- November, 18 2013
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There are a number of ways to cut the costs of milk and it all comes down to choices:
- A gallon is usually cheapest - Milk comes in lots of sizes, but buying by the gallon will almost always be the best deal.
- A “gallon” may not actually be a gallon - Even though they may look like gallons, some brand names, especially in organic milk, are not a full gallon. By contrast…
- Store brand organic is almost always a full gallon, while many name brands have shrunk to under a gallon.
- Organic is expensive, but lasts twice as long, so you can stock up when on sale. Organic shouldn’t have toxins like pesticides or “rBST”, which stands for “recombinant bovine somatotropin”, a bovine growth hormone.
- You may not need to pay more for organic: If the growth hormone would be the number one reason for buying organic milk, it may not be necessary to pay more for organic. Know the facts…
Money saving facts on non-organic alternatives without rBST:
- Very few non-organic farmers use rBST - According to the USDA’s Inspection service, only about 15 percent of U.S. dairy farmers use rBST
- Avoid the cheapest value brand, as it will probably have rBST.
- Look for the seal – Your store brand’s conventional non-organic milk costs about a $1 more than the value brand, but they may pledge not to use rBST. Look for the seal with the pledge.
- Convenience Stores and Drugstores often sell local name brands most with no rBST, and they can be cheaper than supermarket store brands. Look for that seal!