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Simple Ways to Save on Produce
Produce is one of the hardest things to save money on. It rarely goes on sale for a decent deal and prices seem to just keep climbing. Below you will find some easy ways to save money on your produce bill this year without even having to try very hard!
Shop the loss leaders. Say what?! The front page of a store grocery ad is called a loss leader. These are items that, many times the store looses money on because they are so inexpensive but they do it to get people in the door. Take advantage of these sales, especially when it comes to meat and produce!
Shop local. Now that it’s summer, most local farmer’s markets are open for the season. Make sure you take time to check yours out this week; you might be able to grab some great deals! If you don’t want to pay what the farmer is asking, many prices are negotiable. You can also wait until the end of the day to go shopping. During that time, many farmers are ready to head home and they don’t want to have to take their produce home so they will sell it to you at a discount. Another way to save shopping this way is to buy in bulk; the farmer will often give you a bigger discount.
Buy from coops or in bulk. Produce purchased in bulk often is the best price per pound. You can get bulk produce occasionally from health food stores or special bulk buying promotions in your area. Sometimes grocery stores have bulk produce deals too, you just have to ask! Not sure what to do with those 10 pounds of cherries you just purchased? Freeze or dehydrate them for later!
Buy in season. Of course you aren’t going to get a deal on peaches if you need to have them in December, peaches are in season at the very end of summer and only for a short while! Produce will be much less expensive when purchased in its correct growing season. For more info on growing seasons, simply Google for a “seasonal produce chart” or see the one I like below:
5. Buy frozen. If all else fails and you are unable to get a great deal on fresh produce, look at your other options. Frozen fruits and veggies are picked at the height of their season and flash frozen to be the freshest tasting they can possibly be.
As you can see there are so many ways to save money on produce! Also if you keep a careful eye out you may even be able to spot some coupons for produce here and there to save even more.
What are your favorite ways to save on produce?