How to Shop Organic on a Budget

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Even the most savvy of shoppers can find it difficult to find good deals on organic products. We are used to seeing the words “natural,” “organic,” and “green” on labels and finding hefty price tags to go along with it.

That’s why more and more people are excited about the Wild Oats brand because it enables them to fill their fridge and pantry with reasonably priced, high-quality organic foods! However, we know that other organic products can be costly, so here are some easy tips on how to shop organic and still save money:

Buy Multipurpose Organic Items
Opt for organic finds that you can use in more ways than one. For instance, you can buy some amazing organic apple cider vinegar and use it as a cleaning tool, as a bacteria killing skin tonic, in a healthy salad dressing and even as a delicious marinade. Learn more about the many uses of Apple Cider Vinegar.

Invest in a Crockpot
Cooking in a crockpot can really help you to stretch your budget.  You can create a large organic meal for your family—such as pot roast with veggies—and then freeze the leftovers so that the cost comes in at just a few dollars per serving.

Request Coupons
Sure, we all know about coupon clipping, so why not go the extra step and actually ask for coupons on your favorite organic products? When I inquired about coupons on the products I love, I was able to get coupons on eight out of the 10 organic products that I requested! By using coupons you can get deals on the more expensive items so that the prices are more in line with what you pay on non-organic fare.

 

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21 Responses to How to Shop Organic on a Budget

  1. Nancy Nehs says:

    I was just wondering if your products contain GMO. I have done a lot of research on this subject and believe it is the main cause of many illnesses plaguing our society. I am currently allergic to any products containing GMO. This does not give me many choices in food choice as almost 90% of our food contains some time of GMO product.

    Thank You

    Nancy Nehs

  2. Brenda Sutton says:

    Nancy that is a great question. I wondered the same.
    GMO is an acronym for Genetic Modified Organism. Genetically modified foods are foods produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering. This way of farming is harming our health.
    Organic Food farming involves natural processes, preservation and quality foods. A holistic approach.

    • Dave Carter says:

      Hi Brenda and Nancy. This is Dave Carter, former chair of the National Organic Standards Board. Great discussion here. I have some additional info on this topic on my blog at http://www.crystalspringscurrents.com.
      Thanks for taking the time to weigh in on this important issue.

    • Stacia says:

      Is the organic line of products at a Wild Oats GMO free?? Has anyone answered yes or no to this question yet? Thanks.

      • Oatie at Wild Oats says:

        Hi Stacia
        I just answered this on another blog post but will that here as well. It’s important to remember that any food products certified as organic cannot contain GMO ingredients. Organic farmers are required by law to establish farming practices that do not utilize seed, feed and other inputs containing GMOs. Those farmers are even required to maintain buffer zones to prevent GMOs from drifting into their fields. Avoiding GMOs is only one aspect of organic farming, though. Organic farmers are also prohibited from using synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and other chemicals. Those farmers are annually inspected, and their crops can be periodically tested to make sure they are following the regulations.

  3. Dana Berlin says:

    Do you also carry gluten free products?

    • Oatie at Wild Oats says:

      Hi Dana – Oatie here – We know Gluten is a concern for a lot of shoppers. I got a quick list of four products that we know are gluten free:
      Organic Yellow Tortilla Chips
      Natural Peanut Butter with Honey
      Organic Chipotle Hot Sauce
      Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      I’ll keep digging on this side to find more and explore to see if we have any that are GFCO Certified. Thanks for your question.

  4. Chelsea Vurciaga says:

    Thanks so much for the great comments and thanks Dave and Oatie for your wonderful responses!

  5. Davina says:

    I noticed you didn’t list herbs or spices as gluten, does that mean they do contain gluten?

  6. Davina says:

    Sorry that should have read gluten free!

  7. Diana says:

    Hello, where would i request coupons from?
    Thank you

    • Chelsea Vurciaga says:

      Hi Diana!

      Thanks for your question! I always simply write to my favorite companies via their customer service to see what they have available. In the case of Wild Oats, please look at the Walmart site. You’ll see amazing deals and you don’t even need a coupon! Thanks! Chelsea

  8. margaret Jensen says:

    i would like coupons please, love your products

    • Oatie at Wild Oats says:

      Hi Margaret, thanks for your note. We don’t offer coupons because we have devoted all of our focus to giving every shopper the lowest possible price every day to make our Wild Oats organic products more affordable. You’ll notice that our products are priced ~25% lower than national brand organic products at Walmart and at the same price as the leading national non-organic brands — we hope that helps!

  9. MeMe says:

    I really LOVE this brand. But When there’s a lot of beating around the bush nd not a direct answer makes me wonder … So does Wild Oats products contain GMOs? I really dnt want 2 see explanations I just want a YES or NO . Thanks

    • Wild Oats Moderator says:

      Hi MeMe,
      So glad to hear you love the brand, we do too! All of our organic certified items are non GMO.

      Wild Oats Team

  10. Jamie says:

    I am so glad to have found your products. I have made small changes to our buying habits over the last year and, thanks to your product line, organic is one of those changes. We have noticed a huge difference in our health and have not been to the doctor all year where usually we go 4-7 times a year. Thank you for making your product so price friendly so we can eat healthy while not breaking the bank.

    • Chelsea Vurciaga says:

      Thanks so much Jamie for your comment! We love hearing from folks like you who are seeing a real difference because of the products!

  11. Marilyn Camille Redmond says:

    Hi, Camille here in Savannah Georgia. I spent my entire life with chronic headaches since being a toddler, finally figuring out at age 49 the cause was excitotoxins, monosodium glutamate, MSG. Before I was accustomed to eating out never being afraid of anything I put in my body, and I can’t go through drive-through’s anymore and I finally discovered that nothing in the restaurants is fit to eat. Not having that convenience anymore if you’re like me you get home and there’s nothing ready to eat, you don’t have any prepared food in your fridge or freezer, and going back to eating unhealthy is not an option, what do you do? Here is my affordable quick comfort recipe for “Organic Chili” using Wild Oats Organic products, pantry products, the only thing that is needed is the ground beef. Depending on whether you’re making a full or a half a pot of chili, will use half of a jar or a whole jar each of Wild Oats Organic spaghetti sauce and salsa. One carton or a half a carton of Wild Oats Organic beef broth. Three cans of Wild Oats Organic kidney beans. A can of Wild Oats Organic tomatoes crushed or diced. Add to that 1 pound or more of grass fed browned ground beef, optional if vegetarian. Half or a whole cup of fiesta chili powder, some onion powder, garlic powder, freshly ground black pepper and not too much salt because there’s already a little bit in the packaged products. Simmer all of the above ingredients for about 45 minutes, add your favorite toppings sour cream, crackers and cheese, and there you go, quick comfort food on a cold night after a long hard days work. Why didn’t we ever think of that before, a jar of spaghetti sauce and salsa, makes a perfect quick shortcut to a pot of chili, no chopping and dicing peppers or onions.

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