Choosing to eat organic produce can be tough on your wallet, especially when you're feeding the whole family. Here are some tips for you to save money while still enjoying the great benefits of going organic.
1. Plan your meals. Plan ahead so you can buy in bulk.
2. Have a meatless dinner at least once a week. Meat can be one of the biggest expenses at the supermarket.
3. Stock up on pantry items when you find them on sale. If you like a particular kind of grain or flour and you find it on sale, stock up.
4. Try to buy these foods organic as they tend to be the foods with the highest pesticide load. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) calls this the ‘Dirty Dozen’: Apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, hot peppers and kale/ collard greens.
5. To save money, you can buy these foods conventional as they tend to have the lowest pesticide load. You will note that most of them have a thick peel. EWG calls this the “Clean Fifteen:” Asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, onions, papayas, pineapples, sweet corn, sweet peas and sweet potatoes.
6. Buy online. For packaged items, you can save a ton of money buying online versus specialty organic shops.