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10 Ways To Eat Organically On A Budget

By May 25, 2019 No Comments
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Continuing from my ‘Why Eat Organic?’ blog post, eating organic does not have to break the bank. 🏦

While it might seem out of reach for some, with some clever thinking🤔 and planning, it is possible to live chemically free even if you have a tight budget.

Here are my top 10 ways to bring organic foods into your life even though you are on a budget.

1. Grow Your Own Produce

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Even the smallest of gardens or even window boxes can grow anything, especially simple herbs.🌿

By growing your own herb, produce, etc, you have complete control over the process and can ensure that no pesticides or harmful chemicals are being used.

You will also have a ready supply of fruits,🍎🍊🍐 vegetables,🥒🥕🍅 and herbs🌿 on demand.

This will reduce your grocery bill tremendously.

I grew my own herbs and it was great to have them on hand when I was cooking.

I had basil, cilantro, parsley, and wheat grass.

If you have a ‘green thumb’ and the space to do so, I say grow your own organic produce and herbs!

2. Cook From Fresh and Frozen❄️ Foods

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Fresh organic foods are always the best, but they don’t last very long.

The simple solution is to cook more than is needed for that day and freeze the rest.

You will have a decent supply of organic food that simply needs microwaving.

If you do not feel like cooking, you can always freeze❄️ what you don’t use that week before it goes bad and use it next week.

This is another way to cut down on your grocery bill.

I do this all the time. 😊

You can also meal prep your food for the week and put them in portion sized containers so that you know how much food you have left.

This is also a great way to make sure you have enough protein, greens, carbs, etc in each meal you have.

3. Buy What’s In Season

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Instead of buying whatever you fancy, try to focus on buying what’s in season.

Purchasing what’s in season ensures that the produce didn’t have to come from another country.

The less traveling the food has to do, the cheaper it will be.

It will also be quite abundant so you could consider freezing some of it if you do not get to eat all of it before it expires. 

Below👇🏾 is a seasonal produce guide to help you pick out the best time to purchase different fruits and vegetables:

Fall 🍁🍂🎃🏈👻🌾

  • Apples 🍏
  • Bananas 🍌
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli 🥦
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots 🥕
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard greens🥬
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Grapes 🍇
  • Green beans
  • Jicama
  • Kale🥬
  • Mangos🥭
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Pears 🍐
  • Pineapple 🍍
  • Pumpkin 🎃
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Romaine lettuc🥬
  • Rutabagas
  • Spinach🥬
  • Swiss chard🥬
  • Turnips
  • Winter squash

Winter ❄️🌨️☃️🎄

  • Apples  🍎
  • Avocado 🥑
  • Bananas 🍌
  • Beets
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots 🥕
  • Celery
  • Grapefruit
  • Jicama
  • Kale🥬
  • Leeks
  • Lemons🍋
  • Onions
  • Oranges 🍊
  • Parsnips
  • Pears 🍐
  • Pineapple 🍍
  • Pumpkin  🎃
  • Rutabagas
  • Turnips
  • Winter squash

Spring 🌸🌷🌼🌺🌹

  • Apples 🍏
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado 🥑
  • Bananas 🍌
  • Broccoli 🥦
  • Carrots 🥕
  • Celery
  • Collard greens🥬
  • Garlic
  • Jicama
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Pineapple 🍍
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Romaine lettuce🥬
  • Spinach🥬
  • Strawberries  🍓
  • Swiss chard🥬
  • Turnips

Summer 🌴👙🌊☀️

  • Apples 🍎
  • Apricots
  • Avocado 🥑
  • Bananas 🍌
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers 🌶
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots 🥕
  • Cantaloupe 🍈
  • Celery
  • Cherries  🍒
  • Collard greens🥬
  • Corn 🌽
  • Cucumbers 🥒
  • Eggplant  🍆
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Honeydew melon 🍈
  • Jicama
  • Kiwi 🥝
  • Mangos🥭
  • Nectarines
  • Okra
  • Peaches 🍑
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries 🍓
  • Summer squash/ zucchini
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes  🍅
  • Watermelon 🍉

4. Rethink Buying At The Supermarket

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Supermarkets can be pretty pricey (especially depending on the brand you get) for organic foods.

With increased prices and restricted quantity of foods to choose from, supermarkets may not always be the best place to go to get organic products.

To ensure you get the best deal, search around the supermarkets or even online to find better prices for different items.

Despite this, supermarkets are increasing their ranges of organic foods so you may find that most items you purchase are relatively inexpensive

5. Make Your Own Dishes Instead of Buying Pre-Made

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Processed convenient food and beauty products are more expensive, particularly when purchasing the organic version.

This can turn many people away from going organic as it can get pretty costly.

However, with some simple ingredients, it is possible to make your own versions of your favorite dishes and beauty products.

YouTube and Google are great places to find some cool DIY recipes!

A great organic cosmetic company you can look into and is affordable is BlissWorld.

I use them all the time!

One of my favorite things about this company is that they have SALES all the time!

Up to 20% off your whole purchase on their website so you should definitely check them out.

In addition to that,  you can purchase their products at Target if you don’t want to purchase them online. 

6. Be Organized

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Being organized is key to living on a budget especially if you want to live chemically free.

While convenient foods are cheap and easy to get, they are rarely organic.

To make sticking to a budget easier, plan meals for the week and create a grocery list of what you will need to prepare them.

Additionally, plan ahead (if you can) when you will need ‘grab and go’ foods.

Another thing is to ensure you have sufficient leftovers in the freezer so you can just heat up your meals quickly once you get home. 

7. Know What Your ‘Clean Foods’ Are

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Not all foods are subjected to the same amount of pesticides and harmful chemicals.

Knowing which foods have more pesticides on them than the others, will ensure you focus your pennies on those that need to be bought organic.

If you can only afford to purchase some organic fruits and vegetables, prioritize apples,🍎🍏 celery, peppers, grapes,🍇 and spinach.

These have the highest exposure to pesticides and therefore should almost always be bought organic.

In contrast, foods such as onions, pineapples,🍍 cabbage, and sweetcorn🌽 are least likely to have been exposed to pesticides so you can justify not buying these items organic.

8. Try To Reduce Your Meat🥩🍗🍖 and Cheese🧀 Consumption 

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Meat 🥩 🍗 🍖and cheese 🧀are usually expensive💵 💵 and buying them organic makes them SUPER expensive. 💵💵 💵💵

Buying organic meat ensures you are purchasing high-quality meat that is subjected to high welfare standards.

By reducing the amount of meat and cheese you consume will keep your costs down.

In addition to that, if you do purchase these items and do not finish eating them, you can always freeze❄️ them.

When you freeze these items, it will allow you to use them at a later date and instill you save money.💵

Also, when you go back out to the grocery store, you could purchase other items instead of more meat and cheese since you still have some left over from the last time you went to the grocery store.

9. Buy In Bulk

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Purchasing anything in bulk is always cheaper than buying small portions.

You will need adequate storage for your bulk items, but it will be worth it.

When buying in bulk, focus on staple ingredients such as whole wheat pasta and grains.

You can keep these items for a longer period of time.

If your family eats a lot of fruit and vegetables, you can always buy those items in bulk as well and freeze what you do not eat.

A great place you can buy in bulk from is Costco or your local farmer’s market. 

10. Reuse Food Waste

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Instead of throwing away your food waste try to reuse it and create something else.

If you juice (like I do), try to remember to save the pulp your juicer spits out.

You could make muffins from them or create protein bars.

If you have a compost, you can use it on your allotment as well.

It will act as a fertilizer and will ensure that all your food is used in some way or another.😊

To Wrap Things Up…

These were my 10 ways to help you live chemically free on a budget.
You can be healthy and live healthy without breaking the bank.🏦
Give these tips a try and see how much money you save in the long run.
I have utilized some of these tips myself and they have helped me immensely to stay on track on my healthy living journey.
To eating organically on a budget,

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Morgan Green

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P.S.S. -If you want to check out some awesome recipes you can make out of organic foods check out this cookbook!

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