July 3, 2013

A Week of Organic Food for Under $40.00.

I have made a decision to only bring Organic, fresh food products into my home to decrease the amount of synthetic pesticides and herbicides and plastic I am exposed to in my daily life. Many people get the impression that comes with a very high price tag, especially in New York City. However, with some preparation, some kitchen staples, a good market, and a little bit of effort you can easily feed yourself for the week without draining your bank account.

**Please note, I am a vegetarian which cuts my grocery costs exponentially**

Here is what I recommend as Kitchen staples
  • Bulk Brown Rice. There are lots of different shapes and sizes, I like short grain sweet 
  • Bulk Quinoa 
  • Bulk Beans: black beans are my favorite 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • Salt (I buy this in bulk too)
  • Pepper (I buy this in bulk and put it in a grinder)
  • Eggs - good protein, perfect for breakfast! 
Kitchen Luxuries (but staples for my home): 
  • Bulk Coffee- I love Equal Exchange
  • Bulk Tea- I use chamomile 
  • Bulk Sugar
  • Honey- while not necessary, I think it adds something extra special to salad dressing  
This is what I bought this week: 
  • Kale- Lacinato
  • Kale- Green
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocados (3) 
  • Carrots 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Green Beans
  • Apples
  • Bananas 
  • Grapes
  • Ginger
  • Dried Cranberries 
  • Almod Butter 
  • Bread
  • Garlic (left over from my dad's house!) 
Watch throughout the week as I transform these ingredients into my daily meals! 

***Note: I saved $3.53 because of a student discount that the store I shop at offers***


  1. Is it true? We can got organic food in a cheep rate. Generally organic foods are available in market in a high price due to high demand and low supply. Many peoples are avoiding taking organic food due to it's high cost. But after reading this article I think everyone prefer to go for it.

    1. Hi Lucy!

      It is definitely true. I think a lot of people don't shop for organic food because of the misconception that it is so extremely overpriced. In reality, it comes down to smart shopping. For example, buying a bunch of organic spinach at my market is 2.99 whereas pre-washed organic spinach at the same market is over five dollars, the same goes for sugar, flower, granola, fruit, nuts, pasta, rice. Buying in bulk will result in lower priced shopping. That is how I can get as much food as I can for a low price. I would definitely suggest going to your store and bringing your own jars (don't forget to write down the tare!) and buy unpackaged vegetables and fruit, and unpackaged, bulk grocery items. :)

      Thank you for reading!

  2. Not vegetarian but plant based. We are working on humanely raised and stopped buying packages of meat months ago we still have some in the freezer. I am going to have to look into this. I might make a few changes

  3. Hi! I'm zero waste as well living in NYC... is there a place I can find apple cider vinegar and/or coconut oil in bulk? I'm a member of the 4th Street Food co-op and they don't have either one in bulk.


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