In the spirit of health and happiness we are launching the first ever Rudi’s Organic series of Get Inspired Wednesday! We have planned six fun-filled weeks of organic living tips, inspirational advice and ways of connecting with the environment. To set it all into gear we are starting this week with Setting the Budget – Navigating the Grocery Store, an area in which everyone can benefit!
We often hear about people wanting to go organic but that they just can’t justify the extra costs. While making the switch to organic does leave your wallet a tad lighter, the full body benefits will be enough to make you a true convert.
Here at Rudi’s we are committed to helping people put only the best ingredients in their bodies, which of course, means being as organic and true to nature as possible. To ease the transition into this way of life we have gathered helpful hints on how to set your organic budget and more importantly, how to navigate the grocery store to ensure you really are getting the most for your money!
To set an accurate budget that fits within your needs, take these three tips into consideration:
1. Shop around!
Not all grocery and health stores price their products the same so be willing to do some research and find the places with the lowest prices – even if this means doing your shopping across multiple stores. In the end, it will be worth it!
2. Buy in bulk.
Find a local health food store that carries bulk products. You’ll save a lot of money by avoiding all the packaging that goes into shelf-ready products. Use recycled jars and containers to store your bulk items and you’ll always have healthy snacks to munch on that you can feel good about.
3. Stock up on in-season produce.
As the seasons vary, so does the wealth of produce. When particular fruits and vegetables are in season they are sold at the cheapest price. When this happens stock up on these items and consider the wash, chop, and freeze method so that you can enjoy the full range of those all important fruits and veggies all year round!
We don’t want you to get overwhelmed so in addition to these three budget-setting tips I have one last piece of advice in navigating the grocery store for healthy finds –
Spend more time on the perimeter of the store and less time in the middle! You’d be surprised how much healthier the options are on the outside! (And your body will surely thank you!)
Good luck on your organic journey and be sure to come back next week as we tackle the never ending dilemma – Staying On Track On The Weekends. I’ll see you then!
For more ideas on starting an organic eating lifestyle visit 17 tips for buying organic food on the cheap.