Buying Organic and Saving $$

I’m always looking for ways to stretch my dollars a little farther… ¬†I am pausing on my organic produce co-op for now because I’ve found that I wasn’t using all the produce ūüôĀ ¬†and that a lot of what we were getting, I didn’t NEED to buy organic. ¬†I’m going to go back to picking and choosing…and fitting in that extra trip to Whole Foods/Central Market/Kroger to get organic produce.

Helpful lists abound online about which produce to buy organic and which ones are ok to buy the regular version. ¬†Here’s a list from

15 Most Contaminated Fruits and Veggies

  1. Peach
  2. Apple
  3. Sweet Bell Pepper
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarine
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce
  10.  Grapes РImported
  11.  Carrot
  12.  Pear
  13.  Collard Greens
  14.  Spinach
  15.  Potato
SixWise shares that peaches and apples can have up to nine pesticides detected on a single sample.  YUCK!!   Strawberries and grapes had 8.

Top 15 “Cleanest” Produce – these are ok to buy non-organic
    1. Onion


  • Avocado
  • Sweet corn (frozen)
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato
  • Sweet potato



Visit to learn more about cleaning veggies to remove pesticides.