A trip to the supermarket is complicated enough without added conflicting demands on our grocery list.
Do you really need organic pasta? Are store brand products inferior? And have you seen how many flavors there are of yogurt?
All we want is to find healthy, affordable food for our kids, but it seems like too much work sometimes.
So we did the work for you.
The following foods, broken down by category, make up an ideal grocery list for a family. Plus, we explain just how you can spend and save in each section. (Costs are estimated based on the prices offered at a national, mid-range grocery chain, but they may vary slightly at your local store.)
Bananas, $.36 each when sold individually
Oranges, $.25 each
Organic Peaches, $.76 each
Organic Pears, $1.49/each
Organic Baby Carrots, $2.09/bag
Avocadoes, $1 each
Frozen Peas, $3.29/bag
Organic Spinach, $4.79/bag
Spend On: Organic fruits and veggies that have edible skin, such as nectarines. If produce makes up a large portion of your grocery haul, and your bills are getting expensive, consider just choosing organic for produce that lands on the Environmental Working Group’s “dirty dozen” list of foods, such as apples, which test highest in pesticide residue.
Save On: If you’re craving produce that you can peel–like bananas and oranges–it’s safe to buy the cheaper, non-organic variety. Buy generic produce at the supermarket or do some comparison shopping at your local farmer’s market—seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables are often the cheapest option.