How to Save Money on Organic Produce
Do you hesitate over purchasing organic produce? It can be an expensive choice and result in you spending a lot of money in the checkout stand. But if you go for non-organic over organic more often than not, you are missing out on a lot of health benefits. Organic produce has fewer pesticides, GMO-free, and is fresher than its non-organic counterparts. Despite all these benefits though, a lot of people hesitate due to that price point. If that sounds like the reason you have stayed away from going organic, consider these tips on saving money on organic produce.
1) Know which produce should be bought organic.
Some produce doesn’t need to be purchased organic. According to the Environmental Works Group (EWG) published a list of produce you can safely buy without selecting organic. These are considered the “Clean Fifteen” and produce that contain the least amount of pesticide residue and you can safely purchase non-organic. This list includes avocadoes, cabbage, onions, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwis, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, mangoes, asparagus, pineapples, frozen sweat peas, and papayas. Another list developed by the EWG is the “Dirty Dozen” which contains the greatest amount of pesticide residue which you must purchase organic. This list includes strawberries, tomatoes, spinach, cherries, pears, grapes, peaches, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, grapes, apples, and nectarines. Read the full report here.
Save money by purchasing organic produce from the dirty dozen. As for the others, as the EWG says are the “Clean Fifteen,” you can safely purchase non-organic produce, and therefore, save money at the checkout stand.
2) Shop and compare.
While it may involve a bit more effort on your part, but comparing and contrast prices at your grocery stores produce prices. Some major grocery stores such as Whole Foods have announced price cuts on some products, including produce, now that Amazon acquired them. Smaller markets and grocery outlets can also provide lower prices on organic produce than the larger chain stores. Make sure you also check out your local farmers market which can save you a significant amount of money on organic fruits and vegetables.
3) Buy frozen organic produce.
Sometimes frozen produce can be far cheaper. When purchasing out of season produce, consider wandering down the freezer aisle. Some brands offer price cuts on organic produce that you would usually pay more for when purchasing fresh.
4) Take advantage of deals.
If you are shopping for produce while it’s in season, prices are usually much lower. Check out the SeasonalFoodGuide.org to find out which produce is in season near you. This is the produce you will mostly like find best deals and lower prices while you are grocery shopping. For things like berries and other fruits, buy these in bulk and freeze or can them for long term use.
5) Grow it yourself.
One sure way of saving money on organic produce is growing it yourself. A couple talked to blog LearnVest.com about how they saved $24,000 a year by growing their own food. Can you imagine? Quite a lot of produce can also be grown indoors, so don’t fret if you don’t have a backyard or outdoor space to plant your vegetable or fruit seeds. Go to our local nursery or garden center and talk to them about how to get started.
While it may take a bit of work and ingenuity, it’s entirely possible to save money on organic fruits and vegetables. Your health and the health of your family is a priority, so don’t let the high prices at your favorite grocery store deter you. With these tips, you can reduce the cost of how much you are spending on organic produce and get healthier along the way.