5 Ways to Save on Organic Foods
Yes, sir! Yes, ma’am! Eating healthy isn’t always healthy for one’s bank account! But a major misnomer is that eating healthy is just too darn expensive. But the same can be said for purchasing food in general. But the key is shopping smarter no matter what it is you buying and the same philosophy applies to a healthier approach as well. I will show you five things you can start doing today that will lessen the blow to your back account when shopping healthy. It’s all about what you purchase what your food dollars as much as it about what you don’t purchase.
Healthy doesn’t have to be super expensive you just have to make smarter choices and exercise moderation and portion control. And for me what works is having a definite cut off time when it comes to eating. The consumption and intake door closes between 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm. No more food after this time has had a big impact on managing my weight. But the key is finding what works for you. Try some things. Read and educate yourself. Look for deals. A lot of the USDA products also have coupons you can use and when those items go on sale or clearance there is no better time to maximize on the opportunity and stock up. The same tips you’re using to purchase other items you can utilize for buying the healthier products as well.
Buying fresh produce is still best. Taking advantage of farmer’s markets and food co-op is a great way to not only providing your family with healthier food it can also save you money. It is also reassuring knowing where your food is coming from and who is growing it. And asking questions goes a long way. When purchasing items at farmer’s markets do a bit of due diligence and ask these questions:
- Where are you located?
- Do you farm organically?
- Are you using herbicides, pesticides, etc?.
Buy In Bulk
Typically purchasing in bulk can save you significant dollars, and the same goes for buying healthier staples en masse too. Check out your local health food store and ask about bulk purchasing. Some of my favorite grocers like Fresh Thyme, Trader Joes’s and Whole Food Market all have bulk foods sections. You can also find great deals on healthier bulk items at membership retailers like Costco and Sam’s Club. And shopping around online is another super easy to cover more ground. Got a home PC or smartphone? With a few keystrokes, clicks or taps you can compare prices from many sources like Amazon or Netgrocer in a few minutes. So, never stop looking for a better deal and always compare, compare and compare some more. Head over to my other blog for matchups and deals on these stores!
If you have space you may get an inclination to freeze those items you bought on sale and saved a ton of money on. Did you know items such as bread, butter, cheese, orange juice and milk are all items you can safely freeze? Yes, even almond milk. You can also safely freeze grains like farro, rolled oats, barley, quinoa and wheat berries, etc. cooked or uncooked. And as with any product if you have any questions call or email the producer, company or manufacturer and ask. Or ask you local health food store staff they are often a great resource. Did you know you can freeze a ton of things? Read 10 things you didn’t know you could freeze!
Grow Your Own & Canning
Almost four years ago I started gardening and every year since I’ve added more variety. Since I wasn’t familiar with the whole gardening process I started off growing tomatoes and peppers in pots. I think I had 4 or 5 plants in all, but the major accomplishment was I didn’t kill them and they thrived. And it wasn’t because I’ve got a natural green thumb, not at all. I just took to the internet and read a lot about growing plants in flower pots. But I also gained a lot of experience and developed the confidence to go bigger and every year since the family vegetable patch has grown bigger and bigger. Now our family enjoys several types of lettuces, tons of fresh peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, summer squash, red cabbage, green beans, zucchini and lots of different herbs. One year I even tried my hand at growing Bok Choy and it was an epic failure. But here’s the thing, it didn’t stop me. I just learned in the world of gardening some things are going to work and some aren’t. But get in there and do it. It is a truism that we make time for the things we want to make time and room for in our lives. And if providing healthier choices for your family is one of your priorities then gardening is a great way to grow some of the veggies your family loves to eat. And in terms of money you’re sure to save lots of money. Also, you may want to try your hand at canning some of the veggies you grow. Canning is another great way to invest in future meal planning. Tomatoes, green beans, asparagus, and peppers are all good veggies to can. Again take to the internet and read, watch and listen to the various media that can teach you a new and valuable skill. Also, check out local canning parties, where you can join in with other locals and they will be happy to show you the ropes. Plus, you’ll make new and valuable friends who are sure to have a ton of tips to share.
Coupons & Membership Rewards
Manufacturers spend billions of dollars annually on coupons and if you’re not using them you’re leaving hard-earned money on the table. Companies offer coupons as a way to get potential customers to try new or improved products and this is also true for producers of organic products as well. Grocery stores like Fresh Thyme, Natural Grocers, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market always offer specials on all manner of products merchandise and you increase those savings by using a manufacturer’s coupon or in-store coupon. Another great way to save more money is to sign up for store membership rewards programs, most retailers have one, and you’ll start to see immediate savings on the items you buy. Over the years we have saved hundreds of dollars just because we signed up for Meijer’s mPerks rewards, it was as easy as putting in a phone number and zip code and within seconds it’s a done deal.
Organic Doesn’t Automatically Mean Expensive
Also, a lot of people falsely believe if it’s expensive it’s automatically a superior product. That’s not necessarily so, one of the best ways to find out the best is to read customer reviews or publications like Whole Living, Food & Nutrition or Men’s Health and Women Health magazine’s. These are also great sources to discover great recipes for the products you love and buy.
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