For some people, organic is synonymous with expensive. Using products made without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or hormones is good for your health, but buying them shouldn’t be bad for your wallet. According to the Organic Trade Association Americans spent nearly $28 billion on organic food in 2008, a huge increased compared to the $1 billion spent in 1990. In honor of Earth Week, here are ten low cost organic products to add to your shopping list.
Lavera Skin Care - Organic skin care products don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Lavera offers a wide selection of products packed with organic ingredients. It’s available at discount stores like CVS and Target. Or, if you shop at Lavera.com, you can use coupon code TREND20 to save 20 percent on orders over $75.
Baking Soda - Skip the often chemical-filled cleaning supplies. Use baking soda to clean silver, freshen carpet or even mix in with your laundry detergent. There’s little this pantry staple can’t accomplish!
Organic Valley - For common items like milk, eggs, cheese and butter, check out Organic Valley. The products are all organic and you can even find money-saving coupons like $1 off milk and $1 off cheese at OrganicValley.coop.
Earth’s Best Baby Food - For organic baby food, check out the reasonably priced Earth’s Best brand. Regularly on sale at big grocery store chains, you can also find coupons for various Earth’s Best products at Earthsbest.com.
Burt’s Bees - Burt’s Bees makes lots of organic products including toothpaste and shampoo. Now you can pick many of these products up at drug stores like Walgreens and Rite Aid. In fact, this week at Rite Aid you can score a $5 rebate when you purchase $25 worth of Burt’s Bees products.
Stonyfield - Stonyfield offers a wide selection of organic dairy products including organic milk, organic yogurt and organic ice cream. Plus, with a rewards program and online printable coupons, they’re making going organic more affordable.
Muir Glen - For canned tomatoes, check out Muir Glen Organic. Choose from just about any type of canned tomato product: diced, pureed, stewed and more. With this printable $1 off coupon you can score free or nearly free organic food.
Gaiam - Even clothes can be organic. Find some great deals on organic clothing at Gaiam.com. You’ll find lots of sale items up to 80 percent off in the clearance section.
SunOrganic - Are you using organic spices and herbs? If the answer is no, check out SunOrganicFarm.com for a selection of organic spices and herbs that are now 10 percent off.
Fruits and Veggies - At your local grocery store, organic fruits and vegetables can seem much more expensive than regular produce. So check out your local farmers market for affordable organic options. And you could always grow some vegetables in your own backyard for a truly organic and low cost choice.
By Alison Storm
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