How to Buy Organic on a Budget
The Growing Demand
The organic industry has been booming for the past few years and there is no guessing why. People truly believe that eating organic is healthier for you than non-organic foods. Since the demand for organic products are growing, many grocery stores are deciding to get in on the action and provide a variety of organic brands.
However, despite the industry growth, many wonder if there is any real difference in eating organic over conventional food.
Is There a Real Difference?
Some would argue that there is no “true” benefit or difference in organic food in comparison to standard food. However, when you look a little closer, there are a few major differences that are highly worth considering.
Organic foods have more nutrients than foods that have been genetically modified. Several studies show that genetically modified foods (GMO’s) are linked with risk of infertility, allergies, liver problems, immune dysfunction, and increased levels of toxicity. With conventional or standard foods you also have to worry about pesticides used on fruits and vegetables. We know that our skin absorbs what we put on it and so likewise with some produce, the pesticides that are sprayed on them can be absorbed right into the product.
Another difference that is highly noticeable is size and shape. Have you noticed the difference between naturally grown strawberries and conventionally grown ones? There is literally a “big “difference. I have seen some huge strawberries that just look abnormal versus organic, naturally grown strawberries that are nice and small in size.
There are plenty good reasons to eat organic over conventional, but what if you are on a budget? What can you do?
How to Buy Organic on a Budget
Scope out the places in your area that sells organic foods. It is better to shop at stores in your area that will give you a better deal for your pockets. You can also make good use of shopping at your local farmers market. Many farmers sell their products at a pretty decent price.
Do you receive government assistance? You can buy organic products from your local grocery store using your food stamps (SNAP benefits). Some farmer’s markets and organic markets do accept food stamps. Whatever your financial situation maybe, planning ahead is essential. If you create a meal plan, this will give you an idea of what you will need to buy and how much you will need to spend. This will help you stay within your budget and avoid overspending.
If you eat out a lot, save that money for buying organic instead. Eating out may be cheap, but in the long run it will cost you your health. Putting your money towards healthier foods will benefit you now and in the future.
Starting off, you also may have to consider buying specific organic foods instead of trying to by everything all at once. You may choose to start off buying only organic fruits and vegetables, or only poultry products. When your budget increases, then what you buy will soon increase as well. A little is better than none.
If at all possible, grow your own garden. Of course, it would take some time to do, but being able to go out into your own backyard and pick fresh fruits and vegetables is a wonderful feeling.
Tips for Buying and Eating Organic on a Budget
Visit Your Local Farmer's Market
Stop Eating Out and Save
Use Coupons on Non-Perishable Items
Start Off Buying Specific Items
Grow Your Own Garden
Save by Eating Smaller Portions