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Why has the word, “organic” peaked search engines’ page results? What’s the buzz all about?
Joyce Meyer, the famous Christian author, once said “I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” For indeed, health is wealth not only of families, but also of nations. A nation would not prosper, if its people are not of sound mind, body, and spirit.
The great Buddha considers good health a duty of every human being, not his whimsical choice. “Everyone lives for someone else.” If you are a parent, or the family’s breadwinner, you need to be more cautious of what you eat, or do, because the welfare and future of your family rests on you.
This collective consciousness on the quest for good health paved the way for more studies and research on what to eat, and not eat. As nutrition is the bedrock of both ill-health and good, more and more people are taking a proactive stance on good health: prevention rather than cure. This is why organic foods have been filling up shopping carts in grocery stores.
Organic Foods on Cheap
Before you take your turn at the cash register, let us get one thing clear: organic foods can be expensive; in fact, when you tell a friend that she should make a shift, too from conventional foods to something organic, she will more likely object. “It’s expensive,” is the usual alibi that is quick on the draw. However, for something that provides better nutrition for your family it is surely worth every penny.
To afford most of life’s good choices, sometimes it is best not to think about the “whys,” but the “hows.” Stop thinking about why something is expensive; train your mind to think “how am I gonna able to afford it?”You see, for something that provides higher nutritive value for your body, it always comes with a price.
That’s primarily the reason why organic foods may not be cheap, but there are five ways on how you can easily afford them:
1.Time Your Purchase. Organic foods need not break the bank! Buy them during their peak season, and you would get them cheaper.
2. Invest Where Your Mouth Is. Make up your mind to go organic. A yo-yo attitude towards health will not improve it. If you commit to good health, there is nothing you can’t afford. Give up some of your other wants, and focus only on your commitment to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Put your investment where your mouth is.
3.Join cooperatives and other organizations that support local farms. Supporting local farmers who grow all things organic ensure a steady supply of organic produce on your table, plus you get to enjoy some perks like dividends, patronage refunds, discounts, and others.
4. Buy in Bulk. If you are on a hunt for discounts on anything, go bulk. Buying in bulk saves you money because as producers cut cost on packaging, they usually pass this on to their retailers or buyers, so you too, enjoy discounts. However, this is NOT always the case.
You should have a good estimate of the amount of food you can consume in a given period, before you decide to buy in bulk, otherwise discounts you save will not compensate the loss you will incur for spoiled goods.
5.Prefer Store Brands. Organic foods that carry a store’s label often cost cheaper.
You can also look for seasonal bargains, or coupons in supermarkets. Be on the lookout for sales, as well; however, be wary of unscrupulous deals that pass off imitation or fake goods as organic.
6. Order On-Line. Surprisingly ordering organic food online can be a cost effective method. Companies like Thrive Market have decided that organic nutrition can be a few mouse clicks away. They boast a savings of 25-50% compared to national retailers like Wholefoods Market
Synthetic foods, albeit cheaper than organic foods, carry pesticides and toxins that can put your life in danger over time. Organic foods are also loaded with vitamins and minerals in greater measure than synthetic ones. When making an investment on your most important resource – your health – which one would you choose?