Summer and I decided to take part in a few Organic Challenges over the course of the next two months as part of the Easy Organic Living program, that happens to be co-hosted by Healthy Child Healthy World and Baby Center with Stonyfield as the sponsor. My husband and I are big fans of Stonyfield yogurt, we fed it to both children when they were little. My contributor Summer, many of you love her already, has inspired me to try using more organic in our lives. We are lucky in the area we live in; we have so many farms at our disposal and even Costco carries a lot of organics. Before I started reading Summer’s contributions here on Mom Start, the only reason we ate any organic was because it was a great price at Costco.
This Week’s Challenge is,
Everyone including me is under the impression that it takes a bigger budget to eat organically. The Easy Organic Living program is challenging us to start buying organic for the same price you would normally spend. For the next week try using some of these tips to save money to use on organic products.
Try Buying in Bulk
According to the USDA, 14 percent of all the food that we buy ends up in the trash, adding up to almost $600 thrown away each year.
Don’t buy soda, and use reusable cups for the water you drink
Buy the Whole Chicken instead of the pieces separately
Buy fruits and veggies that are in season, you’ll save a lot of money that way
You can save up to $130 or more per year by shifting to seasonal produce (i.e., apples in the winter, plums and nectarines during the summer).
If you were to cut meat out of your diet once a week and replace it with a vegetarian option, you could save about $250 per year for a family of four.
Why should you participate in this challenge?
You’ll focus on how much money you are spending thus saving yourself some money
You’ll shift your budget to support a healthier lifestyle
Your family will be eating organic food avoiding potentially harmful ingredients
In less than one week, I’ll tell you how I’m doing in the challenge and introduce you to the new challenge. Please leave comments and tell me how you are doing working on organic changes in your life.
I received a gift basket for participating in the program and will be giving one away at the end of the program as well.