Thursday, February 18, 2010

Orgainc Buying Tips

I have been getting All You Magazine for a couple of months!  It is FULL of $$ saving coupons.  Here are some ideas on buying Organic on a budget.  These are taken from page 20 in All You, Issue 3 March 26, 2010

1.  Prioritize your Purchases:
  • Buy the organics that have the highest persticide residue.  
    • Peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, grapes (imported), carrots, pears
  • The Safe veggies/fruits to buy conventional:
    • onions, avocados, sweet, corn (frozen), pineapples, mangoes, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwis, cabbage, eggplant, papayas, watermelons, broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potatoes
  • Skip packaged and canned organics.  
  • Cook from scratch using organic ingredients
  • Organic lentils, rice, flour, oatmeal, dried fruit and beans cost less in bulk.
2. Be strategic with Meat Dairy
  • Eat less meat, stretch your meat further in several meals.
  • You can stock up on milk when it is on can freeze it.  Just pour out a little as it expands.  Let it sit in your sink over night to thaw, then shake it up.
  • Products labeled "no antibiotics" are cheaper alternative to organic meat and dairy.
3.  Use Coupons
Here are some places to get organic coupons
***Many manufactures' coupons work for conventional items work on organic items also.  It may not specify this, but they will work.***

4.  Join your local food co-op

5.  Have produce delivered
  • Community-supported agriculture programs are a way to buy fresh produce.
  • You pay a fee to a local farmer and you get a box of vegetables weekly.
6.  Skip the Middle Man
  • Buy directly from the source at a farmers market.
  • Shop farmers market at the end of the day, you may be able to negotiate or score some deals
7.  Shop your Freezer in Winter
  • Stock up on Frozen varieties of Organics when on sale.
8.  Tend a Garden
  • You can even do containers if you don't have room to have one in your yard, I have a square foot garden and I love it.  Last year was the first one I did at my house and it turned out great.  I am growing more this year!
9.  Buy the House Brand
  • Buy the supermarket brand of Organics
10.  Check Out Warehouse Clubs
  • Shop with a friend and split your purchase.
These were some suggestions, if you have more add a comment.  I'm not sure about Sam's Club or Costco...but it might be worth checking out if you want to go organic.


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