Organic or not?
I toyed with the idea of going organic for years. Finally, I made a commitment. It lasted until I was standing in front of the milk at the grocery store looking at the price differences between conventional and organic milk.
I have read tons of articles about the benefits of clean eating, the dangers of the “dirty dozen” and why Moms (and Dads) should splurge on organic dairy for kids. Once again, I decided – today is the day. We are going organic and I am not (and cannot) spend the whole food budget to do it.
Let me start by saying that not all grocery stores stock reasonably priced organic products. Where you live directly influences your access to fresh and healthy foods and may limit the ways that you can benefit from this post. I understand.
Here is my strategy
I buy a hand full of organic items, typically at Whole Foods. (Here, where you live matters.) Why? I prioritize the items have the best nutritional value that also match my budget. You don’t have to buy everything organic. For example, are organic crackers worth the extra 20-30% you’ll pay? For me, it’s not, but let your budget decide.
Usually, I can purchase what I need for $30 or less a week. Here’s my list:
If your local grocery store sells organic foods, then definitely price compare to Whole Foods to determine where you get a better deal. For me, it’s less than $30 at Whole Foods. Not my whole paycheck. Nope. Sometimes, I will be standing in line and people behind me are sometimes amazed that I spend so little there (or the shock comes from my basket being so light). It’s because I know what I am going to buy there and I don’t deviate. When shopping at Whole Foods, I stay in the parameter of the store and the frozen food aisle. That’s it.
Going organic does not have to break your budget. Just remember to always prioritize and check your local grocery store to comparison shop.