When deciding where to buy organic food, first of all give up the supermarket mindset – it’s probably going to be more expensive than it needs to be (better still, grow your own organic vegetables!).
Here’s a short video that explains this matter in more depth…
When deciding on the best places to buy organic food, consider health food stores, co-ops and farmers’ markets, for example.
You have to shop around but bargains can be found and even though you may pay a little more for your food than for non-organic, you certainly don’t want to be ripped-off!
Also, try making savings in your food budget by cutting down on coffee, chocolate and alcohol – you can then use the pennies saved to buy healthy food AND you’ll shed a few pounds into the bargain!
If you’re new to all of this, gradually start replacing foods with organic varieties. Don’t make the transition all at once – it’ll be a lot easier.
- First of all, do a little research. See if there are any Organic Associations in your area that can point you in the right direction (use Google). There are hundreds of websites online as well that can help you in your quest for healthy, tasty food.
- You may have a lot more choices for organic food in your community than you realize. All it takes is a little research to find out. Organic associations and organisations in your state are good places to start. Just type the name of your state and the word “organic” into a search engine and see what pops up.
- If you live in the US, the Eat Well Guide is a great resource. In Britain, The Local Food Company is a good place to start your hunt.
- You can also try out Farmers’ Markets where the food hasn’t travelled thousands of miles and is going to be far superior in quality. Look for seconds as well – it may not look pretty but it could taste just as good and you’ll get a bargain as well.
- Try to buy organic food in bulk wherever you get your food. Provided you’ve got enough storage space, you can save an awful lot of money buy buying larger quantities and you can always share the produce with a friend.
- Take into account seasonal produce as well. Certain fruits and veggies are cheaper at certain times of the year when they are in plentiful supply. Combine this with buying in bulk and you should save a few pounds or dollars! Freeze whatever you can’t eat right away. In fact, use your freezer to its full extent – organic foods will taste just as good when thawed out, provided it’s withing six months.
- Out of season, try stocking up with preserved foods and canned or frozen fruits and vegetables. Again, avoid overpriced supermarkets
- If you do have to step into a store, use the store’s own organic brand rather than a ‘big name’ brand – they’re usually cheaper.
- Don’t neglect to collect coupons for organic food (I always do and I should make more of an effort to collect them now that I’m trying to be more self sufficient and thrifty with my vegetable gardening). Coupons can also be found online (do a Google search, again!).
- Grow your own fruit and veg – it’ll then be organic and healthy (enough said!).
- If you’re struggling to find local organic grub, go online as there are many resources available. Try searching for “organic directory” from your country specific Google page.
Good luck with your quest to buy organic food!