Maybe you’ve been interested in testing the waters and making the switch to organic foods. If so, chances are you’ll start small and take baby steps since it’s clearly going to increase your budget’s bottom line, or is it? Now I’m not here to tell you it’s the same and you won’t noticed any difference at all, but it may not be as shocking as you once had thought. So far we’ve made a several changes to the food we eat here in the Frugal household and we’re still sticking to our $75/week budget. We’re not eating “clean” or “paleo” or anything like that, they’re great options but we’re being realistic for our family’s current budget, likes, and dislikes.
Here are the changes we have made so far (it’s been 4 weeks at this point)
- Organic Produce (when at all possible)
- Organic Milk – every week so far we’ve found organic milk on clearance, score!
- Natural Snacks – we shoot for 5 ingredients or less
Now I’d love to be able to move towards organic and grass fed meat but at this point it’s easily double the cost unless of course you go in and buy a large portion of a cow. We are considering that at some point.
Today however I want to focus on organic veggies. We’ve been solely eating organic produce for 1 month now and my budget hasn’t been affected at all yet. I thought for sure I would cringe everytime at the prices, but I’ve found very little difference. I do know that these prices could vary greatly based on your location in the US, so this won’t apply to everyone but it’s definitely worth checking out. We knew at some point the prices would come down, it’s a simple supply and demand issue. I’m just to see it’s finally starting to happen!
Last week I was at Safeway and I decided to really compare the prices, side by side you’ll see what I found below…
This is just a small starting point to get you thinking. Now there are often sales and we can get regular produce for less than the retail prices above – but organic produce also goes on sale!
Here’s another gem I discovered, when I pay a wee bit more for something I’m that much more determined to use it. I’ve noticed a whole lot less waster this month as well.
I’d love to hear what you think about all of this. I was shocked myself to find the prices so close, did it surprise you?