A Beginner's Guide to Buying Organic—Affordably

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Prioritizing which items on your grocery list should be bought organic can help you save money and make healthier choices. But with everything seemingly going organic these days, it can be a tricky - and confusing - sea to wade through.

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In the Coinage video above, learn the best ways to choose what organic produce and meats are best for you, when to splurge and how a simple thing like skin on fruit can be an organic game-changer.

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The bottom line: Buying organic does not have to hurt your wallet, but knowing which items should be organic ahead of time will ensure you are saving money.

This article originally appeared on Money.com.

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[MUSIC] Coinage, life well spent presented by Geico. Does eating well need to be expensive? When it comes to organic food, budget conscious consumers can get the most bang for their buck by choosing wisely. Organic foods are grown and processed without synthetic fertilizer, synthetic pesticides, [SOUND] Prophylactic antibiotics or hormones. [SOUND] You can prioritize which organic foods to purchase by understanding the amount of pesticides they're likely to contain. Fruit with thick peels like bananas, avocados, and pineapples are less likely to have absorbed agricultural chemicals. It's important to buy organic when purchasing fruits and veggies where you cook or eat the peel. Non-organic foods that you can eat whole, like cucumbers, carrots, eggplant and apples, are best organic. You don't wanna cook or eat the artificial chemicals used on these plants. [MUSIC] Splurge at the meat counter, organically raised poultry, pork, and beef is given food that is free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizer. They also don't get antibiotics which is common practice on conventional farms. Buying organic baby foods limits exposure to unnecessary antibiotics and chemicals in the most sensitive time of a child's life. Remember Anything labeled organic must meet the strict regulations of the USDA's national organic program. And buying organic doesn't have to hurt your pockets. On average prices range from being just a few cents more for fruits and vegetables to a couple dollars more for meat. Now with this list you'll be able to pick out the organic fruits and veggies that matter keeping you and your family happy and healthy. [MUSIC] Coinage, life well spent. Presented by Geico.
 
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