Produce – How to get the Most Value of your Fruits & Vegetables !

fruitsnveggiesProduce – How to get the Most Value of your Fruits & Vegetables !

Fruits & Vegetables are an essential part of any persons diet however the prices of them can be crazy high! They don’t need to be. You also can ensure your getting the best value for your buck.

The most common question I get is how do you save on fruits & vegetables! That’s a great question but it’s not as easy to answer as some. It may require a little additional work but it is well worth it! I’ll highlight the ways and explain in more detail below 🙂

  • Take Advantage of store loyalty programs such as PC Points
  • Request coupons when available!
  • Check for marked down or bruised !
  • Know your prices & when to stock up
  • Use other savings & discounts to off set the cost of Fruits & Veggies.
  • Combining Fresh, Frozen & Canned
  • Make the most of your veggies and fruit – Less Waste!
  • Compost

 

Take Advantage of store loyalty programs such as PC Points – Not long ago you received a bonus 20 000 points when you spent $20 on fruits & vegetables (20 000 points can be redeemed for $20 in groceries)! I also will redeem Air Miles to offset the cost of fruits and vegetables to lower the amount out of pocket and out of my budget. Combining this suggestion with the others below can save even more!

Request coupons when available! Click here to visit our post on some companies we have found that will mail you coupons to your home; ensure you tell them you are Canadian 🙂

Check for marked down or bruised !
Every grocery store has a shelf or section where they have marked down fruits and veggies due to they may have a bruise or going a tad brown. You can save upwards of 75% off the retail price. It will take you very little time to cut off the few brown spots and no one has ever died from a bruised peach!

Know your prices & when to stock up

There are many fruits and vegetables that have a longer “shelf life” than others and stocking up on these items can save you a bundle. I often get my potatoes at Giant Tiger, I can get a 10 lb bag for $1.88; I’ll grab 2 for a cost of only $3.96; as the next few weeks you can be sure potatoes can go up as high as $4.99 for a 5lb bag! If tomatoes are on sale, grab a few ripe to eat this week and grab a few that are not as ripe yet so they will be good for next week; that way you can stock up at $0.99lb instead of paying $1.99lb next week!

Use other savings & discounts to off set the cost of Fruits & Veggies

Watch for other in store specials and deals on the items you are purchasing that your not expecting the extra savings; apply any additional savings to score some extra veggies !

Combining Fresh, Frozen & Canned

While we all prefer fresh, depending on the time of year we may need to use canned or frozen 🙁 I often mix them together to try to bring out more flavor and increase the vitamin content. I’ll often grab canned corn, frozen peas and fresh cauliflower in a steamer; allowing the fresh cauliflower to combine with the corn and peas!

Make the most of your veggies and fruit – Less Waste!

We have a few small freezer bags in the door of the freezer; one has fruit leftovers, one has regular veggies (left over corn,carrots) and the other Peppered Veggies (onions,green peppers, etc). A small piece here or there may not seem like much but that morning you wake up and wish you had a little something for the plain yogurt, tossing that frozen bag of fruit in your smoothie can give you that little extra you need! Pasta? Pizza? What couldn’t use some pre chopped peppers!! Why not freshen up that hamburger helper or macaroni salad with that bag of corn, peas & carrots you have in the freezer 🙂

If you have a small child, putting pieces of left over fruit in a bagging in the fridge is a great addition for  a fruit bowl or to toss in some jello !

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