You don’t need to buy everything from Whole Foods to get high quality organic foods and products. I do occasionally go to Whole Foods, but it is usually to only pick up a few choice items. There are much more economical means of stocking your fridge and pantry. Here are some good tips on how to do healthy shopping on a budget and get healthier foods on a tighter budget.
Local Farmer’s Markets is a good option. Find out if you have one in your town or a nearby town and try to frequent it each week. Look for any organic produce or for those items on the clean 15 list that aren’t vital to get organically grown.
Amazon Pantry is a great option to shop on a budget. There are more and more organic and healthy products being offered through this service. You order and try to fill a box for one low shipping rate and it is delivered right to your door. It’s really convenient and mostly low prices. You can read about it and use it through this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/pantry/info/
Walmart now offers numerous organic options at prices that can fit a tight budget. I can get chicken and turkey meats that are hormone and antibiotic-free, organic olive oil, broccoli, cauliflower, baby spinach, carrots, celery, almond milk, onions, apples and more at the local Walmart in a small Texas town.
Costco is offering more and more organic items, including organic chicken, eggs, butter, half and half, ground beef, numerous fruits and veggies in the produce section as well as in the frozen foods section. Costco has become one of my favorites for healthy shopping on a budget.
Trader Joe’s, Sprouts and other health-food-oriented stores often offer lower prices than Whole Foods on many of the healthier natural and organic products and produce.
Local grocery stores vary as to how much organic and all natural products they sell. But overall things are improving with many local grocery stores offering such choices. In Texas we have HEB Grocery Stores and they offer quite a large selection of organic produce and other products at decent prices.
Once you scope out what is available in your local area, it isn’t hard to get into a routine where you know what to get from where to get the best prices. I don’t spend any more money grocery shopping now (getting much healthier choices) than I did when I was oblivious to these health issues. I just learned how to buy in my own area.