A question from a reader:
I prefer (when possible) to buy organically. I’m very sensitive to the preservatives, dyes, and chemicals you find in most processed and even plain ol’ non-organic goods and produce, and I’ve done a lot of research on the toll they can take if you’re like me. My perspective on it is, I’d rather pay my grocery bill than my doctor’s bill. But with a tiny post-college budget, eating the finer things isn’t exactly an easily attainable goal. I can’t sacrifice things like car insurance for organic spinach. Any tips? Do you think your readers might have any tips?
My goodness! That’s rough to have such sensitivity. I think it is important that you eat foods that keep you healthy and well.
Since you’re a recent college grad, I’m guessing you might be living in an apartment right now. Even so, have you considered growing your own vegetables? Even if you grow just one or two items on your porch or on your window sill, that could be a great way for you to save some money. Check out this article on Wise Bread and search Google for more on this.
You could definitely grow herbs in your home, since they hardly take up any space.
Once the weather warms back up, be sure to visit your area farmer’s market. I hope they’ll have organic selections that you can eat. The prices there are likely to be much cheaper than in stores.
Seek out organic farms in your area (depending on where you live) and see if you can buy directly from them.
What suggestions do you have for her?