Shop Smart: Organic on a Budget
Buying organic doesn't have to break the bank!
People are paying more attention to what they eat, and many of us are beginning to become particularly interested in eating local and organic foods. But eating right can be both puzzling and expensive. (Is that gallon of organic milk from Whole Foods really worth $6.25?)
Shopping for organic products shouldn't cause this much hesitation. But by simply keeping some key facts in mind, you can stay healthy and make smart choices without spending all of your hard-earned cash.
Buy in Season Seasonal produce is always cheaper (whether it's organic or not) and extremely delicious! You can also check out your local grocery stores or co-ops to see if they have a produce-share program. You can have fresh, local organic produce delivered right to your door every week, or to save money, you can pick it up yourself.
Meat and Dairy are Worth the Extra Cash Organic beef, poultry, and pork are raised on organic feed and not given antibiotics or growth hormones. Expensive? Yes, but I think they're worth the price. One item I like to buy is a whole chicken, which is much more economical than only buying breasts. You can eat off a whole roasted chicken for several days, and after you've picked it clean, you can use the bones to make a stock for futures use.
And to stretch your dollars even further you can cut back on your meat consumption from time to time. Your body and your wallet will thank you!
Consider the Skin Considering the high cost of organic fruits and vegetables, it’s best to be selective when deciding where to spend your money. I’ve recently discovered The Environmental Working Group’s Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce. This trusty guide makes it easier to make informed decisions regarding where to place your hard-earned dollars at the market. It revealed that it’s OK to consume non-organic, thick-skinned foods, such as avocado, bananas, pineapples, and mangos, because the pesticides don’t completely penetrate through the skin.
Do you have any organic shopping tips? Please share them below!
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