Myth: You can't eat organic unless you have tons of money.
Fact: It's totally possible to feed your family organic foods on a budget.
Getting the best deals for organic food will take some planning; there's no escaping that. The benefits definitely outweigh any inconveniences for sure.
Here are some simple tips to help you eat organic without breaking the bank.
Meal planning is essential to feeding your family on a budget, but planning according to season will significantly reduce your grocery bill when trying to maintain an organic lifestyle.
You'll notice that organic apples are around the same price as conventionally grown ones during fall. The organic fruits and vegetables that are in season are always cheaper.
Focus on meals that incorporate these foods, and make sure all of your nutritional needs are being met. Refer to the vegan food pyramid if you need help. I share a lot of my favorite fall inspired vegan recipes here:
There's a horrible misconception that coupons can only save you money on junk food. That's so not true!
Whenever a company is promoting a product, coupons are always used in their marketing strategy.
If you are having trouble finding coupons for your favorite brands, simply drop them an email and watch those coupons start rolling in. Companies love hearing from consumers. I wouldn't start the email asking for coupons though, just praise their product a little. Compliments go a long way.
Couponing for non-food essentials can free up your income to purchase those more expensive items you may like. You can always find coupons for free soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. You can't imagine how much we spend on the small stuff until you start getting it for free.
Visit Living Rich With Coupons to keep up with the latest deals on organic foods, and learn how to get the most out of your coupons.
The cheapest way to eat organic on a budget is growing your own food. Produce is literally pennies per item when it comes from your own backyard.
If you're a city girl, like me, and your outside space is limited, there are still plenty of foods you can grow indoors.
Don't know where to begin? I have a board for that...
Happy Gardening!Follow The Curvy Vegan's board Gardening Tips on Pinterest.
If clipping coupons is not really your thing, you can still benefit from your market's sales.
One of the most effective techniques employed by serious savers is "The Pantry Principle" or "The Buy Ahead Principle". It's called by many names, but the idea's always the same.
Here's how it works:
The point is to stash enough so that you're not at the mercy of your market's ever-changing prices. Keeping a Price Book will help train your eye to spot a bargain. It will take some time to build your stock, but it's so worth it.
I'll admit, this is not always the best way to eat organic for cheap. There are membership fees, and a few other expenses that come along with the co-op.
Success with this technique really depends on the prices and policies of the group you join.
There are people that thought joining a co-op would mean a drastic reduction in their grocery bill, and were met with the complete opposite.
However, there are those that have seen tremendous benefits. Buying directly from farmers can definitely knock a few dollars off your bill. And, joining a co-op gives you a chance to support local farmers, give back to your community, and make new friends.