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Organic on a budget – 9 ways to save

Organic on a budget – 9 ways to save

We all love to save money here and there, so to celebrate Organic September we’ve put together a few pound-stretching tips to help your organic budget go further.

1.Celebrate Organic September!

Getting started can seem daunting, so we have put together a handy (and free!) Starter Kit to help you kick start your organic lifestyle. Packed full of great offers and discounts, recipes and tips to get you inspired, it’s a great first step towards going organic. Sign up to download yours here or search the site for more offers and promotions. 

2. Stock up your store cupboard

Buying your store cupboard essentials in bulk can be a great way to save money, as staples like organic pasta, canned tomatoes, beans and other dried goods can often be found for the same price as non-organic items. And a full store cupboard means you’ll always have something on hand to whip up a tasty meal in no time 😊

3.Shop around

Most supermarkets such as Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s Aldi, Lidl, Asda and Morrisons have their own brand organic ranges which are often cheaper than non-organic branded products.  It’s always worth shopping around or checking online retailers as well as with your local grocers or farmers’ market to find the best deals. Find out where to buy organic here. 

4. Eat with the seasons

Eating local produce when it’s in season in the UK is a great way to keep costs down – there are plenty of tools available to help you know what’s in season – use them to plan your menu before you hit the shops.

5. Join a box scheme

Box schemes are an ever-more popular way to help the time-poor population get fresh, local and organic produce delivered right to their door. There are many options that can include meat, dairy and eggs as well as fruit and vegetables, so you can choose the scheme to suit you. Choosing seasonal UK veg boxes are also a great way of getting to know the seasons, as well as widening the selection of vegetables you might usually eat, so your cooking repertoire will expand as well! Find an organic box scheme near you. 

6. Make time to cook

Busy lifestyles mean our tendency towards convenience foods is hard to break. However, cooking meals from scratch is a much more cost-effective way of eating, and doesn’t need to take all day. Planning your meals, buying ahead and freezing leftovers for speedy suppers and lazy lunches can free up your time as well as saving you money. We've curated a collection of mouthwatering organic recipes from some of the UK's best chefs right here - many of these have been costed and are perfect for eating organic on a budget. Of course if you like to eat out (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?!), you can search for your nearest organic restaurant or café here.

7. Grow your own 

You needn’t have an allotment to grow your own food – from window-box herbs to tomatoes in a tub, the smallest outside space can be transformed into a mini kitchen garden. As well as being wonderfully rewarding, growing your own is cheaper too – starting with herbs is a great first step – take a look at our handy guide.

8.Become a member of the Soil Association and save on exclusive organic offers and promotions all year round.

Our members are at the heart of our work. Join thousands of people just like you – together with farmers, growers, local shops and food businesses - who all care as much as you do about protecting the natural world and ensuring that no person goes without good food. As part of your membership package you can save on exclusive offers and promotions from organic brands and retailers all year.

9. Keep in touch

Sign up to our newsletter and you’ll be the first to hear about all our exciting news and campaigns, including great offers, new organic businesses, tasty recipes and much more. Sign up now.

For more tips on eating organic on a budget read Tom Hunt's top tips here on the site or this great article in the Telegraph for Organic September.