Easy Ways to Save Money on Vegetables
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Easy Ways to Save Money on Vegetables

Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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Tips for Shopping at Your Local Farmer's MarketOne way to stay healthy is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. That’s not always easy to do, especially if you don’t have many groceries stores to choose from. Here are some easy ways to save money on vegetables.

Buy Seasonal Produce
You can get the very best price on vegetables if you buy them when they are in season. Why? It is because that is when a specific fruit or vegetable is the most abundant. The price will go back up when that type of produce goes out of season.

Not sure when certain types of produce are in season? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a Seasonal Produce Guide that clearly shows which produce is in season during the spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Eat Frozen Vegetables
According to Eating Well, frozen vegetables may be even more healthy than the fresh produce you find in grocery stores. Frozen vegetables are processed at peak ripeness, when they are the most nutrient packed.

Another great thing about frozen vegetables is that they last longer than fresh produce. You can buy frozen produce in bulk, which can bring the cost down.

Consider the Dollar Stores
Supermarket News reported that Dollar General is adding extra refrigerated space and a fresh produce section. This could potentially result in other, similar, stores to do the same. Visit the store’s website to find out what produce it offers.

Eat Your Vegetables
The best way to save money on vegetables is to make sure you eat them before they go bad. That money will be wasted if you had to throw the food away.

One way to ensure you eat your vegetables is to make a meal plan that includes them. Another good idea is to think small. How many vegetables can you realistically consume in a week? Buy only what you need.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.