How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
The average couple lays out as much as $180 a week; families of four can drop closer to $300
. We've found a few surprising ways to lower your spending.
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Consider Your Stance on Organic
The organic-versus-conventional debate
is a tough one. Here's a helpful list, though: It's the "Clean 15," and consists of fruits and vegetables that were found to have the least amount of pesticide residues
. Avocados are at the top; only 1 percent of samples showed any detectable pesticides. Other green-lit foods include corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwi, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. So if you're all about organic, carry on. But if you're looking to cut costs, you may want to consider exactly what organic items you're spending on.