Could you use a few tips to help you save money?
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Many of us are astonished when we finally check out our grocery cart. More often than not we have spent more money that we would have liked. Although meat products do take a reasonable chunk out of our grocery money, produce is also another item that can quickly add up at the till. Here are some tips that will help you to save money on produce.
Tips for Saving Money on Produce-
- Buy in Season- A great way to save on produce is to buy in season. Vegetables and fruits have a specific growing season and are often offered at a cheaper price. Some of these fruits and vegetables may be offered in quarts or bushel containers. Buying them in large quantities will reduce your overall cost. If you happen to purchase vegetables this way, blanch them and then place them on a cookie sheet to freeze them separately. Once they are frozen stick them in a freezer bag until ready to use.
- Check the Reduced Cart- A great way to save money on fruits and produce is to check the reduced cart. This is a great way to save money if you happen to want an assortment of fruits or vegetables in smaller quantities. The produce clerk may take some of the fruits and vegetables that are ripe and may contain a blemish and bundle them into one package and offer them at a discount.
- Learn to Improvise- Learning to improvise your dishes with different fruits or vegetables will also help you to save money. There are several different varieties of lettuce, switch them out from what you traditional buy in order to save money. Another way to save is to purchase canned pie filling if you want to make a homemade pie. Cherry pie filling, for example, is great for a cherry pie, seeing that cherries do have a very short growing season.
- Buy Frozen- When vegetables and fruits are at an all-time high, purchase their frozen counterparts. One way to save money is to buy frozen alternatives during the winter months.
Saving money on produce is easy if you learn the growing cycles of fruits and vegetables. Learning to improvise one fruit or vegetable for another or using their frozen counterparts is another way you can save money on your grocery bill.