Many people choose to eat organic foods because they are healthier, more natural, and free of pesticides and other chemicals. Unfortunately, organic food can be more costly than other store-bought items, which leaves some people wondering if it is worth it to pay for the healthier items. Thankfully, with a few strategic decisions, anyone can fit organic items into their grocery budget, with little to no sacrifice in other areas.
Coupons are a great way to save money, and organic food coupons are available to those who know where to look. The first place to check is manufacturer or store websites. Subscribing to their email lists, or their newsletters, will also bring them right to a shopper’s inbox. Flyers will also have them on occasion, so keep checking whenever possible.
Many stores have implemented a system where their customers receive a card to use at the time of purchase to collect rewards or points that can be redeemed at a later date for additional goods, or money off their grocery total. When the card is used, money will be saved, which means more is available to spend on organic foods.
When a buy one get one offer is promoted, take advantage of it whenever possible. This is especially important if it is on an item that is usually purchased anyway. Whether the second item is half off or completely free, it is still a great deal, and can save more money than a person expects in the long run.
Foods are more expensive when out of season for a few reasons. The shipping costs are high to transport them in, and demand for those items allows stores to charge more than they normally would. That’s why purchasing foods in season can help to lower the cost. It is also a good idea to purchase them in bulk at this time and freeze them, to save costs later, when they are out of season.
Locally grown organic foods are usually cheaper than those from other areas of the country, because there are no shipping charges added into the cost. They are also more convenient, as they can be found in many grocery stores, as well as local farmer’s markets.
It is much cheaper to purchase a packet of seeds and grow vegetables and fruits in a home garden than to buy them in a store. This also gives a person the ability to grow the items they like, in whatever quantities that suit the size of their garden. And if the garden produces more than expected, the extras can be frozen and used throughout the winter, or used to earn a bit of extra income by selling them at a stand or market.
Buy in Bulk
Many of the big box stores stock organic foods, at a much cheaper cost than smaller grocery stores. Whatever won’t be used right away can be frozen and used later when they are needed.
Other Ways to Save
If it is possible, try to save money in other ways. DIY shampoos, deodorants, and soaps can help a person save money on the expensive store brands. Not only will this help to add to an organic food budget, it will be healthier as well, since the homemade products will not contain any hidden harmful ingredients.