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Pure and organic food is so healthy and nourishing to the body, and it is ethical and sustainable for the world. Eating clean doesn’t have to be expensive. Even eating certified organic especially doesn’t have to be expensive. In this article, I break down 11 tips to help you stick to your budget while eating pure, organic food.
STICK WITH WHOLE FOOD INGREDIENTS
Eating clean and organic doesn’t mean that you have to buy all of the popular trendy expensive superfoods like acai and protein powders. Stick with whole foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, healthy fats, and some animal products.
Another way to save money is to buy the unpopular cuts of meat. Organic chicken legs are incredibly cheap compared to the breast meat. Also, eat more grass-fed ground beef and keep those steaks for special occasion.
MAKE MEALS AND SNACKS FROM SCRATCH
This point is popular, but I had to mention it, because some of those pre-packaged meals and snacks are just so overly priced. If you’re short on time, consider meal prepping once a week and freeze.
BUY SEASONAL AND LOCAL FOODS
Seasonal food is so much more affordable, obviously, because it doesn’t travel as far and there’s an abundance of it being harvested. Consider visiting your local farmers market each week and you’ll save yourself money, you’ll be living more in rhythm with nature (our mission here at Purely Flourish) and you have the chance to get to know your local organic farmer!
JOIN A CSA
Community supported agriculture is a GREAT way to eat locally, seasonally, and to save yourself a lot of money! How does it work? Usually, you pay the farmer ahead of time and then, each week you will receive a box of pure, fresh food. It is super simple because most of the grocery shopping is already done for you! Find a CSA near you!
BUY FROZEN PRODUCE WHEN NOT IN SEASON
Oh, organic blueberries. How expensive you can be; when you’re not in season of course! It can be so much more affordable to purchase organic fruits and veggies frozen when they are not in season. Frozen produce has been shown to be very nutrient dense, because the nutrients lock in since the produce was picked and frozen at peak ripeness.
FOLLOW THE DIRTY DOZEN AND CLEAN FIFTEEN
If you absolutely cannot afford 100% organic produce, try following the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen list. Each year the EWG releases the lists and it tells us which foods are safer to purchase conventional (such as avocados) and which foods are not safe.
Animal products should be the priority when purchasing organic 100% of the time because they contain the most toxins. You can learn more about that in this article: Are You Actually Eating Clean? These Are the Key Principles of Clean Eating
BUY IN BULK
If you eat a lot of a certain item and you know that you will eat it all before it goes bad, consider buying in bulk. Most stores offer discounts if you buy a case of a certain item.
Also, health food stores and places like sprouts and whole foods have bulk bins so that you can purchase as much of that item as you want. If you want only a cup of almonds, or if you want a pound of almonds. It definitely helps when on a budget.
AVOID PRE-CUT PRODUCE
You can literally buy 2 whole watermelons for the price of 2 cups of pre-cut watermelon chunks. If you’re short on time most days, cut up your produce in advance and store in glass jars and containers in the fridge. It’ll save you money and reduce one-use plastics.
Avoid unnecessary overeating by reducing food cravings:
- Get more sleep.
- Avoid blood sugar spikes by cutting out bad carbs: white bread, white rice, refined sugar, white pasta, pastries, and soft drinks.
- Choose good carbs instead: sweet potatoes, quinoa, legumes, brown rice, buckwheat, and vegetables.
- Try eating more bitter foods like grapefruit, arugula, kale, dark chocolate, cranberries, and artichoke.
- When a craving comes, try drinking 16 oz of water.
REDUCE FOOD WASTE
Make sure to use up all that you have before getting more. Consider making bone broth with that whole chicken that you roasted, or vegetable broth from veggie scraps.
STOCK UP WHEN A STAPLE GOES ON SALE
I’m definitely not a coupon user or sale shopper most of the time unless it’s something that we eat regularly. One time, the brand of pasture-raised eggs that we like went on sale at Sprouts, so I got a few extra cases of those. It saved us $12. You can always purchase meat and produce when it’s on sale and freeze it!
How do you save money on pure and organic food? I would love to know. Let me know in the comments!