According to an article from HelpGuide.org, “Organic farming is more labor intensive since the farmers do not use pesticides, chemical fertilizers or drugs. Also, organic certifications are expensive, feed for the animals can cost twice as much and many organic farms are too small to receive government subsides.”
Yes, I know organic food is more expensive. I get it all the time from my clients: “Well Court, I’d love to eat organic food, but I can’t afford it.” I hear you and I can relate to you.
So, here are a few tips that I do when budgeting for organic food:
- I get the first 4-5 Dirty Dozen items organic and I don’t worry about items 6-12 on the list. I just have to tell myself, “Courtney, you are investing in your health.” This is preventing me from ending up in the hospital with a heart condition twenty years down the road. Seriously! Think about it!
- If I buy other fruits and vegetables that are not organic, (and/or higher in chemicals) I wash them thoroughly. (See pic below)
- Buy in season. Organic foods are cheapest and at their freshest when they are in season. You can also call and find out when produce is being delivered to your market.
- Shop around! Go to the local stores in your area and find the best price and coupons. (Follow your favorites brand names on FB for deals/coupons) Farmers Markets are always my fav!
- Prep meals for the week according to the organic food that is on sale for that week.
- DYI whenever possible. Make your own granola bars, kale chips and smoothies. Buying pre-made organic meals can be pricey! I make at least 2-3 recipes on Sunday that last through the whole week. This is WAY CHEAPER that buying pre-made snack items. You can also double recipes and freeze leftovers.
Overall, it’s not such a huge hole in the wallet if you do your homework and plan ahead. I cannot stress this enough YOU ARE INVESTING IN YOUR HEALTH. It’s worth it, I promise!