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How to Shop Green and Spend Less

by Natalie Pyles

I hope by now with all the media, news, and hype about going green you realize that going green does not have to be more costly and can, in fact, save you hundreds of dollars on your home's overhead expenses. But you might be thinking that the savings stop at your door. Doesn't it still cost more to buy green products at the grocery store -- and, for that matter, at any other kind of store?

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The short answer is no, and here is why: Your spending choices shape the world we live in. How you spend not only determines the quality of your life -- what you eat, where you live -- it also contributes to the success of your businesses where you shop. And as more and more Americans are choosing greener products, the prices are dropping all the time. That just makes sense, right?



For example, as ordinary Americans have become conscious of shopping for food grown without chemical pesticides, supermarkets have begun marketing store brands of low-priced organic foods. Safeway introduced its O brand, an organic line that includes 150 products across the store, from bread to olive oil to yogurt. They even deliver your food, too! Whole Foods has a popular brand called 365, which includes competitively priced organic and all-natural products. {relatedarticles} Not only are these products cheaper than name-brand organics, but they're also often cheaper than the non-organic alternative. A 15-ounce can of O organic black beans costs $1.05. Whole Foods' 365 label organic beans are 99 cents. Compare that to a can of Bush's Best beans, on the shelf at Safeway for $1.39. A bag of O pasta costs $ 1.95 -- just slightly more than a box of Barilla brand pasta, which sells for $1.79. But a bag of Whole Foods' 365 organic pasta costs $1.29 -- a savings of 50 cents a bag!

If we all begin to shop green and demand environmentally friendly products and services, then companies will keep delivering them at more and more affordable prices. I believe it won't be very long before the cost of green products reaches parity with non-green products, and not much longer after that before the green alternatives become cheaper.



In the meantime, shopping green does not have to mean paying premium prices. Even with categories that are still significantly more expensive, like organic produce, there are ways you can come out ahead at the grocery store. So let's go shopping. If you have the willingness to learn how to become lean, mean, and green then I can help educate you for a long lasting lifestyle. Have a healthy and happy GREEN day!

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About the Author:

I am a Local Fitness & Nutritional Expert. I have over 16 years of experience in both the Health and Fitness Industry. I'd like to share my personal story of overcoming my battles with weight loss that began as an early adolescent. I struggled from the ages of 13-18, I realized that I had a severe problem and decided then and there to take action.

I Conquered Weight Loss

I hired a Personal Trainer and Licensed Nutritionist, like myself, and the rest is history. Basically, I learned at an early age, there is no quick fix... only hard work, perseverance, and commitment to a healthier lifestyle will guarantee results. I quit looking for the magic solution and got educated.


How Can I Help You I am now the owner of Fitness Elements & Associates. I want to help you realize your true Fitness Potential and levels of Optimal Health. I have committed my life to helping others achieve the success that I have found through Fitness and Nutrition. If you have the desire and the will... together we can make your dreams a reality. You deserve to know the truth; what you are capable of and really can achieve. I look forward to hearing your story, so in the years to come you can pay it forward. Call me today for your Free Fitness and Nutritional Consultation!

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