Grocery Shopping within a Realistic Budget


  • Always go with a list so you don’t shop outside of your needs
  • Forget the boxes, bags, and too much frozen prepared foods- they break the budget, not the fresh produce.
  • Budget for the month vs the week, but plan your meals weekly
  • Make more…so you have leftovers! Many things come with more servings than you actually need for a recipe if it’s being enjoyed by just 1-2 people, so love your leftovers for the next day! No food should go to waste:)
  • Don’t shop when you’re hungry- it’s dangerous for your cart and your waistline!

The biggest budget busters can be found in the produce section. You don’t always have to go organic, so here is the list of the go-to (aka: must buy) organic foods within the dirty dozen list as well as the clean 15 list where you can go with conventional produce.


Dirty dozen: always buy organic

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Bell Peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Snap Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Blueberries

Clean 15: conventional is ok

  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Kiwi
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet Potato

Produce Buying Quick-Tip:

  • Buy seasonal, local fruits + veggies. When they are in season, they are less expensive thanks to not having to travel from farther distances to grace your plate. Not to mention, this will lower your carbon footprint.


I can go here in way more depth, but I am keeping it simple folks- eat less animal protein. We over-indulge in ounces when it comes to animal protein. Steer clear of emulating a restaurant-size portion of protein and opt for a palm-sized 4 ounces. Not only are you saving your budget, but your bulge too!


Supplements shouldn’t be a “budget-buy,” but if you order them from AmazonThrive, or VitaCost, you will be paying less than most places and you can order them on a delivery schedule so you never run out!

When in doubt, enlist APL to take you grocery shopping for an hour-long tutorial + nutrition education. Email us to get started!




NutritionAshley Pettit