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As a mom, it’s important to have my family consume a healthy diet, but groceries take up a huge portion of our budget, especially fresh produce. Here are 10 ways to save on fresh fruit and vegetables.
1. Buy in season. Purchasing certain fruits and vegetables in their off season can get rather expensive, so stick to seasonal when planning your meals.
2. Shop at farmer’s markets. I always get better deals at farmer’s markets than I ever would at the supermarket, especially when I go right before closing when they’re trying to unload the remainder of their produce.
3. Start a garden. This is so much easier than you think and when you get your kids involved, it could be a great learning experience for them.
4. Stock up on frozen foods. Since it can sometimes be limiting to only buy in season, the next best thing is to purchase frozen produce. Stock up on them when they’re on sale and they will keep for months when fresh produce is outside of your budget.
5. Comparison shop. Get all your weekly flyers, compare prices and stock up on everything that’s on sale.
6. Shop at discount stores. Stores like Aldi’s and Trader Joe’s are definitely worth shopping at. I get great deals on organic produce at Trader Joe’s.
7. Shop for sales and use coupons. Look at what’s on sale and plan your meals around those items.
8. Stock up and freeze your produce. You can freeze many fruits and vegetables. I like to stock up on berries in the summer when the prices are at their lowest so we can enjoy them in the cooler seasons.
9. Join a local farm co-op. Sites like LocalHarvest (http://www.localharvest.org/csa) have a list of participating farms that you may find in your area.
10. Connect with companies to save. Follow your favorite brands on social media and sign up for their newsletters to receive coupons.
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