Organic food choices are becoming a common presence in supermarkets and specialty stores all over the country as people turn away from artificial ingredients and pre-packaged meals. The health benefits of eating organic foods have made them popular, particularly for families who want their children to eat clean. If you want to add organic foods to your family’s diet but are concerned about the cost, there are several shopping strategies you can use to bring home organic fruits, vegetables, and meat without exceeding your grocery budget.
1. Plan Before You Shop
Because organic foods are widely available in a variety of supermarkets and specialty stores, it is wise to plan your shopping trip. Many stores have their weekly circular available online, while others have smartphone apps that allow you to browse sales and prices. Some chain supermarkets sell organic products, but you might find that their prices are higher than those you would find at specialty stores. Check prices on items you buy weekly, such as fresh fruit, to find the best possible deals.
2. Shop Seasonal When Possible
Organic fruits and vegetables are likely to be less costly when they are in season, which can result in an abundance of sales at your local independent markets. For example, blackberries and raspberries can usually be found at markets year-round, but they are at their freshest during their harvesting season, which lasts from May to early October. Not only can you save money on these fruits when they are in season, but their natural antioxidants also tend to be more beneficial when fresh instead of freeze-dried.
3. Shop the Bulk Aisle
Organic foods are not limited to fruits and vegetables. You can also find pasta, beans, and other starches, such as potatoes, at your local market. Shopping the bulk aisle can help you save money and stock up on these items, as they are not as perishable as other foods. Buying organic dried foods in the fall can be especially helpful to your food budget, as you can add them to soups and stews all winter long.
4. Revise Your Meal Planner
Keeping a meal planner can help you cut back on food waste and help you maximize the time you spend in the kitchen, so it is important to add organic foods to your meals and recipes in a way that helps you maintain that efficiency without additional expenses. One way to accomplish this is to reduce the amount of meat you use in your meals. Search for new recipes that focus on fresh vegetables or replace beef with organic cuts of chicken, which are typically less expensive.
5. Invest in a Water Filter
Water waste and harmful ingredients in tap water might be a concern for you as a parent, but buying bottled water can be harmful to the environment and add a significant expense to your grocery bill over time. Recycling can reduce plastic waste that comes from drinking bottled water, but there are other options that are both innovative and affordable.
Buying a tap water filter for your sink or a counter filter can prevent plastic consumption while giving your family access to clean drinking water. The filter only needs to be replaced every four to six months and the cost of the system can pay for itself over time. If you live in Southern California and want to learn more about how to reduce water waste, the Cadiz Water Project twitter page offers extensive information about conservation and organic farming.
Adding organic foods to your family’s diet can reduce the number of artificial ingredients and treated fruits and vegetables they eat. While eating organic can be costly, planning your shopping trips, comparing weekly deals and sales, and buying in bulk can help you save money each time you visit your local fresh foods market.
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One of my New Year’s resolutions was to get more organized. Here are 2 items that will do just that. My shoes, extra winter clothes and blankets were taking up a lot of room in my closet. I recovered a lot of space by using these.
The Bamboo Stackable Shoe Rack is a lot better quality than I expected. It is solid bamboo wood. It was very easy to put together. I did it myself in about 10 minutes. The bamboo wood is finished off very smoothly. The 3 shelves can be stacked or they can be used as singles or a double and a single. This way they can fit just about anywhere and accommodate any boot height. This unit could also be used as a shelving system on top of a desk, dresser or table. It is very high quality and lightweight.
And for all those extra blankets:
The Vacuum Storage Space Savers Bags will condense your extra winter clothes and blankets to a fraction of their height when you remove the air. This way they can be stored under your bed or stacked in a closet. They come with an air pump so you do not need to use a vacuum cleaner to suck the air out.
SONGMICS Bamboo Stackable Shoe Rack 3-Tier(3 of One Tier) Standing Shoe Shelf Storage Organizer
STACK OR DETACH AS YOU WISH: This shoe rack is flexible to use with stackable design; you can use the 3 one-tier units separately in 3 rooms, or stack the 3 units together by the door for all your family’s shoes. More purchases, more DIY options(5 tiers at most for stability)
SOLID BAMBOO CONSTRUCTION: 100% natural bamboo, renewable, eco-friendly, wear-resistant and easy to clean; varnished surface for better water and mildew resistance; slatted design for excellent stability and moisture resistance
HOLDS UP TO 12 PAIRS: Available size of each layer: 26 1/8″L x 11 3/4″W (66.5 x 30cm), easily hold 3-4 pairs of adult sized shoes, 3-tier storage organizer holds up to 12 pairs; perfect for storing flats, slippers, boots, etc
KIDS-FRIENDLY DETAILS AND SURFACE: Rounded corners and well-sanded edges for safer use; no screws raised above the surface, no need to worry about bumps anymore
EASY ASSEMBLY: Shoe rack shelf comes with illustrated instructions and required tools; the whole assembly can be finished in a few minutes; sized 28 3/8″L x 11 3/4″W x 23 1/8″H (72 x 30 x 58.5cm)
SONGMICS 6 Pack Vacuum Storage Space Savers Bags for Clothes and Travel with Free Handpump
6 PACK VACUUM STORAGE BAGS: Each pack contains 6 space-saving bags with a size of 23 5/8’’W x 31 1/2’’L (60 x 80cm); suitable for almost all home supplies such as clothes, quilts, sheets, towels, pillows etc., maximizing your closet storage space
SQUEEZES OUT ALL THE AIR: Double-zipper seal and the triple-seal turbo valve are designed to get all the air OUT of the bags through the suction process–nothing gets back in
PROTECT YOUR CLOTHES: The entire vacuum seal bag is made of a high-quality mixture of PA & PE to better protect all your seasonal clothes from odor, dirt, moisture, mildew, and moths; keeps them safely sealed for long-term storage
FREE TRAVEL PUMP INCLUDED: When you have to re-pack for the return trip, just use our FREE Travel Pump, and your bags will be air-tight and vacuum-packed again
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