I think it would be safe to say that everyone would love to save money on fruits and vegetables! One of the best ways to save on produce would be to start a garden. However, if you do not have the space or the time to take care of a garden, there are still ways to save on produce and vegetables. Following the steps below will help you to stretch your food budget, and keep nutritious foods in your fridge!
Saving Money on Fruits and Vegetables
Mobile Apps: Did you know you can download rebate apps on your phone, to save money? You buy the items you want, and then upload the picture of your receipt and select the items that are available that you purchased. You can earn anywhere from $0.25-$1.00 or more on select items. They are always adding new rebates! Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Mobisave are three of the most popular mobile apps that usually have a few rebates for produce and vegetables . You can use all three of these apps for the same products, so you earn extra savings!
Coupons: These are a little more rare but you can find produce coupons! Look for printable coupons online! You can find them on This Mommy Saves Money website, and on our Facebook page, so make sure to check regularly. Also, if you follow brands on Facebook you can find high value coupons! Brands want to keep their Facebook engagement numbers high, so one of the popular trends is to put their higher value coupons on their Facebook pages instead of in the coupon inserts.
Farmers Market: Sometimes farmers markets will have lower prices on their produce then your local stores. You may even be able to find a few farmers markets in your area! What I love about this option, is it gives you a great way to support local farmers in your community!
Friends Who Garden: If you happen to have a friend or family member who is a gardener, maybe see if they have any excess produce. If so they might give it to you for free or you could offer to pay them.
Shop Sales: Make sure to check the Savannah Savvy Shopper Facebook page to see the best deals for stores in our area each week! Try to buy what is on sale for the week, to help save money. The grocery store will change what fruits and vegetables that are on sale each week. So shop the bargains and wait for the next week to buy others. Shop Mornings – Some sale items sell out fast, so shop first thing in the am if you can. That way you get the best pick and you can buy the amount you want.
Broccoli: If you like to buy fresh broccoli, note that you pay by weight. If you buy a head of broccoli that has a lot of stalk, you are paying more for less of the crown. So look for a short stock with a bushy crown.
Frozen Produce: Think of buying some frozen vegetables and fruits. You can get the same benefits, and it sometimes they are more convenient and affordable. You can save a lot of money this way and they taste just as good. For fruits put some in smoothies, cobblers, and baking.
Buy In Season: Watch the seasons of your fruits and veggies. If you go and buy something that isn’t in season you could be paying double or triple compared to what you would pay if the fruit or veggie was in season.
Unit Prices: Produce is sold in one of three ways: by the item, pound, or by the bag. So make sure to calculate and compare the unit price of each. There is no for sure way to get the best savings without comparing each time you shop.