Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.
How to Save Money on Organic Groceries
... Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can save money while still getting the most out of your wallet and your tastebuds!
stock up on frozen fruits and vegetables when they're on sale
You may have heard that frozen fruits and vegetables are not as good for you as fresh, but that's actually not true. Frozen fruits and vegetables have the same or sometimes even more nutrients than their fresh counterparts. Plus, they're usually cheaper to buy, which means you can spend less money on organic produce without sacrificing your health.
As long as you store them properly (you can learn how to do this in our guide), frozen fruits and veggies will last for up to a year if you keep them in your freezer compartment at 0°F (-18°C) or below. So buying larger packages of frozen fruits and vegetables when they're on sale is a great way to save money while still eating healthily!
buy seasonal produce that's in-season where you live
- Buy seasonal produce. When your local grocery store has peak-season fruits and vegetables on sale for cheap, it's a great time to stock up. This is when you'll get the best quality food for your buck. The produce will also be fresher, tastier and more nutritious, since it won't have traveled too far or been sitting in storage. Plus, buying when things are in-season means you're getting the most local option possible—and that can help save you money down the line (no transportation costs!).
- Shop at farmer's markets or join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Local farmers use fewer pesticides because they don't need them—their crops aren't imported from other countries where pesticides may be more heavily used. So by supporting these small businesses instead of large corporations, you can feel good about helping protect our environment while saving money!
look for the usda organic seal
- Look for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Organic Seal
The USDA seal is often one of the first things you will notice on a package of food, which is why it's important to know what it means. The seal indicates that 95 percent or more of the ingredients in a product are organic and that no synthetically produced substances have been used during processing or packaging. This means that you can feel confident about buying products with this label, as they have undergone strict standards and regulations regarding their organic content.
avoid "organic" meat and dairy products that aren't really organic
One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your meat and dairy are organic is to make sure they're actually USDA-certified organic. As we mentioned above, there are certain requirements for products to be considered USDA-certified organic, but if you see the USDA Organic Seal on a product's packaging chances are that it's legitimately certified by them. If you have any doubts about whether or not something is truly USDA-certified, check with the store where you bought it and/or search online for information about the brand or product.
Some companies will label their products as "organic" even though they aren't certified by the USDA because they've followed similar standards set forth by other agencies (such as Global Animal Partnership). However, these labels may not mean what you think they do: even if something is labeled "Certified Humane" or verified by another organization like The Food Trust Foundation (which aims to improve animal welfare), this doesn't necessarily mean that animals were treated well while being raised or slaughtered.
shop around instead of always buying organic at one place
Now that you know how to find organic foods, it's time to start saving money on these often-expensive items. One of the best ways to save money on organic groceries is by shopping around at different stores and looking for deals on specific items. If one store has a sale on organic produce and another doesn't, buy your produce there! The same goes for meat and dairy products, pantry items like spices or condiments, snacks—whatever suits your fancy!
If you live near multiple grocery stores (such as a chain grocery store and a local market), consider going to both places in one trip instead of making separate trips where you only buy what each store offers. This way you can maximize what's already in your cart when going through checkout lines faster than if they were empty before leaving one place then filling them up again somewhere else later down the line later on.)
make your own organic snacks instead of buying packaged ones
A great way to save money on groceries is to make your own snacks instead of buying packaged ones. Making your own snacks can be as simple as making organic fruit leather at home or creating your own trail mix by combining nuts, seeds, dried fruit and chocolate chips in a large resealable bag.
You don’t have to be an experienced chef to make delicious homemade organic snacks! Just follow these steps and you will be on your way to saving money on organic groceries:
- Choose the best ingredients for your snack creation. If possible choose organic ingredients that are grown locally so that they spend less time shipping from far away places!
- Start with a base such as nut butter or seeds which need no cooking before being added into other ingredients such as dried fruit or chocolate chips (optional). Mixing them all together will create a delicious combination that can be eaten alone -or spread on top of another food item like crackers!
grow it yourself
One of the best ways to save money on organic groceries is to grow your own vegetables and fruit. You can do it yourself in pots on a balcony or in a garden, or find someone who will sell you seeds and let them take over their yard. Some vegetables are easy to grow and don't require much space, so they can be planted outside even when it's cold out!
there are many ways to save money on organic groceries
There are many ways to save money on organic groceries. You can:
- Shop around for the best deals.
- Make your own organic snacks, like dried fruit and trail mix.
- Grow it yourself!
Here's a list of foods that you might want to avoid buying "organic" if they aren't really organic:
- Meat and dairy products from animals treated with hormones or antibiotics (unless those hormones/antibiotics are approved by the USDA) - this includes beef, chicken, pork, eggs, milk and cheese. Check the label carefully! The label will say right on it whether it's certified as USDA Organic or not. If it doesn't have this seal then there's no guarantee that what you're buying is actually good quality meat raised humanely without antibiotics or hormones added in.* Winters are often too cold where I live so I don't grow almost any vegetables during this time of year -- except tomatoes! Winter tomatoes are delicious because they've been stored properly over winter months; they taste sweeter than summer ones do because they don't get picked until their full ripeness stage
if you're looking to save money on organic groceries, the key is to get creative and find ways that work for you. If you can't afford organic produce at regular price, try buying it when it's on sale or frozen; if your budget doesn't allow for fresh meat and dairy products every week, consider choosing these items less often or making them yourself instead; if you're having trouble finding good deals at one store when shopping for allergen-free foods like gluten-free breads or vegan cheese substitutes then check out another location nearby!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2022 Shanon Sandquist