Last week I proved just how expensive shopping organic can be. I came home with a grocery bill of almost $400 and a cart full at Whole Foods, so I totally know how and why shopping organic can add up. I don’t normally spend that kind of money, but I got a lot of baking goods which quickly added up.I don’t always buy everything organic, nor have I claimed that my family is totally 100% organic. I do talk about organics on my Facebook, Twitter and blog because by bringing more awareness I hope just one more person will buy organic. Then it will be cheaper for us all, food should be food and it takes everyone to vote in the grocery store to make that change. It’s actually really difficult to buy all organic on a budget however there’s a few things I will not budge on, and a few things you should consider.
5 Things You Should Consider Buying Organic:
- Milk! See this post as to why. Cheese, and dairy.
- Meat – beef, ground beef.
- Poultry – Chicken, Eggs, just something about knowing the chickens are happily free roaming around a local farm.
- Grains – snacks, cookies, bread, crackers
If you can find organic items on sale and a lot of stores offer sales I do feel it’s worth the added cost to buy foods that are certified organic. I buy mostly staples and cook a lot of fresh home-cooked meals. Does that mean I think frozen foods are the devil? No, I’ve been given a number of free coupons or even find a really great organic frozen lasagna for the kids and husband while I’m at school.
If you don’t ever buy anything organic in your whole entire life at least consider making your own meals. Trust me, I know how expensive buying organic can be. Shop smart, I can find organic eggs for slightly more than the other kinds.
My husband’s favorite Nature’s Path cereal, on sale!
The frozen chicken nuggets, my kids love them and the price was incredible! My kids don’t regularly eat this stuff but it’s all about moderation.
Of course waffles, easy quick breakfast for those early mornings were running late. $2.89 for organic, you can’t beat that!
Tips for buying organic meats:
I won’t lie you can’t find (at least here) any organic beef for under $5.99 a pound. Costco actually has the best deal on organic beef if you buy in bulk. I also suggest trying a local butcher, I’ve been wanting to do this myself but at least shopping at the stores you’re going to pay $5.99 if not $6.99 a pound, chicken is slightly more expensive as well but well worth the added cost.