There are better ways to spend your money.
Your goal may be healthy meals, but buying everything organic can quickly amount to a small fortune. That’s why it’s important to know exactly which organic foods deserve your dollars, and which ones are better left on the shelf, says consumer advocate Lisa Lee Freeman, savings expert at Flipp, a free app that gives shoppers access to coupons, weekly flyers, and their shopping lists all in one place.
For example, Freeman believes dairy, meat, and poultry are best bought organic. “Put those items on your list in Flipp and find the store that has deals on organic meat and milk. It’s a good way to choose where to shop in your area from week to week and doing so will save you a lot of money.” (Pro tip: Scan your loyalty cards into the app and when you tap on digital coupons they’ll be loaded directly onto those cards.) Keep scrolling for the five food categories where organic doesn’t always mean better, plus the one product Freeman says is worth the organic price hike.