How to Save Money on Organic Produce
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How to Save Money on Organic Produce

Posted on Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Fruit & Vegetable PlatterPeople who seek organic produce are making that choice because they want to avoid things like pesticide residues. Unfortunately, organic produce is often priced higher than “regular” produce is. That doesn’t mean your grocery bill has to always end up breaking your budget, though. Here is how to save money on organic produce.

Shop at a “Regular” Grocery Store
You don’t have to shop in a store that is known for having a lot of organic produce. “Regular” grocery stores, such as the ones connected to Safeway, have started carrying plenty of organic produces. Do some price checking before you shop. Chances are, the “regular” grocery stores have the best price on organic produce.

Buy Produce from Farmers
A Farmers’ Market is a good place to buy organic produce. Typically, the farmers participating are local. You can literally ask the farmer if their produce is organic.

The produce at the Farmers’ Markets came from somewhere reasonably nearby. It might be from your county or state. Produce that has to be shipped across the country, or from a foreign country, tends to cost more to make up for the shipping cost. The Farmers’ Market organic produce is likely to be a good deal.

Start a Garden
Do you have a “green thumb?” Is there room in your backyard (or balcony) for a small garden? If so, then you have the opportunity to grow your own vegetables and use organic methods to grow them. This is obviously going to take a little bit of patience, and you might need to supplement your grocery list with produce from the store while your veggies are growing.

What if you don’t have space at home for a garden? See if your town or city has a community garden. Ask if there is space available.

Shop Seasonally
The best time to buy fresh produce is when it is in season. This is true for organic produce (and produce that is not organic). Adjust your grocery list to include fruit and veggies that are in-season. You can pick those up for the lowest prices of the year. Wait too long, and they will go out of season and cost more.

Use Coupons for Non-Food Items
You might not be able to find many coupons for organic produce. You can still save money by using coupon on non-food items (like food storage containers, trash bags, and tissue). Saving money on non-food items means you can take that savings and allocate it towards organic produce. This trick does not lower the cost of the produce – but can help lower the cost of your overall grocery bill.

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