Ever wonder how to live an organic and healthy lifestyle on a budget? These are some of the ways I go about doing that. I believe that an organic and healthy lifestyle shouldn’t kill your budget and cost you an arm and a leg. Try my tips and start yourself off with a healthy and cost-effective organic lifestyle.
Before we get started you really need to understand the meaning of organic lifestyle – it’s not just about the food you eat or the skin care brands you buy, but the fact you deal with all life’s needs in a way that is best for your health, well-being, your bank account, and the environment.
The ingredients that go into natural cleaning products — baking soda, vinegar, washing soda — are as cheap as can be. The cost of making products from them is about one-tenth that of their commercial equivalents.
Many stores brought beauty product contains fillers, harmful chemical ingredients, and filled with words you have no idea what it means. When you make your own beauty products, not only will you know exactly what goes inside, it is also cheaper. For example, I often use coconut oil as my body lotion. It is single ingredients, inexpensive (in the long run because a jar goes a long way), and it works.
If you are planting savvy, you can grow your own garden. Even if you don’t have a backyard or balcony, you can still grow a few pots of herbs right in your house.
Many chain store now offers their own organic products. Private-label offerings are expanding, and they’re cheaper than name brands.
As an organic lifestyle is becoming more and more in demand, many big chain stores like Walmart, Safeway, Costco, Trader Joes, and Target wants to be part of that lifestyle. Before heading to Wholefoods, check out the grocery store nearest to you first.
Another store to shop for organic products includes Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Homegoods. The only downside of these stores is that you have to buy it when you see it because it may not be there next time you go!
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When produce is in season, they tend to be less expensive. Depends on which farmers market you go to, often the produces there are cheaper than the grocery store (you will want to do some homework of comparison). And if you go towards the end of the farmers market hours, you may even score some amazing deals!
This website is a health food store stocked up with non-GMO and organic groceries at drastically reduced prices (up to 25-50% off). I’ve found that the quality of their products are always as good as what I can buy locally and they carry many of the brands I love and support. The way they work is similar to Costco because you need to join to shop, but their fee is really reasonable (works out to about $5 month).
If you live in an area where access to organic and natural products is very limited, you should check out this option. They basically have every brand available on one site. You can also order organic produce from Amazon Fresh if they deliver to your area.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal produce directly from a farmer in their community. It is basically a farm share. A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public.
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Buying in large quantities is always cheaper than buying smaller portions. Shop at places like Costco and Sam’s Club – you will get great deals!
While it would be best that everything you buy is organic, check your shopping list and decide which items are essential to be organic. For example, if you have to chose organic chicken vs. organic ground beef. I recommend organic ground beef because USDA does not allow hormones and antibiotics to be used for chicken. However, antibiotic is allowed used on beef (unless the farmer decided not to use it on their animal, they can label raised without antibiotics). Another reason to purchase organic ground beef vs. solid cuts of meat is that in the latter the bacteria tend to remain on the surface of the meat. Once you cook it, most of the bacteria are destroyed. When the meat is ground, however, those same bacteria get mixed throughout the meat, contaminating all of it. So if you like your hamburger on the rare side, the pathogens may still be alive and well in the center of the beef patty. Ground beef (like other ground meats) can also go through several grinding steps at processing plants and in stores, providing more opportunities for cross-contamination to occur.
Use the “Clean 15” and “Dirty Dozen” list available on ewg.org to help you navigate which products to buy organic (or take with you when you travel).
Buying a whole animal is cheaper than just a portion of it. For example, a whole organic chicken cost less per pound, vs. just the breast, legs or wings which are more expensive per pound.
When the fruit/vegetable is not in season, it is cheaper to buy frozen. Costco sells organic frozen fruit and vegetable, just saying! Double saving bonus. If you are wondering whether frozen fruit/vegetable is healthy for you, the answer is in most cases, and it is more nutritious than fresh because they were package during their peak of freshness!
Organic meat is expensive, instead of spending a significant portion of your budget on meat, why not spend it on alternative plant-based protein source.
You deserve to use every penny you spend on that produce. The average household wastes between 20-30% of their food, through mismanaging the larder, over buying, and poor storage. Be sure to buy what you need and invest in a great storage system.
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You can start saving instantly just by changing all the light bulbs in your house to energy saving light bulbs (LEDs). Other ways include, use more public transportation, bike more often, home energy audit, use more recycled plastic, etc. But one step at a time!
Do not buy pre-washed and ready to eat fruits and veggies, as they can cost twice as much.
Eat out only twice a week – eating organic at home is significantly less expensive than eating at organic restaurants.
Take advantage of the ‘buy one get one free’ sales or buy one get the other for a discounted price. You never know when it will go on sale again, so make sure to take advantage of it and store for later use. (This trick only works if you really love the product and it is a staple at your home – otherwise this could lead to wasted food)
Bring organic tea with you and ask for hot water. A cup of tea can cost up to $5 dollars, vs. $1 dollar you would tip the barista or server.
Bring filtered water with you wherever you go in a reusable safe water bottle, so you never have to buy expensive bottled water. If you do have to buy bottled water, try boxed water. Its better for the environment than a plastic bottle.
When you travel, pack your own food and snack. I always bring a container of frozen fruits and my Nutribullet with me where I go. This way, I can ensure I am getting my fruits in even when I am traveling.
Lastly, remember a pricey restaurant doesn’t equal organic or quality food – going to a grocery store and picking up some organic food will save you money and your health.
Compost all food waste to put nutrients back into your garden (you will spend less on fertilizer). If you don’t have a garden, check your local compost program. You may still be able to compost!
Some produce and nuts last longer in the fridge than at storing at room temperature. Refrigerate when you need to.
Instead of buying the traditional ceramic wrap, which is terrible for the environment and your health, check out reuseable bee wax food storage wraps (cheaper in long run).
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Before you go ahead and apply these methods, remember moderation is the key.
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