Growing your own produce is a good start to staying on your own budget. But it sometimes takes awhile to grow the garden you want. While you are waiting, be selective about your organic produce you buy. Not all produce needs to be organic. While it is best to try to buy all organic, for those on a tight budget, it's not always possible. But anything you can do is better than nothing.
It is important to eat organic produce for the fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residue: Apples, peaches, grapes, celery, strawberries, blueberries, potatoes, spinach, kale, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, collard greens, cucumbers.
Other produce, the pesticides are not as high - like onions, pineapple,
papayas, avocado, asparagus, bananas, corn, peas, mushrooms, mango, grapefruit, cabbage, yams and sweet potatoes, kiwi and cantaloupe.
So if you are on a super tight budget - you can let those with lower residue slide by and buy regular produce. This will help cut down on costs. Save your grocery money on the produce more important to purchase organic.
Regardless if you have organic or non-organic, you should always wash your produce thoroughly.
Coffee, milk, wine and chocolate are also important to get organic whenever possible, if you can swing it.