Would You Pay 81 Cents to Avoid the Dirty Dozen? Going Organic at Winco

If I hear that healthy food is more expensive than junk food one more time, I’ll scream! Here’s how I go organic at Winco, where I spent a whopping 61 cents more to buy the two items on my shopping list that are on the Dirty Dozen 2016 produce list. (I offset that dramatic 61-cent increase by choosing organic cauliflower over conventional cauliflower—organic was 30 cents cheaper!)

Organic Choices at Winco

Here, I’m sharing the details of my latest shopping trip to Winco, where I found 25 organic produce items! For my own amusement and reference, I made a price list booklet that includes:

  • Organic vs. conventional prices on 25 produce items at Winco.
  • Printable table with 42 produce items I can take to any grocery store to compare organic vs. conventional prices.
  • Cheat sheet with the Dirty Dozen, Clean 15, and GMO warnings.

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If you don’t have a Winco nearby, get ready to be jealous. Winco has been my favorite grocery store for more than a decade because of its amazing everyday prices on pantry staples (no need to wait for a sale!) and its huge bulk grocery section. But, for many years, Winco didn’t carry any organic food.

Every time I shopped, when the clerk asked me if I found everything I needed, I asked when Winco would start offering organics. Once, a cheeky clerk told me that the people who shop at Winco want to pay 5 cents for a tomato, not 30 cents, so the organic food would rot! 

That may have been a true example of the huge price difference between organic and conventional produce a few years ago, but the price gap is narrowing as more people buy organic.

It’s more important than ever to know what you’re eating, and it will be harder than ever to get that information thanks to the DARK Act.

Here’s how you can avoid GMOs without busting your grocery budget!

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