Thrifty Thursday: Organic on a Budget



You read it everywhere; too many pesticides on our crops, too many hormones and antibiotics in our milk and meat.  You may want to switch your family, but the cost of purchasing organics can seem out of reach.  Try implementing a few steps at a time to move your family into an organic lifestyle. 

- Stick to your budget:  Unless you are barely squeaking by on your current grocery budget, allow a certain percentage each month to be used on organic, eco-friendly or preservative free products.  I’ve been routinely under budget for over a year.  Instead of pocketing that extra cash, we’re only giving the kids organic milk.

- Be selective:  You don’t have to completely overhaul your shopping.  Maybe you want to start with the “dirty dozen” and work on eliminating those from your diet or maybe it’s the harmful chemicals in your cleaning supplies that have you bothered.  Start out small and determine what is best for your family.

- Buy in bulk: You can purchase bulk organic food and eco-friendly supplies on Amazon.  Even better, you can use swagbucks to make the purchase!  Don’t forget to compare prices at your local warehouse store.  However, you should be mindful of the cost per unit to see if you really are getting a good deal.

- Buy in season produce:  Purchase produce that is in season.  If your buying strawberries in January, they probably had a very long ride to get to your store.  Buy from local farmers or join a CSA.  Depending on your preferences, knowing where your food comes from might be just what you’re looking for.  You should also consider starting a garden next spring to grow your own veggies.

- Use coupons: The availability of coupons for organic and eco-friendly products has skyrocketed.  Match a coupon with a sale to stretch your budget further.  You may not be able to get organic and eco-friendly products free, but cheap is the next best thing.  Make sure to stock up when you find a great deal!

How do you save on organic and eco-friendly products or what organic products are important to your family?

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Comments

  1. Renae @ Madame Deals says

    One of the things that we have done to have organic produce is to grow our own. Of course that only happens in the summer around here. Some of the produce I was able to flash freeze for winter though. Shopping in season is my other trick!

  2. Coupon Teacher says

    I am trying to become more aware, but I have to say, hubby isn't really supportive of buying organic. I have been sneaking some things in though!

  3. Jennifer says

    I love this post. We buy mostly organic, and I have learned you save a lot by making things from scratch. A bought organic pizza crust is $5! I can make it at home with flour, water, oil, and baking powder. Probably not even a $1's worth of ingredients.

  4. Dana @ The Coupon Challenge says

    It's amazing how much you can save making things from scratch. It's cheap and you can control what goes in.

    Thanks!

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