10 Tips for Saving Money on Organic Groceries
So you want to eat more organic, eh? Making the switch can be intimidating – and expensive. But have no fear! Arm yourself with these tips for saving money on organic groceries, and you’ll soon be reaping the benefits of organic eating without giving your wallet too much heartache.
1. Follow the Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen
Buying ALL organic produce can add up quickly, but did you know that some produce is much more prone to harmful pesticide residue than others? This is where the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen come in handy! Purchase the Dirty Dozen produce organic:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
Since they’re most likely to be contaminated with the nasties you want to avoid these. Save a little money by purchasing non-organic produce from the Clean Fifteen:
- Sweet corn
- Frozen Sweet Peas
- Honeydew Melon
They are the safest types of produce to eat non-organic.
2. Buy Frozen Organic Produce
Frozen produce is often cheaper per pound than fresh produce, and it’s picked at peak ripeness and flash frozen so you still get all the amazing benefits of fresh produce. It also lasts longer, which reduces food waste.
3. Cost Compare Different Cuts of Meat
Just like conventional meats, organic meats are going to vary in price depending on the cut of meat that you select. For example, organic chicken breasts typically cost significantly more than organic chicken legs. Cook with the cheaper cuts of meat to save some cash.
4. Use Every Part of the Meat You Buy
Take full advantage of your meat purchases! Buy bone-in meat and use the bones to create delicious homemade bone broth. It’s super easy to do with leftover bones, veggie scraps, and water. (Just Google it!) Homemade soup with homemade bone broth definitely beats any pre-packaged organic soup you can buy!
5. Eat More Meatless Meals
Organic meat will definitely drive up your grocery costs, so eat more meatless meals to cut down your grocery budget. In addition to cooking with beans and lentils, making breakfast for dinner using organic eggs is a great option because eggs are a cost effective option for nutritious protein.
6. Shop Weekly Sales
Sometimes beggars can’t be choosers. Plan your weekly meals around what organic options are on sale. You’ll be surprised how much money this saves!
7. Stock Up During Sales
If you have extra freezer space, maximize it! If you see a great deal on frozen meat, prepare for the future by buying ahead and taking advantage of markdowns. You can even freeze things like milk, bread, and avocado and defrost them for later use.
8. Don’t Over-purchase
Stocking up on freezable items is a great way to save money, but don’t overdo it on products that have a short shelf life. Food waste literally equates to throwing cash away, so plan your meals and be mindful of your purchases.
9. Skip the Organic Junk Food
Just because junk food says its made with organic ingredients doesn’t actually make it healthy for you. Skip the junk food, and spend your money on organic items that are actually good for you.
10. Prioritize What Makes Sense For You
Listen, not everyone’s budget is going to afford them the option of purchasing ALL organic items. Do your research, make informed decisions, and buy organic when it makes sense for you or your family. This is going to look a little different for everyone, but, ultimately, you have to do what works for your lifestyle, preferences, and budget.
Check out this episode of The $10 Feast on GuruHub to see some of these tips in action!
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