With the increase in awareness that comes from the foods we are eating and feeding our families, more and more families are choosing to make the switch and choose organic. However, the cost of doing so does have the potential to increase the cost of groceries. But, it doesn’t have to.
Here are six ways you can save money buying organic food:
Grow Your Own Organic Herbs
Herbs are some of the easiest things to grow in the summer, and dry for use all year round. Or, you can keep a small window garden and have things that you use like fresh basil, mint and dill all year round. Growing it yourself can save you upwards of three dollars when you head into the store to buy ‘fresh packaged’ organic herbs. Everything you need to get started can be purchased for under twenty dollars – and you can have a year round supply.
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Shop at Costco
There are times on Sunday night when we need a few things but don’t need to do the whole big grocery shop. By this time, Costco is closed. For the people who say that Costco doesn’t save you money, compare the costs of healthy and organic food. For example, I paid almost $3 for one box of Annie’s White Cheddar mac and cheese. At Costco, you can get a case for just ten dollars. The same goes for organic snacks, crackers and other items in-store.
Use Local Organic Food Co-ops
Find growing options that are available in your local community if your own backyard is too small. Check out services like The Organic Box, local gardens and co-ops that are available in the community that can allow you to shop for organic produce that’s fresh, for less.
Choose Store Brands
More and more big box stores are coming out with store brands offering organic options. Whether you are shopping at Safeway or Superstore, the store brand of local produce is going to be less expensive than stopping by a local organic market. Superstore has a decent selection of organic pantry and kid items, and are some of my favorites to purchase for the kids because of the price and choices available.
Is buying organic important to you? What are some of the ways that you save?