I know that thinking about dinner recipes and how to save money on produce is one of the burning questions for many families. So do I. I use coupons or cashback rewards to save money on my groceries.
So what should we do to save money? Let me share together these 7 ways I found to save on vegetables and fruits.
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Shop with a purpose
My advice is to plan your meals and recipes for the week each week, and you can count the amount of each ingredient you need to buy. Know exactly what you need before you head to the market and follow the plan to buy the necessary fresh produce.
Another strategy is to check the market for discounted products in advance to create recipes for the week. You can check the deals at each market on coupon.com.
Maybe instead of buying your preferred apples, you buy a watermelon that is on sale.
Frequent use of discounts
Comparison shopping is always useful, and with phone apps, you can more easily compare prices. Especially if you love to order vegetables and fruits on the internet, you can use Topcashback, Rakuten, Rebatesme, Befrugal, and other cashback sites in addition to subscribing to their emails for occasional discount codes.
For example, Instacart can get an extra $5.25 bonus in Topcashback. First time using Instacart? Here’s the complete guide. In addition to keeping an eye out for daily discounts at different markets or malls, you can always check out the different apps to see if you can stack the offers before you shop.
However, ordering food delivery online often requires a tip for the driver or has a limit on the amount of money that can be purchased. You can choose to pick up your food in-store to save on tipping the driver. If there is confusion about how much to tip the driver, this full guide can help you.
Buy from Local Farmers
Even with the start of online food delivery, farmers’ markets are still very popular. You can find an amazing variety of produce in farmers’ markets. But it’s worth noting that it’s not necessarily true that farmers’ market goods are cheaper than those available online. You still need to carry on maintaining a high level of price sensitivity to circumvent exorbitant produce.
You can haggle and shop around with vendors multiple times. Don’t be afraid to have them say no because you’re just one of their regular customers who quickly forgets about you.
But if you hate haggling so much (like me) you can also just buy the food and leave.
Look for the simplest forms
To make a delicious dinner quickly, many markets offer pre-made dishes such as shelled corn, bagged broccoli, and chopped carrots. But by comparing prices you can find that processed enough vegetables and fruits are far more expensive than the original vegetables.
I would prefer that you buy vegetables and fruits in their simplest form. You can purchase food in a uniform way and then spend a few minutes at home washing, cut and storing fruits and vegetables in glass containers in the refrigerator. Again, this is very convenient.
Shop at the end of the store
At the end of many farmers’ markets, you can often get deals from farmers who don’t want to pack. It’s not as fresh as when it first hit the market, but it’s still good enough for the daily nutrient intake you should be getting. It just seems slightly softer.
Many stores will start running discounts after 7 p.m. You can choose this time to head into the store to buy ingredients.
Buy in Season
Fruits and vegetables that are in season are cheaper than those out of season because locally-grown produce is abundant during its peak harvesting period, which creates a surplus supply that drives prices down.
In contrast, out-of-season fruits and vegetables often require costly transportation and storage methods to reach their destination, which inflates the price consumers must pay.
Additionally, out-of-season produce may also be imported, which can increase the cost even further due to tariffs and other fees.
Therefore, buying fruits and vegetables when they are in season can be an economical way to enjoy fresh, nutritious produce while saving money.
Grow your own
Some ingredients are often under-used, like a $3 packet of thyme that’s only used maybe half a teaspoon at a time. This can lead to waste.
Like the fun of growing your own food? Start with the simple challenge of peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro! You can start honing your growing skills with a simple pot. Some extremely easy-to-grow ingredients tend to give you a very big surprise!
It’s always cheaper to buy multiple portions of food than individual food items. But there may not be a way for one person to consume all the food quickly, so you might consider sharing food with a friend.
Likewise, if you have memberships to different stores, such as Sam’Club or Amazon Prime Member, you can share a membership or subscription with a friend. Ordering food together can also get you additional discounts for sharing.
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