5 Tips for Buying Organic on a Budget

By now most people are aware that buying organic food is a smart choice. Most are also aware that it is often the more expensive choice. While this can be frustrating, it is still possible to buy organic food on a budget. Especially since it has become more and more "mainstream". 

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1) Shop the dirty dozen. 

If you currently don't buy organic at all, due to budget, the dirty dozen is a great place to start. This is a list of the 12 most (and 12 least) pesticide contaminated foods. If you're on a budget, this is a great way to prioritize your organic shopping list! 

2) Buy in the frozen food section. 

Generally speaking, fresh produce is going to have a higher price tag than frozen. Buying organic in the frozen section is one way to cut down on the costs of buying organic. 

3) Go to the farmer's market. 

Sellers at a farmer's market don't have the same overhead costs as a grocery store, so they can sell to you at a lower price. And, bonus, you'll be supporting local farmers. 

4) Become an organic couponer. 

Just like anything else, there are a lot of coupons out there for organic products. You don't have to have a binder full and start stock piling but if you're on a budget and really want to buy organic then couponing is a great option for you. Personally, I'm not much a fan of couponing because it can be a lot of work but there's a really great site called All Natural Savings where the work is pretty much done for you, just search and print or check out the coupon roundup. You can check coupons for specific stores, like Whole Foods, too. 

5) Check your local big box store. 

I know this isn't exactly the crunchiest thing to suggest (good thing I'm only kind of crunchy) but there are many Big Box stores that carry organic foods. You would be surprised at what you can find in stores like Costco, Target & even Walmart

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