The Costs and Benefits of Buying Organic Food
No matter your goal when buying organic, there are ways to save money. Letton suggests the following:
- Buy your items in season. Even organic food is going to be priced cheaper when it's in season, and this advice applies whether you're buying conventionally or organically grown produce.
- Talk to the staff in the produce department of your local grocery store. Ask where the produce comes from, if it's in season and if you can sample it. Make sure you're spending on something worth it.
- Buy things in bulk. At Whole Foods, customers who buy in volume are offered up to a 10 percent discount.
- Buy only as much as you need. Food bought in large portions often goes to waste. If your store offers a bulk bin option, you can take as much or as little as you need, which also means less packaging.
- Make your grocery list and stick to it.
- Compare organic-to-organic prices. In stores where there are less organic items, those items tend to be much more expensive.