99. It’s a tough organic pill to swallow. After all, eating organic sounds great – so many environmental, social, and health benefits – but it sure can be expensive.

Luckily, it is possible to eat organic without going broke. 

YoBaby has a great section of their website called “East First Steps: Tips for Organic Eating on a Budget.” Here are their seven tips, and my personal experiences with applying the advice to my own grocery life.

1) Prioritize your organics. YoBaby recommends avoiding produce on the Dirty Dozen list if you can’t afford to go completely organic. This is something that my family definitely does – I’m not too bothered by conventional produce if I’m removing the skin (oranges, bananas), but any foods that I eat the skin of (strawberries, apples), I spring for organic.

2) Volunteer at a co-op or farmers’ market to score freebies. While I have never volunteered at a co-op or market, I do occasionally shop at one and have found some great deals.

3) Grow your own organic foods. I really want to create a vegetable garden, but my shady backyard isn’t conducive to farming. So sad!

4) Buy in bulk. I head over to Whole Foods’ bulk bins to scoop up bulk oatmeal, rice, and other grains on the cheap. It’s also a great way to get cheaper organic nuts.

5) Try one meatless meal a week. I’m a vegetarian, so all my meals are meatless!  And I have to say – being a vegetarian is definitely cheaper than eating meat, especially if I was buying organic meat.

6) Shop with a list. I have tried over and over again to shop with a list, but I usually forget it at home. I’m just not organized like that

7) Match coupons to sale ads. YoBaby recommends the Organic Deals site, which I had never heard of and seems pretty neat. Today, they’ve got a deal up for organic diapers - pretty sweet!

Read more from Caitlin on Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful.  Follow all her Babble posts here!

A big thanks to YoBaby for sponsoring this campaign.  Click here to see more of the discussion.

Image source: DMahalko,

 

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