Want to Take an Organic Challenge? Save and Shift!

Heather —  March 17, 2011

hc-logoI am so pleased and excited to be participating in The Easy Organic Living Program! This is a fun series of Organic Challenges that are co-hosted by Healthy Child Healthy World (HCHW) and Baby Center and the sponsor is Stonyfield.

You can join me in taking one or more of four challenges over the next month and a half. From what I have already seen and learned so far from the program hosts and other participants, I know you will learn a ton about organic living and …you may even win a tote bag full of organic treats!

Today, I’ll be sharing the first challenge. Soon, I will tell you how I am doing.

3/9 CHALLENGE: Save a dollar here, Shift a dollar there

Organic living is healthy living and you don’t need a bigger budget to start buying organic. Protect your family by taking simple steps that have a big impact. Invest in health!

Your challenge:
For a full week, make a conscientious effort to save money by using some of the tips below. Then shift your savings to organics!

Buy in bulk and save up to $500 a year!

Eat your leftovers. According to the USDA, 14 percent of all the food that we buy ends up in the trash, adding up to almost $600 thrown away each year.

Opt for water. Instead of grabbing soda or juice, drink what’s freely available from the tap. You could save up to $200 per year or more.

Choose whole chicken. Save up to $600 per year by choosing whole chicken instead of boneless skinless breasts.

Buy fruits and vegetables when they’re in season. You can save up to $130 or more per year by shifting to seasonal produce (i.e., apples in the winter, plums and nectarines during the summer).

Eat less meat. If you were to cut meat out of your diet once a week and replace it with a vegetarian option, you could save about $250 per year for a family of four.

Find more tips here and learn more at Shift Your Habit!

After a week, estimate your savings and shift the money to organic food.

How your family will benefit from this challenge:
• You’ll save money.
• You’ll shift your budget to support healthier living.
• Your family won’t ingest potentially harmful ingredients found in non-organic products.

Share your experience!
Your story can help inspire others to live healthier! Please share your tips and trials. Here’s how:

  • Talk about it on Facebook. Share a story about this challenge using @healthychildhealthyworld and/or @stonyfield.
  • Tweet about it. Use the #ezorganic hashtag to give a quick example, tip, or link.


This post is part of the Easy Organic Living program co-hosted by Baby Center and Healthy Child Healthy World and sponsored by Stonyfield. For participating, I will receive a tote bag of organic products and I will be giving away an additional bag of organic products.

If you participate in this challenge, please let me know!


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11 responses to Want to Take an Organic Challenge? Save and Shift!

  1. Great challenge! We do the first 3 things regularly. With 10 kids for 2 meals a day and 6 for dinner, buying in bulk just makes more sense anyway. I do have strange kids, they LOVE leftovers. If there is not enough for everyone to have 2nds on a meal, they are excited to have it has leftovers. Then when there is enough leftovers, we’ll have leftover day and I number everything and the kids (without looking) choose a number and that is their meal. They love doing this. Not many kids will tolerate leftovers. We drink lots of water around here. Ice tea for dinner. Milk or OJ for breakfast and water in between. Soda is a special, very rare treat. We do buy whole chickens, but that is when I want to roast a chicken. I should do it more often because it is cheaper than a package of boneless chicken.
    God’s Blessings on your challenge. Vickie

    • quinnschilling March 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks, Vickie:) When there are growing kids, leftovers go pretty fast, don’t they? Haha! I like the number idea:)

  2. Thanks so much for posting this!!!

  3. These are some really great ideas!

    Mrs. White

  4. Great common sense ideas—“fruits and veggies in season” is God’s plan of creation and sustenance for us! I Love the seasonal changes in menus and tastes! And yes, buy in bulk, especially oatmeal, nuts, eggs! And eggs are a perfect food; protein, vitamins, minerals, etc. Thank you.

  5. We’re working on changing our budget in our house too and trying to participate in this challenge as well.

  6. I do these, and they are HUGE cost savers~in fact, I look for lower pricing overall and we’ve almost totally given up processed foods~with the exception of Stoneybridge yogurt…LOL..and I’ve got some in the fridge NOW to learn to make our own yogurt with this next week….I get about three meals off ONE chicken and sometimes four~The biggest drawback to bulk buying will be storage~but eliminating canned/boxed foods will make room for the bulk staples and the fresh home preserved foods ~a freezer has been a HUGE HUGE HUGE plus for us! I buy meats/cheese/yogurt and all kinds of stuff to freeze~Thanks for blogging your journey~HUGS!

    • quinnschilling March 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      I want to eat at your house! That is great:) I actually sold our freezer last time we moved and I am very sorry now. This year, I’d like to work on learning more about canning…

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