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4 Ways to Save Money on Fresh Produce

Updated on March 12, 2011

One of the first things you're likely to notice when you start trying to prepare healthy meals at home is that fresh produce and other nutritious, healthy choices aren't the cheapest items you can buy.

Fatty, salty, and preservative- laden foods are often among the least expensive dining options. However, the costs of eating a poor diet are certainly likely to catch up with you in the long run.

It's much better to invest in following a healthy diet today rather than paying for poor nutrition later with health problems and the associated medical expenses. Even though purchasing and eating fresh, healthful fruits and vegetables is a worthwhile expense, there's no reason to pay more than necessary for the most nutritious food choices.

4 Tips for Saving Money on Fresh Produce

Follow these simple tips and you'll be on your way to saving money on fresh produce in no time at all.

1. Review Supermarket Circulars – Pay close attention to the supermarket sale circulars that are published in the newspaper each week. Grocery stores often feature seasonal produce selections as loss leaders. Purchase produce from the stores that offer the best prices on the fresh fruits and vegetables that your family enjoys.

2. Register for Grocery Store Email Promotions – In addition to watching for print supermarket sales circulars, take the time to visit the websites of your favorite grocery stores and register to receive sale announcements via email. Many stores send out discount coupons on a regular basis, as well as announce special sales that aren't publicized through other advertising methods.

3. Time Supermarket Visits for Markdowns – Grocery stores tend to mark down produce near the end of its shelf life on certain days of the week and times of day. Make a point of visiting your favorite stores at different times to see if you can figure out when the produce department markdowns are taken. If you can figure out the pattern, make a point of shopping when you can take advantage of these types of markdowns.

4. Shop at Produce Stands & Farmer's Markets – Often, the best deals on fresh produce are available at produce stands and farmers markets rather than in grocery stores. Of course, you need to shop around so that you can be certain that you are getting a good value for your money. Educate yourself about typical produce prices in your area and visit several local resources for fresh fruits and vegetables. You may find that the savings are significant and that the produce items you are able to purchase are quite fresh.


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    Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

    Great tips! Gotta follow another writer from Alabama!