Have you been meaning to include more organic foods in your diet, but the thought of spending even more on groceries is holding you back? Read on for some tips on how to eat organic without breaking the bank.
1. Eat seasonal. Organic or not, fruits and vegetables cost significantly more when they’re not in season.
2. Buy in bulk. Packaged goods are more expensive — plastic and cardboard come at a price. Buying things like grains, cereal, dried fruit, pasta, coffee, meat and nuts in bulk will save you a lot of money.
3. Eat less meat. Organic meat is undeniably expensive. You can reduce your intake and save money by regularly replacing meat products with legumes and other protein-rich substitutes.
4. Garden. Harvesting your own vegetables is one of the best ways to save money on organic produce. If you don’t have enough space at home, look for a community garden in your area.
5. Make it at home. Pre-cooked meals are expensive. Instead, purchase a variety of staple foods and have fun cooking up a storm.
6. Stick to your list. More often than not, impulse-bought food ends up at the bottom of the garbage bin.
7. Buy directly from the producer. Visit your local farms and public markets more often, or consider subscribing to a produce delivery service. Organic food that travels straight from the farm to your table is much more affordable.
Finally, keep an eye out for deals and spend wisely. For example, you can save big and enjoy a variety of organic produce year-round by purchasing in-season fruits and veggies and freezing them.