Organic produce and packaged can be more expensive than their conventional counterparts but the benefits of eating organic foods are plentiful. To make the gap between benefits and cost even smaller follow these tips from The Organic Center for keeping the dough in your wallet!
Have a Meatless Monday
We’ve said it before, but going meatless even one day a week can really cut down on your saturated fat, cholesterol and grocery bill. Because cholesterol is only found in animal products, including dairy, having an animal-free day can do absolute wonders to your health. Additionally, eliminating foods from animal sources for one day a week can save you money on those expensive proteins.
Cut, or Save Those Coupons
Check out your Whole Food’s Whole Deal coupon book before heading out the door to save on those pricier products. Remember to use coupons only for those things that you will truly eat. Can’t find a coupon for your favorite brand? Visit their website to look for special discounts and deals. And since we are all about going green here, try downloading coupons to your Smartphone to save on that ink and paper!
Buy in Season
A grape tomato in December does not taste like a grape tomato in the heat of the summer. Listen to your taste buds and follow the sales for those in season fruits and veggies. Just love the taste of strawberries or basil in summer? Buy more of your favorite produce during its peak and freeze the extras for the off-season!
Buy Store Brands
Large chains, private gourmet and health food stores all have their own line of organic products. Instead of going for the name brand you recognize, check the label of that and an “off brand” alternative… you’ll be surprised how similar they are. You’ll save money and still have the same flavor as your usual choice.
Buy in Bulk
Think of foods that are staples for your family. Rice, beans, grains and herbs are all great options to buy in bulk. Do a price comparison and see how the money adds up!