We have been on a journey the last 6 years to eat organic food. It hasn’t been a process that happened overnight. It has taken us quite a few years to switch our eating habits from what we grew up eating. We never knew that there was anything that was really different about purchasing organic food, versus regular food. Well other than the price.
Since we started on this journey here is what we have managed to switch over:
- Our milk. We own part of a herd and drink raw milk. We have for the last 5 years and NEVER have had any problems with it. Now my kids will NOT drink regular milk anymore!!
- We get our eggs from chickens right on the farm. We used to have our own chickens, and fought with the city to keep them but lost the battle. Now they live out on a farm. We know that the chickens are fed organic feed, left to free range the whole farm, and are never given antibiotics.
- We get all of our meat from a local farmer. All of our meat is grass fed. I have not purchased meat from the stores in at least 5 years. The price may be more, but the quality of meat is amazingly better, and the piece of mind of where our meat comes from is priceless!!
- Removed sugar from our diet. This was one of the most recent changes. We do use Xylitol or Stevia for sugar occasionally, but other than that we do not use anything but natural sugars found in fruits. I’ll bet you never realized how many products have added sugar in them.
- We never buy anything but organic fruits and veggies from the Dirty Dozen and as many others as possible.
- Drink filtered water I’m not talking about the little filters that attach to your faucet or can go in the fridge. We have purchased a Pro Pure filter (yes they are expensive) but it filters out fluoride and many other things we prefer not to have in our water.
- No gluten – This is another one we have recently cut out of our diet. Grains cause inflammation which leads to many other issues in the body. Since removing gluten, if I have any of it at all the next day my joints are aching. My SPD kiddos have major behavioral issues the next day as well.
Since we have noticed how much more expensive eating like this is, we have tried to find ways to save money as much as possible when purchasing organic food. I am going to share all the resources we have found that save us money over the years.
- Purchase Fruits and Veggies Local – Whenever possible purchase local. I personally know the farmers and know what their growing practices are. I have found that if you find farmers who follow organic practices but are not certified you can save quite a bit.
- Purchase Meat Local – Purchasing grass-fed meat from a local farmer can be quite a bit cheaper than getting it at the store. Our farmer is not “certified” organic but I know their growing practices and know that they are really organic just not certified.
- Find local Co-Ops – We have been part of a local co-op in our area for a few years now. There are about 25 different farmers, producers, etc.. that are part of it. Because I purchase right from them I save a ton of money.
- Can or Freeze Local Produce – Canning or freezing local produce is so much better for you and can save you a ton. We now make our own strawberry freezer jam, freeze corn and corn on the cob, butternut squash and applesauce.
- Join A CSA – Join a local farm’s CSA program. You can save considerably on local fruits and veggies by doing this.
- Help On A Farm – This year we have friends who are helping work on a local farm. In turn, they get fresh vegetables that are healthy and organic.
Buy Organic Food In Bulk
- Shop Azure Standard – Another amazing resource is Azure Standard. They do monthly local drop ships, so once a month you go to a certain location to pick up your order. The company works with certified organic farmers to offer you less expensive process on products you can actually trust. You will find food and a TON of other products as well!
- Costco – During the winter months when I cannot purchase from the market or need something out of season, we purchase from Costco and get their organic produce. It has been proven that their organic produce is really one of the best out there, keeping most of the nutrients.
- Purchase A Whole Cow or Pig – Find a local farmer that you can purchase a whole cow or pig from. This will save you a ton of money and fill your freezer for months to come. Our farmer offers a “meat CSA” for anyone who doesn’t have room for a whole cow or pig with the saving of purchasing the whole animal still.
- Purchase Unpackaged – We have a local organic market where you can purchase many different types of organic or gluten-free flours or seasonings, beans, dried fruit, and bag them. You save a lot of money by giving up the packaging that comes with most organic products.
Skip The Conveniences
- Purchase Whole Chicken – Instead of purchasing specific cuts of meat, purchase the whole chicken instead. Doing this you can not only save money, but you get homemade healing chicken broth from the bones as well.
- Don’t Buy The Expensive Coffee’s – Skip the coffees from the big coffee shops, instead buy organic coffee and make it yourself at home.
- Make Your Own Snacks – Instead of paying the extra prices to purchase healthy organic snacks from the store, make them yourself. We take a day during the month and make our own granola bars, trail mixes, gluten and sugar-free muffins, and more. It saves us So much money with as many kids as we have, plus you know what is put into it.
- Bring Food On Trips – When traveling bring a cooler with your own food with you. Cook your meals in your room. We have brought our crock pot, griddle, and skillet before and made food right in the room. Not only does this save us a ton of money, but we still get to eat our normal organic food.
- Make Your Own Food – Skip the boxed meal and partially made meal ideas. Make your own instead, if can save you a ton of money but usually tastes better.
Misc Organic Food Savings Tips and Ideas
- Meal Planning – Planning your meals in advance can not only save you time, but it can make sure you are eating organic even on those nights when you forgot to pull dinner out or don’t feel like cooking.
- Eat Less Meat – Since we only purchase meat from our local farmer that is all organic grass-fed meat it can cost us more money for that meat. We have started eating less meat in our diets to make sure we can still eat healthily. That means we usually only eat meat at our dinner meal. It also means that portions of meat are less in our house and we make up for it with veggies.
- Buy On Amazon – Looking for most items on Amazon versus your local store can save you a considerable amount of money, however, plus you’re sure to find what you’re looking for on there!!
- Thrive – Trive is an online store that offers Non-GMO products you will love and offer free shipping on orders over $49. They have food, beauty and cleaning products, and so much more.
- Start A Garden – Start a garden on your own. You don’t even need to have a ton of space to start your garden. You can make a vertical or container garden. The best seeds to look for are heirloom seeds. They are organic and non-GMO. A 100 square foot garden can produce over $700 worth of vegetables?
It is amazing the ways you can save money but still eat organic, over time you find what works best for you and your family. It doesn’t have to be hard or expensive like most people often think, and you will reap the benefits in your health.
What are some ways you save money while eating organic food? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you!!
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