Eating organic food is more expensive than eating conventionally grown food: Consumer Reports held a study in 2015 and found that, on average, organic food was about 47 percent more expensive (although the range was huge).
But that doesn’t mean going organic will break your food budget.
Take a look below for some ways we’ve found that can help you save money while eating organically.
- Look for store-brand organic food products.
Organic chains such as Whole Foods and others do make their own organic products (applesauce, for example). A store brand product could be as much as 50 percent less expensive than another seller’s product.
- Only buy some organic fruits/vegetables.
Fruits such as apples should always be purchased organic due to the fact that the fruit’s thin skin can soak up pesticides like nobody’s business and so eating conventionally grown apples could expose your family to pesticides.
But conventionally grown fruits/vegetables with thick skins/rinds are safer to eat due to the fact that their rind/skin protects the fruit from pesticides. Conventionally grown avocadoes, pineapples, sweet corn, eggplants, peas, melons, onions, etc. have tougher skins that keep chemicals away from their insides. (Make sure you rinse thoroughly before eating, however.)
- Don’t assume organic will always be more expensive.
Always double-check prices. This television news station found, for example, that organic hummus at Costco cost less than a non-organic brand at the warehouse giant.
- Prepare your meals/organic food items yourself.
As mentioned above, many chains offer store-brand organic products for less than brand-name organic products and even non-organic products.
But making your own applesauce or hummus would be a LOT less expensive than purchasing them already made. Yes, you’ll be taking more time in meal prep (and your time does equate to money), but if you have the time and enjoy food prep/gardening/canning/trying new things, consider making your organic products.
- If you love organic meat, consider using half meat/half beans in your meals.
In other words, half a portion of organic meat with half a portion of organic beans.
- Buy in bulk.
For example, buy a whole organic chicken instead of just the legs, wings or legs. A whole chicken will be less per pound than the parts per pound. If possible – and if you have the freezer storage – buy the whole animal carcass and freeze the portions you don’t use right away.
Buy dry foods – lentils, beans, etc. – from bulk bins instead of already packaged.
- Buy local and/or grow your own.
Purchase your organic food from local farmers. Consider growing your own vegetables and fruits organically. (This could end up being a great hobby for the entire family).
These are just seven ideas to help you save money while eating organic. What tips could you pass along?