Saving money on fresh produce is a little trickier than saving money on items like detergent and dish soap. The coupons for produce aren’t nearly as plentiful as those for other products.
Here’s 8 suggestions for how you can save money on your fresh produce. I personally use every single one of these methods to save so I know they work!
1. Grow your own produce. Start a garden! Did you know that you can re grow many vegetables by planting the roots in soil? Sure can! Works for green onions, celery, romaine and pineapple to name a few. Other plants like herbs (basil does really well) I prefer to root in water and then plant in soil once the roots are long and healthy.
For the past few years I have successfully planted and maintained a small patio garden I put together myself. Last year I even started my own plants from seed (but not this year).
If you’re looking to save money on fresh produce then you really can’t beat free. Plus, think of how proud you’d be. Peace of mind that your produce hasn’t been sprayed with any chemicals.
This is my small garden this year and it will produce enough for 1 person. Hardly takes up any space. So far I have planted peppers, tomatoes, garlic, basil, cilantro and curly parsley.
If you keep it small the maintenance is a breeze! Over the years I have successfully grown tomatoes, garlic, peppers, herbs, potatoes, green beans, corn, carrots and broccoli in containers.
2. Price match great produce deals at your local Walmart. Not only are you then saving money on the produce you want but also saving time and fuel driving to more than 1 store.
3. Local farmers markets will sometimes have better prices on some produce than the big box stores. Plus there’s the whole thing about putting your money back into the local economy etc.
4. One word. OVERAGE. I have gotten really good at shopping Walmart sales and using my couponing overage towards the purchase of my fresh produce. For example, I buy a deodorant that’s on rollback for $1.28 and I have a coupon for $2 off. I apply the extra 72¢ to the rest of my transaction that I didn’t have coupons for – namely Fresh Produce.
5. Smartphone apps are making a big slash by way of fresh produce. They’re becoming the “go-to” for produce savings. First is Checkout 51. Each week on the Checkout 51 app there are 1 or 2 fresh produce rebates. This week it’s bananas and tomatoes.
The second app is Saving Star. Each week they publish one healthy offer. This week it’s mangoes.
6. Coupons.com – it does happen from time to time that we get to print a produce coupon from this site. About three months ago they had a nice 50 Cent off Del Monte fruit coupon.
7. Buy in bulk and freeze what you won’t use right away. Buy whatever is in season at its cheapest and buy extra to put in your freezer. Those frozen fruits and berries will still be plenty useful. Just be sure to use them within the appropriate length of time.
8. Shop the off brand/discount stores like Aldi and Sav-A-Lot. When I shop the produce at my local Aldi store on the first day of the sale the fresh produce there is always impeccable. It’s kind of a gamble after that but planning ahead makes that a non-issue. Same thing with Sav-A-Lot. Great produce when I get there on the first day of the sale. So plan on going the day your sale starts and you should have the selection of the cream of the crop at a fraction of the cost.
I hope those suggestions come in handy and that you find something that works for you