10 Ways to Eat Organic on a Budget

Do you strive to feed your family more organic foods, but find the prices too high to fit into your budget? Here are 10 tips that will help you save money and eat healthier:

1. Use money saving apps.
Ibotta offers cash back on many organic brands at most grocery stores. Shrink is an app that offers savings on mostly organic products.

2. Shop at farmer’s markets.
Cut out the middle man and buy directly from the farmers. For even more savings, shop when the market is about to close. The vendors rather sell their produce at a discount than bring it back with them.

3. Shop at discount stores.
Stores like Aldi and Trader Joe’s have pretty good selections of organic produce at competitive prices.

4. Become a member of a CSA or Co-op.
When you become a member, you receive a box of seasonal produce every week throughout the farming season. You can check out localharvest.org to find a CSA near you.

5. Shop online.
You can find some great deals online since more companies are carrying organic products. Amazon is one of my favorite since you can find so many brand on their site.

6. Sign up with organic brands directly.
When you sign up for their newsletters, you can receive coupons and special promotions.  

7. Follow the “dirty dozen” list.
My family's budget doesn’t allow for us to be 100% organic, so I follow the Environmental Working Group’s “dirty dozen” list which names the twelve fruits and vegetables that are most susceptible to pesticide residue.

8. Freeze your produce.
When I get a good deal on fresh organic produce, especially in the warmer months when you’ll find an abundance of it at very reasonable prices, I’ll store it in the freezer so I can enjoy it year-round.

9. Use organic pantry staples.
Fill your family’s plates up with organic pantry staples, such as whole grains for a economical meal and to ensure they feel full and satisfied when they leave the table.

10. Buy in bulk.
Many natural food stores, both offline and online, sell organic items such as grains, beans, legumes, nuts and even spices in bulk.

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