How Can I Eat Organic Cheaply?

organic produces

With a little shopping knowhow we can all buy more organic produce – here are 10 ways to eat organic on a budget.

1. Start growing your own herbs

planting herbs

You don’t need a garden and growing a few pots of your favorite herbs and vegetables require little effort and it’s so rewarding. On windowsills, on the porch, or on the driveway, you can grow anywhere. Start with herbs as they may be expensive to purchase and take up a small room. Try to recycle your empty boxes of eggs into planters and use old boxes of beans and bottles of milk for pots.

2. Eat less meat and more vegetables

When it comes to buying organic, beef is at the top of my priority list. The Soil Association’s organic certification not only certifies that the product is organic, it is also a high level of health. Meat is expensive, buy less, and concentrate on vegetables. If you buy meat, you buy cheaper cuts such as shoulder and stomach, they take longer to cook, but they are often more tasteful than the other cuts.

3. Reduce waste and F.I.F.O

Through mismanaging, overbuying, and improper storage, the average household waste is about 20-30 percent of their food. I see this as a target for better quality food and organic food purchases. Make sure that you first use your oldest meat and vegetables and build your meal plan around them, it’s called FIFO (First in, First out). create labels or use a marker to mark the oldest items in the fridge.

4. Buy bulk

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In the long run, buying some bulk goods will help you save money. It is often cheaper to buy bulk goods. Stick to pastas, peas, dried foods and vegetables like potatoes and onions that have a long life. You can buy whole butchered animals for a good price as well. Freeze and defrost in portions as desired.

5. Buy seasonal products

When it’s in season, produce gets cheaper. Because it didn’t have to be shipped halfway throughout the planet and secondly because it’s going to be more plentiful. As well as purchasing superior quality, focus your recipes on seasonal items.

Use this seasonal map as a shopping guide…

Spring

  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Green Beans
  • Mangoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Swiss Chard

Summer

  • Avocadoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Berries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Okra
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Fall

  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Kole
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Rutabagas
  • Sweet Potatoes and Yams
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash

Winter

  • Beets
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Rutabagas
  • Sweet Potatoes and Yams
  • Winter Squash

6. Cooking from scratch

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Convenience foods are more expensive as long as you look after the ingredients and use them sparingly than preparing raw ingredients from scratch. Preparing extra portions of food you can use for the next day’s lunch or freeze for future use.

7. Go for the ‘Clean fifteen’

A list named the ‘clean fifteen’ was published by the Environmental Working Group, listing the least pesticide-ridden crops. If you can’t afford to buy all organic, then these fruits and vegetables are the best non-organic things to buy

Avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen peas, tomatoes, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.

These are the ones to avoid:

Bananas, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, lettuce, sweet bell peppers, nectarines imported, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, and potatoes.

8. Join a local organic box scheme or grocery delivery service

Imperfect foods

Local box schemes (UK) or grocery delivery services like Imperfect Foods are not always the cheapest option, but usually, they are going to compete with organic supermarket prices. For the week, they will provide a good base of supplies, save time throughout shopping and support local farmers. If they give you a choice, buy a potato-free veg package. It will provide you with a wider range of ingredients. Imported organic processing costs a lot more in order to avoid boxes using imported products. Find local box schemes near you.

9. Create or join an organic buying group or co-op

Join with others interested in buying organic products and set up a cooperative. Here’s some information on how the Soil Association should set up a coop. This will give you purchasing power because you’re going to have a bigger expenditure. It will also enable you to purchase from cooperative wholesalers like Essential-trading and Suma co-op. Co-ops are a highly resilient business model that can save you money as a person as well.

10. Smart shopping and avoid supermarkets

grocery

Organic food is considered a luxury commodity, which is why it can be too costly. Supermarkets are guilty of this, and avoiding them is safest. Supermarkets typically have their rates available online, write down the cost of the items you normally buy, and check prices with online organic stores, farmers and greengrocers to find out who’s the best price.

Other ways you can eat organic cheaply:

  • Focus on priority foods.
  • Forgo fresh for frozen produce.
  • Buy store-brand organic products.
  • Shop at budget-friendly stores.
  • Look for organic coupons.
  • Purchase sale items.
  • Buy directly from farmers.
  • Extend shelf life with the proper storage.