ON A BUDGET? 5 Tips To Get Inexpensive Produce!
If you are new to eating a lot of fruits and veggies, your grocery bill may be a little shocking with the extra fresh and frozen produce purchases. Over time, you will eliminate a lot of processed food items which will in turn bring your grocery bill back to normal. But here are a few quick tips to saving money on produce.
Make a shopping list: making a weekly meal planing list that covers what you will eat on a daily basis will help you only buy what you need. Make sure to include snacks in your meal plan and shopping list too. Buy seasonal and local: Purchasing produce that is in season and local is typically cheaper. Your produce will also be fresher because it's not being shipped half way across the world. And if you see a good deal on fresh fruits and veggies, purchase in bulk and freeze for future smoothies. Buy out of season fruits frozen: Costco and Sam’s Club sell large bags of organic frozen fruit at good prices. If your freezer can accomodate bags in bulk, take advantage of making these purchases. Buy from local fruit stands, farmer’s markets and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture): For the tastiest and most fresh organic produce, buy locally. Not only has the produce been grown and harvested close to home, but buying locally also helps our environment buy eliminating the time and resources needed to deliver. Visit, www.LocalHarvest.org to find your local farm, farmers markets, and other local food sources. Follow the EWG’s Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen: This list will help you know what is worth getting organic and what you can buy conventional.