The more I learn about organic foods the more I really want to be able to afford them on a consistent basis. Right now we just can’t all the time and to tell you the truth it’s pretty discouraging. But that said when our debt is paid off that is one of the “luxuries” that I am going to allow our family. Because although it really seems to be a luxury.. it shouldn’t have to be. Don’t we all want to provide our growing children with the best nutrition we can? But until that debt is paid off (and maybe after) I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get us at least some of that local, farm fresh, organic and sometimes even grass fed food.
1.Shop the discount section at your local heathfood store. I get my organic and gluten free breads for $1 now- they mark it down to $1 on the day of expiration. I just head there after I drop my daughter off at pre-school and pick up any loaves I like or need- then pop them in the freezer. This saves a huge amount since these breads run $4- 8 a loaf. You can also pick up markdown fruits and veggies (if you are going to use them soon). And you might want to scan the bulk department- sometimes you can pick up some decent deals on organic raisins, bean and flour.
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2.Bargain at your local farmers market. The farmers market is a great place to pick up super fresh fruits and veggies (and it is a great educational family outing). If you find something you like- ask for a discount or for them to throw in another item. This works best toward the end of the market- not the beginning.
3.Invest in a ¼ to a whole grassfed cow, pastured pig or lamb. I have done some research on this and you are not going to get rock bottom meat prices, especially when you can pick up some conventional cuts for $1- 2 a lb on sale sometimes. But you may see the value when you think about what you are actually getting. The more I have seen documentaries like Food Inc. this is the route I want to go- I really want to know where my food is from and how it was raised.
4.Keep your eye out for sales on organic produce in regular grocery stores. It may not be as expensive as you think. I saw organic apples on sale the other day for $.89 a lb- that is less than some conventional prices.
5.If you have a $.99 Only in your area check them out for organics. I have seen huge tubs of organic lettuce for … you guessed it.
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6.Grow your own. Start a garden. Our garden was a little less than a huge success this year, but we got a lot of zucchini and tomatoes. I have really enjoyed the organic tomato sauce I have made.. and to know I grew it, that’s the best part!!
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What are you doing to save more on organic or local foods? What are your secrets.. do tell!!
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