How to Save on Fresh Produce
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How to Save on Fresh Produce

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 11:32 am
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For an avid couponer, the harsh reality is that healthy foods rarely come with coupons. Here's a few ways you can get around this problem! For an avid couponer, the harsh reality is that healthy foods rarely come with coupons. Therefore, I decided to find a way around the problem–by trading groceries!

How to Save on Produce

Trading groceries has become one of my favorite things to do.  I have a few friends with farms or gardens so I always make sure to have a small stock pile during their harvest months.  I trade toiletries for avocados, cookies for fruit, and cereal for eggs.  The part I love most about this arrangement is that both parties benefit while having fun.

However, if you don’t know anyone with a garden, start your own!  To feed one family, you really don’t need very much space–just find out which produce items are in season and start gardening!  If you happen to live in an apartment in a city with no room to garden, do your best to stock up during the best sales.  The great thing about meat, fruit, and even some veggies is that they all freeze well and retain their vitamins and minerals.  Next time you go shopping, bring this Stock-Up Price Sheet so you know the best prices to stock up on your favorite produce. Take all of your healthy lifestyle tools, get out there, and save big!  Happy couponing!


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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.