4 Best Budget Tips for Eating Organic
- Don’t buy juice and drinks. It kills your budget and no juice is healthy. Its all sugar.
- Only buy fruit in season. Stop buying blueberries in January- thats why they are so expensive.
- Buy whole chickens- makes more meals.
- Don’t buy pre-packaged foods. Buying snacks is where people lose all the money, even in conventional shopping. Stick to meat, veggies and fruit and your dollars will really stretch.
Let me expand.
Water is really all that’s needed. All Juices are made by turning them into concentrate which means their simplest sugars. Even Orange Juice. They also have flavoring packets added to orange juice to keep the flavor “fresh” even though it was juiced six months ago into a holding container. So, unless you are fresh squeezing or juicing, leave the juice at the store. As for milk; unless you are buying raw they are all unhealthy. Blanket statement here. I’ll cover in a blog post later. Remind me if I don’t and you want to know.
When buying fruit in season you are going to get great deals and this is the time to stock up if you have a freezer. A local blueberry farm we go to will give us a discount over 20lbs so we just take a family day and go picking and freeze the rest. Fresh blueberries all winter for the cost of summer berries. The same goes for the rest of the fruit. I notice that often people have on hand, strawberries and blueberries throughout every single grocery trip. They don’t taste as good, they ship farther, they cost more, they throw off your budget. Instead enjoying fruit in season is a really great way to stay in tune with the seasons and your body. You get that joy and excitement when that fruit comes back in and you can enjoy it at it’s peak.
Whole Chickens. I am going to make a whole post on this later. There is so much meat on a chicken. You just have to be brave and get in there to get all the meat off the bone. One great trick I learned; boil the meat to make broth. Then stick the meat in the freezer for an hour. It cools the chicken down so you can pick it all off without burning your fingers.
The biggest issue when people make diet changes is they say how expensive dairy free, gluten free, organic is. Then I notice; you have organic gluten free crackers and chips, gluten free pasta, and desserts in their pantry. Pre-packaged foods are budget killers!
If you need fillers: Potatoes, sprouted grains, and beans are far more filling, stretch further, and cost less than buying pre-packaged foods.
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