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How Often Do You Buy Organic Produce?

Going grocery shopping feels like it can break your bank these days. Food costs have been rising steadily in the wake of rising fuel costs and many of us are experiencing sticker shock in the organic aisles.

As it happens, when you are trying to live on a budget or save some money, organic food can feel like, I hesitate to say this, a luxury.

What I want to know is . . .

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tsp tsp 8 years
I buy as much as I can organic, and at least with produce, I try to buy products that are also grown in my home state of California.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I buy everything organic...when I can, that is. It's not widely available here.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't usually buy organic because the price is so high, but I try to buy locally grown stuff whenever I can. I find that most of the local stuff is usually organic and pesticide free, plus it's cheaper. I also get a lot of garden produce from my neighbors/parents/inlaws, so that definitely helps out.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I do my best but I can't always trek out to Trader Joe's just to pick up some apples.
nrmunch55 nrmunch55 8 years
I would love to buy everything organic but it can be so expensive!!! so I buy neat and veggies organic everything else is bad for me lol..oh well.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
About 1/3 of the products I buy are organic. I also try to buy as much local products as I can, simply because I care about the local economy.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I try to buy locally grown more than organic. I can't really afford organic anyway. I just make sure to wash everything really well.
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 8 years
My town has a Walmart and one regular grocery store, so the selection of organic stuff is pretty limited. The grocery store has started to carry some organic stuff, but some of it is the packaged stuff I stay away from anyways (like pasta, juice, canned soup). I buy the organic cashew & sunflower butters, and produce when I can. I try to buy the wild caught salmon at the meat counter when they have it, and I'll pick up the organic beef once it's been marked down because the use-by date is approaching. I figure as long as I'm still eating whole, actual foods I'm doing better than I would be if I ate all the processed junk, organic or not. Even a salad full of frankenveggies is better for me than nearly everything else in the store.
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 8 years
My town has a Walmart and one regular grocery store, so the selection of organic stuff is pretty limited. The grocery store has started to carry some organic stuff, but some of it is the packaged stuff I stay away from anyways (like pasta, juice, canned soup). I buy the organic cashew & sunflower butters, and produce when I can. I try to buy the wild caught salmon at the meat counter when they have it, and I'll pick up the organic beef once it's been marked down because the use-by date is approaching. I figure as long as I'm still eating whole, actual foods I'm doing better than I would be if I ate all the processed junk, organic or not. Even a salad full of frankenveggies is better for me than nearly everything else in the store.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
milk and peanut butter are pretty much all i get organically.
missloulou missloulou 8 years
i try to buy organic when i can afford it, although with a college student budget that is often difficult. i usually go organic for the things i eat the most of, and if i can't go organic and it has more then three or four ingredients in it that im unsure of, i don't eat it!
AMP AMP 8 years
I do when I can but sometimes organic is so expensive. I don't buy a lot of meat, so its mostly organic produce. Or when I need a guilty treat like chips or a cookie, I try to at least make it as healthy of a bad treat as possible by buying all natural/organic.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
rpenner: it is ridiculously easy to make your own "organic" cleaning products. Between vinegar and baking soda, you can already clean a million things.http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/03/06/spring-cleaning-time-here-are-some-tips-for-cleaning-supplies-on-the-cheap/http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/03/15/how-to-make-your-own-laundry-detergent-and-save-big-money/
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
rpenner: it is ridiculously easy to make your own "organic" cleaning products. Between vinegar and baking soda, you can already clean a million things. http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/03/06/spring-cleaning-time-here-are-some-tips-for-cleaning-supplies-on-the-cheap/ http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/03/15/how-to-make-your-own-laundry-detergent-and-save-big-money/
rpenner rpenner 8 years
Oh, I also just started buying organic cleaning products.
rpenner rpenner 8 years
I buy organic produce and meat. I've recently tried buying other things organic as well.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 8 years
We're a no meat household and we have a large organic garden in summer/fall (bliss!) We also go to our local farmers market where they often have a good variety of organic produce, which is nice to buy local organic food. It is harder to do in the winter months... even at places like whole foods.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 8 years
I buy as much organic as I can. But the prices are much higher.
liciababe liciababe 8 years
i buy as much organic as i can afford and local when i can't get organic
uptown_girl uptown_girl 8 years
I'm a member of a CSA so I get fresh veggies all summer. During the non-produce time I go about 1/2 & 1/2 with conventional & organic. I have been getting eggs in my CSA for about a year now, and I think it's great knowing where they come from. They also offer a wide selection of meats. I don't eat meat everyday, but if I do it's usually from the CSA as well. We can special order meats to come with our weekly veggies. Last year I got pork chops for Laboy Day weekend. And they were HANDS DOWN the best pork chops I've ever had in my life. Also, their ground beef I've gotten twice. Both times I made an AWESOME meatloaf! They offer chicken, pork, beef, and even duck! Not everything I get from the CSA is "Certified Organic" but that's mainly due to costs & government regulations that are uber-strict. Some of the growers in my CSA are Amish too, and they offer fresh baked bread & cinnamon rolls (but I've never gotten either of those).
uptown_girl uptown_girl 8 years
I'm a member of a CSA so I get fresh veggies all summer. During the non-produce time I go about 1/2 & 1/2 with conventional & organic.I have been getting eggs in my CSA for about a year now, and I think it's great knowing where they come from. They also offer a wide selection of meats. I don't eat meat everyday, but if I do it's usually from the CSA as well. We can special order meats to come with our weekly veggies. Last year I got pork chops for Laboy Day weekend. And they were HANDS DOWN the best pork chops I've ever had in my life. Also, their ground beef I've gotten twice. Both times I made an AWESOME meatloaf! They offer chicken, pork, beef, and even duck!Not everything I get from the CSA is "Certified Organic" but that's mainly due to costs & government regulations that are uber-strict. Some of the growers in my CSA are Amish too, and they offer fresh baked bread & cinnamon rolls (but I've never gotten either of those).
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I buy very little organic produce...it is expensive, just make sure I rinse my produce in vinegar and baking soda. Dont eat meat all the time.
kia kia 8 years
I balance between local and organic choosing local over organic if I have to. I generally don't have to make that choice with produce, eggs, and honey because of my CSA share (community supported agriculture).
ash_marisa ash_marisa 8 years
Farmers markets all spring and summer long (open up in about a month, I'm pumped!)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Farmers markets aren't easy to find in the desert. I buy organic as much as possible and when I see produce that's been locally grown in the stores I buy that if the quality look good.
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