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Save Money on Organic Food & Groceries
There are many people out there who say eating organic simply isn't worth it due to the costs involved. If you already live a healthy-eating and organic lifestyle, you know it is worth it, however you may be frowning at the amount of money you spend on organic food and groceries. Read on for some easy-to-implement and practical tips on how to save money on organic food.
1.) Save money by shopping at farmer's markets and roadside stands.
I will be the first to admit that I don't shop at a lot of farmer's markets due to the convenience of Whole Foods and my community local market, however you can find a lot of deals if you go near the end of the day when the farmers are trying to get rid of their produce. If you live close to any farms, you can also take advantage of roadside stands and cut out the middleman. Prices are usually more reasonable than your local grocery store.
2.) Use coupons.
Organic coupons are really hard to find. Always check out the company's website first and look for coupons. Don't see any? Use their feedback form or find their physical mailing address and write them a note including your mailing information and let them know that you'd buy more of their products if they send you coupons. Many companies will do this. You can also look through health magazines to find organic coupons. A lot of health stores carry free magazines and I always find coupons in there. Finally, check product labeling and inserts for coupons or other special deals.
Check out this article on my favorite places to find actually useful printable organic coupons online.
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3.) Buy in bulk.
I only by organic food for one, so it is sometimes not feasible to buy in bulk unless the product lasts forever and I love it. A good example of this is raw almonds. I buy a bunch at my local health food store and keep them in the freezer (they last forever!) Even if you only buy organic food for one or two people, you can usually find family and friends who will be willing to split the costs of buying in bulk. This is definitely the way to go, if you can find the space to keep your bulk products in!
4.) Look for store specials and deals.
If you see something on sale and it is non-perishable - stock up! I tend to purchase more organic products that are on sale. I find that my local grocery stores tend to rotate these sales and I pick up condiments, for-example, when they're on sale, instead of paying full price. I also have made a rule that I only purchase organic frozen foods if they're on sale. I still find plenty of variety by shopping around at different grocery stores.
5.) Buy store-brand products.
Just like "regular food", more and more chains are selling generic organic products. Whole Foods does this as do other companies such as Shaw's and Hannaford's (New England grocery stores). Instead of paying $2.69 for a can of organic chick peas, I can buy them for $1.29 every day at Hannaford's.
6.) Make it yourself.
My last point of buying store-brand chickpeas leads into the next one. Make it yourself. I buy organic canned beans for the convenience, but you can save a lot of money (and sodium!) simply by making your own from dry beans which can be purchased in bulk at your local grocery store.
7.) Buy online in bulk.
A good place to shop online is Amazon.com. I purchase Amy's Organic canned soup in bulk because they last a long time and I save $.50-$1 a can. Amazon has a great auto-ship feature with free shipping and a 15% additional discount. You can choose to have products delivered every month, every two months, etc. and cancel at anytime. Another great way to save money on a popular organic item is to buy organic almonds in bulk online.
Hopefully these practical tips will help you save more money on organic food. I firmly believe that a healthy organic lifestyle is well worth the investment. Please feel free to share your tips on saving money on organic food below.