12 Ways to Eat Organic for Less
Are you trying to eat a healthier, more organic diet? If so, you may have realized that eating healthier does come at an increased cost. But the good news is, there are ways to cut these costs and eat the organic food you are after for less. Take a look below at 12 ways to eat organic for less, so you can get healthier and enjoy a fresh, organic diet without busting your budget into pieces. Here is what you need to know.
1. Follow the social media pages of your favorite organic brands.
You should be doing this for several reasons. First, many of these brands will alert you of any upcoming new products and savings on such products. Second, you will be the first to know about any printable coupons available or other internet savings offers. Follow your favorite organic brands on social media and you are sure to snag some savings.
2. Email your favorite organic brands.
Yes this can be a bit time consuming, but it still seems to be one of the best ways to get savings on organic food items. Write to brands you love and give them feedback, then request any savings they may have available. Write to brands you haven’t tried, and let them know you are interested in them. They may send you savings and even samples to gain your business.
3. Consider shopping online.
Amazon Pantry is a great way to find the organic brands you love for less. Head over to Amazon and browse the thousands of organic food items ready to be shipped to your door. Some may even qualify for the “subscribe and save” option, saving you even more.
4. Buy what is in season from a farmer’s market.
When considering produce remember that in season fruits and vegetables will always cost less than out of season. Your local farmer’s market should carry a great selection of in season, organic produce at a great price. Plus, the farmers are often a wonderful source of information, recipes, healthy eating tips and more.
5. Learn how to dry/can produce.
When you do find a great deal on fresh and organic produce, consider buying it in bulk and drying it or canning it. This way, you have plenty to use in soups, stews, and salads later. You can dry apples, bananas, and kiwi, and try canning items such as peppers and tomatoes. If you need tips on canning, you can check out my water bath canning post.
6. Don’t be afraid to try new brands.
There are so many excellent organic brands out there, so don’t be afraid to sample them. As the market grow and becomes more competitive, prices will slowly drop. Try various brands and see if you can find ones that fit your palette and your budget.
7. Skip the juices and beverages.
While tasty, many of these organic juices and beverages are expensive. Instead, opt for water which is cheaper and better for you. You can also opt to make your own juices and smoothies using fresh organic produce instead.
8. See if buying bulk makes sense for your family.
Buying the items you use regularly in bulk may help you save money in the long run. Organic beef and other meat products are especially more affordable when bought in bulk. If you don’t think a bulk purchase would get used by your family, you can always go in on items with another family or friends.
9. Keep your own organic garden.
If space allows, grow your own organic fruits and vegetables. You can even grow organic herbs. If you are tight on space, try a windowsill garden or container gardens in large flower pots. You can even use one of the AeroGardens indoors. You will be amazed at how much product one plant can produce.
10. Visit stores where organic products don’t tend to be popular.
Now why would you do this? Because, those are the items most likely to be found in the clearance area. Some stores are hit up more for the organic items than others. See if you can get a feel for these stores and be sure to frequent their clearance shelves often. You will be amazed at the items you can find at a fraction of the price.
11. Use apps to get cash back on fresh products and meats.
There are many apps out these days that have coupon offers for fresh produce and meats. These are also able to be used on organic ones. A few of the best ones I have found for getting money back on organic products are iBotta, Checkout 51, Snap, MobiSave and BerryCart.
12. Research books and blog posts.
I have included lots of tips and ideas on Ways to Eat Organic for Less. But no one person always has every idea out there. I myself am always doing research and reading blog posts such as this one. There are also a endless number of books. One that I have found helpful (and sometimes free to download) is the Eating Organic on a Budget book.
Eating organic doesn’t have to require taking out a second mortgage on your house. Give these tips a try and see how easy it can be to eat organic for less.