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Yesterday I wrote about why it’s important to eat organic food, now we will talk about how to afford it. I asked my readers on Facebook and Twitter to give me the ways they save money so they can afford organic food and here is what some of you said.
“Eat at home more, and use the money you used to spend out buying more quality food.”- Sara from Mama Goes Green
” Buy bulk grains, in season produce, eat less meat, and learn to cook.”- Sara Ann from Native Roots Market (where I buy a lot of my groceries)
These are all great tips. Here are some of mine.
- Check out local CSA’s, farmer’s markets and Co-ops these can often save you money and you can also help local farmers.
- Grow your own garden. You don’t have to live on 20 acres to grow some of your own food, even if you can only grow a few pots worth you are still saving.
- Buy less packaged food. Packaged food almost always costs more than making the food yourself.
- Waste less. American’s waste a large amount of food, around 27 percent of the food available for consumption. Throwing away food is like throwing away money.
- Also to be able to afford a cost increase for your food look to other parts of your life to save. Things like making your own cleaners, ditching disposable products, lowering your water bill, and lowering your electric bill can help you to make up the difference in food cost.