A lot of people think that eating organic fruits and vegetables is expensive. Well, it doesn’t have to be, if you play your cards right.
I live in Nashville, so I can’t speak for any other cities or states, but I’m sure if you look around, you’ll be able to find some of the things that I will talk about.
How to Save Money on Organic Produce in Nashville, TN
Shop According to the Weekly Ad
Most health food stores, and regular grocery stores have weekly ads. Sprouts, a new grocery store here, has a lot of Organic Produce, and some of it is the same price, or cheaper than conventional produce, when they put it on sale. For example: this week they have a 5lb bag of organic russet potatoes for $1.98! That’s just about $0.40 a pound (before tax)! I’ve never seen potatoes that cheap!
Buy In Season
Have you ever started buying a fruit or vegetable that you really started to like, and then one day when you went to the store, it wasn’t there, or its price shot up? Just FYI, it changed seasons, and the fruit or vegetable stopped producing. That means they can’t get as much of it, if any, as they did in the previous season. What you need to do to not be disappointed, or forced to pay a pretty penny is learn the seasons of your favorite fruits and vegetables. You probably already know that Pumpkins come out in the Fall, and Watermelons in Summer, but what about strawberries? Cauliflower? Learn the seasonal fruits and veggies, so you don’t spend your whole paycheck!
Buy In Bulk, If You Can
Some stores will give you a deal if you buy a case of a certain fruit or vegetable. If you are the only one in your household, this may not be the best option for you, unless you know you will eat it all. If you buy in bulk, but there is a lot of waste, you didn’t save any money. Costco and Sam’s Club are also great places to look for organic produce! If you don’t have a Costco or Sam’s Club membership, never fear, you probably have a friend or family member who does, and would gladly take you shopping with them!
Look For Closeouts
Most grocery stores have a section where they put produce that is ripening too much, and they reduce the price of it. They also might do Manager’s Specials if they have too much of something, and they’re getting a shipment in of the same product soon. Look out for these! These can be very useful! For example, Kroger sometimes has Organic bananas that have ripened too much for $0.49 per pound. Even if you don’t think you’ll eat that many bananas, you can buy them, freeze them, and use them for smoothies, and such. Then, for a few weeks at least, you won’t have to buy any bananas for smoothies! See how this works?
At some grocery stores shopping locally can be expensive, but get out to the Farmer’s Market! Sure, in the Winter time you won’t find many vendors there, but that’s no excuse now! Its Spring! The time for blooming flowers and fruition! Get out there, and you’ll see some grt prices from some even greater people! The best thing? You get to meet the people growing the fruits and vegetables you will be eating. How great is that?
Buy Frozen, It’s Okay
Don’t worry about buying fresh all the time. Sometimes things just won’t be in the budget, and that’s okay. Frozen is the next best, and its great for making smoothies, or a Raw Ice Cream! in some cases Frozen might even have more nutrients than fresh because it is going straight from the farm to a freezer. Its not traveling all that way. Just always make sure its organic, and it really is cheaper than Fresh. Also, if you think you can’t afford the fresh, look in your cart and see if you can give something up that might not be as healthy as that fresh fruit or veggie. Sometimes you just have to cut back on your comforts to be able to eat healthier.
See? Eating organically doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have to know how to look for deals, and play the seasons.
Photo: Tim Mossholder
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