While most of us are aware of the benefits of organic food, it is sometimes a tough pill to swallow knowing that organic products often cost a lot more than conventional products. If you are on a tight budget, it can be very discouraging to see regular butter listed at $3 a pound, and then look and see that organic butter is $5 a pound. However, there are ways to save money on organic food. Here are just a few of those ways.
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1. Coupons! Coupons! Coupons!
There are several ways to collect coupons for organic food. You can check the circulars that come to your mailbox, search your store's web site for coupons, or check the manufacturer's website for coupons for a particular item you are looking for. You can also sign up for newsletters and emails that will send you coupons and promotions on organic food. To get started check out MamboSprouts.com.
2. 'Buy One Get One Free' Offers
While shopping at the grocery store, pay close attention to any buy one, get one free offers. If there's a particular item of organic food that you use a lot of, take advantage of the offer of buying one and getting one free. You might see the offer this time around, but the offer might not be available next time.
3. Get A Rewards Card
Many stores these days offer a rewards card if you shop at their store frequently. These types of cards will often save you money at the checkout counter. If you use a rewards card at the drugstore, you can use the extra money you save to buy more organic food.
4. Buy Organic Food That Is Locally Grown
Your local food markets will often have lower prices on organic food items than traditional grocery stores. You can check the web site Local Harvest for the markets that are in your area.
5. Comparison Shop
While you're at your grocery store, take note of what organic food costs. When you go to other stores, take note of their prices as well. Sometimes prices will change, and it might save you some money to go to another store.
6. Subscribe to Save
Consider a program like Amazon's Subscribe and Save program which gives you a 15 percent discount on food products (and other items) that you "subscribe" to by having them automatically purchased and shipped to you in 1, 2, 3, or 6 month intervals.
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7. Buy In Bulk
Many warehouse food stores now offer organic food, and you can buy these items in bulk. Buying organic food in bulk is sometimes cheaper than buying from regular grocery stores.
8. Buy Organic Foods That Are In Season
Out of season foods can cost more because of shipping costs, as well as the demand versus the availability of the item. Buying foods that are in season saves on the transport energy, and lowers the cost of the food. If you would like a certain type of organic food year round, and you don't want to spend more money when the food is out of season, consider buying that item in bulk when it is in season, and freezing it during the off-season.
9. Save Money In Other Areas
You could save money in other areas of your life, and put that money towards organic food. Instead of spending a lot of money on shampoo or body washes, consider making your own with a homemade recipe. Use the leftover money to buy the organic food you want.
10. Start Your Own Organic Vegetable Garden
One guaranteed way of saving money on organic food is to grow your own. You can plant what ever kinds of fruits and vegetables you like, and freeze any extra fruits and vegetables you're not using yet. When you grow and freeze your own fruits and vegetables, you'll have an endless supply of healthy food. You might be able to even sell your own organic food to your local farmer's market.
These are just a few ways on how you can save money on organic food. It can be tough in today's economy to live a healthy lifestyle, but with a few tips and tricks, it can be possible.
Bob Lotich runs ChristianPF.com, a personal finance blog from a Christian perspective.