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Trying to save money? 15 foods you don’t need to buy organic

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., March 2, 2010 - 10:45am

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Brierley asks: Do you buy organic? What foods do you think it's worth to save on and which do you spend more on for organic?


I'm unemployed so I have to really watch my money - but I do buy organic apples, celery and lettuce. I have discovered if I buy less food more often, I have reduced the amount of food I throw away dramatically. So I have decided to eat less, but better.

Question - is it worth my money to buy organic beans - dried or canned? (like pinto, navy etc) I have added beans to my diet and will spend the money if necessary, but that's something else I hate to waste (money)

Many thanks.


03/12/2010 - 1:07pm

yes i buy organic whenever possible unfortunately our fruit is often too ripe or looks bad. so i have to pick and choose we love pears but 4 pears costs upward of $6 THATS A LOT! and they are often terrible. so we get what is fresh and reasonable. other than fruit and veg we buy the other conventional foods all the time


03/11/2010 - 7:44pm

I like to buy organic lettuce since we eat so much of it.


03/11/2010 - 4:40pm

I try to follow the recommended guidelines for the organic fruits and vegetables that I buy. After my husband was diagnosed with cancer, it's become even more important to me to eat as much organic as possible. We belong to an organic CSA and thoroughly enjoy the freshness and incredible tastes of the veggies. I always buy organic milk, cheese, and meat. Whether it's psychological or not, we can taste a difference in organic fruits, vegetables, meat and milk.


03/10/2010 - 6:28pm

Yes, when they are available. I like the list of things you don't need to buy organic because it will not only save money but allows me to spend more on those produce items that really need to be organic.


03/10/2010 - 1:42pm

I try to buy organic as much as possible, but it does get expensive. I always buy organic non-fat milk, and try to buy organic meats (usually chicken). I'd love to buy grass-fed beef, but it is too much for the pocketbook. Maybe for a special occasion. I have to question, too, whether a food item really is organic or not. I usually have a garden, so I grow most of my own veggies (organic of course) during the growing season (2 here in FLA).


03/10/2010 - 9:35am

One major reason for buying some foods organic is to avoid GMO foods. Pesticides are not the only problem with foods like corn, whether frozen or canned. Are there any frozen corn products on the general market other than organic than can guarantee that the corn in the package is not GM?

Ann Walper


03/10/2010 - 12:34am

I try to buy all organic produce but if I have to make a decision I would buy the leafy vegetables like the lettuces organic and save by buying those with thick or heavy skins like avocados, bananas, eggplant, watermelon and blueberries. Also vegetables like onions, cabbage and garlic because I don't think too many pesticides are sprayed on these. However I would definitely buy organic tomatoes so I don't agree with all items on your savings list and I would definitely use a fruit and vegetable wash on those that are not organic.


03/10/2010 - 12:32am

I have begun buying organic. I do use the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen lists to guide my buying. I also grow my own veggies and have some fruit trees. I am also very concerned about GMO products. I do not want any changes made to the food I eat or seeds I plant.


03/09/2010 - 11:21pm

I buy all organic vegetables and fruits..If Its grown in the ground then it is getting nutrients from the soil. There are many ways to fertilize and deter insects without chemicals.
I will save money on foods that are not organic, bread,crackers,cereal etc...avoiding HFCS,hydragenated oils,palm etc....
It is really a label reading adventure when one goes to the store!


03/09/2010 - 10:05pm

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