Celebrate the season– Use fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season. They are easy to get, have more flavor, and are usually less expensive. Your local farmer’s market is a great source of seasonal produce.
Stick to your list– Plan out your meals ahead of time and make a grocery list (or better yet purchase a membership from Greatdinnermeals.com and have your weekly meals planned out for you PLUS receive your grocery list for each week.) You will save money by buying only what you need. Don’t shop when you are hungry. Shopping after eating will make it easier to pass on the tempting snack foods. You will have more of your food budget for vegetables and fruit.
Try canned or frozen– Compare the price and the number of servings from fresh, canned, and frozen forms of the same veggie or fruit. Canned and frozen items may be less expensive than fresh. For canned items, choose fruit canned in 100% fruit juice and vegetables with “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label.
Store brands=SAVINGS– Opt for store brands when possible. You will get the same or similar product for a less expensive price. If your grocery store has a membership card, sign up for even more savings.
Keep it simple– Buy vegetables and fruits in their simplest form. Pre-cut pre-washed, ready-to-eat, and processesd foods are convenient, but often cost much more than when purchased in their basic forms.
Buy small amounts frequently– Some fresh vegetables and fruits don’t last long. Buy small amounts more often to ensure you can eat the foods without throwing any away.
Plant your own garden– Start a garden-in the yard or a pot on the patio- for fresh, inexpensive, flavorful additions to meals. Herbs, cucumbers, peppers, or tomatoes are great options for beginners. Browse through a local library or online for more information on starting a garden.