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There’s plenty of advice out there why eating organic is the best option for you and your family, yet, the cost of organic food can seem prohibitive. If you’ve ever considered making the switch but couldn’t see how to make it work for you, here are some tips to help you eat organic within your budget.

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It’s not all or nothing

You don’t have to change your entire diet in one go. Start small and change a few items that you eat often, and you will already be reducing your intake of pesticides.

Look out for organic when shopping

When you go shopping, don’t automatically reach for the brand you’re used to, but compare the prices of organic and non-organic products first. Sometimes you will find that the difference in price is negligible or organic items can even be cheaper when they’re on special.

Buy seasonal

Fruit and veggies are always cheaper when they are in season and if you buy local, there won’t be any transportation cost added to your product to deliver it from somewhere else.

Replace products that are highest in pesticides

Some foods retain more pesticides than others and are best to buy organic. Some of these are apples, celery, peaches, nectarines, cucumbers and strawberries. Other non-organic foods have less pesticides and if you’re changing your diet little by little, here are some of the items to replace last: asparagus, mangoes, avocado, cabbage and onions. You can download a list of the best and worst products to buy organic from and carry it with you when you go shopping.

Join a buying co-op

An affordable way to buy organic is to get together with other local families and buy wholesale. If you can’t find a co-op in your area, start one. Not only you’ll get your organic food cheaper, you’ll also find a community of like-minded people, which always helps. Change is easier when you’re not doing it alone.

Eating organic doesn’t have to break the bank, you just have to make it a priority and get creative with it.

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