Everybody who cares about their health wants to eat organic, non-GMO foods, but the challenge is being able to afford it, right? Thanks to dwindling economic opportunities and job cuts almost everywhere, discretionary income is getting harder to come by for millions.

At the same time, eating foods laden with toxic pesticides or cancer-causing GMOs costs you a lot more in the long run due to hospital bills and severe health problems. Cancer treatments, after all, aren’t cheap. So what’s the real solution to eating healthy without spending a fortune?

Check out these five outstanding ways to save money on organic and non-GMO food right now:

  1. Look for your neighborhood suppliers:

A standout amongst the most fulfilling activities is to purchase natural sustenance locally. That way you get the freshest elements for your kitchen and furthermore get the opportunity to help neighborhood organizations. With no transportation costs for the provider too you ought to get exceptionally aggressive costs.

Keep in mind that these same organizations will utilize nearby staff so you are additionally helping the neighborhood economy, everyone wins in this situation.

  1. Use your phone

There are some great apps you can use that save you money and for most all you have to do is take a photo of your receipt.

  1. Buy Organic Food Ingredients In Bulk

It sounds simple but it really works: seek out organic food ingredients in bulk instead of in small packages.

You might be surprised to know that at least half the cost of small-quantity organic foods comes from the packaging and containers. By purchasing those same foods or ingredients in bulk quantities, you’ll find the cost per ounce (or cost per serving) can be drastically reduced, sometimes by as much as half.

  1. Prioritize

To do the best you can for your family, why not limit your organic buying to those products that are known to absorb the most chemicals? For the rest, carry on buying traditional products to save money.

Here are a few of the most important fruits and vegetables to include in your organic food shopping. Often dubbed the “Dirty Dozen,” they are most likely to be found with high levels of pesticides.

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Imported Snap Peas
  • Potatoes

When doing your organic food shopping the list commonly known as the “Clean 15” are fruits and veggies you can save money on and buy non organic varieties.  They include:

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Frozen Sweet Peas
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes
  • Papaya
  • Kiwis
  • Egg Plant
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet Potatoes
  1. Grow your own organics

Start small with herbs, which can provide big savings (see “An Herb Garden for Beginners” on the opposite page). Move up to easy-to-grow items like lettuce and other greens, zucchini, and cucumbers. Then try cultivating peppers, tomatoes, and carrots. Next thing you know, you’ll have a full, vibrant, healthy garden — and a budget-friendly supply of organic produce.