One of the key challenges to eating healthy is doing so without breaking the household bank.
That’s because eating healthy means not only eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, it means choosing organic food. Add food inflation to the mix and it’s easy to conclude that you can either spend smart or eat healthy – not both.
Which Organics Are Worth The Cost?
The starting point for managing how much we spend on organics is knowing which organic items to buy.
The Environmental Working Group keeps tabs on which fruit and vegetables tend to have the highest pesticide residue and, therefore, should be purchased as organics and which ones are probably fine to buy as non-organics.
Finding Elusive Organic Food Discounts
The next step is to look for deals on organics, which often seems about as easy as spotting the Loch Ness Monster.
Amazon sells lots of organic products. Their regular prices are often better than what you’ll find at your grocery story, and they usually have some products on sale. If you order $25 worth of items at a time, shipping is free.
Whole Foods usually has quite a few printable coupons available for various organic products.
You can also get coupons directly from organic food companies, such as the ones listed below, but they often require you to join their e-mail list.
Organic Dairy and Seafood
Consumer Reports recommends buying all dairy products as organics (the least expensive organic milk we’ve found is at Trader Joe’s, which sells it for $5.99 a gallon), but it says you can take a pass on organic seafood. It explains that the lack of organic certification standards for seafood means that seafood labeled as organic may not be any freer of contaminants than non-organic seafood. Nice, huh?
However, when buying seafood, it is possible to choose sustainable fish – that is, species that are not being over-fished.
What other ideas do you have for keeping the cost of organics under control?
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