One of my new years resolutions this year is to incorporate more organic food into my diet. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but could never afford to spend so much extra money on certified organic produce.
This year, I plan to deal with the extra cost and give up some of my unnecessary purchases. I don’t know about you, but I have this weird habit of buying a new dress every time I have a big event on. It just seems like the thing to do though? Big event = new outfit. I’m ashamed at how wasteful I have been as I have lots of nice perfectly fine dresses in my closet that I have only worn a few times. Other than that, I am generally a pretty frugal person but this is one habit that I will happily give up if it means better health!
Organic food prices in Australia are very high. I’m not sure how it compares to other countries but I have a feeling that we are paying even more than everyone else. This seems to be the case for most cosmetics and clothing too – I buy most of my things online now because of how much cheaper it is!
Anyway, back to the main point of this blog post. How to buy organic food in Australia ‘on the cheap’.
1. Shop at Aldi – Aldi has their own range of organic products that are pretty comparable in price to the non organic version!
2. Stock up if there is a special offer
3. Grow your own herbs, fruit and vegetables – I’ve got a pretty decent herb garden at the moment, mainly due to the fact that herbs are basically impossible to kill and can survive all of my neglect. Surprisingly, I’ve managed to harvest 3 tomatoes from my garden (six months of hard work really does pay off). If you’re a good/not lazy gardener, why not plant your own food?
4. Use organic coconut oil in place of cooking oil, moisturiser and hair treatment!
5. Check ebay and other online stores for organic cosmetics and compare the price before buying
6. Famers’ market – keep your eye out for end of the day specials! The organic farmers’ market will generally be cheaper than the organic produce from Woolworths or Coles!
7. Shop at Flannery’s (Mrs Flannerys Organic) on the first Saturday of every month – Flannerys has a ‘Supasaver Saturday’ and has lots of heavily discounted items. ‘Flannery’s Own’ is generally cheaper than other brands and the packaging is BPA free too! Don’t forget to keep an eye out in the specials basket too.
How to justify spending more?
Try to think of it as an investment into your health.
Less preservatives and pesticides = less sickness.
Less sickness = less money spent on medicines and health care
Less sickness = less time off work so more money earned
Healthier diet = better quality of life, longer life and a more vibrant and happier you!
What about alcohol?
Believe it or not, there IS such a thing as organic alcohol. Instead of going for a premixed drink that is packed with sugar and preservatives try out an organic wine instead.
I plan to have a few drinks this New Years Eve so will be celebrating the New Year and getting a head start on my organic lifestyle at the same time
Here’s a list of organic alcohol available at Dan Murphys.