10 TIPS TO BUY ORGANIC FOOD ON A BUDGET | Conscious Cooking

Let’s face it. Organic food is more expensive. However, it’s still possible to purchase organic food on a budget. Here are a few ideas on what you can do.

1. Buy what’s most important organic
Products such as meat, eggs, milk, and dairy products, as well as corn, soy, peppers, tomatoes, and apples and are best to buy organic.

2. Buy what’s in season and buy in large quantities
Foods that are in season are cheaper than nonseasonal food. Buy larger quantities and freeze if necessary.

3. Visit your farmer’s market
Local food tastes amazing! Go visit your farmer’s market. You will get fresher food and may save money by negotiating prices, depending on the day of the week.

Find a market in Canada: http://www.farmersmarketscanada.ca
Find a market in USA: http://www.localharvest.org

4. Buy in bulk
You can buy your grains, beans, seeds, and nuts in bulk. You can even find stores that sell spices, dried food, and sweeteners. Store them in a dark and cool place in an airtight container.

5. Coupons
Look for coupons online or in catalogs.

6. Shop with a list
It will help to buy only what you need for the week by not spending on unnecessary items.

7. Stop buying certain food
You can save a lot of money by reducing or not buying processed products such as frozen meals, potato chips, and soda. What you save there can be spent on higher quality foods.

8. Grow your own
You can grow your own vegetables by buying organic seeds and having a garden or a place on your balcony to grow them.

To help you with gardening, visit www.organicgardening.com.

9. Join a co-op or a buying club

It can be interesting to be part of a co-op or a buying club.

A food cooperative is a member-owned business where you can find food and products at a discount.

A buying club is when you and your friends, neighbors and other people buy directly from the distributor. You can get 30% to 40% off the retail price.

Visit:

www.cooperativegrocer.coop

www.localharvest.org

10. Shop online
Depending on where you live and the shipping cost, you can find great deals on food and products online. It also saves time.