Buying organic groceries always seems to be too expensive, but DailyWorth has some ideas for you to save.
When it comes to blueberries, my daughter can polish off a pint in one sitting. She’s always been a huge berry-lover, which is something I can’t complain about. They’re filled with vitamins and antioxidants and are a healthy way to satisfy her sizeable sweet tooth.
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What I agonize over, however, is the price. A pint of conventional (aka with a side of pesticides) blueberries is $3.99 at my local grocery store. The organic variety cost $5.99 a pint – 50 percent more. (New York City prices, I realize, are ridiculous. As a comparison, a supermarket in Milwaukee sells conventional blueberries for $2.50 a pint and organic for $3.99. Cheaper, yes, but still a 60 percent cost difference.)
It’s only a couple of bucks, but if I load my cart with organic, natural and non-genetically modified foods instead of conventional ones, eventually those few dollars add up. So, how can I spend my dollars wisely and find the best deals on the foods I prefer to feed my family? It’s actually easier than I realized.
Buy in Bulk
Wholesale clubs such as BJ’s, Sam’s Club, and Costco have seized upon the demand for organic goods and offer many fruits, vegetables, and other grocery items in bulk quantities. Organic eggs and milk also move in large quantities at these stores and are therefore often cheaper.
“I can usually get a big bag of organic apples at Costco for $1 a pound,” says Fanny Seto, author of “Eating Organic on a Budget” and editor in chief of Living Richly on a Budget. “Shop for what’s in season and what’s on sale and sometimes it’s even cheaper than the conventional product.”
Seto and her family try to eat all the produce they buy before it goes bad. But if not, freeze the extra. Or, if you’re especially industrious in the kitchen, Seto recommends canning foods when they’re in season so you can enjoy them later.
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