Here is your first Organic Living Challenge, should you chose to accept it. I do my grocery shopping on the weekend, so I’ll be menu planning tomorrow, and I’ll post more later this week. I’ll also be making a SPECIAL post about why you should participate in this challenge along with me. 🙂
Organic living is healthy living and you don’t need a bigger budget to start buying organic. Protect your family by taking simple steps that have a big impact. Invest in health!
For a full week, make a conscientious effort to save money by using some of the tips below. Then shift your savings to organics!
1. Choose some easy ways to save money:
– Buy in bulk and save up to $500 a year!
– Eat your leftovers. According to the USDA, 14 percent of all the food that we buy ends up in the trash, adding up to almost $600 thrown away each year.
– Opt for water. Instead of grabbing soda or juice, drink what’s freely available from the tap. You could save up to $200 per year or more.
– Choose whole chicken. Save up to $600 per year by choosing whole chicken instead of boneless skinless breasts.
– Buy fruits and vegetables when they’re in season. You can save up to $130 or more per year by shifting to seasonal produce (i.e., apples in the winter, plums and nectarines during the summer).
– Eat less meat. If you were to cut meat out of your diet once a week and replace it with a vegetarian option, you could save about $250 per year for a family of four.
-Learn more easy tips at Shift Your Habit!
2. After a week, estimate your savings and shift the money to organic food.
- Wondering which organic foods to start with? Try those that your family eats the most — milk, meats, yogurt, fruits, vegetables.
- Make organics even more affordable by finding deals and discounts on organic foods using this guide.
- If you’ve come up with some new ideas for saving money on food purchases, share them with other BabyCenter parents by sharing them in the comments!
- Take action for free! You can lower your pesticide consumption by nearly four-fifths by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and instead eating the least contaminated produce, according to the Environmental Working Group.
- A study published by Newcastle University in the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture found that organic milk is healthier for you. The study showed that cows that were allowed to graze naturally produced milk which contained significantly higher beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins than regular dairy cows that eat grains. Read more about this study in this article.
How your family will benefit from this challenge:
- You’ll save money.
- You’ll shift your budget to support healthier living.
- Your family won’t ingest potentially harmful ingredients found in non-organic products.
Share your experience!
What did you learn? Your story can help inspire others to live healthier! Please share your tips and trials. Here’s how:
- Talk about it on Facebook. Share a story about this challenge using @healthy_child and/or @stonyfield.
- Tweet about it. Use the #ezorganic hashtag to give a quick example, tip, or link.
This blog post is part of the Easy Organic Living program co-hosted by Baby Center and Healthy Child Healthy World and sponsored by Stonyfield.