We’ve been speaking for weeks about the importance of eating healthy, organic food. What concerns many people is the cost of organic food. How can you and your family get the most bang for your buck? That is the question families are pondering as they try to save money while still enjoying healthy, organic meals. Here are some tips to help you and your family save money while eating healthy!
1) Shop at Trader Joe’s! – What can you say about a store where their employees dress in Hawaiian shirts and they encourage you to bring your own bags? Well, they are among the cream of the crop when it comes to healthy grocery stores. For over fifty years, Trader Joe’s has been putting out reasonably priced, “innovative, hard-to-find” products. You can always count on them to a feature a wide variety of organic products that will make your stomach growl with hunger and anticipation.
2) Clip coupons! – Gone are the days of using weekly circulars as your only source of coupons. In our tech savvy era there are numerous websites and apps for your smart phone to help you save! One of the best out there is Smartsource.com. Here, you can find hundreds of coupons with location and store specific searches for your convenience.
3) Local farmers markets – There is no better way to support local businesses and eat healthy then shopping at your local farmers market. Here, you will find locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other delicacies to meet your heart’s desire. Around this time of the year, farmers markets are overflowing with apples, pumpkins, and squash, perfect for cooking on cool fall days. Search the Internet for a local market near you or check out the national database at http://farmersmarket.com/.
4) Grow organic food at home – If you have the space in your backyard, grow your own fruits and vegetables. There is nothing better than picking your own freshly grown tomatoes for your salad. As you are in the planning stages, it is imperative to pick out an organic fertilizer that will suit your needs. You can use leftover produce to start an organic compost pile and have fertilizer for next season.
5) Trade with friends and neighbors – Once you have your garden in place, why not network and share your fresh, organic crops throughout the neighborhood? Not only will you get to try new things, but you can make some new friends along the way. You can set up an exchange with your neighbors and organize potluck lunches or dinners. Remember, sharing is caring!
6) Learn to store products better – As you combine your groceries from Trader Joe’s and your fresh, organically grown crops from your garden, there is a proper method of storing and keeping food fresh and healthy for your family to enjoy. You should can, jar, or freeze your produce that’s left over from your garden at the end of the season. Check out some more handy tips from lifehacker.com.