Save $$ on Organic

I have been inspired to write about how to save money on organics!  Honestly, I should have written about this a long time ago- I do  suffer from “tunnel vision” sometimes, which is why I always ask readers for suggestions and ideas. So here it goes…….

Reduced Produce

Most times there is nothing wrong with purchasing reduced produce.  Typically, reduced produce needs to be used within 1-3 days of purchase, but if you are good at freezing & canning-you can make reduced organic produce go a long way!

Buy in Bulk

BJ’s, Sams Club, Costo-it makes no difference.  You will often find great bulk purchases on organics at your local wholesale store.

Purchase Processed Foods Less

Try to focus on purchasing unprocessed foods when shopping.  Doing so actually saves you money because processed foods are more expensive.  The money you save on purchasing more unprocessed foods can be used towards your organic purchases.

Farmers Markets!

Yes, maybe I am posting this at the wrong time of year-farmers market season is almost over.  However, for future reference, you will be amazed at how much you can save by purchasing locally grown organics.

Grow your Own

Again, poor timing on my part-but this is an obvious money saver (and I figured I should mention it 🙂 )

The Dozen Doozies

The 12 produce items with the highest known pesticides are: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, imported grapes, pears, spinach, potatoes.  Having said that, if you can’t afford to purchase all of your produce organically, try to place emphasis on purchasing produce in the dozen doozies organically (if you eat these forms of produce).

Shop Seasonally

Massachusetts Readers: Go *here* to find out all about buying in-season produce.  Buying produce which is in-season,  is far less expensive than buying out-of-season produce.  Non-Massachusetts Readers: Go *here* to find your state.

Buy Store Brand Organic (if available)

A growing number of consumers screaming “give us organics” has essentially forced many supermarkets to create their own brand name of organics. If you aren’t an avid user of coupons, buying generic will always bring you the lesser price.  Unless of course, a brand name goes on sale and becomes less expensive than the generic store brand. If you do use coupons…………..

Organic Coupon Sources

Cascadia Farms: Contact Cascadia Farms for Coupons

Dreamfields Pasta: Sign up for the newsletter to receive a $1/1 pasta coupon

Earthbound Farm: Frequently offers coupons on their website.

Earths Best: “Cut” the coupons you want with the click of your mouse, and print

Horizon Organic: Sign up for their newsletter to receive coupons every month!

Kiss My Face: Sign up for the newsletter to receive money-saving coupons every month.

Brown Cow Farm: Register to print online coupons

Barbara’s: “Like” their Facebook page for special offers and promotions, or simply contact them *here* if you do not have a Facebook account.

R.W. Knudsen Family: Check their coupon page frequently for promotions

Organic Valley: Click and print coupons

Mambo Sprouts: My absolute favorite organic coupons link by far.

Mrs. Meyers: Contact for coupons.

Muir Glen: Join the Tomato Connoisseurs’ Club to receive special offers

Seventh Generation: Sign up for special offers and coupons

Simply Organic: Instant printable coupons

Stonyfield Farm: Click to access their website (site was down for maintenance while writing this post)

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