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Penny-wise Wednesday: How to save money when buying organic food

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I really believe that organic food is so much healthier than the alternative. (Read the benefits here.)I certainly do not want to have food in my kitchen with pesticide residue, and I choose not to eat genetically modified foods. That being said, organic food does indeed tend to cost more. So here are some tips on how to save on organic foods! :)

  1. For packaged organic foods, visit the company website. You will often find a coupon there. If not, signing up for the newsletter or liking them on Facebook or Twitter will almost surely get you a few coupons here or there. Alternately, you could email and ask them for coupons. 
  2. Again for packaged organic foods, keep an eye out for coupons in the coupon section of your local newspaper. You can also browse online coupon sites, such as Cool Savings. Or you could simply type the brand name and the word coupon in your favorite search engine and see what comes up.
  3. Plant your own fruits and vegetables. Click here for tips on natural pest control for your garden.
  4. Buy organic fruits and veggies in season from your favorite grocery store or local farmer's market. Produce that is in season always costs less. Some farms will even let you come by and pick and buy from them personally.
  5. Buy frozen organic produce. Frozen often costs less than fresh, especially when the item is not in season. And freezing locks in the nutrients, so the food is still nutritious.
  6. And finally, if you have to buy some produce not organic, the following ones are likely to have the least amount of pesticide residue: asparagus, avocados, broccoli, cauliflower, bananas, kiwi, mangoes, papayas, onions, pineapples.
Leave your ideas on saving money on organic food in the comment section below! :)

    Until next time.... God bless!

    "Top 12 Fruits and Vegetables You Should Buy Organic - Least Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables." Gourmet Food - Fine Cooking, Recipes, Techniques, Reviews, Celebrity Chefs, and more. Web. 19 Feb. 2010.

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