Friday, November 4, 2011

Organic on a budget?

I like buying organic.  I get the environmental part.   Really, I do.  I know it is healthier.  Pesticides, nutritional amount, etc.  I understand it all. 

It seems, however, that my checking acccunt does not agree. 

Organic food is expensive. 

So here's the rub:  I know its better.  But I simply cannot afford to go all organic. 

So here I am, feeding my kids food that's not organic thinking about all of the sprays and junk and possible outcomes with a smile plastered to my face as though everything were just fine.

Seriously, who can afford some of those prices? 

What is there to do?

Here's a little list a friend passed on to make it a little easier.  I keep it on my fridge to remember when I'm making my list. 

Top five big-bad-meanies when it comes to pesticides.  these guys soak up those chemicals like no tomorrow.  Definitely buy these organic if you can:
1) Celery
2) Peaches
3) Strawberries
4) Apples
5) Blueberries

The next five are not so bad.  These you can buy conventional and not worry:
1) Onions
2) Avocado
3) Sweet corn (yum!!)
4) Pineapple (super yum!!!)
5) Mangos  (um, maybe you like them)

Do you buy organic?


  1. Thanks for the info.! I agree - expensive. I buy most produce organic, but the price of peppers is insane!

  2. I know! I'm with you on the expense. Organic berries always seem outrageously priced. But then again, they are on the list. Ack! Produce dilemmas.

  3. I hear ya!! It's so expensive. I try to buy some things organic...but just can't afford it all. I haven't given my baby meat yet because I want to give her only organic but she won't eat much can I justify paying 100x the price?? UGH!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this helpful list. I will definitely refer to it. Visiting from Bloggy Moms and new follower.

  5. I love this list. We have it posted in our kitchen for when we are going to the market!!

  6. Thanks for sharing this list. I haven't been buying organic, but I might have to buy these ones. I did start gardening a couple years ago. I freeze veggies and have them all winter. It's been a lot of work, but rewarding.