Money Matters: Save green on organic

Reported by: Brittany Price
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Updated: 3/27/2013 7:00 am
The grocery bill is often a hefty expense. If shopping for organic groceries, that checkout price gets even higher.

Food grown without pesticides and synthetic chemicals is pricier for a reason.

"It's more expensive to produce. Farm-raised produce for example, fruits and vegetables, takes a farm a minimum of three years to be organic certified. The expense to maintain that certification is just built into the cost," Eddie Owens, United Supermarkets Communication and Public Relations Director said. 

Owens said one way to shave the expense is to focus on fresh food.

"Eggs, meat, milk and produce is really where you should be concentrating your efforts," Owens said. 

From there, be picky on what products are bought.  

"Strawberries, grapes, apples, those kinds of things where you're going to be eating the peel and the entire product, as opposed to oranges or bananas where you're going to peel the outer skin off. The part that's going to carry the pesticide you're going to get rid of anyway," Owens said.

Also, check for what’s in season. 

"If you’re buying a product that's not in season and we have to go somewhere overseas, then there are going to be shipping costs inherently built into that product cost that you wouldn't have normally if you were buying in season and buying locally," Owens said.

Intent organic shoppers should also consider cutting costs in other areas.

"Look for other places where you can save money inside the grocery store. For example, hair products and razors, those kinds of places where you can save money and devote those dollars to your organic," Owens said.  

Owens also said store-brand are money savers whether they're organic or not.

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