It is one of the mottoes in our home. We want to eat as healthy as we can afford to eat. And, by healthy, we mean whole, fresh, unprocessed foods produced organically (and, ideally, locally). That goal pushes us financially. But, it’s worth it. You’ve heard the cliche about food being a decision to either pay the farmer now or pay the doctor later. We really do believe that. So, we don’t do it perfectly, but we make it our goal.
Here are just a few things we do to help us practically reach that goal.
1. Shop Seasonally. It’s fresh foods that are the most costly. You don’t see a lot of meat or produce in the carts of those “extreme couponers” do you? So, when I make my shopping list for produce, sometimes I actually write out “bananas” and “apples.” But, I usually just write “fruit” and “vegetables” and buy what is on sale or least expensive in the organic section.
2. Grow A Garden. Every year we have expanded our garden. A few years ago, we essentially had just tomatoes and cucumbers (which was wonderful)! This year, however, we had green beans all summer and into the fall. Same with our sweet potatoes. So yummy! And, we are still eating broccoli now. We also had tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, parsley and cilantro. Can you say, “money-saving?!” And, tasty and fun!
3. Buy Frozen. The other day at my local grocery store, a bundle of spinach looked like it was about 1/4 of the size it normally is and about 75% wilted and, for lack of a better word, beat up. I simply could not bring myself to put one of those pathetic bundles in my basket. Sometimes, the produce looks just fine but our bank account is what looks a little wilted. So, whatever the reason, I have no problem heading right over to the frozen food section and buying frozen fruit or vegetables.
There are many more ways to save. But, if you want to do better with what you’re eating and are, like most of us, living on a budget, you can still do it.
How do you save money on organic foods?
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