April 12, 2014

Save On Organic Foods

Save On Organic Foods

Save On Organic Foods

It is true. I am buying more organic food. I have also seen a huge increase in my bill until I realized that I could get my grocery bill down easily by following these tips to save on organic foods  .

The first tip is buy local. I mean it go to the farmer’s market. I grab my cloth bag and $20 and see what I can challenge the kids to buy. I find that if my children pick the veggies they will try new things. This local farmer’s market in West Virginia is a great example of a place to buy more for your money.

Save On Organic Foods

  • You aren’t going to believe this but your wholesale club has a great selection of Organic Foods. You can read my Bj Wholesale Club Review.
  • You can also go to stores like Aldi. I was amazed by their ability to provide Organic food. These are my five tips for shopping at Aldi’s.
  • Buy cattle ahead of time to cut down on your beef cost. You can read more meat for your money.
  • Good news you can save on organic food by using coupons. There are actually coupons for organic foods.
  • I think figuring out the best way to use your organic food is important to not be wasteful. I would suggest   crockpot freezer meals . The further you can stretch the ingredients the bigger your savings.
  • Buy into farm shares they can offer a big bang for your buck. They can also be split with friends.
  • The easy way to save on Organic food is to grow what you need. Seed and topsoil are inexpensive. It is also the best way to make sure you know where your food came from.
  1. Use coupons- Often people believe there are no coupons available for organic foods.  Here are some great sources for organic coupons. Some brands such as Cascadian Farms, Muir Glen and Amy’s frequently have coupons in their packaging.  Some great sites for coupons.
    Organic Valley
    Horizon Organic
    Morning star farms
    Mambo sprouts
    Apple gate farms
    Back to Nature Foods
    Brown cow farm
    Stoneyfield farms
  2. Check out your local Farmers Market- Often local farmers markets grow their produce right in the town the farmers market is in.  They don’t have the traditional overhead of a grocery store and can offer better pricing. If you don’t see a sign that says organic, ask the farmer.  I tend to find if you talk to a local farmer and ask about their process, you may find even though there is no sign, they grow organic. Also, ask at the stand if they sell the produce at the end of the farmers market for a discount. Some farmers only sell their produce on the weekends at these markets and some payment is better than putting them in the trash.
  3. Join a CSA – This is a community supported agricultural group. You pay a portion of the farmer’s expenses and each week you get a box full of fresh produce. It doesn’t get better than this.  Many farmers will allow you to come to the farm and see the produce as it is growing. You can make sure you are truly getting organic produce. The growing season is usually about 20-30 weeks, depending on what part of the country you are in.
  4. Buy at surplus, discount scratch and dent grocery stores – Stores that get surplus of stock often carry organic cereal and snacks.  Many stores will send their surplus organic items to these stores. They can be bought at a fraction of the retail cost. The selection changes frequently at these stores, so what you buy one week will not necessarily be available the next week.
  5. Grow your own produce – You don’t have to grow everything! Pick a few items that grow well in your climate.  You can find great tips on organic growing at organickitchen.com
  6. Shop outside of your grocery stores- Your grocery store isle may be the most expensive place to buy organic.  There are many options available. Try your local health food store,  shop online – check the Organic Kitchen for a list of online merchants,
  7. Consider Antibiotic or Hormone Free Meats – Organic meat can be very expensive.  The organic feed for the animals is more costly, thus increasing the cost of the meat. Buy antibiotic and hormone free meats instead. These animals were fed regular food, but meet the other organic requirements.
  8. Buy store brand generics – Many stores are now offering generic organic foods that are comparable to brand name regular food.  Check your supermarkets for these brands.  Often they will offer coupons for these brands as well.

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