What? No Coupons! The Clean 15: Foods You Don’t Have to Buy Organic

What? No Coupons! is a series I write here at The Frugalette all about ways to save without clipping one coupon. Let’s face it, even the most extreme couponer needs to stop clipping sometimes to give their hands a break. Also, there are a lot of products that just don’t come with a coupon, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tips that will help you save big!

I get asked a lot about how to save in the produce section. It can be a money pit if you just grab and go. Also, as more and more people want to buy organic, these tips will help stretch your organic dollars further. According to the Environmental Working Group there is a group of conventional fruits and veggies that contain the least amount of pesticide residue.

Many of these have either a thick rind you discard or a strong odor that naturally fends off pests! Print this list and keep it with you next time you are trying to decide if buying organic is worth it or not.

  1. Onions
  2. Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocados
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

Bottom line: Prioritize your organic purchases and save your money on organic produce with higher counts of pesticides!

Do you buy organic? How do you save on your organic purchases?



  1. Another thing to take into consideration is if it's a gmo crop or not. Corn is on the clean list, but is a huge gmo crop, so I try to buy it organically.

  2. GREAT article – just posted it on Twitter….. :)

  3. If only there was an affordable organic non-corn based dog food option. It's the one place I'll never cut back on. Quimby loves Blue Buffalo and while it seems expensive, $45 for 6 weeks isn't too bad. Just don't tell me the yearly total!

    • What a cute name, Quimby! And you're right, that's a product that would fly off the shelves!

    • I hear ya! We buy Orijen for our dog and it's a fantastic food, but ouch is it expensive! But, we figure it will help keep our dog healthy, which will saves us on vet bills down the road.

  4. What a great source of info….it's nice to know that not every piece of fresh produce is poisoned. I'm kidding….sorta…. I know that I am trying to buy fresh whenever possible because I can't do canned anymore. Thanks for the list!


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