If you’re trying to figure out how to save money on produce, you’re not alone. Lots of people want to fill their grocery carts with fruits and veggies, but high prices on produce can be discouraging. After all, everyone wants their wallets to be just as healthy as the meals on their family’s plates. So what’s a savvy shopper to do?
Luckily, there are a few tips to help you save money on produce that you can use the next time you put together your grocery list. Taken straight from the experts, these pointers will help you make thrifty choices on your fruits and veggies while still ensuring high-quality recipes for yourself and your whole family.
1. Consider buying “ugly” produce.
Did you know that there are now grocery delivery services that sell “ugly” produce (think: misshapen or asymmetrical) for a cheaper price than most grocery stores? Check out the websites for Imperfect Produce or Misfits Market to see if they deliver in your area.
2. Pay attention to what types of produce are in season.
According to the Produce for Better Health Foundation, some fruits and veggies are less expensive when they’re in season. When you spot a particularly good deal on produce, it never hurts to buy in bulk. That way, you can freeze any extra leftover food for later.
3. Try to buy frozen produce when you can.
We’ve all had that moment when we’re short on fresh produce. That’s when frozen fruits and veggies can come in to save the day, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Not only is frozen produce still delicious and nutritious, it also tends to be much less pricy than refrigerated food.
4. Don’t turn up your nose at canned produce.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports that fruits and veggies are canned at their peak freshness. As long as you select canned produce with no added sugar or sodium, you should still be able to reap the benefits of adding healthier foods to your diet.
5. Be choosy about which organic foods you pick.
It’s no secret that going organic can be great for your health but tough on your wallet. That’s why Consumer Reports recommends buying organic “when it matters” — aka when certain produce is known for having a high pesticide residue. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s list of the “dirty dozen” fruits and veggies that are best to buy organic.
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