Don't Spend Your Green on Green: 5 Tips for Buying Organic Without Breaking the Bank

Tips for buying organic Tips for buying organic Organic produce and dairy products are being heavily promoted to help keep people healthy. Eating organic can help you avoid pesticides and other chemically-processed foods. Many people dismiss purchasing organic products because they are often more expensive than the other produce at the supermarket but now you don't have to!

Here are 5 ways to get fresh, organic, and reasonably priced produce items:

1. Hit the Internet If you are desperate for organic items you can't find locally, try browsing the Internet for organic products. When you find the items you want, be sure to check for coupons online before checking out. Many food companies specializing in organic products will feature downloadable coupons for extra saving to bring in new customers.

2. Find the Farmers
Many communities sponsor farmers markets each week where farmers bring their seasonal haul to consumers. Farmers markets are a great way to see what local produce is available in your own community. You can find many stands promote organic fruits and vegetables. Farmers markets may also be the right place to get organic meats and dairy products fresh off the farm.

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3. Sign Up for a Loyalty Card
At your local grocery store find out about the loyalty card programs being offered. These cards can help you save on the products you buy in the store and may even help you save at the gas pumps outside of the store. Check out the weekly sales fliers and identify the days when organic products go on sale for card carriers. Stock up on items you can safely freeze but only buy what you can consume for things that must be eaten fresh.

4. Find Brand Name Alternatives
Store brands have come a long way. They are no longer considered just a generic version of the real thing, so make sure you at least try a few store brand products before you write them off for good. The store brand products can often cost several dollars less than the brand name products and are an available alternative for many organic products including dairy, frozen foods, fresh produce, and cooking and baking supplies.

5. Grow Your Own
The best way to ensure you are eating true organic, pesticide-free produce is to grown it on your own. Even if you do not have a ton of space or even a backyard, there are plenty of plants that will thrive with care in pots around your porch. Find out which container plants are good for growing in small spaces and only plant the foods you will actually eat or can use as ingredients in meal recipes.

- By Anna Newell Jones
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