Eat Organic on a Budget
Eating healthy organic food and using organic products doesn’t have to be expensive. While it might seem out of reach for some people, with a little clever planning, it is possible to live organically while on a budget. Here are some easy ways to bring organic foods and products into your life and remain on a budget.
Grow Your Own
Even the tiniest of gardens or even the cute little window boxes can grow anything starting with some simple herbs. By growing your own, you have complete control over the growing and harvesting process and can ensure there are no pesticides or other harmful chemicals involved. Another bonus is that you will also have a nice supply of fruit, vegetables, and herbs on demand, which will reduce your grocery bill.
Cook from Fresh and Freeze
Fresh organic foods are always the best option, but when fresh, they don’t always last long. The simple solution to that problem is to cook more than is needed at that time and freeze the rest. This will give you a nice supply of organic food that just simply need to heat.
Buy What’s in Season
Instead of buying whatever based on cravings, focus on what is in season. In-season produce usually has a greater availability for purchase so you can buy extra and freezing some of it. Purchasing what’s in season generally ensures the produce hasn’t come from another country and travelled halfway across the world to your grocery market. The fewer miles the food must travel, the less expensive, fresher, and more flavorful it will be. Farmers who ship produce to other countries must pick it early, before it is at its optimum quality, to ensure it doesn’t spoil in transit.
Supermarkets can be a horrible place for buying organic food, with increased prices and restricted quantity of foods to choose from. Local farmers markets are a great alternative to supermarkets. However, to ensure you get the best deal, research different supermarkets in your area or even go online to find their prices for different items. You are likely to get the best combination when you purchase some items the local organic shop and from the supermarket.
Being organized is the key to living on a budget, and organic living is no different. While convenience foods are cheap and easy, they are rarely organic, and often not healthy. To make sticking to a budget easier, plan your meals for the week and do as much prep work in advance as you can. Make extra food so you have enough leftovers in the freezer that you can just heat up in the microwave.
Know the ‘Clean Foods’
Not all foods are subjected to the same amount or types of pesticides and harmful chemicals. Knowing these differences will ensure you focus your money on the products that must be bought organic because the non-organic options are too harmful. If you can only afford to purchase some organic fruits and vegetables, prioritize apples, celery, grapes, peppers, and spinach; because these have the highest exposure to chemicals and pesticides and should always be purchased organic. In contrast, foods such as cabbage, onions, pineapple, and sweetcorn are least likely to have been exposed to harmful chemicals and pesticides. These are foods that you could justify not buying organic versions of.
Buy in Bulk
The #1 way to go organic on a budget is to purchase dry foods in bulk. Bulk items are generally less expensive than buying small portions. Remember, you will need adequate storage for the bulk, but it will be worth it. When buying in bulk, focus on staple ingredients such as grains, pasta, and pulses. These items will keep for a long time and make living organically less expensive.
Make your Own
Purchasing processed convenience foods and beauty products can be expensive, particularly when purchasing the organic version. This can scare many people away from going organic. However, with some simple ingredients and a little bit of organization, it is possible to make your own versions of your favorite foods and beauty products right at home.
Going organic on a budget is easy. Give it try! Be healthy, be happy, Be OrganicallYou!