Organic food is a little more expensive than traditional, conventionally produced products. We know that organic quality has its price - but of course there are still ways and means to get hold of the goods from organic farming at affordable prices.
A nice side effect is that with the following tips you can not only shop sustainably and save big bucks!
USE SEASONAL CALENDAR
Fruits and vegetables that are in season for the current time of year can be a good choice for your appetite. They are fresh, unprocessed, and a lot cheaper than regular items found and grown in energy-intensive greenhouses.
Moreover, climatic conditions also affect the food quality when it travels from fields to factories for processing. Therefore, the more you consume fresh organic food, the more it benefits your health and your budget as well.
COMPARE PRICES AND OFFERS
From small neighborhood shops to supermarket, organic food is now available almost everywhere. Several big stores announce special deals and discounts on all products, especially on weekends and holidays.
Look for these offers to buy your favorite organic products at discounted prices.
DOMESTICALLY-GROWN FOOD IS CHEAPER
Short transport routes also favor food prices. How? For example, apples grown in the fields of China are transported to the USA by air or sea routes. These apples, when reached US, will be sold at higher prices due to transportation, export duties, and other charges.
On the other hand, if you buy apples from farms in Washington, DC, you will see the price difference.
FREEZE EXCESS OR COOK DIRECTLY
Food waste is a very common menace in our society. Most people aren’t aware of the number of people in the world who go to bed hungry. Therefore, instead of throwing away your organic food and buying new again, you should freeze your leftover food and consume it later. Noodles and rice can wait - fresh food cannot. We bet this budget-friendly idea didn’t click your mind before!
BUY BULK PACKS
It is usually not advisable to buy more than you need. But planning is the be-all and end-all. If you want to make your organic purchase a little cheaper, buying a large pack can be beneficial.
For example, if you buy a single packet of organic spinach or broccoli, it may cost you $5 - $7. However, a pack of 6 at Target may be a little cheaper than individual packets.
LOOK FOR 11TH HOUR DEALS AT WEEKLY MARKETS
Did you know that many producers intentionally drop their product prices at weekly markets? This is simply because they usually sell fresh goods and don’t want to take any product back from the market to the production unit.
Fortunately, their formula works for the consumers as well. If you are a regular buyer at these weekly markets, you should consider visiting the market in the ending hours to benefit from the price drop formula. Beware, getting too late may result in your favorite product going out of stock. Play wisely!
EAT FRESH INSTEAD OF PROCESSED FOOD
Finished products go through a number of processing steps before arriving at the market. These steps include harvesting, washing, slicing, seasoning, and freezing/ refrigerating. In result, when the final product reaches stores, it’s already too expensive to buy.
Buying fresh food is always a better and less expensive choice. Save your hard-earned money, eat fresh and healthy organic food.
PREFER ORGANIC FOOD – FOR ECOLOGICAL AND HEALTH REASONS
You quickly realize that organic food is not a short-lived trend, but rather a conscious and clear decision by consumers for tasty, sustainable, animal-friendly, fair and healthy food. And aren't these the things we all want?
Organic food is natural food that is pesticide-free and contains no chemicals that harm human health. In short, it is the most sustainable and therefore the most sensible method of food. The more you consume organic food, the more it benefits your wellbeing.
However, it is not just food that is part of the organic trend. It has stretched to other things as well. All small and mega supermarkets offer organic products to the consumers which shows people’s awareness and interest towards healthy living.