Stretch Your Budget — Organic Grocery Shopping Guidelines

If you are health conscious and have vowed to monitor your diet closely, you may have chosen to switch to organic foods. Before you shop for healthier versions of the foods that you already enjoy, consider some guidelines that will increase your buying power.


Organic foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, animal byproducts, and processed products. Organic foods tend to be heftier in price than their non-organic counterparts.

The inflated pricing is attributed to the closely regulated growing conditions and careful processing applications that manufacturers use. The growing conditions and processing often require more steps than non-organic growing and processing, resulting in a higher price tag for products.

Organic grocery prices vary from region to region. The time of the year and the supply and demand for a particular product could drive up or drive down organic food prices.

Shopping List

Before you go shopping, review the advertising for specialty shops and local grocers. The advertising will indicate which types of organic products are currently on sale. Use the advertising to prepare a basic shopping list. 

Comparison Shopping

Comparison shopping will help you determine if you are getting the most value for your dollar. When comparison shopping, analyze the pricing that two or more manufacturers of the same product charge.

If you would like to know if buying a larger package of an organic product will be more cost-effective than purchasing a smaller package, determine the price that you will be paying per ounce for each product.


It may not pay off to purchase some organic products. Fruits and vegetables that contain rinds that you do not plan on consuming, for instance, may base pricing on the weight of a product.

For example, if you are going to be buying bananas, you will be disposing of the peels. The fruit inside of the banana will be safe to consume, whether or not you purchase an organic or non-organic variety of the fruit. 

Farmers' Market

Farmers' markets eliminate the middleman and allow consumers to purchase fresh, wholesome foods for budget-friendly prices. A farmers' market is an indoor or outdoor retail shop that sells specialty foods that are locally grown.

A farmers' market may feature fruits, vegetables, meats, plants, spices, and a series of homemade products that have been jarred or packaged by a farming business. The products that are featured at a farmers' market may fluctuate based on the time of the year.

For more information, contact a company like Southtown Health Foods.