What? No coupons! The Dirty Dozen:Produce You Should Buy #Organic

Welcome to What? No Coupons! A fun series I write here at The Frugalette all about ways to save without using any coupons. Not that there’s anything wrong with coupons, I heart coupons after all! But sometimes you just can’t find one or it’s rare or you just need a break sometimes! Last week I wrote about saving your organic dollars on produce that’s considered the Clean 15. Well, now that you saved on not buying that produce organic, where should  you splurge?

According to the Environmental Working Group the following foods are part of the Dirty Dozen! If your family eats these foods regularly you might want to consider switching to organic. The list below goes from highest pesticide count to lowest. Yes, apples are the #1 highest count in pesticide. Yikes! Our family is all about “an apple a day!” You can bet where my precious organic dollars will be spent.
If you just can’t afford a certain fruit or veggie that is consumed frequently, remember this tip from a report in Food and Chemical Toxicology,

Vigorously washing, rubbing and rinsing conventional produce under running water for 15 seconds reduces pesticide deposits by 30%!

Before you head to the store, print this list and buy THIS organic  and not THAT!

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Imported Nectarines
  7. Imported Grapes
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Domestic Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/Collard Greens

What do you think? Will you be buying these organic, or do you already?


  1. hi! i love this blog. i just wanted to add, i have read of a vinegar/peroxide wash that you can use to reduce pesticides on your fruits/veg. there is also a clorox bath that you can use for fruits, veg, and meats that not only wash them, it helps keep them fresher longer and kills the nasties. ( it must be clorox because it breaks down into salt and water. just as an fyi in case someone can't buy organic:)

    happy frugal-ing!


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