Learn More about Organic Foods
In an ideal world, everything you eat would be organic, but with budgets how they are, that’s not possible. So to save money on your monthly food budget and still buy organic foods, you’re going to have to learn more about them. Some foods are far better to buy organic than other foods. For example, non-organic strawberries are full of pesticides. Other foods that experts recommend buying organic include spinach, peaches, apples, pears and even grapes. Conversely, some foods are OK to eat if they’re not organic. This includes foods with a heavy skin such bananas and citrus fruits. Most experts recommend drinking organic milk and eating organic meat and eggs.
In general, grocery stores and specialty health stores are the more expensive places to get your organic foods. Carry around a notebook and write down the price for organic foods at your grocery store. Then try looking for those organic foods online. You may find even after paying for a shipping charge that the foods are cheaper online.
If you have a brand of organic foods that you like, find out if they have a website. Most company’s websites will allow you to input your e-mail and sign up for announcements, newsletters and organic food coupons. Create a special e-mail account for these sign-ups so you’re not inundated with junk mail. Check your e-mail every couple of days and pull out the coupons.
Learn about Unit Prices
A unit price is the cost per unit. For example, you may see a 25 ounce container of ketchup for 2.59 and an 18 ounce container for 2.29. If you’re not paying attention, you may think the 2.29 is a better deal. But you’re paying 10 cents per ounce for the 25 ounce container and almost 13 cents per ounce for the 18 ounce container. While the 25 ounce container is more expensive, you’re getting more for your money.
In general, the larger the container, the cheaper it is. This is true even for organic foods. However, since organic foods don’t have preservatives in them, they may spoil quicker resulting in the loss of food and money. You’re going to need to look at your lifestyle for this one. Depending on how much you eat, it may be cheaper to buy smaller containers of your organic foods.
Go to a Farmer’s Market
A farmer’s market is typically a cheap place to get organic foods, or at least foods that are closer to organic than what you’d buy at a grocery store. You have the added bonus of usually being able to talk to the farmers, so you can find out more about their farming practices and may be able to bargain with them for cheaper prices. If you have Amish in your area, their fruits and vegetables are organic. An additional way to save money at farmer’s markets is to shop at the end of the day when the farmers are trying to get rid of excess produce.
Cook Healthy Meals Without Meat
While you can choose organic meat, it’s usually much more expensive than its non-organic counterparts. To save money, learn how to cook healthy meals without meat. You’ll not only save on your monthly food budget, but usually vegetarian meals are lower in calories and healthier too.