Save on Seasonal Produce in January
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Save on Seasonal Produce in January

Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 7:00 am
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The best time to save money on your grocery bill is to focus on buying the produce that is in season. This is when you will find the freshest foods at the lowest price that you will see them all year. Sometimes, being frugal is all about the timing!

Fresh fruits and vegetables are delicious and nutritious. There are good reasons why the price reduction happens when the produce is in season. There is potential that at least some of the in-season foods came from local farmers.

Foods that are out of season where you live have to be transported to the grocery store from a distance away. They may have been stored in refrigerators from the time the food was picked or harvested until it was placed on the shelf at the store. Consumers end up paying for the cost of storage and shipping.

Here’s a quick list of produce that is in season – and on sale – in January. Some of it overlaps with the foods that were in season during December, but there are some new additions as well. Print out this list and take it with you to the grocery store. It can help you save money!

Fruits
Apples – awesome for school lunches
Clementine – another lunch time favorite
Grapefruit – great for a quick breakfast
Kiwi fruit – a nice change of pace from apples and oranges
Lemons – time to make some lemonade!
Oranges – Also a good time to make some fresh orange juice for breakfast
Passion fruit – for many, this will be something new to try
Pears – yet another healthy lunch time snack
Pineapple – goes great in stir fry with rice!
Pomegranate – extremely healthy
Satsumas – another variety of orange
Tangerines – hurray for citrus fruits!

Vegetables
Turnips – try some with potatoes!
Swede – sort of like a turnip
Spinach – a healthy addition to your salad
Rhubarb – now is your chance to make a rhubarb pie
Potatoes – Everybody loves potatoes!
Parsnips – kind of like a carrot, but sweeter
Leeks – try this instead of an onion
Kale – a favorite of juicers
Jerusalem artichoke – something new to try
Chicory – try some with your coffee
Celery – great with peanut butter
Celeriac – sort of like a turnip
Cauliflower – is nice with cheese
Carrots – great for a health snack at lunch time
Brussels sprouts – you either love them or you hate them
Beetroot – another one people either love or hate

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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.