One of the first comebacks I almost ALWAYS get from people is “…but eating healthy is just TOO expensive!”
Well I’m here today to tell you that since I’ve transformed my eating habits, I’m actually SAVING money on groceries!
I realize that especially, depending on where you live, it is not realistic to say you HAVE TO buy 100% organic produce and foods all the time. But I thought I’d share with you some tips on buying organic and places where I have found some organic deals and steals!
For starters, you should know about the DIRTY DOZEN, which lists produce with the highest amounts of harsh pesticides and chemicals. You should always try to buy organic when it comes to these bad boys!
- Sweet Bell Peppers
On the other hand, the CLEAN FIFTEEN do not require the same harsh pesticides and chemicals due to their “tough skin.” While you should strive to buy organic as much as possible, these products are on the safer side when the option is not available.
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Kiwi fruit
- Sweet Potatoes
The ideal scenario would be to have your own gigantic, organic garden in your back yard…talk about my all time dream! But unfortunately, we can’t all be so lucky! (…Someday 🙂 )
So, first and foremost, BUY LOCALLY! As I’ve come to realize, this can be a bit more difficult in the Winter months but look for co-ops, local farmers markets, etc.. when available! They almost always have the best prices!
Also, see what the deals for the week are on organic produce. If you’ve never tried the featured product before, go for it! It’s a great way to get creative and make you try something new this week!
Below is a list of some prices I’ve spent in the last week or two on organic produce from some well-known stores. Now you can compare your grocery bill to mine!
3 lb. bag of spinach: $5.99 (this thing lasts me almost a week…it’s HUGE)
3 lb. bag of local curly kale: $4.99
1 lg. bunch of Lacinato kale: $2.49
Granny smith apples $1.50/lb
Green grapes: $2.99/lb
Heirloom tomatoes: $3.99/lb
Cucumbers: $1.20 ea.
10 lb. bag whole organic carrots: $6.49
Spring mix salad mix 1 lb: $3.99
all-natural Avocados (5 pk): $5.99
Costco also sells a ton of other organic products, to name a few:
Edamame 1lb 8oz. $4.99
Frozen Blueberries 3lb. $11.59
Frozen Broccoli Florets 4-1lb bags $5.99
Frozen Corn 5lb. $5.59
Frozen Green Beans 5lb. $6.19
Texmati organic brown rice: $1.56/lb.
I even managed to find organic strawberries at Aldi this week for only $1.98 for a 1 lb. container! Talk about a steal! Even though they were not organic, I’ve also found pineapples for 99 cents at Aldi too!
In my opinion, the more fruits and vegetables you are buying and the LESS meats and packaged products, the LOWER your grocery bill will be! I have found that shopping organic can actually be cheaper than buying conventional! Organic produce just tastes a thousand times better! Also think of they money you will be saving by GETTING HEALTHY and cutting those doctor/Rx bills!
How does your grocery bill compare? Where have you found some of the best deals on organic foods?