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If there is one chore that many people hate doing, it is grocery shopping. Some people just do not like getting dressed to leave the house, while others dislike having to unload the bags of groceries once the shopping is done. But the thing that almost everyone agrees on is spending hard earned money on groceries is what makes it one of the least enjoyable chores. The price of fresh fruits and vegetables can make up a huge portion of your grocery budget. So, before you head to the grocery store, be sure to check out these great tips on how to save money on produce.
Shop for in Season Produce
Having to ship items from across the country, or even over the ocean, can be a reason why some produce doesn’t fit into your grocery budget. Instead of purchasing these pricey items, opt for produce that is in season. Many fall recipes, for example, use lots of seasonal favorites like squash and pumpkin. Locally grown fruits and veggies are often much cheaper. I love to visit the local farm markets during the summer!
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Buy Family Packs
Have you ever seen large packs of trimmed sweet corn, or giant containers of fresh cut watermelon chunks, labeled as family packs? These are a great deal if you think your family will eat it all before it spoils. Family packs are often sold at a cheaper price per pound than single quantities. Some items can be frozen if you do not plan to use it all at once. If you belong to a warehouse club, you may also be tempted by the larger packages with lower unit prices. If you buy these, make sure you find creative ways to use them in your meal planning!
Use Grocery Rebate Apps
If you haven’t downloaded any grocery rebate apps yet, you are really missing out. While some of them only offer rebates for specific items, some of them will allow you to get rebates on brandless items as well. Ibotta is a rebate app that often times offers “any item” rebates that are good on a variety of products, including produce! The rebates change, but keep your eyes peeled for rebates on bananas, mangoes, carrots, apples and much more. I also see occasional produce rebates on the Savingstar app.
Ask for a Discount
If you come across ugly produce that is bruised, or nearing its end, do not hesitate to find the produce employee and ask for a discount. Some stores will automatically mark down produce that is not up to par at regular intervals. I know to stop my my store in the early morning to find these items. Discounted produce items are usually great to use in sauces and soups.
Avoid Pre-Cut Items
If you buy pre-cut items, you’re essentially paying someone to do the chopping for you. Diced onions, watermelon quarters and broccoli florets are all great examples of things people purchase to save time. However, these items are almost always more expensive than if you were to purchase whole produce and wash and cut it yourself. If you are looking to cut your produce spending, be sure to avoid costly, pre-cut produce.
Thanks for reading my tips on how to save money on produce! Share your tips with me in the comments!