I’m pretty hard core about eating organic food. I eat 100% organic (well maybe 99%). Sometimes I buy deli food from my local co-op and it isn’t always 100% organic – but usually at least 95%.
I’ve looked for ways to decrease our shopping bill because when you buy quality, organic food it can get expensive! We have a fantastic local co-op where I live and I pretty much exclusively shop there when I go out. Super occasionally we go to Costco and buy the few organic items they have there. Of course, I love our local farmer’s markets and go there as much as possible as well.
In addition to organic I also really care about where my food comes from. My priority is both local and organic. I refuse to buy organic if it is from China or Mexico. I worry about if controls are actually happening there (is it really being grown organically) as well as the quality of the soil (lead and other heavy metals). So I’m pretty picky 😉
When I’m not going to a store, there are two places online that I like buying from:
The first is Thrive Market. I decided to finally try Thrive about a year ago. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t know how much I would save. When I started my trial membership, I saved quite a bit of money. After the trial ends, there is an annual membership of $60/ year. I decided to pay for the annual membership and see if I saved at least $60. Within 6 months I had saved at least triple that amount. I’m able to find products significantly cheaper than I can in my local grocery store. With two young kids I’m also a big fan of having food delivered to my door step. Thrive has become my go-to favorite place to stock up on foods that I love! It’s like Costco for organic foods. You pay a membership fee and get organic foods for less. If you spend more than $49, then shipping is free. It’s easy to stock up and get to $49.
The second store I love is Azure Standard. Azure Standard is a bit unique. You can have items shipped and you pay shipping OR you can find a drop point near you. A drop point is usually at someone’s house who has asked Azure to be a site coordinator. A semi-truck delivers food to the site coordinator’s house. Each person’s order is in boxes. I just show up and look for the boxes with my name on it and pick it up. They have set delivery days. Again, similar with Thrive, Azure has cut out the middle man and passes savings on to you. Azure has a lot of bulk organic foods as well a fresh fruits and vegetables at a great deal.
Happy organic shopping!
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