Look to save money on organic foods? You’ve come to the right place!
We hear discussions all of the time about how much healthier it is to consume organic foods. There is also a stigma attached to these foods that they are very expensive. They do cost more, yes, but there are actually ways you can save on your organic products.
Sometimes, you just need some ideas. Check out these great ways you can make that switch (or continue shopping) organic products:
1. Use Coupons
Contrary to what many believe, there are a lot of coupons you can print to save on your organic, natural, gluten free (and more) purchases. The best resource available is MamboSprouts. However, there are often coupons on coupons.com as well.
In addition, take a moment to visit all of the sites for the products you use and sign up for newsletters, or check to see if they have coupons available. Doing so will often get you coupons that are not available otherwise via those special newsletters.
2. Shop through Amazon
Amazon offers really great deals on organic products. The best deals come through the Subscribe & Save program which will knock off another 5 – 20% off of your purchase price plus give you free shipping. You can sign up for automatic shipments, if that is an option which works for you.
Make sure you also carefully check the product descriptions for clipless coupons which can also help you save even more. Visit (and bookmark) the Amazon Natural and Organic page.
3. Check your Farmer’s Markets
Many times, these foods which are locally grown are organic. Not only will you find good deals, you will also help support your local economy by supporting your famers and gardeners.
4. Purchase in Bulk
Watch your local store or warehouse store for organic products which are sold in bulk. Make sure you re-package these items as needed so that they do not go bad before you can consume the products. You might even connect with friends and then split the products (and cost) with them! You all end up winning!
5. Grow your own
Why not skip the store altogether? You could start your own garden (even if in pots on your deck) and grow those foods you love. You can read these tips on growing your own organic garden.
6. Start with only a few items
The most expensive organic items to purchase are meat and dairy. You can start by replacing only your fruits and veggies with organic products and that won’t affect your budget as much. Then, as you can afford, slip in those organic meat and dairy products and doing so slowly won’t hurt your budget as much.
7. Use store brands
Many stores offer their own line of organic products. If you purchase those brands rather than the name brands, you are still getting quality without paying too much. The reason is that they too are required to follow the same guidelines in order to use the USDA Organic Seal. Some of these stores include ShopRite, Publix, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Earth Fare. You can also check your local store to see if they have organic products on their shelves too.
8. Don’t waste your food
This may sound simple, but it is something we do far too often. Make sure you properly store your food and consume it before it spoils. If you can not finish it in time, you might invest in a vacuum sealer and then freeze those items (works great for fruits and veggies). You can also reuse food into a second dish. You might start with chicken breasts for one meal and then dice and use the leftovers for wraps or salads the following night. You are getting 2 meals out of one item that way – saving you money and NOT throwing away those leftovers.
Saving money on healthy eating can be tough — but it is possible. Just apply a few simple tricks and you’ll be saving in no time at all!