When we hear the word organic the first thing that comes to mind is better food, the second thing that comes to most people’s minds is “it costs more”. I have done some hunting recently to see if organic is always more expensive and I have found that it is not always the case and more often then not you can get some organic stuff cheaper then nonorganic, you can get organic stuff free (with using coupons) and that the price is not always that much more.
I frequently shop at ShopRite (our coupons double up to .99 so the most off you can get when doubling is .99), which sells quite a bit of organic products although not always noticeable unless you are looking for them, but they are the only place I have found the Santa Cruz Organic Lemonade that is FREE after using a coupon when on sale for .99 or when it is not on sale its regular price is $1.19 (.20 after coupon), or the iced tea is $1.39 (.40 after coupon.) There is a .75/1 coupon from the Mambo Sprouts coupon book, it is for ANY Santa Cruz products. Other brands of lemonade cost more then the organic one does, yes they are bigger containers but when using a coupon the smaller and cheapest one you can get with the coupon is the one that you want.
A trip to Walmart brought us to the same conclusion when comparing prices of organic and nonorganic. We found Pepperidge Farm Goldfish at $1.98 for a 6.6 ounce bag, and the Annie’s Organic Bunny crackers for $2.98 for the 12 ounce box. They are basically the same snack and you would think that the organic one would be more expensive. Buying 2 bags of goldfish would give you the same amount of product as 1 box of Annie’s Organic Bunny crackers, but the price for 2 bags of goldfish is 3.96(for 12.12 ounces making it .32/ounce ) and the Annie’s Bunny Crackers are $2.98 (for 12 ounces making it .25/ounce). The organic is the better buy of these 2 products.
With both the snack crackers and the baby food, the organic product is the better value with price alone, we are not even including the difference in quality and that many times the organic tastes better. We are more willing to pay more for the organic because we know the quality is higher and of course we all want more the best value for our money. (which also brings me to wonder why there were more on the shelf of the lower priced organic products then the higher priced nonorganic product)
Many people’s top list for organic items is produce, which of course we all think the same thing as before, higher price. However I tend to get most of my produce at Weis Markets and one of our most bought produce items baby carrots. It is rare that I find the nonorganic baby carrots on sale, they are always about $1.99 a bag, but then I walk to the Bunny-Luv Organic Baby carrots for $1.66 a bag! The same size bag of carrots and organic is cheaper then the store brand non organic. Now granted it is not always cheaper to buy the organic ones but from what I have seen about 2 weeks of the month they are on sale. Watching my store sales I know I can get enough carrots to last me to the next sale and know that not only will they be organic but I will get a better price!
Along with the carrots at Weis I tend to see the salad be about the same price as well. Olivia’s often has a coupon on coupons.com for $1 off, they normally go on sale for $3.50 with the coupon it is $2.50 for the container of organic salad. Then I look and see fresh express with out the coupon is $2.99 so yes with out a coupon the organic is more, but with the coupon it is a better value to go with organic.
I like my family to have the best quality products for the best price and I buy what my budget will allow for, however I do know that just because it says organic doesn’t mean it will cost more you just need to know what to shop for:)
What organic products have you seen that are a better value and price then nonorganic items?
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