Organic on a Budget

The one question I get most often is “How can I buy organic on a budget?” Instead of giving a quick answer, I’ve started opening the pantry to show how.

1. Instead of buying boxes of fruit snacks, baked fruit/oat bars, processed and sugar-laden granola bars, chips, and pretzels for snacks – start snacking on fruits, vegetables, nuts, and cheese. I walked around the kitchen and showed her the real food she already had for snacks, making the “snack foods” unnecessary for her family. This cuts down on costs and it is also much more nutritious.

Organic “Apple Bar”  —           $0.92 Organic Apple   —                    $0.59

2. Don’t buy bottles and bottles of salad dressing – make your own.

Organic salad dressing bottle —  $7.92 8 oz olive oil and vinegar   —      $5.30

3. Instead of little snack-size yogurts (that are usually filled with sugar) buy large 32 oz. containers of plain yogurt and sweeten it with honey, maple syrup, or berries.

Organic snack yogurt —          $0.75 32 oz. plain + honey    —        $0.42

4. Instead of boxed drinks – just drink water. Your kids don’t need juice boxes. Buy a few water bottles, and fill them up with water throughout the day.

Organic juice box  —             $0.82 Water        —                            free

5. Don’t buy boxes and boxes of popsicles in the summer – make your own. Popsicle molds are a one-time buy and you can fill them with all sorts of nutritious juices, yogurts, and fruit. Get creative! Let your kids create their own flavors. They’ll enjoy the responsibility of making their own, too. Here’s the popsicle mold  I just bought.

Organic popsicle — $0.94 Homemade organic Popsicle      $0.16

6. Yes, I know kids and adults alike love the famous “chicken nugget” so instead of buying factory-made nuggets, you can make your own at home. It’s easiest to make a large batch, cook them, and put them in the freezer. This way, when it’s been a long day, you can turn on your oven, throw in a few nuggets, toss a salad, and you’ve got dinner! Eliminating “chicken nuggets” from your diet —    priceless

Published on: March 30, 2011
About the Author
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Carrie Vitt is the author of the cookbook Deliciously Organic and publisher of popular food blog, Deliciously Organic. Carrie Vitt began cooking as soon as soon as she could peer over the countertops and by sixteen was working in the kitchens of her mother’s award-winning Dallas catering company, The Festive Kitchen.

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