Benefits of Buying Organic
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Benefits of Buying Organic

Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2011 at 8:12 am
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Do you often find yourself torn between slightly more expensive organic products and their cheaper non-organic counterparts? There are pros and cons to each. Buying organic products is better for our well-being, but not always the best option for our budgets. Here’s some guidelines for deciding which products to buy organic and which to leave on the grocery store shelves.

Organic Produce

I wrote about the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” a while back. This is a good place to start if you can’t afford to buy all organic produce. Instead, try to buy just the produce on the “Dirty Dozen” list organic. These products have shown the highest levels of harmful pesticides and chemicals by the time the reach your place (yes, even after being washed). In the meantime, you can save money by buying the “Clean 15” produce non-organic because these products show the least amount of pesticides and chemicals by the time the reach your plate. Produce not on either list is really up to you. If there isn’t much price difference between organic and non-organic, I’d say go organic. It’s better for you and the environment.

Other Organic Products

I like to buy organic milk and meats because I know they are hormone free. In regards to other products, I tend to stick to the “Dirty Dozen” rule. That is, if I am buying a product (such as juice or fruit snacks) made with any of the produce on the “Dirty Dozen” list, I’ll buy organic because it’s likely that product will otherwise still contain chemicals and pesticides. If it doesn’t contain any “Dirty Dozen” ingredients, I’ll opt for the cheapest alternative.

Where to Buy Affordable Organic Products

I like to shop at Trader Joe’s because they have a wide selection of affordable organic products.  You can also check your local farmer’s market, grow your own produce, or offer to trade your coupon loot for fresh organic produce. Also, keep an eye out for coupons for your favorite organic products and stock up when they are on sale or in season.

Overall, buying organic tends to pay off in the long run, even if it is a little more costly in up front. If you know how to choose organic products and where to find for the best prices, the price difference shouldn’t affect your budget much.

 

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