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Buying Organic Food on a Budget

How to Go Organic without Going Broke

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JULIAINLA

7/19/2014 11:08:15 PM

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I shop regularly at a known busy Organic market that is the only market walking distance from my home. I spend way too much for their fruits and veggies and basically everything else (milk, cheese, cereal, etc!). The look on my face is always a shocked one when I see the total. But I feel I HAVE to buy their organic food for better health. I'd love to grow my own but I seem to never be able to grow anything well. For me, I will probably just keep going there. Everything they sell is very good but expensive.

MNICETOO

6/26/2014 4:09:02 AM

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SIOL55

4/7/2014 2:08:04 PM

Spring is here. Consider growing some of your own food. Then you know what's in it. If you have little or no space consider planting in pots. There are a lot of sights on line to give you ideas based on the amount of space you have.

SONNE1-1

12/11/2013 9:32:54 AM

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I am very careful with "organic" ... i did work a while at nights t for a stores delivery shopping service, they did - just as i always thought - just take a normal produce article and stick the organic-sticker on it when someone was asking for a organic item. Going organic is a good thing, but look behind the walls of the store 1st and make sure organic really does mean organic, this stuff is expensive and i was shocked that they handled it this way (not being truthful to their customers is a very big deal for me an never ever put a food in this store, for nothing, even if its the only one here around for us).
I am happy that i stay for the most of my vegetables with products of my own little garden in the yard (fresh at the summer and frozen for the winter time), this way i do really know what is in it and where it's coming from.

PAMSCHWETZ

11/26/2013 11:05:52 AM

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I have found organic and gluten free food on Amazon in their subscribe and save section. If you subscribe to five items on a regular delivery basis anywhere from monthly to six months out, you get a 15 percent discount off the price of each item in your order. If you are in the Chicago area, they just opened a new store called Mrs Green's in the Lincoln Park area of the city. I just went there yesterday...all of their produce is 100 percent organic. They have a coupon in their flier for four weeks in a row, if you spend 50.00, you get 15.00 off of your order and a free sturdy reusable shopping bag...so that takes the bite off the higher prices. My grocery store nearest me Strack and Van Til has started carrying more organic produce...now their entire top shelf of fruits and vegetables are organic. They have organic milk,cheese,eggs,canned corn,etc...they seem to be getting more and more organic and they often have sales and their regular prices are pretty good for organic. Even Aldis is getting some organic and have the cheapest prices I have found...grape tomatoes,baby carrots, gala apples, bananas, boxed salads of baby arugula,baby kale, spinach, spring mix....if you shop around you can find what you need pretty reasonable. There is a fruit market called Stanleys that has a nice selection of organic produce and dairy too...Shop around. You may be surprised just how affordable it can be and better for your health.

PAMSCHWETZ

11/26/2013 10:53:32 AM

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This is a good list to refer to, but what about GMOs? Those food products are genetically altered and causing lots of auto immune diseases and many health problems. Corn is mostly GMOs so I would add that to the list to definitely buy organic to be safe...See what other foods on your safe list may contain GMOs and warn people of them.I am on my third auto immune idiopathic disorder from eating regular food. I have switched to mostly organic and trying to detoxify my system but I am 52 and that is a lot of accumulation of bad stuff in my system to try to get rid of and start replacing with truly healthy food. There are many videos on youtube that you can do your own research on GMOs. They are basically poisoning the world food supply and can contaminate organic farms. Very serious situation. Monsanto is behind the GMOs because of their roundup pesticides so not only is the GMO contaminated with pesticides but it is contaminated inside too and that cannot be washed away...Why do you think cancer is rising and auto immune disease and other serious health issues? Too many people eat GMOs and there are no labels for it so not even warned about it. Look at all the prescription drugs with all their side effects. You take a pill to get rid of one problem and you gain another problem or more than what you started out with. The FDA is infiltrated by former Monsanto people who lobby and basically bribe politicians to look the other way. The FDA that is supposed to be looking out for our interests are really looking out to poison us with their GMOs...they have their own agenda...Sign all the petitions you can. I find a lot on facebook and sign everyone about GMO labeling and warning. Personally I think GMOs should be banned all together. They are poisoning all of us. It is a horrible greedy world we live in. They are more concerned about profits than health. They don't want you to get well cuz then you won't buy their drugs that don't help you...they mask syndromes and add the dangers of possible side effects. Go organic...eat healthy fruits and vegetables. So many organic herbs are so healthy and actually correct physical problems, they do not mask the symptoms they cure the problems...Do your own research and spread the word.

6BALLMAN

5/21/2013 9:07:47 AM

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Is there any actual REAL science behind all the scare stuff I am reading.
Until and unless there is, I am going to keep those precious pennies in 6ball's pocket.

SIMONEFRAME

5/16/2013 12:42:18 PM

There is also a great app called Makeena that is going to finally make it easier to afford natural, organic foods in stores like Whole Foods. they're not launched yet, but when they are, the app will be free. It's going to be such a relief to not have to break my bank every time I want good food. They have a video here: www.crowdfunder.com/campaign/393.

AZURE-SKY

4/9/2013 3:46:42 PM

Read up on what it really means to be certified organic. In the US, a farm or orchard has to only stop using chemical pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides for 3 years to become certified organic. However, the trees in the orchards may be over 50 years old, accumulating the chemicals used for all those years. Since we don't know what pesticides or herbicides were used during that time, or how long they last in the trees & soil, even buying organic produce may mean you're getting the residue of those older pesticides.

For example, DDT, formerly used as an insectide, but banned in the 1970s in the US, has a half life of around 30 years, but has still been found in human blood tests performed by the CDC in 2005. It causes thinning of bird egg shells, and has been cited as a cause for shrinking populations of wild birds in the US. Even in 2010, more than 40 years after the U.S. ban, California condors which feed on sea lions at Big Sur which in turn feed in the Palos Verdes Shelf area of the Montrose Chemical Superfund site seemed to be having continued thin-shell problems. So, it appears to work its way up through the food chain.

In the US, federal legislation defines three levels of organic foods.

Products made entirely with certified organic ingredients and methods can be labeled "100% organic," while only products with at least 95% organic ingredients may be labeled "organic." Both of these categories may also display the USDA Organic seal. A third category, containing a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, can be labeled "made with organic ingredients," but may not display the USDA Organic seal. In addition, products may also display the logo of the certification body that approved them.

Also, small farmers, selling less than $5,000 a year, do not have to apply for organic certification, although they still have to keep records and may be subject to audits.

RVINCE

4/8/2013 11:31:19 AM

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You MUST buy organic corn as external pesticides aren't the issue, they are now internal thanks to GMO's. 98% of all corn is now GMO in which they engineered the pesticide in its dna. When it enters our gut and intestines, it perforates them and undigested foods enter the body thru the intestines, creating food allergies and other ailments. As far as organic on a budget, i've been shopping online lately at greenpolkadotbox , their prices are amazing and shipping is free with orders over a certain amount.

JAMITHA

4/8/2013 10:26:25 AM

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Starting a juice cleanse and raw food diet in the next few days. I will have to be buying organic a lot--this article definitely helped! Thanks!

DREASSPARK

4/4/2013 1:05:19 PM

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I get all my organic veges fruits and meat dairy from door to door organics - it's online and I get a box for $23 and it's delivered right to my door - and NO, i don't work for them! It's affordable, and good for me, yay!

ALIX_P

4/4/2013 10:25:18 AM

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Another person commented on this, but the ability to comparison shop is somewhat limited. I live in a moderately sized town, but we only have one place to buy organic produce when the farmers market is out of season. And boy is it expensive. The farmer's market is worse. There are stores about 30 miles away in a bigger city, but we rarely have enough gas to go up there more than every couple of months.

Some of the other suggestions are great. I look for sales, and sometimes you can get a good deal. I've recently started growing my own veggies, which should be ready in a month or two.

DBCLARINET

6/27/2012 11:47:42 AM

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I guess I got lucky there that most of the stuff I buy is "don't worry, buy conventional." Having said that, locally grown stuff is so much more delicious that I'm trying to grow some of my own produce. I wish I had enough space to make myself sustainable, but whatever.

I have started buying my meat from local farmers so I can eat grass-fed beef, pasture chickens and eggs, and humane pork. It is cheapest to get that meat directly from the farmer, but even then it's still kinda pricey, so I buy bulk meats, non-premium cuts, and some organs and just eat less of all of it.

Yeah, I just made some chicken livers, and those are not only delicious, I broiled them with some seasonings, and they're going to make me lunches for less than $1 per meal. It's not an every day thing, but it does help cut down costs.

CHRISTINEL10

6/27/2012 6:32:28 AM

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If you want to be truly organic grow your own! Most of the produce mentioned with high pestacides are easily grown in small backyard gardens.

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