Organic Eating on a Tight Budget

While most people agree that organic foods provide more health benefits and decreased risks, many have a difficult time swallowing the price tag. Many of those people have never shopped for organic foods but have simply heard how costly they can be.

While a quick trip down your local supermarket’s aisle will confirm that organic foods cost more than non-organic foods, it is possible to make healthier choices without breaking the bank.

Farmer’s Markets

Local farmer’s markets provide a great opportunity to buy a variety of locally grown organic produce at a low price. Produce you purchase at your local farmer’s market is typically organic, freshly picked, and loaded with antioxidants. You’re supporting a good cause with each purchase and helping a small farm continue to operate.

Food Co-ops

Many communities pool their resources toward either an organic food co-op or a food co-op that offers organic baskets. You may be able to select the produce you choose (such as cases of peaches, onions, etc.), or you may get a variety basket each time filled with a variety of fruits and vegetables. These co-ops typically provide deep savings over supermarket prices.

Sales

Organic foods are often on sale at your local grocer, just like nonorganic foods. Keep a close eye on sale ads and purchase dry goods in bulk when they go on sale. This helps prevent buying organic foods at full price when you need them for a recipe or to satisfy a craving.

Health Benefits

According to numerous studies, childhood leukemia is directly linked to exposure to pesticides. With this statistic in mind – and acknowledging all that has not been closely studied – you may find that exposure to chemicals used in the production of non-organic foods can be costly in terms of healthcare needs in the future. Therefore, the higher cost of organic foods may be balanced by health savings in the long run.

An organic diet is not out of reach if you shop carefully and utilize your local resources.

 

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