Eating Organic On a Budget

It is true that organic food is more expensive than regular food, but that does not mean an organic diet is necessarily more expensive than a regular diet. It depends on what you include in your diet, how much food you waste, how much takeaway you eat and how smart you are at shopping.

Following these simple tips can keep your organic food bill down.

(note if  you have a more severe phenol-salicylate intolerance an organic fruits and vegetables which are higher in salicylates than non organic vegetables may not be best for you)

TIP 1: Do a Menu Plan based on Seasonal Food and everyday healthy and common all year round foods.

Organic foods are always a lot cheaper when they are in season.  If you do a menu plan based on seasonal produce you will not only save money on the food, but you will also avoid food wastage – this adds up to dollar savings.

TIP: 2 Only buy organic wholefoods – never buy organic prepackaged wholefoods or pre-made or processed organic food.

Like all foods you pay a premium for any food that has been pre packaged or pre- made in any way. A recent visit to supermarket confirmed this observation. With prepackaged mushrooms ending up costing twice as much as loose mushrooms once you compared the price using the same weight unit.

Any premade organic food such as biscuits and other snacks is obscenely expensive especially in comparison to making your own organic snacks, using organic flours and whole foods.

TIP 3: If you love gardening, consider growing some of your own organic vegetables.

Not only will you save the extra money you would pay for upgrading from regular to organic but you will also save money on your overall grocery bill.

If you have never been into gardening, try your hand at a simple organic herb garden, or just try a small garden vegie plot, growing simpler veg to see if you like it and if it suits your lifestyle.

TIP 4: Consider Joining an Organic Food Co-Op

See if there is one in your area, joining an organic food co-op generally means big “organic” food savings.

TIP 5: Cut back on Meat

All meat is expensive, organic meat is particularly expensive. Joining in the Meatless Monday movement (aimed at saving the planet by having less cows fart or something like that!) and treating your meat as a side dish rather than the main component, will help reduce your overall food bill.

Can’t afford organic meat, but not wanting to eat regular meat, consider going half way in between with grass fed meat. Grass fed meat like organic meat is higher in omega 3 fatty acids and may offer some health benefits regular meat does not.

Tip 6: Buy some of your organic staples from the supermarket.

Organic Tin Food and packaged foods is generally around 25% cheaper than what it is at specialty Health Food Shops. There is a usually a good range of basic simple cheap good pantry items to choose from including: – organic legumes, tomatoes, corn, pasta, flours and so on.

TIP 7: Can’t afford all organic consider going organic for the dirty dozen.

The dirty dozen are the 12 fruits and vegetables highest in pesticide residues, as identified by scientific studies done by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

TIP 8: Buy in bulk when on at a low price.

If a particular vegetable or fruit is on special you can buy in bulk and pre prepare so it can be eaten a later date. For example you can prepare, blanch and freeze vegetables, stew fruits and freeze in eatable portions or make sauces, relishes, preserves and chutneys to enjoy at a later date.

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