Are you trying to eat healthy organic foods but have a small grocery budget?
Yes, organic food can be expensive, but with the right strategy you can still eat organic food without the expensive cost.
Eating healthy shouldn’t be a struggle and money certainly shouldn’t be the reason to stop you!
Your family deserves the best, so today’s article is all about affording organic food on a tight budget!
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Buying organic food on a tight budget: Yes, you can afford it!
What does organic mean? What is the deal with this GMO nonsense?
Simply put, organic food is grown naturally without the interference of humans “boosting” the properties of the food.
When growing food, farmers may use fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones, and feed additives for livestock.
Organic food is grown without the use of these potentially dangerous products.
These products add unnecessary chemicals to our food which we then eat. This may cause health concerns as we introduce unnatural chemicals to our bodies.
Most people may not have been aware that these chemicals have been added to the food supply. People wanted more rights and control over the food they were eating, fueling the organic movement.
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Even worse was the discovery of genetically modified organisms “GMO”
While the above-mentioned products are scary enough, nothing compares to the outrage caused by GMO’s.
Scientists are actually re-engineering our food on a genetic level to have desired properties.
So what does that all mean?
Big food companies started out selling “normal” farm grown food, such as strawberries and raising chickens.
However, they have a problem. Bugs are eating their crops and spraying pesticides is costly.
In an attempt to reduce the number of insecticides used, big food companies develop strawberries containing new genes to fight insects. If insects can’t eat them why would I want to eat something grown to be toxic?
Big food companies see a big increase in profits because they’re wasting fewer strawberries now that the bugs don’t eat them and they don’t have to buy insecticides. Next, they’ll add a gene that makes the strawberries grow larger and faster to boost production.
Hate biting into oranges and finding a seed? Big food companies hated that you weren’t buying their oranges, so they created an orange that wouldn’t produce seeds!
Farm animals have become no different than strawberries or oranges. Growth hormones have been given to chickens so they grow faster to keep up with demand.
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Why is organic food considered costly?
Let’s face it, the food industry is taking shortcuts to increase profits and is less focused on consumer health.
When you take “shortcuts” and create your own version of “food,” your costs go way down. Organic food growers aren’t taking these shortcuts and need to charge more to make ends meet.
GMO strawberries aren’t being thrown away because bugs aren’t eating them. Organic farmers can’t sell you a half-eaten strawberry so it’s thrown away.
People buy more GMO oranges because they like it seedless. Organic farmers need to find someone willing to buy oranges with seeds because they don’t mess with food!
Organic farmers are at a huge disadvantage compared to the GMO food industry. In order to make a profit and stay in businesses, organic farmers need to charge more.
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Buy organic food in the frozen section
One of the best places to find organic foods cheaper is in the frozen section.
Just like most food, organic food lasts longer frozen compared to fresh. There is less worry that frozen organic food will spoil and less product is wasted.
When less product is wasted, the cost of doing business goes down.
Packaging is much cheaper when buying frozen because you’re buying more bulk. You buy a large bag of organic blueberries rather than multiple individually labeled plastic packages.
Buy organic food in bulk
Food is almost always cheaper when bought in bulk and organic food is no different.
Again, there is less packaging involved when selling organic food in bulk so costs are lower.
Buy organic food locally
Local farmers may sell organic food cheaper than you can find in stores.
You can find organic farmers at farmers markets and the occasional roadside stand.
Some farmers have an event where you can pick organic food from their crops. Usually, the prices are significantly cheaper than in stores.
Picking your own organic food means the farmers have less work. Less work for the farmers means they can pass the cost savings onto you.
Another benefit to picking your own organic crops is that you can pick/buy in bulk. Canning your fresh organic produce will help keep your house stocked all year.
Compare organic food prices
Organic food prices will vary from store to store.
Are you comparing food prices to make sure you’re getting the best deal?
I usually recommend shopping at two different stores. If you’re not sure which store is cheaper, make note of the price on your shopping list so you’ll know for next time.
Grow your own organic food
One of the cheaper ways to eat more organic food is to grow it yourself.
I don’t have a green thumb but I do my best to grow food. Growing your own organic food is the best way to have control over your food.
You can start a garden from scratch but some store bought food, like green onion, will regrow in water.
Stop wasting organic food
Usually, it’s not that we have a problem affording organic food. Instead, we have a problem wasting food which causes us to spend more money than we should have. These tips will help you waste less organic food and save more money:
Make a menu plan
A menu plan that you can stick to is your best resource for saving money with food.
When a recipe calls for three carrots, you buy and use three carrots, and zero were wasted. The beauty of a meal plan is knowing exactly what you’ll need.
You should keep it simple when selecting recipes for your meal plan. Don’t use recipes with excessive ingredients so you can keep the cost down.
Dinner doesn’t have to be fancy. Small meals are cheaper, waste less food, and are quicker to cook.
Leftovers should be included as a meal one night a week. A lot of people hate eating leftovers which means food and your money is wasted.
Don’t forget snacks as part of your meal plan. What frugal snacks can you make at home and what ingredients do you need?
Buy only what you need for the week
Meal planning is a good way to prevent organic food waste and save money. However, people still manage to waste food by over purchasing.
Make sure that whatever you buy is either eaten or put into the freezer to be consumed later.
Stop shopping at organic specialty food stores
Organic specialty food stores can and will overcharge you for organic foods. They can charge more because they are a specialized store and people pay for convenience.
If you want to save money on organic foods, make sure you shop around. Compare prices on the organic food you aren’t growing yourself.
Know your grocery budget and stick to it
The biggest and costliest mistake people make when shopping is not having and sticking to a grocery budget.
How much money are you spending on groceries? If you can’t afford all organic food can you buy half organic and half regular?
By the way, there is no shame in adding up your grocery total as you shop. It’s always better to know the price than being surprised at the checkout counter. As an added bonus, you might catch a cashier incorrectly ringing up your items.
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What would you do with more money?