Several years ago I started having a lot of health problems. I was tired all of the time, in a lot of pain, and overall just feeling terrible. Somedays I hardly even could get out of bed. It was kind of like having the flu all of the time and it was pretty horrible.
It turned out I have fibromyalgia. I had long suspected this but for many years it just meant mild aches and some sleep trouble. Once it became pretty severe I did end up seeing my doctor and after a ton of tests and about a year I got a diagnoses.
The thing is fibromyalgia is still widely not very well understood and treatment options are limited. The few conventional treatment options are really just pain control. I didn’t want to be on drugs my whole life that did nothing but coverup my symptoms and possibly create new ones.
After a lot of research I found that people with fibromyalgia seemed to see a decrease in symptoms when their overall health improved and they removed a lot of toxicants from their lives. I figured it was worth a shot, what’s the worse that could happen? I became healthier?
One of the big things to change was how I ate. I grew up eating pretty healthy food. My mom is a nurse and she knew a lot about nutrition. As most teenagers do, I started some bad habits when I started being more independent. Many of these carried over into my marriage.
Slowly we started cleaning up our diet and this change, along with some others, really did start to improve my health. I still have symptoms but they are greatly decreased and my quality of life is much better.
Over the years of eating a mostly organic diet I have found ways to save money without sacrificing our health. I want to share these tips with you so you can benefit from them as well.
5 Ways to Save Money on Organic Food
1) Plan Ahead
Meal planning is really key. In the US we waste around 30%-40% of our food, that’s a lot of money wasted. When you meal plan you are less likely to waste food because you already have plans for the things you buy. And never go grocery shopping without a list and stick to it!
2) Use Your Phone
3) Use Coupons
You won’t find many organic coupons in your newspaper but they are online. You can also find them on store apps. Whole Foods, Sprouts, Target and many other stores all have coupons on their apps. It saves on paper and trying to remember to take them.
4) Shop Online
You can find really good deals on organic food online. Thrive Market and Amazon are two of my favorite ways to buy organic food online. I often compare prices while shopping so I can get the best deal. Both Thrive Market and Amazon have apps that make this really easy to do. Be sure if you sign up for Thrive Market that you use Ebates, another money saving site I like. You will get cash back on your membership saving you even more money!
5) Buy Local
Buying straight from farmers or through a coop is a good way to get the best price. When you buy these things at the store you are not only paying the farmer but also the store, cutting at out the middle man can save a lot of money. The local beef I buy is a few dollars a pound cheaper from the rancher than it is from the big name grocery store that sells their beef at their butcher counter. I have also gotten to know the family that raises the meat and I know their standards are very high.
Another thing to remember when considering switching to an organic diet, don’t try to do it overnight. Find the worst foods in your diet and replace those first. Small steps tend to lead to better success. Some things aren’t important to be organic, do some research to see what things are more important than others. When it comes to produce the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists are a great tool.
Using these tips can help your family eat better and save money, the best of both worlds! Do you have any tips to add? Share in the comments below.