6 Ways to Eat Organic on a Budget

The thought of pesticide laden produce makes you squirm, but you can't afford to eat organic on a budget. Think again! 6 ways to eat organic on a budget.
You've read that growth hormones in milk might be causing early puberty.

You're concerned that increases in breast cancer are related to growth hormones in meat and dairy products.

The World Health Organization has expressed concerns about antibiotics in meat and dairy products which has resulted in a ban in Canada and parts of Europe.

The thought of pesticide laden produce makes you squirm, but you just can't afford to eat organic on a budget.

Think again!

You can afford to eat organic on a budget!

  1. Be Familiar with the “Dirty Dozen List” – It's the list of the 12 most contaminated fruits and veggies: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, grapes, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, spinach and strawberries. On the flip side, the least contaminated produce: asparagus, avocado, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, corn, kiwi, mango, onions, papaya, peas and pineapple. Use this information to prioritize your organic shopping list.
  2. Visit Your Local Farmer's Market – You'll find super-fresh organic produce, meat and dairy products for less!
  3. Try gardening – If you can't garden in your own backyard, look for a community garden. What is a community garden? It's a piece of land gardened by a group of people, and you typically rent your plot. Visit LocalHarvest.org to find a community garden near you.
  4. Buy in bulk – If you avoid organic produce at Costco and Sam's simply because you can't use it before it spoils, try this…split it with a neighbor! When it comes to organic meats, buy in bulk and freeze.
  5. Try store brands – Organic store brands are popping up everyday, and store brands will typically save you 25%! Even better, most grocery chains will offer you a full refund if you don't like their product as well as the name brand…sounds like a win, win!
  6. Buy seasonal produce – Don't buy watermelon in December or pears in August. If you buy seasonal produce, it's always cheeper!

Do you have any tips to eat organic on a budget?


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Christine @ The Wallet Diet
9 years ago

I’m a big fan of farmer’s markets! The produce is fresh, cheaper than the grocery store, and you’re supporting local farmers.

I’ve been thinking about signing up for an organic produce delivery box. Might be a good way to try different veggies I wouldn’t usually buy at the store.

11 years ago

Buy meat from local farmers. I asked around and found 2 farmers in my area who sell grassfed beef. I can buy ground beef for $3.50/lb and 1/4 of a cow for $4.00/lb.

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