Eating clean, healthy food doesn’t always have to drain the bank. That’s why today I am sharing with you how I learned how to eat organic without going broke.
Wouldn’t you love to eat clean organic food that fuels your body, and isn’t expensive?
Let me show you how.
How to eat organic
Knowing when it is most important to choose organic produce is key to saving money. Eating organic all the time would be everyone’s ideal, but sometimes we have budgets to stick to. I’m going to share with you two lists that will make choosing organic produce much easier on your budget.
CLEAN FIFTEEN* LIST
You can save money on these as you don’t need to buy organic.
DIRTY DOZEN PLUS* LIST
These are best to buy organic as much as possible
Sweet Bell Peppers
**The Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen Plus lists have been provided from www.ewg.org. You can download a handy pocket guide there as well.
EATING ORGANIC CHEAP: TIPS
- Adhere to the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen lists. Knowing when you need to buy organic most will save your shopping bill.
- Make a list. Going to the grocery store without a list is a recipe for disaster, especially if you are hungry. Make a list, and stick to that list.
- Don’t shop hungry. It’s as bad as going shopping without a list. Have at least a snack before you enter the shop so that you can resist the smell of bread and unhealthy snacks.
- Clip Coupons. Many in-store flyers have coupons, and you can also search online for coupons from the distributor. For example, the coconut milk yogurts you love so much may be ‘5 for $1′ if you can grab the coupon. You can also join your favorite brands’ social media pages, and check them often for deals and coupons.
- Shop sales. Check out different stores and see what sales are happening. If you score a sale – consider buying more and make use of your freezer.
- Prepping your meals will also save you time. Roast your chicken on Sunday and save it in the freezer or refrigerator depending on when you plan to eat it during the week. This is great for adding clean protein to a salad for lunch or for dinner. Same goes for roasting vegetables – I always go crazy in the kitchen on Sunday.
- Save your leftovers. Leftovers are great to toss into a soup mix. Don’t know what to do with leftover chicken and veggies? Make some potluck soup with broth and you’re getting an extra meal out of that food.
- Shop local. If you live in a warmer climate, you may be one of the lucky ones who have a farmer’s market all year long. If you live in a climate that has all four seasons you can shop your local farmer’s market from Spring to Fall, excluding Winter. This will help you save big, and it supports your local farmers making clean food without herbicides and pesticides.
- Invest in a water filter to avoid spending money on bottled water, which we all know is not 100% guaranteed to be clean.
- Eat at home as much as possible. When you cook at home, you have the benefits of knowing where your food came from, how sterile the kitchen is, and you save money because you aren’t paying for the chef. If you don’t want to slave over a stove all day – use a slow cooker.
- Eat seasonally. Pay attention to which foods are in season and, therefore, Buy in bulk, place in the freezer, and you can eat them all year long.
WEBSITES TO HELP YOU SAVE
I shop on many different websites for my staples. I always buy my coconut oil, protein powders, and supplements online – as this saves me tons of money. Always shop around!
My favorite websites to shop and save are:
If you’d like to save even more online, check out retailmenot.com and dealcatcher.com to search for online coupon promo codes.
Let me know how you save money on food. Do you have favourite brands? Favourite websites? Sharining is caring – so go ahead and spill the beans in the comments below.