Top 10 Marked-up Items in the Grocery Store


Organic Produce

Organic produce is pricey for a reason.
Organic produce is pricey for a reason.

An increasing number of people favor organic food and produce at the grocery store. Unfortunately, organic produce will cost you.

Generally, organic produce is marked up 30 to 50 percent compared to its non-organic counterparts. This is because organic farmers don't receive the same government subsidies that factory farmers receive. Also, growing organic produce tends to be more labor-intensive.

If buying organic is a priority for you, you can still avoid the markup. Buy your organic produce at the farmers market. It's cheaper, and you'll support local business. Also, if you worry about pesticides, consider produce that requires little pesticide no matter how it's grown. Fruits and vegetables like onions, pineapples, sweet corn, asparagus, bananas and kiwi are all grown with little insecticide.