I strive to feed my family as healthfully as possible while still sticking to a tight grocery budget. For my family, healthy eating includes eating organically whenever possible. Yet the organic foods we eat have to be tempered against our frugality.
The desire to eat organic on a frugal budget has lead to a lot of research on my end. Surprisingly, I have found there are many organic foods that just are not worth the extra expense. Whether because of minimal pesticide residues or preparation methods, these 20 foods do not warrant the additional organic cost.
- Wild or farmed fish (due to the lack of restrictions necessary for an organic label)
- Frozen varieties of any of the above produce
- Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise – unless your family eats these items in great quantity)
- Convenience foods
- Snack foods
- Frozen meals
The last three on the list can be made from scratch with organic products for much less, per serving size, than the cost of already prepared counterparts. Plus, a potato chip really isn’t that healthy in any form, organic or not, so we skip the chips, and other similar snacks, all together.