Grocery Store Splurges That Are Worth It


Ever catch yourself standing in the supermarket aisle staring at a range of nut butters and wondering whether to spring for the high-end option or buy the store brand for three times less? We’ve all been there, torn between the affordable option or the “good stuff.” So which one is best? A registered dietitian shares her thoughts.

Splurge-worthy foods:

  • Extra virgin olive oil – This expert says a quality extra virgin olive oil is worth the extra money because it hasn’t been through extensive processing, so it contains all the properties that make it special, like anti-inflammatory compounds. And the distinct flavor that a quality extra virgin olive oil has is better, too.
  • Name brand plant-based milk – Always compare labels because store-brand plant-based milks may not have as much calcium and other nutrients as name brand options.
  • Grass-fed meat – She says it’s worth the splurge for the quality, taste and nutritional benefits you get with grass-fed and pasture-raised beef and lamb. 
  • Organic milk – The extra money is worth it because you get a “better nutritional package” with more antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids and no antibiotic or pesticide residues.

And on the flip side, these are the foods to save on:

  • Bulk walnuts – They’re much cheaper than buying small packages and you can store them in your fridge or freezer.
  • Frozen and canned seafood – These budget-friendly versions still have the same nutritional value as fresh seafood.
  • Organic frozen produce – Skip the pricey pre-washed and cut fruits and veggies and save without any nutritional trade off.

Source: Real Simple