Healthful, Organic Eating Without Breaking the Bank

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‘Tis the Season…to eat!  In honor of the upcoming holidays where we Americans typically pack down enough food to feed a small village, I’ve decided to dedicate my news/research related posts to food.  I, like most people, want to eat healthfully.  The tricky part is eating healthy without breaking the bank.  If you’re on a budget you know the dilemma.  You’re standing in the grocery store debating over the conventionally grown cucumbers for $.75 and the organic grown for $1.40.  Buying organic is always going to cost more, and many of us don’t have the means to go completely organic.  So what to do?

Well, here is a list of foods that, by virtue of their pesticide content, you should buy organic.

Here are the safest to eat non-organic:

I pulled this info from the Organic Consumers Association website. They have more great tips on avoiding pesticides on your food.

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Amy is mom to three, wife to one, and a sister and aunt to many. Her family is a former military family now settled in Lehi, Utah. Oh So Savvy Mom began as a way for Amy to share parenting and product advice with others. Just as she has evolved, Oh So Savvy Mom has evolved into a resource for Healthy Living for Families, Food, Parenting, and Family Travel.


  1. Eating healthy is a very expensive thing. We try very hard (for the most part) to eat particularly healthy and I try to get that done on a budget of $300-$330 a month for a family of 5 1/2.

    We have decided to do basically three things:

    1)Prioritize what is worth spending the big bucks on. For us it is dairy. We are very picky about our milk and have designated 1/3 of our food budget towards that.

    2)Grow your own food. Okay, not everyone has this option. We are blessed to be able to have a decent size garden, that takes a decent size of work. However, that allows us to have "mostly" organic produce of our choice for 5 months of the year and in some cases preserve it for another few months (usually without canning).

    3)We LOVE to hit up the farmers market at the end of the season to stock up on food that will keep for several months in a cool area. The farmers' market is usually not organic per se, but they do tend to us pesticides on a much much smaller scale than agribusiness. Our favorites to keep are potatoes (from Oct-Feb at least), onions (from Oct-Jan/Feb), apples (from Oct-end of Dec), and winter squash (from Oct-Dec or Feb, depends on the quality/integrity of the squash). Anyway, that allows us to have healthy, mostly organic foods about 8 months of the year and they really don't cost very much, btw.
  2. Wow, Karlyn that is great! How do you store those veggies to get them to keep that long?
  3. Amy, have you heard of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15? Every year the gov't puts out a new list of the fruits/veggies with the most/least pesticides.

    And in case Karlyn doesn't reply, those veggies are often kept in cold storage outside. (Think cellars...) We stocked up on winter squash and are doing that right now.