40 Tips for Eating Organic on a Budget

It’s a tragedy what has happened to our food supply. We have to pay extra and label organic foods that are grown naturally, yet have to lobby and struggle to get genetically modified foods labeled so we can avoid them. I mean, it is so backwards! Why are we forced to go broke just to eat clean? If more and more of us spend our dollars on organic foods, the cost will eventually go down and the tipping point will occur for more companies and farmers to grow and sell organic.

Anywho, I created this list of 40 Tips for Eating Organic on a Budget to help cut the costs down and save you money on your quest to be healthy, so more people can enjoy real foods that heal, instead of processed/poisoned foods that cause harm to the body.

40 TIPS

40 Tips for Eating Organic on a Budget

  1. Plan your meals for the week according to which organic foods are on sale that week.
  2. Organize your pantry, fridge and freezer so that you use up foods that are soon to expire and leftovers so you don’t waste money.
  3. Grow your own food! Though not everyone has the capability to have a garden, almost anyone can grow fresh organic herbs in a windowsill!
  4. Learn to use the whole food. For instance, after roasting an organic chicken, remove and shred all the meat for future recipes and put what’s left (bones, skin, carcass) in a slow cooker with water, veggies and a Tbsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar and cook for 24-48 hours to make a healing bone broth. Use it in soups, stews, cook with grains and even to just sip on!
  5. Check the websites of your favorite organic companies for coupons and discounts.vitacost
  6. Shop on Vitacost for deeply discounted organic products. Here’s a coupon for $10 off your first purchase!
  7. Join the social media pages of your favorite organic companies for specials and discounts only offered to followers.
  8. Shop local.
  9. Shop in season.
  10. Whole Foods Market has coupons every week for organic products. Find them here!
  11. Make your own organic bars, granola, juices, smoothies and trail mix at home. This can save you a lot of money.
  12. Buy in bulk from stores like Costco and Sam’s Club.
  13. Buy things like organic dried beans, lentils, dried fruits, oats, rice and other grains from the bulk sections in health food stores. You save money doing this by not having to pay for expensive colorful packaging.
  14. Get a good water filter installed in your kitchen so you don’t have to buy expensive bottled water.
  15. Stock up on organic frozen veggies and fruit for when it is out of season.
  16. Eat out less and prepare more meals at home. Eating out is way more expensive than cooking all organic at home.
  17. Double up on organic recipes and freeze for later, this saves on time and time is money!
  18. Since organic meats and dairy products can be very expensive, try to supplement your diet with plant proteins like beans and legumes. The high fiber content fills you up too!
  19. Stay away form prewashed and precut bags of veggies as they can cost twice as much. Buy loose produce, and wash and prep yourself to save big.
  20. Refill your spice containers at home with the bulk organic spices at health food stores and save a ton. This is also the best way to get the freshest spices as the ones on the shelves sit for a very long time and lose flavor, smell and potency.
  21. Buy a whole animal or large portion such as 1/4 or 1/2 a cow from a local organic farmer. The price can be steep but when broken down into all the different cuts, you end up saving hundreds of dollars on your organic meats. You can always pair up with someone or a few people to split the cost… and freezer space.
  22. Get to know your local farmers by shopping at farmers markets, you might be able to negotiate a deal!
  23. Shop farmers markets later in the day, they tend to slash prices so they don’t have to bring home the produce that hasn’t sold.
  24. Join a local CSA (community supported agriculture) and get a weekly box of fresh organic produce delivered to your door. You’ll be supporting the farmer, trying new veggies that you might not otherwise experiment with and saving big!
  25. Shop online websites that give you free shipping past a certain amount like Amazon.com.
  26. Use rewards cards to rack up points when grocery shopping.
  27. Stretch your produce big time by canning! Fig jam anyone?
  28. Pickle those cucumbers!
  29. Ferment vegetables like cabbage for sauerkraut and kimchi.
  30. If your yard permits, raise chickens for eggs!
  31. Bring home made organic food with you in a cooler when traveling instead of eating out at expensive organic restaurants.
  32. Store your raw nuts, seeds, flours and oils in the fridge avoid going rancid. They can be expensive!
  33. Repurpose vegetable scraps in the garden as compost.
  34. Don’t throw away the pulp left over from juicing, use it in smoothies, soups, stews, baking and casseroles.
  35. Don’t wash organic berries until you are ready to eat them and they will last much longer.
  36. Store fresh herbs, green onions and asparagus in a glass with water in the fridge and they will last much longer.
  37. Freeze overripe bananas instead of throwing them out. Use them to make this awesome Paleo Banana Nut Bread Recipe.
  38. Try not to over-serve yourself when filling up your plate so you do not waste any food.
  39. Freeze leftovers before they go bad, you’ll be glad you did later when your too tired to cook after work someday.
  40. Stay away from fake, processed foods as they will no doubt get you spending more money on future health care costs and medical bills in the end!

Do you have any money saving tips to contribute to this list? Please let us all know below in a comment!

 

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