The economy is in a downturn and many of you are looking for ways that you can squeeze 4 quarters from every dollar that comes through our hands. You want to eat only organic fruits and vegetables, but eating all organic is too expensive for you at this time.
How can you eat organic when things are so tight and food is pricey? Here are some ways that you can save money and still eat organic.
Buy Organic When Necessary
If you think that purchasing all of your foods organic is a must, then think again. Buying organic is great, but if you are on a budget, eating all organic can be quite expensive. Is all organic necessary? No it is not!
There are 12 fruits and vegetables on the dirty dozens list. If you purchase those fruits and vegetables that are listed on the dirty dozens list, then you should make sure they are organic. You can then purchase non-organic fruits and vegetables that are not on the dirty dozens list. This is a good way to save money.
Shop at Farmers Markets
Farmer’s markets are great places to find bargains on fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets also have more than just fruits and vegetables, so pay them a visit. You can find amazing deals and get more for your money than you would in your local supermarket.
I enjoy making my weekly trip to the farmers market, because I find a lot of organic produce at great prices. And I do not buy all organic. During my most recent visit to the market, I found the Nutiva hemp shake protein powder that I like for under $14. I was quite a happy camper!
Check your local newspapers to find local farmers in your area. Last year, I found an announcement in the paper that a few organic local farmers would be selling their produce at certain times and at certain locations.
I also found an organic blueberry farmer, who allowed people to pick their own blueberries.
Eating locally grown food is always the best, if you can find it.
Join a Co-op Group
A co-op is a group that you can join by paying a weekly or monthly fee. As a member you have access to a certain amount of produce each week . You usually get more than you would from the supermarket, for less money.
Some co-op groups require that you devote a little time helping the group too. You can do a search online to find a co-op program in your area.
Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own food is by far the best way that you can save money. Last year, I had my first garden ever and I am happy to report, that it was the most beautiful garden in the neighborhood. I was very proud of the bountiful harvest.
I saved quite a few dollars during the months of May – October. The most rewarding thing about my garden was that I was able to share healthy pesticide-free foods with friends and neighbors.
There are many ways that you can save those 4 quarters from the dollars that you’re working with. Don’t think that it is too expensive to eat healthy, because in actuality what you will find is that it is cheaper.
The price you pay for eating healthy is way cheaper than any medical bill could ever be. Invest in your health now, so that you do not pay the consequences later.
Question for today: How do you save money on your grocery bill?
Your health is your wealth!
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