To continue our Saving money on Groceries series, I wanted to talk about produce. We all eat it and it can really get expensive. However, it doesn’t have to. Produce can actually be very easy to snag at low prices with these easy tips.
1. Purchase Produce in Season
Produce is generally priced based on how hard or easy it is to attain it. For this reason, buying produce in season can save you a great deal of money. Look for citrus during the winter, berries and peaches during the summer and apples during the fall.
These are only a few examples of seasonal buying that can save you a ton of money. If you pay attention as you shop you will quickly see which products are cheapest in each season for your area.
2. Write Down Produce Prices
One of the most important aspects of saving money is knowing how to recognize a good deal. This is especially true when it comes to produce because it is often priced by the pound.
Just like I did when I save on meat, if you have to figure out what your buy price is for each produce. For example, I know that $.99 per pound for apples is a GREAT deal so I might buy extra that week or even make our crock pot applesauce. YUM! 🙂
3. Try different types of produce
Produce is a very large category if you open your taste buds to new and different things. Most people have a very small list of the produce items that they shop for and they are missing out.
Not only are they missing out on wonderful foods. They are also missing out on wonderful savings. If you’re willing to try different types and brands of produce, you can save even more money.
4. Use Money Saving apps.
Have you read my money saving apps for groceries post? It lists my favorite apps to help you save at the grocery store. Several of these will help you save on produce too. Many of them give you cash back when you purchase certain produce in your favorite grocery store. Make sure you read it to save even more money.
5. Shop at Aldi
Aldi is one of our favorite places to buy produce. They offer seasonal produce at crazy low prices. If you haven’t shopped at Aldi, you are really missing out on some nice savings. Make sure you read these posts to learn more about Aldi.
- 4 Things you Need to know to Shop at Aldi
- Aldi Grocery Store Guide – What to buy and what Not to buy
6. Use Produce Green bags.
I haven’t used these yet, but I have heard that green bags are awesome. They are on sale right now and it would be a great way to extend the life of the in season produce you already got on sale.
Now these are my top 5 favorite ways to save on produce, but there are even more easy ways to save. Make sure you read this post on how to save on produce.