What It’s Like to Afford Fresh Organic Produce and How You Can Do It Too

Written by Reelika @ Financially Wise On Heels, Contributing Writer

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You are a great mommy. You want the best for your kids and family. It is the hope of many families to be able to provide organic veggies, fruits and berries to their family and especially to the kids. Unfortunately the downside of organic produce is the cost. But what if I told you there are ways that you can still provide the best organic produce to your kiddos without breaking your budget?

As a mom to an allergic toddler and having been diagnosed with hypothyroidism myself, I have done lots of research about the benefits of organic food. I am not a health care advisor, but I can share what has worked for our family and how you can do it too. 

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Organic produce has been very beneficial for our family. Since my toddler is allergic to many things, I provide him with several organic veggies, fruits and berries. He loves this delicious organic produce and is not a picky eater anymore. He used to be very hyperactive, but since switching to organic food, we don’t seem to have much of a problem with it anymore.

We cut back on other things, but invest into our health, so it keeps us away from pharmacies, doctor’s office and hospitals. Being healthy means also being more productive and happy at preschool, home and work.

Top 3 Tips on How to Afford Organic Produce

Tip # 1 – Organic Produce as an Investment

Don’t look at the price tag of the organic produce as a number; instead, see it as an investment. Compare it to the costs of medications, health care and doctor’s visits.

Chances are you have heard that non-organic food can contain pesticides and cancer-causing hormones or even GMOs. Research shows that pesticides can cause not only cancer, but also allergies, skin and neurological issues, ADHD, birth defects and much more.

Children are especially sensitive to pesticides due to their development and growth. You can either pay the farmer or the pharmaceutical business. 

It is time to invest into your and your family’s health. The truth is, many people don’t think about it until they have some kind of health problem. I have to admit, I am completely guilty as I was one of them.

I never felt the need for organic food, until I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism during pregnancy. Since then I have invested into my health instead of the medications I had to use. In fact, medications were more expensive than my investment in organic produce, and I am so much healthier now. 

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 Tip # 2 – Prioritizing Organic Produce

Take a look at what other monthly expenses you have – a new iPhone, expensive jewelry, eating out several times per week, new fancy toys, etc. If you can afford any of them, you can also afford organic produce. Find ways to cut back on monthly payments and use the money instead for quality organic produce

I am always looking for ways to cut back on our monthly expenses. Saving water and lowering heating costs increases our grocery budget. A monthly budget gives you a crystal-clear overview of your highest expenses so you can make your own choices of where to cut back.

Tip # 3 – Making the Right Choices

It can save you big bucks if you are making the right choices. Be aware of when and which organic produce to buy

Here is what to keep in mind while choosing fresh organic produce:

  • If you bought expensive organic veggies yesterday, then find less expensive produce to buy next time you do groceries. It keeps your budget in balance.
  • Meal plan and create a grocery shopping list. Buy the amount of veggies you are planning to eat so you won’t be wasteful.
  • Be creative with organic veggies that are close to expiring. You can use them for smoothies, baking, or soup.
  • Buy what is on sale or close to its expiry date. It can save huge bucks when the expiration date is close by. Just make sure you use it as soon as possible.
  • Buy local. Any organic local veggie is always cheaper than an imported one.
  • Prefer seasonal. Prioritize what is in season as it tends to be cheaper, and you can also freeze these for the non-seasonal time.
  • Don’t buy pre-washed and packaged food, as these cost much more.
  • Prefer healthy veggies and berries for snacks. Leaving chocolate, cookies and chips out of your grocery list saves you money for organic veggies, fruit and berries.
  • Frozen organic veggies are great choices as well. Buy them in bulk and while on sale.
  • Grow your own organic herbs that you can use for meals. You don’t need a yard to grow your own green leafs. All you need is a small space in kitchen or on a balcony to have your own organic herb section. I also have mini-tomatoes growing in my kitchen.
  • Wash the produce just before using it so it will last longer.
  • Citrus produce can last at least a week longer when stored in the fridge.
  • Don’t forget coupons! Find the best deals and use them.
  • Negotiate if possible. When buying directly from a farmer, use your negotiation skills. Offer to buy in bulk and don’t be afraid to ask for a discount. Most likely the farmer will be more than happy to offer you a discounted price when selling more. You can freeze the extra for later and will have saved big bucks.

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Fresh organic veggies, fruits and berries are always going to be expensive, but investing into our family’s health and cutting back on our monthly expenses has made a difference for our well-being. Making the right choices keeps us on budget and provides a quality lifestyle. You can do it too! 

Did I miss anything? How do you make organic produce affordable for your family?

 

About Reelika

Reelika is a working mom and a housewife, Christian and a philanthropist at heart, financial management lover, travel enthusiast and baking fanatic. She is passionate about experiencing as much as she can in life and making a difference in the world. She blogs at FinanciallyWiseOnHeels.com and provides inspiration, tools and resources to moms to better plan, budget and manage their finances without sacrificing the needs and dreams of their families. You can also find her on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

Comments

  1. Wow, reading your post has made me really consider the organics. As a mom myself, I have always chose the fruits and veggies from “the regular” isle as it is more affordable. I have always had second thoughts about purchasing non-organic food but then I kind of “brush it off” because of the price. Reading your post made me realize, though, that I have been feeding pretty much pesticides to my family with the intention of wanting to be healthy. I am definitely going to make a switch now. It’s a couple of extra bucks but the alternative is preserving our health!! So thank you!!

  2. I’m glad you found it helpful, Helen! We, moms, always try to offer the best to our families, and sometimes it just takes little more to figure out the most efficient way. But it is totally worth it 🙂

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