Living a natural and organic lifestyle is the responsible way to protect and preserve your health, but it can cause major changes on your budget. We understand your dilemma so we put together tips that you could use when you’re shopping for organic products to save you time, money, and effort:
1) Compare. Prices may vary from store to store and from brand to brand. You will definitely be able to find lower-priced organic alternatives from other brands and other retailers. You might also want to consider comparing prices between the grocery store that carry organic products and the local farmers’ market; or, if you’re a member of a cooperative, it’s also wise to compare their prices with the ones previously mentioned.
2) Choose. Let’s not deny it, making the switch to go organic isn’t very budget-friendly. A wise trick is to just select the products which you think are most contaminates by chemicals like for example milk, apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, spinach, and strawberries. Going for organic meat and is also a good move to avoid hormone disruption.
3) Generics. Like medicine, generic or non-branded organic products cost relatively cheaper than the branded ones. There are also companies that are just coming out with their own organic produce – it’s thrifty to go for these, too.
4) Bulks. Bulk-buying equals cost cutting. More often than not, retailers often discounts when you buy their products in bulk. When bulk buying, purchase organic products that is the staple in your pantry – these products are also often conveniently sold in wholesale such as beans, rice, flour, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.
5) Coupons. Oh yes, coupons. Don’t they come in handy for just about anything? Keep an eye out for these bad boys in the paper or in magazines and re-stock your organic supplies with a money-saving advantage.
6) Seasons and Locales. Buying your organics from your local farmers’ markets not only support your farmers but also help keep the costs to a minimum. They typically offer lower prices versus grocery stores because the products are in season and doesn’t travel internationally. In peak seasons, the price is also at a lower rate because the produce is plentiful.
7) Stock. Stock up on items that don’t go bad easily. Buy them in bulk or when they’re on sale and who knows, you might pick up a few new favorites for your pantry.
8) Cook. Cooking your meals, although a bit more energy and time consuming, may help keep your budget at a minimum. Buying frozen produce or ready-made meals, convenient as it may be, costs more than when you make your food from scratch.
9) Join. Many cooperatives sell organic and natural products to their members and volunteers at a discounted price.
10) Junks. Because you’re already deciding to live healthier by going organic, might as well cut out junk food from your diet. There are still healthy treats that can soothe your sweet tooth when you want to so you won’t entirely leave out the good stuff when making the switch.