Did you know it is quite easy to buy organic produce, even on a tight budget? When following a couple of guidelines and making deliberate choices, eating organic is easier than you might think!
As a student on a rather tight budget, I know what it is like not being able to just buy whatever you want. But since eating healthy and natural is so important to me, I try to buy as much organic groceries as I can. Luckily, I found out organic food doesn’t have to be that expensive!
Buying in Bulk
As I wrote before in my article on “greenifying” your shopping, buying things in bulk has its advantages. In today’s context, the most important advantage of buying in bulk is that is it generally cheaper. Especially with seasonal produce you can make big savings. In their peak season, fruits and veggies tend to be a lot cheaper than in other times of the year, so use that! Stock up on something that is in season now, so you have some stored for later.
Buying in bulk requires you to store foods. You can use several methods for storing, depending on the kind of food. I will just focus on fresh produce right now. The easiest option here is to freeze the fruits and veggies. When space is limiting factor in your freezer, you could puree the produce to freeze. That way, it will take up less space, and is easy to stack.
Apart from freezing, you can also choose to make jams and preserves from your produce. It will take a little more time, but it gives a delicious result to enjoy throughout the skinny winter months! Do make sure you disinfect the jars well beforehand, though!
Something that will help a lot to keep your organic food afordable, is home baking. When visiting an organic shop, you will soon see that things like cookies, cakes and snacks are very, very expensive. For me personally, buying these things is just out of the question. But when you buy the separate ingredients and bake cookies yourself, suddenly, you will be able to afford eating cookies every day!
Keeping track of the price difference between organic and non-organic can also be a great help. When you pay close attention, you might even find that some organic products are cheaper than their “normal” counterparts. What a luck! In my case, I found out that canned vegetables, beans, mozzarella and grains are cheaper when bought organic. (Note: I have compared with regular, high-standing brands. When taking the most basic house brand, you will probably pay a lot less. But then you also give in on a lot of quality.)
And, in the end, you can decide for yourself on organic priorities. Maybe there are certain products you definitely want to be buying organic, while you think that matters less in other products. Keeping a list of those priorities can make it easier for you to keep up your organic intentions. In that way, you can decide how much money you spend on organic eating, and maybe you can gradually build it up. The choice is all yours!
Enjoy your shopping!