Organics on A Family Budget
ORGANICS ON A FAMILY BUDGET
Would you like to know how to stretch your food dollars and become organically frugal? With some planning and careful shopping, buying organic food can fit in a modest household budget.
First make a list of all the staples you do have and look through your cookbooks, online and in your favorite resources for recipes to help you with meal planning. Once you know what food is in your kitchen and have an idea of what you’re shopping for, here’s how to buy organic foods on a family budget:
1. Eat in season. Organic produce bought in season is priced lower, travels a shorter distance and tastes better.
2. Cook at home. It’s less expensive than going out to eat. If you have children, think of allowing each child to be the family chef once a week. Take her/him shopping for organic ingredients, watch them cook, and enjoy being served. It’s fun, saves money and helps kids build great life skills too!
3. Buy in bulk. Buying organic in bulk doesn’t necessarily mean you’re purchasing in huge quantities. On the contrary, you can buy as little or as much as you need. Getting just the right amount reduces waste, thus reduces expense. Plus, bulk is more affordable and uses less packaging. Tip: reuse your empty glass pasta jars and fill with bulk organic oatmeal and organic raisins to make your kids an affordable wholesome breakfast.
4. Check out Good Earth’s re-pack section. We buy in large quantities from our suppliers and re-pack in smaller sizes to pass the savings onto you. Dried organic mangos are a kid favorite!
5. Make animal protein the side dish, not the main dish. Serve pasture-raised, grass-fed meats, organic poultry and sustainable seafood in smaller amounts with a larger portion of organic vegetables and organic grains. It’s more sustainable for the environment and your budget.
6. Check our monthly sales sheet. Stock up on non-perishable organic items on sale.
7. Compare fresh, frozen, dried and canned varieties of organic food for the best price.
8. Eat leftovers. Revamp organic leftovers and try to use everything when you cook.
We hope these tips help and thank you for choosing to eat organic!
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