Easy Ways to Start Saving Money on Organics

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How do you afford to eat organic? It’s so expensive! I could never do that!

But there aren’t any coupons for organic food!

I hear these laments over and over from friends and family about eating organic. And no, I don’t eat 100% organic ALL of the time either. But there ARE strategies and tips you can use to eat more organic food without spending more money!

But first — USE COUPONS. If you have a favorite organic brand, search the resource guide to see a HUGE list of coupons for organic food.

Every week I publish a list of coupons for organic food. Bookmark it or pin it and check it before you go to the store.

Case in point. I have three  16 oz bags of baby carrots:

  • Organic (store brand) from Trader Joe’s – $1.69
  • Organic (Earthbound farms brand) from Tops – $1.99
  • Conventional from Tops — $1.79

Which one would you buy? The Organic ones from Trader Joe’s right? Nope. When you use this $1.00/2 Earthbound farm organic product coupon on the EB Farms carrots, it takes the price down to $1.49/lb. The organic carrots turn out to be the cheapest option. Even without coupons, though, the TJ’s organic carrots are still cheaper than the conventional ones.
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Here are more extensive and specific strategies to save money on organics:

How to Save on Organic Meat

Organic meat usually stumps people from a money-saving perspective. Because if you’re perusing the meat section of your grocery store, you’re probably thinking, “I can’t afford organic meat” at a minimum of $5.49 per pound.   And you know what? I can’t either. That’s why I nearly never purchase meat at the grocery store. And yet, my family eats meat at about 5 dinners per week.  We buy in bulk from a local farmer. We know where our meat comes from, and we get a sizable discount for buying large quantities (sometimes 50 lbs at a time). Check out Eatwild.com for a thorough listing of meat farmers in your area.

If you don’t have room to store that much, there are local farms that have weekly delivery spots – much like a CSA — and you can order only what you need for the week. Overall, I spend an average of $4.00 per pouund for my organic meat.

In addition, I have written several posts showing how to save money on meat.

How to Save on Organic Produce

Know what’s on the Top 10 worst conventional produce list and buy organic for just those. Some of the worst fruits and vegetables for pesticides are:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Grapes

Buy these organic, if possible.

In addition, certain fruits and vegetables cost the nearly the SAME in both their conventional and organic versions. See the baby carrots example above. Celery is another product that is similarly priced.

Buy whole organic fruits and vegetables. You’ll automatically pay more for the convenience of having the store pre-chop and package them for you.

Check out warehouse stores like BJ’s or Sam’s. They are carrying more and more organics, and in many cases, the prices are better than grocery stores.

Join a CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You pay a fee upfront, then get weekly or biweekly deliveries of fresh produce to an agreed-upon pickup location. We have some wonderful organic CSAs in upstate NY. In fact, I’m SUCH a fan of CSA’s, I did a whole series on local CSA options last year. You can read my extensive review of several local CSA’s with additional information here.

Shop your local farmer’s markets. Talk with the farmers about how they grow their crops. Many use organic methods, but just haven’t paid to be certified organic. Make the decision as to whether or not to patronize those smaller farmers (I do, gladly). You can find local farmers at localharvest.org.

How to Save on Organic Dry Goods

Amazon Subscribe & Save is a GREAT resource for organic canned goods and snacks. For example, Amazon has Eden Organic dried black beans for only $0.17/oz when you choose subscribe & save.

How to Save on Organic Dairy

Dairy products are some of the most important items on your grocery list to choose organic. Yet organic dairy can be very expensive, especially organic milk. There are a few strategies I use to get around this:

Buy alternative organic milks.You can get Organic Soy Milk for $2.79 for 64 oz. 64 oz of Organic Dairy milk costs $3.49 (both store brands).

In addition, many organic brands come out with coupons. Stonyfield and Organic Valley are two brands who offer coupons on organic yogurt, cheese, and half and half. Mambo Sprouts is a great place to start looking for organic coupons.

Finally, skip the processed, box, pre-prepared foods. Organic or not, you’re paying dearly for the “convenience” of having your food preserved and frozen.  Prepare meals and snacks at home, using whole, nourishing ingredients, and you are on your way!

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Comments

  1. Just wanted to thank you for posting this! I buy a lot of organic fruits and produce, and I’m always upset because the only coupons I can find is for prepackaged junk food! Ick! I can’t wait to check out your coupon link, and how did I not know about the amazon thing?! I try to buy dried black beans in bulk at whole foods but every once in awhile I need the canned ones, and of course I buy the expensive ones that have BPA free lining. So thank you thank you thank you!!!

    • I just checked out the organic coupon deals and there was only one coupon on there I might use bummer, I was hoping there would be more. I will have to keep checking back. Also the link for the organic meat farms didn’t work. It looks like someone else was buying their site?

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