Saving money with organic options

Saving money with organic options. (WPEC)

We all know that opting for organic food can be a healthy choice but it can also be expensive.

Buying organic can take a bite out of your budget. you can clip coupons, but there are other ways to save.

"One great money saving tip is to look for store brand organics. For example this organic apple sauce from Whole Foods is about half the price of this name brand organic apple sauce," said Thrisha Calvo, Consumer Reports Health and Food Editor.

Check prices carefully -- organic can sometimes be cheaper. For instance, 2 pounds of this organic hummus at Costco is almost a dollar less than a non-organic brand there.

"If going completely organic is putting too big a dent in your budget know that for some fruits and vegetables conventionally grown is comparable in terms of pesticide risk to organic," said Calvo.

One example: avocados. Consumer Reports has previously found non-organic avocados from Mexico, Chile and Peru have a low pesticide risk. The same with conventionally grown U.S. broccoli.

Other produce like strawberries have a higher pesticide risk so buying the pricier organic ones is worth considering. Organic carrots, bell peppers, sweet potatoes and green beans are also worth the extra money. those prices are a lot cheaper.

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