Last week, I read an article that made me want to weed through our fridge and cupboard to rid our home of these 7 unsafe foods. While I strive to purchase organics, I can’t say that even 50% of the foods we consume are organic. I, along with many consumers, find that organics are generally more expensive than conventional foods and products.
Two weeks ago, I agreed to participate in a variety of organic challenges through Healthy Child, Healthy World, BabyCenter, and Stonyfield Yogurt. Easy Organic Living is a new interactive community program designed to educate moms about the importance of organic living for health and to empower them with easy ways to achieve this. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my personal experience with the challenges I have decided to tackle.
The first challenge I broached was Save a Dollar Here, Shift a Dollar There. Most people assume that organics are too expensive and don’t understand the benefits reaped through such an investment. I strive to purchase the organic version of those 12 foods that are highest in pesticide residues but have never committed to the exclusive purchase of organic foods.
Some of the ways you can save money on organics include buying in bulk, eating leftovers, opting for water over juice or soda, consuming whole chicken as opposed to chicken breasts, buying seasonal produce, and consuming less meat. The point is that if you can save in other ways, you’ll likely be able to shift that money towards the purchase of organic foods.
While I believe that eventually we’ll get to the point where buying in bulk results in savings, we’re not at that point yet. But doing so could save you $500 a year. Buying in bulk means overall, less packaging which is better for the environment.
I like to use coupons when possible and Mambo Sprouts is a great resource for finding organic coupons. You can also peruse your local natural market’s circular for additional promotions and savings opportunities. Lastly, check specific manufacturer’s websites for coupons.
If I had a little less self-control, I’d eat out almost every day. I’m not the savviest chef in the kitchen which means all elaborate meals are created by my husband. Since my husband knows this about me, he typically makes a little extra so that we have leftovers. While I didn’t grow up eating leftovers (odd, right?), I am finding that it’s a saving grace for those nights when neither one of us want to cook or spend money dining out.
Water…every process in our body depends on it. For the longest time, I cut out all other drinks, to ensure I was getting the appropriate amount to stay hydrated and functional. These days I keep my reusable water bottle filled so that I can stay hydrated and avoid the temptation of soda or juice.
Additional ways you can save include buying local, seasonal produce, using the entire chicken (as opposed to just chicken breast), and eating less meat.
Do you purchase organic foods and products? If so, what are your best tips for saving money?
No compensation was received for this post. I am part of the Easy Organic Living program co-hosted by Baby Center and Healthy Child Healthy World and sponsored by Stonyfield.