Save money on organic foods, flights right now!

Monday, October 5, 2015

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- In Today's Stretch Your Dollar, you don't have to go to specialty stores to buy organic. Several grocery stores are now carrying organic items, but that doesn't mean they've got the best deals.

We compared the prices at H-E-B, Whole Foods and Walmart. We bought the exact same items and same size using the store's brand, and here's what we found:

A gallon of organic milk at H-E-B was the cheapest at $5.48. Whole Foods price 31 cents more at $5.79. But Walmart's Great Value brand organics was a whopping 6.98 a gallon!

When it came to a dozen organic eggs, Walmart had the cheapest at $3.66. Whole Foods was $4.19, and H-E-B's organic eggs $5.35 a dozen!

When it was all said and done, on six items, Walmart was the cheapest at $19.96, Whole Foods was in second place at $21.24 and H-E-B rounded out the list at $21.69.

In other consumer news, flying for the holidays? Start booking those plane tickets now.

According to Orbitz, now through October 12 is the best time to buy fares for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve because you will save. Orbitz says the magic numbers this year are October 6, 9 and 10.

And a quick stop at the ATM could cost a lot more than you're expecting. A new survey being released by Bank Rate shows the average fee for using an out of network ATM has risen 21 percent in the past five years. Now it's up to a record $4.52 per transaction. The spike is due in part to banks being pressured to lower other fees.