6 Tips to Eat Healthy and Organic on a Budget
This is a great post to bookmark and keep handy as we often get requests on this topic. We are often asked for tips or tricks on how you can eat healthy and still stick to a budget, or many people say that if you have a small budget you have to buy a lot of processed foods, etc. to get by.
The good news is that it is far from impossible to stick to a budget and eat healthy and organic if that is your goal. It does take some planning at times, and here are 6 tips that have helped us over the years to do just that:
- membership at wholesale places like Costco, etc. There are more and more organic options there.
- smaller chain stores like Trader Joe’s: they have fantastic quality non-grocery items that are priced great! Fruit and veggies , with a few exceptions, I’d prefer to buy elsewhere.
- ask your local health food shops for discount on bulk orders: 10-20% off is easily given, but I had 40% off purchases too, depending on what you buy.
- community orders: google health-conscious communities in your area. FB groups or Meetup is where I look when I need one. Usually, people get together and place bulk orders, and because there are many people, the prices are really good. Same goes for farm trips: get together with someone, being bulk is much more budget friendly.
- organic does not equal “best”. I personally prefer Kosher over organic, but better yet, if there is a way to find a small farmer and make friends with them - that’s the ideal. You help someone, and you know the quality is amazing. Many of these small farmers cannot afford organic certifications, but the quality of their food is better than some of the big organic labels.
- ask a local store for the time when they discount produce. I practiced this for years. Every local health food store discounts their produce on a certain day and/or at a certain time. If you come right around the time, better a few minutes before, you can get best picks of organic produce at 50-70% off or more. It’s not the most convenient of the methods, but, hey, when you get a haul of amazing produce that can easily be frozen for smoothies and baking and only pay a few dollars for it, it’s worth the hassle in my book.
What can you, guys, add? Curious, is this something you even worry about or food is not a big deal for you?
Do you guys want some recipes in another post?