When I was in my mid 20’s I had a raw food phase. I only ate things that came from the ground. This phase did not last very long, but it did open my eyes to pay attention to what kinds of produce I am putting in my body, how that produce is grown and why buying local is so important! It also opened my eyes to see how Expensive it is to buy the “good” produce. I love for my family to eat as Natural and Unprocessed as we can! But it can get so expensive! A bushel of Organic Avocados is typically about $5-$6! When I have to buy produce I always try to pick organic…but sometimes the wallet does not allow for that. I have learned some tips and tricks along the way to make organic and natural purchases reachable for those of us who are stretching our dollars in any way we can! The 5 tips I listed are all from personal experience! It took me way to long to figure out how to save and still buy healthy food for my family…If i’m honest…it’s still a work in progress!
1. Not everything needs to be Organic!
A friend told me to check out the EWGs lists for foods that are deemed “clean and dirty” check out this link to the EWGS’ Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen!
This list is so helpful when buying produce. There is so much to have to worry about these days. Having a list like this takes some of the pressure of “should I really buy this in organic”?
This was a struggle with me for a long time, as I had in my head organic was the only produce I should buy! But once my family grew…I knew I had to get more realistic, it was time to use the “list”. And it has saved us tremendously!
2. Buy Local
Local produce is the way to go. It is not only helping your local farmers but it is also giving your body the best nutrients it can receive!
3. Discount Grocery Stores
Aldi and Discount Grocery Outlet are just two of the multitude of options out there to buy organic and natural products. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to buy healthy natural products for your family!
4. Meal Planning
A Savior in our house! Meal planning…and sticking to the plan…allows for healthy, delicious meals and SAVES you big. It is a huge saver as you know exactly what to buy for your meals and you do not have to buy products that will get wasted!
5. Actually looking at Local Grocery Store Ads!
I need to do better at this one myself! There are so many ads and coupons in newspapers, online, in emails…actually look at them and use them! It can save you big!