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Save on In Season Produce in September

Posted on Monday, September 2nd, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Pumpkin SquashThe very best time to buy a particular fruit or vegetable is when it is in season. This is when you can find it for the lowest price of the year. Feed your family fresh produce and save money while doing it. Each month, certain types of produce are in season. Here is a quick list of what to look for in your grocery store’s produce section in September.

September Fruit
Apples – Slice them up and dip them in peanut butter
Blackberries – You are running out of time to enjoy fresh berries
Blueberries – A great addition to pancakes
Cantaloupe – Alternative to watermelon
Figs – Helps assist digestion
Grapes – An easy school lunch snack
Mangoes – Nice and tropical
Nectarines – Similar to a peach
Peaches – Both the white and yellow varieties are in season this month
Pears – Add to a banana loaf
Persimmons – Did you know this fruit is of Chinese origin?
Plums – Another easy snack for a school lunch
Pomegranates – Be careful! The juice can stain whatever it touches.

September Vegetables
Acorn Squash – Makes people think of Fall
Artichokes – Grill them and serve with pasta
Beets – You either love them or you hate them
Broccoli – Excellent in a stir fry dish
Butternut Squash – Makes a nice soup!
Cabbage – Shred it and fry it with bacon!
Cauliflower – Sneak some into your kids macaroni and cheese
Carrots – Try a carrot raisin salad
Chile Peppers – Add some heat to your recipes
Cucumber – Nice in a salad
Eggplant – Described as one of the world’s healthiest foods
Garlic – Goes great in so many recipes!
Green Beans – Tasty in a stir fry
Horseradish – Another way to add some kick to your recipes
Leeks – Nice alternative to onions
Lettuce – The basis of a great salad
Mushrooms – Saute them with butter!
New Potatoes – Favorite food of kids and adults
Okra – An ingredient in Southern cooking recipes
Peppers – Green, red, or yellow – all are in season now!
Pumpkin – – You can get a lot of food out of a pumpkin
Red Onions – Slightly different taste than white or yellow onions
Spinach – Another very healthy food
Sweet Potatoes – Alternative to other types of potatoes
Sweet Corn – Great in a salsa
Swiss Chard – Used in Mediterranean cooking
Tomatoes – Time for a nice BLT sandwich!

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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.