Organic food is often cited as being better for your health and for the environment. However, many people are put off by organic food’s perceived higher price tag.

This month The Soil Association is raising awareness of organic food and wants you to Organic Your September. However, if you think organic food is too costly, switching wholly or partly to organic needn’t be as expensive as you probably think.

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In association with the Soil Association, Wizzcash has produced eight handy tips for going organic on a budget:

  1. Head to your local farmer’s market – these are a great source of fresh local produce at affordable prices.
  2. Only buy what you need for the week – try to plan in advance and make sure you only get what you need, that way you’ll avoid wasting money on things you don’t end up eating.
  3. Look in the reduced section – there are always heavy sales on food in supermarkets, particularly on organic food as it goes out of date sooner.
  4. Love your freezer – if you see a great deal on organic food and buy in bulk, freeze what you’re not going to use immediately and pull it out later.

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  1. Buy seasonal produce – food tastes a lot better when it is in season.
  2. Grow your own organic produce – if you’ve got a bit of space in your garden or a window box, why not buy some seeds from your local garden centre?
  3. Cook up a storm – using individual organic ingredients to cook your meals is cheaper than buying pre-prepared organic meals and snacks.
  4. Shop own-brand organic products – supermarket own-brand products are often cheaper than branded products when it comes to organic food.

Are you thinking of making the switch to organic food? Let us know in the Comments section below.