Special Guest Blog: Top 5 Ways to Save on Organic
Special Guest Blogger: YourGreenHelper.com
After having a baby, many new moms begin evaluating the foods they are feeding their family. More and more moms are looking for organic solutions. Here are the top five ways to save on organic food for your family.
1. Buy Online in Bulk
Amazon is a fantastic resource for finding organic items in bulk. They offer a huge selection of organic and eco-friendly products. You can also typically save an additional 15% by signing up for their Subscribe and Save program. This program also qualifies you for free shipping. The nice part is you can cancel at any time, so it is possible to only order one time and get your Subscribe and Save discounts.
2. Join a CSA
A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.
Typically, members or “share-holders” of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season. On average, a basic share may be $350-500 for a season, for 18-20 weeks (late spring to early fall), with enough of each included crop for at least two people (perhaps 8-12 common garden vegetables).
Visit Local Harvest to find a CSA near you.
3. Shop a Farmers’ Market
In a farmers’ market, a group of farmers sell their products once or twice a week at a designated public place like a park or parking lot. Some farmers’ markets have live entertainment. Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to meet local farmers and get fresh, flavorful produce.
By purchasing local foods in-season, you eliminate the environmental damage caused by shipping foods thousands of miles, your food dollar goes directly to the farmer, and your family will be able to enjoy the health benefits of eating fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. Buying seasonal produce also provides an exciting opportunity to try new foods and to experiment with seasonal recipes.
Visit Local Harvest to find a Farmers’ Market near you.
4. Pre-purchase Baskets Online
This seems to be a hot trend emerging across the Nation. Basically, you pre-purchase your basket online each week and then pick it up at a designed time/place. Or, some of the companies are now delivering right to your door! This sounds an awful lot like a CSA only you are not committed to more than one week at a time. Read about my experience here.
Here are just a couple of companies which offer this service:
5. Combine Coupons with Sales
Lastly, never forget the power of coupons! More and more companies are offering coupons on organic and eco-friendly products. Each week, Your Green Helper posts their Organic Coupon Round Up which details all of the printable coupons available for organic and eco-friendly products. You can save a ton of money by combining these coupons with current sales.