Let's face it, we all want to feel good, look good, and enjoy our food. However many might be discouraged since organic food may be very costly. Here we have compiled ten tips on how to eat organic food on budget. But before we begin, we need to know why we actually want to eat organic: Pesticides and contaminants.
Pesticides are chemicals that are stimulated for preventing, eradicating and deterring any type of pest. Pesticides cause lots of damage to society as a whole. Human poisoning and their associated infections and diseases are clearly the highest price paid for pesticide use. It is the most widely used chemical in the universe and also the most hazardous to human health. In effect pesticides lead to a large percentage of poisoning. It's been known worldwide that being exposed to pesticides raises a risk on adults, children and especially pregnant women as well. It’s extremely difficult to visualize modern technology without Pesticides; nonetheless, utilizing pesticides is very harmful for the environment. Pesticides have a negative effect on human health; they cause many complications in agriculture, and they are damaging to animals as well.
Now we’re ready to learn how to save money on organic produce!
1. Dirty Dozen
If one can't afford to go all organic, be selective and purchase organic foods solely that are not the “dirty dozen”. It's not an all or nothing rule. The dirty dozen are foods that contain the most pesticides and contaminants which one should avoid as much as possible. Here is a list of the dirty dozen produce:
- Kale, collard and mustard greens
- Bell and Hot Peppers
2. Shop in Bulk / Family Packs
Make your purchases in Bulk.There is no question when you make general purchases in bulk, you often save lots of money. One trick that I have implemented is purchasing frozen organic fruits and vegetables which are often cheaper and you end up getting more for your buck. Of course this includes purchasing the family packs. I usually purchase the family packs of meat and turkey, and end up saving.
3. Shop in Farmers Markets
Shopping in a farmers market is another way to help one save when purchasing organic. Make it a family outing and take your children along. A really good trick is to go to the farmers market towards the end of the day. This way you can bargain with them and purchase at a lower cost.They will be sure to enjoy a nice Sunday afternoon at the farmers market.
4. Skip Health Food Stores
Shop in a regular food chain store as opposed to a health food store where they are known to jack up the prices.
5. Coupons and Weekly Ads
Another way to save is stalking up on coupons and looking through your weekly ads. Every Thursday I receive the following week's flyers in the mail and tear out the coupons. I usually will do my weekly shopping based on the store that has the best deals. There are certain staples in my house that are a little pricey. In that case I would write to the company and they would mail me coupons.That's another great way to obtain coupons!
6. Purchase Seasonal Fruits
Purchase seasonal fruits as opposed to non seasonal fruits. This is Because non seasonal will be more expensive.
7. Buy Generic Brands
Buying generic brands are a lot cheaper than their name brand competitors. By choosing generic, you will be saving a lot of money.
8. Meal Plan
How many of us go to the store without a shopping list and make unnecessary purchases? Making a meal plan on a weekly basis will save you lots of money. I usually make my meal plan on Saturday night and shop on Sunday.
9. Storing Food
Proper food storage is important since it can help your food last longer. Most fruits can be stored either in the fridge or out. However, if stored in the fridge it may last longer since the fruits don't ripen as fast. So it's best to allow the fruit to ripen on the counter and store it in the fridge.
10. Plant a Garden
Organic gardening is one of the many ways that can reduce the use of pesticides. Purchasing organic food may be very costly, and many simply don't have the extra spending money to purchase organic food. People can resolve this problem by simply planting their own garden.
Organic food has some limitations with pricing and no doubt it is more expensive, but for good reason, as you know organic food is void of harmful chemicals such as pesticides hormones and other synthetic compounds. By ingesting food with all of these harmful chemicals over the course of your lifetime, your body develops unwanted disease that had you been consuming organic foods you most likely would not have developed. When using organic products, we will make society a healthier future.