Eating organic foods is more expensive than eating non-organic. That is because organic farms often are smaller than non-organic, and organic crops take longer to grow because the farmers do not use pesticides or growth hormones.

But if you follow these tips, you can still include organic foods in your diet and stick to your budget. Take a look below.

  1. Buy store-brand organic foods.

Some store chains, such as Whole Foods, have their own brand of organic products, and these are generally cheaper than other organic brands, sometimes as little as half the price.

  1. Be selective in the organic fruits and vegetables you buy.

Because their skins are so thin, apples absorb more pesticides than other fruits, and so you should buy apples that are organic. Other fruits and vegetables with thicker skins, however, are safer to eat non-organically because the skins offer more protection from pesticides. Non-organic fruits and vegetables such as avocado, pineapple, sweet corn, eggplant, peas, melon, and onion all have thicker skins that better protect the fruit from pesticides, and so it is not as critical to buy organic with these foods.

You should be sure to rinse these foods before eating, however.

  1. Always check prices.

Don’t always assume that organic is more expensive. Sometimes the organic food product may be no more expensive than its non-organic counterpart, so be sure to check prices.

  1. Grow some food items yourself.

If you enjoy gardening, you can grow some fruits and vegetables yourself organically. It is true that this is more time consuming, but it will be a lot less expensive than buying.

  1. Mix your organic meat with beans.

To stretch your meat budget if you like to eat organic meat, you can mix it with organic beans.

  1. Buy in bulk.

This is a great way to save money on any food, not just organic. For example, if you are buying organic chicken, you can buy the whole chicken, rather than just breasts or legs or thighs. This will reduce the price per pound. And you can do the same with beef. Find a store that will sell larger cuts of organic beef and freeze what you don’t use. You can also buy dry goods such as lentils and beans from bulk containers rather than packaged to save money.

  1. Buy local.

Look for organic produce that is locally grown as this often is cheaper.