I just wanted to give you a few quick tips for saving money on produce at the grocery store.
Only Purchase Sale Items
My number one money saving tip when it comes to produce, is to only buy sale items.
Take a look at your store’s sale flyer every single week and only purchase the items that are on sale. This is going to save you an incredible amount of money, as opposed to just going out and buying whatever you feel like at full price.
Always look at the sale prices and only purchase what is on sale that week.
Check the Clearance Rack
You also want to check out the clearance racks at your local grocery store. These are racks full of produce that may not look very nice, but is still perfectly edible.
The reason that stores mark this produce down is because some people seem to think they need to have the most beautiful piece of produce, and a little ding here or ding there makes the item garbage – and this is simply not true.
So check out your clearance racks and you’ll often find bananas, peppers, oranges, apples – that kind of thing.
You can take these items that may not look very pretty, and cook (apples = apple sauce) or freeze (chopped peppers, bananas) them. Or you could eat them right away, of course.
I find that the discount is often 30%-50% off regular price for these clearance items, so this is another great way to save money on produce.
Buy in Bulk & Freeze
My final tip for saving money on produce at the grocery store is to buy in bulk and freeze.
What I mean by this is to take your sale items (buy as many as you can afford if the deal is really good), bring them home, cook or chop them, and then throw them in the freezer.
This will ensure you have lots of produce for a long time, as long as you are consistently adding to your stockpile when more great sales come along.
Saving money on produce is as easy as saving money on the rest of your groceries. It just takes discipline.
The main thing is to get used to only making meals that consist of sale items.
I also suggest downloading our FREE in season produce guide, so you know when to expect certain items on sale.