Are you getting the most bang for your buck on healthy products at the grocery store? How about all those different labels promising free range, grass fed, or organic; do you really know what they mean?

When it comes to buying healthy, organic food, knowing a little more about your options can help you save money and live better.

Part 1 of a 4-part series called Buying Healthy on a Budget

Are you getting the most bang for your buck on healthy products at the grocery store? How about all those different labels promising free range, grass fed, or organic; do you really know what they mean?

When it comes to buying healthy, organic food, knowing a little more about your options can help you save money and live better.

Grass Fed

Most U.S. cattle are fed a grain-based diet. Grass-fed then, means that the cows are given a diet that consists only of grass and typically these animals are raised in the pasture, free to wander and roam. Cattle fed a grass-based diet typically have higher levels of omega-3s and less saturated fat in their meat. When it comes to buying beef, get the most for your dollar by choosing grass-fed beef. You will reap the most nutritional gain for your buck! 

Go For More 

Contact your local butcher or farmer and put in your order for a whole cow. This will dramatically decrease the unit price of your favorite cuts of meat and encourage new culinary skills while you incorporate unfamiliar cuts into new recipes. If the price and amount still feels like too much, go halfsies with a friend. You can freeze extra meat that you are not ready to eat. 

Back to Basics 

Go local whenever possible. Look for farmers around you or go to your local farmer’s market to find quality meat at lower costs. You won’t be paying for the middleman or store markups. Remember that as the number of feedlots and slaughterhouses increased, there was a simultaneous increase in food borne illness.

Ask Questions 

At your grocer or farmers market be sure to ask questions in order to get the highest quality meat available. Tell the butcher what you are looking for (organic grain fed or grass fed) and ask for recommendations. To get the best deals ask for the day’s specials and stock up while prices are low!

Love your freezer

When you see a good deal it’s best to stock up. Because organic isn’t everyone’s first choice, these meats will go on sale near their expiration date. Save money by stocking up on these items and freezing them right away so they keep.