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Organic Food

 "Organic" and "cheap" sound like complete opposites, don't they? If you've ever compared the price of a half gallon of organic milk to a half gallon of "regular" milk, you know what I mean. Organic is expensive!

Or is it?

There is that deferred cost called health care that adds to the cost of cheap "regular" food. There is also the cost to the environment, as many foods deplete the land and add chemicals.

All that aside, it's not always easy to pay twice the price for good food. You may not have to, though, if you follow the advice here: Cheap Organic Foods. 

As usual, I just have to add  my two cents' worth.  

Growing your own is a great idea, but not everyone can grow enough of their own because of lack of space. If that's you, look around for a vacant lot and then see if you can use it for your organic garden. This might be a huge job for one person, but getting a few friends together can make it a wonderful experience. 

In addition to that, look for organic food coupons. There are some very good ones, especially for dairy products and fresh vegetables. One site that lists many coupons for organic products is well named: Organic Food Coupons. Besides that site, go to each organic food brand and look for coupons.

Natural food stores have sales just like other grocery stores, so watch for them and stock up when you can. 

Use the same tactics with organic food that you know from other shopping: Use coupons, shop the sales, buy in bulk, avoid the junk food. (Oh, yes, there is organic junk food!) 

Organically grown food has been shown to have more nutrients than "traditionally" grown food. This in itself should be enough to encourage you to do what you can to make sure the food you eat is safe and healthy for you and your family. 

Published Feb 09 2011, 10:07 AM by Pat
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PamH said:

There's an additional option for organic produce that is cheaper than buying organic in grocery stores. During growing season in your area, watch for local farmers' markets. While there, don't be afraid to ask about growing practices and to haggle down the price if buying bulk amounts. Then take home your goods and prepare for freezer or start canning just as you would with a garden. This option is not as inexpensive as growing your own, but if that's not possible, it's a good option in my opinion.

February 9, 2011 1:16 PM

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February 9, 2011 2:09 PM

Pat said:

Good idea, Pam. That and other thoughts were mentioned in the article I referenced.

February 9, 2011 3:31 PM

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February 10, 2011 5:31 PM

Cheryl said:

Pat, will you please share your source for the statement that organic food has been shown to have more nutrients?

This has been a topic of debate on a forum I visit and I'd like to provide proof to them.

I've only seen/read that there isn't a difference.  A study reported on a news website and the mayo clinic website.

I'd like to see yours to counter that.

Thanks :)


February 10, 2011 7:50 PM

Pat said:

February 10, 2011 11:48 PM

This Old Housewife said:

You also need to be on the lookout for "stealth" organic coupons--product lines with organic options and a coupon that says "any type" on it.  For example, let's pull out Kraft:

.25 off ANY box of crackers (yet only a few boxes are pictured, and none of them organic)

Yet, Kraft carries a whole host of brands within it, and some are organic.  Kraft itself also makes a slew of organic products (or at least has their name on them)--you may not have seen any, but they exist in health food stores.

Many major brands have this option--not just Kraft.  Guess what?  Your coupon choices just got a little more organic!

My solution:  stick to REAL foods and forget the junk in boxes, jars, and cans.  Produce, meat, and dairy prices haven't gone up much lately, if at all.  Foods that come without a nutrition label (generally) are your best buys for the money AND for the nutrition, whether organic or not.

February 11, 2011 8:05 AM

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