Regardless of the contents in your shopping cart, reports indicate that the average person’s grocery bill will see an uptick—at least 3-5%—in 2013 due to draughts that affected last year’s crops. And if you prefer to eat organic, price hikes could be even more difficult to swallow, especially since finances can be an impediment to eating organic foods in the first place.
That is, unless you find success with the strategies suggested by Business Insider to reduce the hefty prices of organic grub. Find them below, along with some extra tips from Care 2 on adopting an eco- and budget-conscious diet.
- Check out a farmers market. You might find a better deal, considering that some purveyors cut out the middleman by selling direct from their farms.
- Shop local and seasonal. Find out what types of fruits and vegetables are grown and accessible in your region, since shipping costs are factored prices. Availability also means items are more likely to go on sale.
- Network with neighbors for tips on where to look for the best deal.
- Check coupons on a weekly basis for sales and group-buying sites that sell gift card specials to markets like Whole Foods.
- Cook at home. Cushion the cost of organic food by not blowing money at restaurants.
- Starting planting, even if it’s just a few potted herbs on a windowsill.