Sunday, March 27, 2011

How to Eat Organic and Not Break the Bank

So you want to start buying and eating organic? The problem you are having with this is spending that extra $30-$40 a week on your grocery bill. This is a common concern, especially in today’s poor economic times. You know the health benefits of eating organic and you are willing to put the extra effort into finding ways so you can make it happen. So how you can eat organic and not break the bank? Here are some suggestions on how to accomplish this goal.

Look for Coupons – Go directly to the manufacturer’s website and look for coupons. Most of the time you will have to sign up for a newsletter or become a member of their site, but it’s well worth it. You can get coupons emailed to you, some companies mail them out and some are printable right on their website. Try Organic Valley or the Mambo Sprouts website.

Shop in Bulk – Many of the Bulk Warehouses such as Costco and Sam’s Club are now carrying organic food. You can buy a 3 pack of Organic Orange Juice for the price it would cost to buy 2 at a regular supermarket. If you are worried that you won’t go thru that much bulk food before it expires, find a friend or family member to share the cost and split it up.

Start a Garden – That’s right, grow your own organic vegetables. All it takes is some dirt, some seeds and some time. You can save money and might just find yourself a new hobby.
Go to Local Farmer’s Markets – A lot of times you will find that a local organic farmer is going to be a lot cheaper than a regular grocery store. You can also develop a relationship with the farmer and buy from them all year round.

Buy a whole Cow – For those of you looking for organic meat, buying a whole cow from an organic farm can save lots of money. Just store the meat in a deep freeze and you will be stocked up for the whole year. Don’t have a deep freeze, split it up with family and friends and share the cost.


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