As executive director of human resources at Aetna, Tanya Taupier is responsible for developing and implementing talent and organizational strategies to further the company’s goals. In her personal life, Tanya Taupier has a passion for staying healthy, and prefers to eat organic food.
According to a study carried out by Consumer Reports, organic foods cost an average of 47 percent more money than their nonorganic counterparts. Follow these three tips to eat organic while mitigating the added cost.
1. Shop the Bulk Bins – Natural and organic food stores often sell some products via bulk bins. Foods like rice, spices, and nuts cost less from the bulk bin because the consumer does not have to pay for packaging. Shopping this way can save you up to 93 percent in some cases.
2. Go to the Source – When it comes to organic produce, shoppers can save money by cutting out the grocery store middleman and going straight to the farmer. Farmers markets, “pick your own food” farms, and community-supported agriculture efforts all provide consumers with direct access to those who grow the food.
3. Cook Your Own Meals – Cooking your food from scratch can save you money whether you are eating organic or not. For example, it is much cheaper to make tortillas at home than it is to buy a package of premade tortillas at the store. For the organically minded, cooking your own meals also gives you greater control over where your food comes from and exactly what ingredients are included.