TIME2SAVE: Stock up and save on produce
May 08, 2013 10:50 AM

Question: How can I save on produce?

Answer: The great news is, there are so many ways for a household to save on produce to stretch their food budget.

First and foremost, you want to buy in season. It is important to know which produce items are in season, and to stock up then since they will be at their lowest price all year. For example, squash tends to be on sale during the fall, and strawberries and watermelon in the summer. When an item is in season, there is a plethora of it and growers are able to offer it for less. Do your research and know which month brings which produce and buy accordingly.

Next, stock up when your favorite produce is on sale. You can always freeze or can what you are unable to use before it goes bad! If you see a great price on bananas, grapes, apples, etc., then stock up and buy in bulk. There are plenty of ways to preserve them or use them in alternate recipes.

Always look for alternate sources such as local farmers markets and food co-ops. You will be able to find great deals on fresh and local food. Plus, the money stays in the pockets of local growers! You can also find discounts on produce they need to move quickly since they need to bring fresh stock each week. You can even opt to buy in bulk at warehouse stores such as Sam’s Club and Costco. If you have a membership, why not price the produce out and see what sort of value you can get?

During peak seasons, why not pick your own? There are many u-pick farms that you and your family can visit and pick your own produce for pennies on the dollar. It is fun and inexpensive entertainment and a great way to get a stockpile of produce.

If you have the room, consider planting a garden. You don’t need a super green thumb, just some seeds, soil, and sunlight! You can plant a raised bed, container garden, or even an indoor window sill garden. Even the smallest spaces produce pounds of food so it is worth a try. You will love knowing that the food you serve is home grown and that you did it yourself!!

Last but not least, food is like any other grocery product and subject to price matching.

If you see a great deal at a certain store, take the ad with you shopping and ask your store to price match. That way, you can enjoy the same low price without running from store to store wasting gas.

As you can see, there are many ways to avoid paying full price on your produce! Give a few of these tips a try and see how they can make a difference to your budget.

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