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May 31, 2013

  1. Purchase what is in season.   Although you may want those organic tomatoes in the dead of winter, you will have to pay a high price for them.   Stock up on organics in their season and freeze them for later.   Better yet, savor your favorite dishes when they are in season and plan your weekly dinner menus accordingly. 
  2. Plan weekly dinner menus around deals and sales.  Many organics go on sale at one point or another so it is important to buy organics while they are on sale.  Also, when some fruits and vegetables are on their last leg, stores will offer them for an even greater discounted price.  Although these probably won’t last more than a day, these are great for smoothies, broths, or a quick dish.  The website www.food.com offers a free weekly meal planner. 
  3. Join a CSA. A CSA is basically were a group of people go in together to buy fruits and vegetables form local farms. The farmers are able to plan better and this saves them money. They pass the savings over the members in the CSA. 
  4. Get to know your farmer’s market.  Going to the farmer’s market is a great experience because you get to communicate with the people who grow your food.You can learn about how your food is grown and ask a lot of questions.  Sometimes, when farmers get to know you better, they will offer deeper discounts.  Also, at the end of the farmer’s market, because many farmers don’t want to take the leftover produce back with them, they will offer it at a deeper discount.
  5. Purchase the dirty dozen and top GMO foods as organic. Although you may not be able to buy everything organic at least follow the Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean 15 shopping lists. (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/) The GMO list includes canola, corn, papaya, soy, sugar beets, zucchini and yellow summer squash. (http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/) By following these lists, you will reduce your exposure to pesticides and GMOs.
  6. Avoid packaged foods. Packaged organic products are overpriced and way more expensive than just cooking your own version of the packaged product. For example, you can pay almost $4 for half a gallon of organic soy milk when you can make your own soy milk that tastes way better for less than $1. Although it takes time to make something you can buy in a package, the cooked food is often times healthier.
  7. Buy in bulk. Buying in bulk is always a good way to save money but make sure you have a plan to determine how you are going to use all your organics before you buy. A good idea is to go in with a friend so you can get the cheaper prices and have less to store.
  8. Budget for organics. If you budget, you are less likely to impulse buy when shopping for your organic vegetables. Impulse buying can prevent you from getting the best deals and will cause you to spend more than you wanted.
  9.  Grow your own. Growing your own vegetables and fruits is the best way to enjoy your favorite organic produce. If you don’t have a lot of space, you can replace household plants with produce that can be grown indoors.
  10. Eat Less. By eating less, I mean don’t emotionally eat or eat when you are not hungry. Many people have problems with overeating and overeating can drastically cut into one’s food bill. The best option for these people is to get the help they need and try to combat their addiction

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