Switching your diet to one that is all organic can have many positive effects on your overall wellbeing. However, the reason why so many people don’t do this is because they have the impression that organic foods are too expensive. Though it is true that certain organic foods are a bit more costly, the following are a few tricks and tips on maintaining an organic diet while on a budget.
There are coupons for almost every item, regardless of which store or where you live (and organic foods are of course included). Look in your local newspaper, online websites of local groceries or supermarkets, and newsletters for occasional promotions or coupon packages.
Buy In Bulk
Supermarkets often have deals that offer discounts depending on the quantity you buy. Buying in bulk can save both time and money that you would otherwise spend in going to and from the supermarket.
Buy in Season
Vegetables and fruits that are in season are more common, therefore costing less. However, off-season produce is uncommon and can cost quite a bit more. Changing your diet according to the seasons can save a ton of money in the process.
Grow Your Own Produce
Not only can you be confident that there are no added chemicals or modifications, you don’t have to waste time going to the supermarket to buy essential vegetables when you can grow them in your own backyard. On top of this, you can also sell extra vegetables at your local farmer’s market for some additional money.
Don’t Waste Food
Your freezer is your best friend. If you have extra cooked food or have more produce from your garden than you need, pop them in the freezer so you can use them later.
Buy Uncut or Entire Foods
Chopped carrots or organic shredded cheese can cost more because of the labor put into having these products cut. Buying these foods “whole,” on the other hand, can save money but will require a few extra minutes to cut and wash.
Also, when buying meats like chicken, opt to buy the whole chicken rather than just the wing or leg. Again, this can take more time and you may very well have leftovers, but the freezer can quickly help with that.
Plan Your Meals and What You Need to Buy
Before your week begins, planning all the meals you will be eating for the week, and the ingredients that are needed for these meals, can really help you stay organized and save you from buying any unnecessary ingredients or foods. This also helps to ensure you don’t forget to buy a certain ingredients when at the market, helping to save time as well.
Buy Store or Generic Brands
Store brands have to follow the same regulations when it comes to organic foods as brand name produce has to follow. However, the benefit of generic brands is that they are often cheaper.
Reward or Membership Cards
Many chain grocery stores offer some type of rewards card that offers points for each purchase made, and these points can be used later on discounts for all sorts of things. This in turn saves money even little by little for your organic needs.
Go to Farmer’s Markets
Produce sold at farmer’s markets are more often made locally rather than being shipped from other countries. This in turns makes the food cheaper. Also, at a farmer’s market, depending on the place, you can also try to negotiate prices down, especially if you have a good relationship with the vendors.
Taking on a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive. The above are just a few ways you can save money while having a completely organic diet; and of course, there are many more methods just waiting to be found.