Everything you need to know about buying organic on a budget

Mandy Sacher

Mandy Sacher

Child nutrition expert and mother of two, Mandy Sacher, is a Paediatric Nutritionist and SOS Feeding Consultant. Her private practice focuses on prenatal and childhood nutrition, helping parents and mums-to-be feed their children healthy, nourishing foods right from the start. Mandy’s philosophy is simple: train children’s taste buds to enjoy nourishing, nutritionally...
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 · 2 mins read
Everything you need to know about buying organic on a budget

Buying organic is the best way to ensure that the food you are feeding your family is non-toxic, non-genetically modified and nutrient-rich. But for some, we know that it isn’t always an option to load your trolley up with all organic ingredients. If this is the case due to your budget, don’t be disheartened; there are still ways that you can save money whilst protecting the environment and your health.

Commit to buying your family’s favourites


If you can’t afford to eat a diet that’s made up of all organic, you can at least start by focusing on your family’s staples. Switching to organic versions of the foods you most commonly eat will greatly reduce your family’s exposure to hormones and antibiotics.

For example, if you have a little carnivore who is not keen on cheese, choose grass-fed organic meat but buy conventionally produced cheese.

Use a grocery list 


Buying only what you need will always save you money, so never hit the shops without a shopping list and a game plan.

Plan all of your meals for the week, list your ingredients and only buy those products. And flag the ones that are your organic non-negotiables.

Tip: Shop online! This helps you see it all clearly planned out before you so you save money only buying the things you need – and not the things that catch your eye as you walk past.


Know where organic counts 


Red meat, pork, chicken and dairy are the most important proteins to choose organic. You can also refer to the’ Dirty Dozen’ & the ‘Clean 15’ list to better understand where organic counts most.


The ‘Dirty Dozen‘


These are the foods known to have the highest level of toxic insecticides. We recommended that these are always bought organic, where possible.

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes

The ‘Clean 15’


These are the foods that have the lowest levels of pesticides.

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Frozen sweet peas
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Eggplants
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwis
  • Cabbages
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupes
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Honeydew melons

Other tips for savvy shopping organic…


Thankfully these days there is more access to organic options than ever before, don’t forget to:

  • Shop around
  • Check for what’s on special
  • Buy in bulk

As parents, we just want to know that we are giving our little ones the best possible start in life. Keeping the family grocery shop costs down are hard at the best of times, and factoring organic in isn’t always easy. However, being prepared and a little bit savvy can go a long way in making sure your family is eating healthy without blowing the budget.

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