Switching to organic produce can help families financially by preventing illnesses linked to harmful pesticides, chemicals and genetic modifications. Purchasing quality, organic produce can sometimes put a strain on a family’s grocery budget though. With the right information, one can typically afford safe, healthy food even when on a very tight budget. Below are a few ideas to help save money on fresh, organic produce.
Maneuver Around Daily Sales
Organic fruits and vegetables go on sale whenever they have reached
their peak of ripeness, which means they will have to be eaten within a
day or two, or frozen to maintain their freshness. Their ripeness allows
for their immediate use, which is great for families on-the-go. Instead
of buying food items for specific meals, save money by preparing meals
with whatever happens to be on sale.
Purchase Seasonal Selections
Buying produce when they are not in season means they had to travel
farther in order to reach your table. These less-than-fresh selections
will be more costly due to the higher transportation cost. Selecting
fruits and vegetables that are in-season is both a healthier and more
Buy In Bulk
When produce is on sale, or is more affordable because it is in
season, buying in bulk and freezing the excess can help you save money
in the long run. Sometimes, grocery stores and farmer’s markets will
have special deals for produce sold in bulk. The deals are greatest when
you can find seasonal, ripe fruits and veggies that are being sold at a reduced price as a bulk product.
organic coupons can sometimes be found on the major coupon websites,
organic produce coupons can be a little harder to find. One place to
start looking is on organic company websites and Facebook pages. Other
sources are health food coupon sites such as Mambo Sprouts, Saving
Organically and Organic Deals. Sometimes you can even find organic
produce coupons on websites for stores such as Target and Whole Foods.
Combining store coupons with manufacturer coupons allows for even
greater cost savings.
Other sources are health food coupon sites such as Mambo Sprouts,
Saving Organically and Organic Deals. Sometimes you can even find
organic produce coupons on websites for stores such as Target and Whole
Foods. Combining store coupons with manufacturer coupons allows for even
greater cost savings.
Supporting Local Farmers
Farmers’ markets allow you to meet local farmers and understand the
methods they use when tending to your food. Farmers often offer both
ripe and unripened varieties, separately or in bulk. Organic food co-ops
allow you to purchase a weekly box full of seasonal produce from a
group of local farmers, which allows for the opportunity to play with
produce you may not have even known exists, and creatively use staple
foods in new ways.
Grow Your Food
One of the most affordable ways to enjoy seasonal, organic food is to
grow it yourself. Tight on time? Start with low-maintenance crops such
as herbs and
perennial plants. Urban and community gardens allow you to split your
time with others within your community, as you all grow your own
sustainable food together.
If you don’t have a yard of your own, you can also grow plants
indoors in pots, window-sill containers and even egg cartons! Need more
space? Grow plants vertically on a wall, fence or board. Once you get
started, you’ll have a bounty of organic produce for the price of the
With so many ways to save, it doesn’t have to be difficult for a
family to afford organic produce. You won’t just be saving money, you’ll
also be helping the environment and your health by supporting organic
companies and local farmers.
-The Alternative Daily