About two years ago, Lacy quit her full-time job as a restaurant reviewer to become a freelance-from-home mom. The decision slashed her family’s budget, and her new baby redoubled her resolve to stick to eating organics. The good news? It can totally be done! Here are her top five suggestions for how to live like a foodie even with a budget, a family, and a busy life.
5 Strategies for Eating Organic on a Budget – with Lacy Boggs…
1. Know a sale when you see one
This sounds easy in theory, but unless you have a photographic memory or a price book, you don’t really know. A price book is a record of every price you pay for every item you buy over a long period of time. Luckily for a lazy bones like me, (who also happens to be math challenged) I found a local grocery deals website that has done all the work for me. Hallelujah! I would suggest Googling around to find out if anyone is doing a local version for your area. Knowing when something is at its lowest price is different than just buying things on sale. Stock up and start storing items that you use regularly when they reach their lowest price.
2. Eat less meat
Ethically raised meat is expensive, there’s just no getting around it, and since I’ve made the decision to only eat ethical meat at home, I’m buying a lot less of it. We’re not ready to go totally vegetarian, but my family regularly eats three or more meatless or meat-lite meals a week. Thankfully, you can get plenty of high-quality organic proteins from eggs, beans, tofu, and nuts without breaking the bank.
3. Plan Ahead
A weekly meal plan and a shopping list will make a huge difference in the amount of money you spend—and the amount of time you spend at the store. A lot of people complain that they don’t have time to sit down and work out a meal plan ahead of time. But time is money, people! (Said in my best grumpy CEO voice.) It’s up to you to decide which you have more of.
4. Use it all
According to USDA estimates, Americans throw away as much as 40 percent of the food we produce. Make it a priority to only buy what you’ll use—and then use all of what you buy. Check out this post with 12 creative ways to use up food scraps for some ideas and work leftovers into your meal plan.
5. DIY, but admit your limits
No one here is going to look down on you if you decide not to bake your own bread, make your own yogurt and brew your own kombucha. Only you can decide what makes sense to DIY for your family, and you shouldn’t feel guilty even if the answer is “nothing.”
That being said, there are some things that are pretty darned simple to do and will save you money. Try out a few DIY recipes for some of the products you use most, but then ask yourself honestly if it works for your family. Don’t be afraid to admit that you need some convenience items in your life.
This is just the beginning of The Ultimate Guide to Eating Organic on a Budget. If you’re serious about living like a foodie, eating healthy, organic foods and sticking to your budget, you can get a copy of Lacy’s totally FREE (heck yeah!) e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Eating Organic on a Budget.
Is price a consideration when deciding if you will or will not be buying organic? Have you found a technique that helps you reduce the costs of buying organic?
Lacy is a mom and a food writer living life like a foodie in beautiful Colorado and writing about it all at Laughing Lemon Pie.