I’m preparing to get married in September, and I’ve been working super hard to keep my diet healthy, while still saving money for the wedding. Even if you’re not getting married soon, you’re still probably on a budget with the way the economy is right now, and buying organic food can start to add up when your budget is tight. While it is always a better idea to eat organic food, I realize that sometimes it’s not always an option. After consulting the Environmental Working Group’s lists, and other environmental groups, I’ve compiled a list of fruits and veggies to go organic with, or to bypass if the budget won’t allow. A good rule of thumb is to consider the thickness of the skin. Melons of any type have thick skins and so pesticides have a harder time getting in. Peaches, berries, and other soft skinned fruit however eat the pesticides up like water, and tend to be highest on the pesticide scale.

Don’t forget meats, dairy, and eggs too. While they are sometimes hard to find in organic depending on where you live, they are very important to buy organic, sometimes more important than fruits and vegetables. There are so many pesticides and toxins in what animals are eating, let alone the products themselves.

Foods aren’t the only things that you should be seeking the natural approach for either. If you suffer from allergies or other health issues, environmental toxins may be to blame. It’s a good idea to buy almost anything in your bedroom, organically. You spend (hopefully) 8 hours out of every 24, sleeping in your bedroom. That’s a third of your day, and that doesn’t include other activities that you might do in your bedroom, such as work, or reading! Switching to an organic mattress or pillows might make all the difference in the world.

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Not everything is going to be an easy choice when choosing organic, but there are plenty of resources and groups on the web to help you with your decision. A good rule of thumb for household items, it by assessing how much of your time is spent using the item. If you never use something then your level of exposure to the toxins is small. However if it’s something like your bed, you’re exposing yourself to toxins for a large portion of your day. Going organic isn’t always easy on a budget, but in the end it’s usually worth it.

Buy Organic
Celery
Strawberries
Apples
Blueberries
Nectarines
Apples
Pears
Tomatoes
Cherries
Grapes
Peaches
Strawberries
Bell Peppers
Spinach
Carrots
Kale
Spinach
Cherries
Potatoes
Grapes
Okay to skip it
Honeydew
Sweet Potato
Grapefruit
Watermelon
Cantaloupe
Eggplant
Cabbage
Kiwi
Asparagus
Sweet Peas
Mangos
Pineapple
Sweet Corn
Avocado
Onion