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Vegetables and fruit some of nature’s yummiest foods.
But they can also be expensive. When you are trying to save money on groceries the most logical response is to cut out all the expensive stuff. And sometimes this means produce.
Depending on where you live produce can get expensive. Add in the time of year and the type of produce you are after and the cost can rise. For example fresh strawberries in the middle of winter.
Have you ever wandered the grocery store and looked into other peoples buggies?
Curious what they are buying and how they make all the ends meet? The other day I watched a family fill their buggy with processed foods. Boxed treats, sugary cereals and premade meals.
I am in no way judging as a brand new mom I totally get the pre-made meal idea. It simply made me think about how we all budget our shopping and put food on the table.
What works for one will not necessarily work for the other. In our home keeping vegetables and fruit on the table even when money is tight is important.
My husband and I do this in a few different ways.
5 Ways To Save Money On Produce:
1. Shop Local
Shop local and support your neighbors. The less travel the produce has to make the healthier it is for you. Start saving money by shopping your local farmers markets.
2. Grow Your Own
Do you have a patio you can grow lettuce greens and tomatoes on? Or maybe a few strawberries? Growing your own food is very cost effective. Grab a few pots or a corner of the yard, plant some seeds, water and give it some love.
Freezing the bounty of your harvest will also help you save money on produce throughout the year. Learn all the other foods you can freeze to help you save money.
3. Buy Frozen Produce
When you can’t get fresh produce cheap opt for the frozen variety. Simple examples would be peas and carrots. But you can find all sorts of produce in the freezer aisle.
Pound for pound you are saving money when buying frozen and it lasts longer. Only defrost what you need and store the rest for later.
4. Purchase Canned Produce
Canned produce is a great source of savings. It makes me think case lot sales and bulk buy stores. The shelf life of canned produce is much longer than fresh.
In our home we keep canned tomato sauce, canned corn and a few cans of soup on hand always.
5. Shop Sales
Shopping sales and in season are a great way to save on fresh produce. As well on frozen and canned produce. Check your store sales flyers and see what’s available to you.
Learn more about saving money on groceries.
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