I am eating organics for the less than non-organic food had cost me.
On Facebook I “Friended” and “Followed” organic brands such as Nutiva. This saved me over $200 the first month. Several such as Nutiva gave $10 or more off coupons for signing up. After the first month I save about $40 a month from the coupons offered. I signed up for Recyclebank, which offers coupons in exchange for you logging the eco-conscious activities you do. Recyclebank saved me $125 in a year.
I go online to Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Mambo Sprouts, Organic Deals, Saving Naturally, and Healthesavers to print out coupons. I then buy at discount grocers that accept other stores coupons such as my local Wal-Mart Market. I save over $500 a year with this. At least 2 times a month I get food for free by doubling up on coupons for a single item.
Next, instead of spending $10 for a box of 8 organic granola bars I buy organic granola and organic honey. I mix the two, bake it, cut it into bars, and enjoy 8 organic granola bars for less than $4. I juice organic fruits and vegetables instead of purchasing juice, which saves me over 60%. Instead of spending $5 for 16 ounces of smoothie I buy 16 ounces of organic yogurt and 8 ounces of frozen organic fruit for $3. I put the yogurt and fruit in a blender and have 24 ounces of smoothie for $3.
I freeze for another 25-50% saving. During season produce is about 25%-50% less expensive so I buy in bulk and freeze. I also buy butter, cheese, fudge, cookie dough and bread in bulk which saves about 10% and then freeze it in single serving bags. Similarly for meat I buy a whole chicken, butcher myself, and freeze which saves about 5%. I contacted a local co-op and along with 5 friends purchased a butchered cow. The cost per pound including butchering and wrapping was about $4. Retail you would expect to pay at least $8-$12 a pound. I learned when buying to check if facility is licensed, how long meat is aged, and total butchered weight. A side of beef is about 250 pounds after butchering.
I grow my own herbs. I go to agricultural shows and get 5-10 seed samples for free. There are several low cost online options such as Sow True Seeds. This saved me $169 a year.
I purchased two chickens. The cost for chickens, housing and a year of care was $80 so I the eggs produced cost me less than 50 cents a dozen as opposed to $5 for a dozen organic eggs in the store.
I save $50/yr by repurposing waste. I blend vegetable and fruit pulp from juicing with spices for soup. I take the nut meal from making nut milk and use it as a replace for flour. Anything I can’t eat I either use for feed for the chickens or compost to fertilize the herbs.