Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Buying Organic on ANY Budget!

Buying Organic on ANY Budget! 

Some may think that buying organic, locally grown food may be out of their price range while in reality it is well within anyone's reach! There is a saying, "pay the farmer now or the doctor later" and it is so true! Action expresses priority, so where are your priorities? Do you want to invest in your health? That is the first question to ask yourself when transitioning to an organic lifestyle. When health is your first priority one is more willing to invest in more expensive products, but don't worry… that doesn't mean you ever have to buy things marked up at full price. There are always ways to get discounts!

When you invest in your health by choosing healthier, organic produce you are investing in your future. That being said, when money is tight it's hard to choose the organic products that may be more expensive. However, where there is a will there's a way! As I student I know first hand the struggles that go with being organic on a budget and I want to share with you some practical tips for achieving an organic lifestyle on ANY budget! There are so many amazing resources available on the internet that great deals are within your finger tips!

Source Local Produce! 
Friend a farmer, shop your local farmers markets, start a community garden, and support your locally grown food! 

Here are two great sites that you can use to local local farmers, restaurants, co-ops, farmers markets & more!

Eat Local Grown allows you to find, rate, and share locally grown food, their site is easy to navigate with maps and an awesome blog filled with informative articles!

Local Harvest is another site that allows you to real, locally produced foods! You can specify what you are looking for or browse all the local food available in your area!

It's awesome how technology allows us to find natural, organic, local foods in just a few seconds! I love the internet :)

Grow your own food! 
It's a lot easier than you may think & I look forward to sharing my organic gardening experience with you this year. There are plenty of online resources that can teach you how to begin, just be sure to stick with all natural, organic fertilizers as pesticides are contributing to the honeybee collapse and the significant decrease of Monarch butterflies.

Shop online! 
In particular, Tropical Traditions offers a wide variety of high quality health and wellness products for competitive pricing. Tropical Traditions also has two other stores, Household Traditions and Grassfed Traditions so it's your one stop shop! Tropical Traditions has great weekly sales where you can score free shipping, buy one get one free Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil & so much more! 
{If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you}

Know The Dirty Dozen & Clean 15!

Food Matters also has a free Shoppers Guide To Pesticides that you can download here

Eating conventionally grown fruits and vegetables is far better than not eating them at all. Use this guide to help you determine which fruits and vegetables to buy organic. 
ALWAYS BUY ORGANIC celery, peaches and strawberries as these products have the highest levels of pesticides. According to EWG's (Environmental Working Group) calculations, you can reduce your exposure to pesticides by nearly four-fifths by avoiding the dirty dozen and instead eating the less contaminated conventional produce. 

How was this guide developed? Food Matters explains,
"EWG analysts have developed the Guide based on data from nearly 89,000 tests for pesticide residues in produce conducted between 2000 and 2008 and collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You can find a detailed description of the criteria EWG used to develop these rankings and the complete list of fruits and vegetables tested at their dedicated website, www.foodnews.org"

I always keep this guide with me in the "notes" section of my iPhone. It is an easy way to ensure you decreasing your pesticide exposure, without buying only organic produce. 

Find Organic Coupons!
Couponing is a great way to save money and the internet makes it super easy to find the coupons you want! Here are two of my favorite sites for finding organic coupons & deals:

Organic Deals
Organic Deals is dedicated to solely organic deals & coupons
You can find online deals, printable coupons, reward programs, & so much more! This site is very well organized and has a lot of great deals! 

Couponing 101 has an organic section where you can score printable coupons, freebies, and online deals!

Contact Organic Companies!
Sign up for your favorite organic companies newsletter! Many companies have coupons and special promotions for those whom are on the mailing list.

Send a love note! Send an email or handwritten note to your favorite organic companies, tell them how much you love their product and how important it is for you to buy your family organic, nonGMO foods. Thank them for supporting the organic movement. You never know the love you may get in return!

Enter Organic Giveaways!
I enter many giveaways and you may be surprised what you can win! I have won many organic, eco-friendly, and natural products. I wish I kept a list of everything I have won!! Some of the biggest giveaways I have won were eco-friendly, sustainable sunglasses from Dizm Eyewear, two $50 Vitacost gift cards, $150 Reebok gift card, Newmans Own Organics prize pack, and many many more! I have also won many prize packs that include coupons for free products! Remember, you can't win if you don't enter! 
One of my favorite sites to find natural giveaways is GoNaturalGiveaways.com
This site is very well organized and tells you when the giveaway ends, who is eligible, and how to enter. This site is also updated daily which is great for giveaway junkies like myself :)

 Get Rewarded for Purchasing Organic, Sustainable Products!
I just found EcoBonus today and wanted to add it to this blog post! This is a great tool for those being organic on a budget. EcoBonus is a website (they also have an app) that allows you to upload your receipt or code from a product's packaging and get rewarded!  You can shop the rewards store and get some awesome free products once you have enough points. EcoBonus also has exclusive coupons and samples!!!
 EcoBonus is rewards program for your healthy lifestyle! You can learn more about EcoBonus here and how it works here

How do you stay organic on a budget? Do you prioritize which foods to buy organic? 


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