Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Saving Money on Produce

A recent discussion on Frugal Girl led me to thinking about my tips & tricks for saving on grocery produce costs.

I'm a dedicated coupon shopper, but rarely get coupons for fruits and vegetables. Still, we value healthy eating in our family and I prefer to buy whole foods over packaged or prepared items.

So, how can you save money when buying produce? Here are a few tips that help me save money.

Use the Salad Bar
The salad bar at your local grocery store can be a great resource for buying only what you need and saving money in the process.

Need just 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds for a recipe? Skip the large bags and hit the salad bar instead. Want to make a fruit salad for one person? Skip the whole cantaloupe, watermelon, etc, and use the salad bar.

When I was single, I hated buying a large amount of one produce item because I'd have to eat it every day for a week before it went bad! Salad bars can be a great way to add variety to your diet and cutting waste from your grocery shopping.

Look for Scratch & Dent produce
Our grocery store puts out damaged produce on a "reduced for quick sale" rack. This is the perfect place to pick up overripe bananas for baking or freezing, or apples with a few bruises that can be cut off.

I buy the bulk of our fruit from this scratch & dent rack. I cut up fruit for my daughter's snacks anyway, so it is no trouble to trim off and compost a few bad spots.

This is also a great source for fruit that is just going to be cooked anyway, such as in banana bread or berry recipes.

Branch out from the standard display shelves of perfect produce and you can find some great savings!

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Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

LOL I love that you called that section Scratch 'n Dent!

Good tips!


Erin @ Closing Time said...

Great tips. I never thought of getting things like nuts off of the salad bar!

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