Here are some simple ways to enjoy more of your favorite organic products for less.
Buy in bulk.
Many products are sold at a discounted rate when they are purchased in bulk. Buy more organic and save!
Shop in season.
Many products are less expensive when they are purchased in season.
Cash in on coupons and Sales.
Coupons are a great way to save on many of your favorite organic products. Manufacturers and stores alike are getting on board with coupons and sales for organic products. They know that their customers want to buy organic, and the organic market is now competitive enough that coupons and sales will encourage shoppers to buy certain products. Many manufacturers make printable coupons available on their websites.
Find Store Brand Organic Food
Chain grocery stores, such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods offer generic or store brand organic products that may be less expensive than name brand organic products. Visit these stores and do price comparisons on your favorite items, so you’ll know where the best place is to shop. These stores also have sales and specials on their store brand products, so if you time things just right, you may get a double offer of savings.
Explore farm stands and farmers markets.
Farm stands and farmers markets are cropping up all over the country, offering competitive prices on a wide range of organic products.
Become a member of a CSA.
CSA or Community Sponsored Agriculture groups can be a wonderful way to save money on organic produce.
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a bounty of fresh vegetables and fruit for a small cost per week throughout the farming season. Many of these farms promise to use organic practices, and some of them are actually certified organic. This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. Shares of a CSA usually amount to between $25 and $35 a week for food worth about twice that cost.
Visit LocalHarvest for a farm near you.
Choose organic versions of the products you use most.
To get the most benefit for your organic buck, try buying organic versions of the products you use most. Whether that is milk, produce, or personal care products, buying organic will not only help reduce your exposure to harmful synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, but also support a system of agricultural management that is great for the planet.
When switching to organics, you will find that many digestive issues straighten themselves out and your taking in fewer chemicals meaning the appearance of your skin, hair and nails may improve as well. As a general rule of thumb, if you can't pronounce something you find on an ingredient list, chances are, its chemical. Take your time when transitioning to organic and you'll soon reap the benefits.