[00:00:00] Are you ready to start saving on produce? So here’s some easy ways to help you save on produce. We all know that produce is something we want to have in our house, but it typically is expensive and it goes bad quickly. So here’s some things to help you out. The first thing is to know what is a good price on the produce items you buy frequently.
[00:00:23] That’s why I’ve included in this course an a to Z guide going through fruits and vegetables alphabetically, how much I am willing to spend on it, what’s worth planting versus not. If you’re into gardening, there’s so many things that will help you be able to know what is a good price. I also have spreadsheets.
[00:00:44] You can actually have it tangibly at the grocery store, so you can see what I will spend and for me, I, I do spend way less and. I only buy things that are like really good deals. And so you can be flexible and use that as a guideline. You [00:01:00] don’t have to refer to it like you know, the Bible or anything like that, but if you know what a good prices on produce items, you will know when you should pass and when you should just say yes.
[00:01:11] Okay, this is so key. Buy in season, fruits and veggies for one, they’re going to be. They’re going to taste a lot better because they’re in season and they aren’t, you know, being shipped while they’re not even close to being ripe and things like that. You probably have tried produce that you’re like, this doesn’t even taste like a tomato.
[00:01:32] It’s just, it’s just not worth it. So when you buy in-season fruits and veggies. It tastes better, but it typically is a lot cheaper too, and you’ll find it on bigger sales and you can freeze it if you’d like, and use that for later. Um, so that’s a great way of doing it. You could also check quick sales and reduced-priced areas of the supermarket, and you’ll normally find this only at expensive grocery [00:02:00] stores and some grocery stores, they don’t even put out their produce.
[00:02:05] And reduce it because they donate it to food banks. So you could ask the grocery store if they don’t have it, but typically it’s because they’re theirs. I’m giving it to food banks, which is awesome. But check those quick sale places and you’ll find that they’ll have a tag on the bag, or like for by us, like at Fred Meyer, they will put a red tape band around.
[00:02:31] The bananas that are cheaper than the regular bananas because they are starting to, you know, have spots on them or they’re not as. You know, they’re not green or bright yellow. You’ll also find them sometimes in bags, and they’ll have a section that I’ll just say like dollar bags or a certain amount. Um, and so that’s an easy way to just go through and find those, those cheaper areas so you can get some deals.
[00:02:59] Another way to save on produce is buying frozen veggies when it’s out of season. And. It’s really good to also check what the prices per pound because sometimes you’re going to spend a lot more on those frozen veggies. But sometimes you’re going to spend way less. And I really liked the convenience of having frozen vegetables, especially in the wintertime, that I can just stock my freezer and I know that they’re not going to go bad, and I can just put them on a baking sheet and bake them at four 25 and they’re good.
[00:03:36] And, um, I can just. I don’t know. It just makes it really easy. So that’s another way to save on produce is to buying frozen. I don’t like buying canned veggies. I know you could do that and it sometimes is cheaper, but the quality is typically not as good. And I don’t know if you, I mean, you can buy potatoes in a can, but [00:04:00] it’s probably cheaper to just buy a real potato.
[00:04:02] And I dunno, just canning. It sounds. Crazy to me, but another way to save on produce is to have a garden. Grow a garden. It’s really inexpensive. Getting some seeds. You can participate in the community garden. Maybe your church has a garden that you can can help and work in the garden and get some produce from it.
[00:04:24] And if you have some friends that have gardens, ask them because typically they’re going to have an abundance of produce like zucchini. You probably have heard of so many people that like, they just put zucchinis on random people’s doorsteps because they have so many going, you know, you can get amazing amounts of produce out of one plant and that really could help save a ton of money.
[00:04:49] And if you go through my a to Z guide, that’s that you’ll go through and just a little bit, I will go through some fruits and veggies that are worth planting [00:05:00] versus it’s better. It’s just more economical to just buy them. Another way to save is to look at your. Grocery store, the ads, the weekly ads for deeper discounts on produce.
[00:05:14] Typically you’ll find on the front of an ad one produce item that is like a stellar deal, and they’ll normally showcase it. It’ll typically be bigger than all the rest, and that’s when you can really get some good deals. And so take a look at those grocery ads. Sometimes you can also ask. The produce manager, if you can buy overwrite bananas.
[00:05:40] I’ve done this before at Albertsons. I bought a 40-pound box for $2 it was crazy. But you can do that kind of thing and ask them if because a lot of times they’ll just be throwing it away. And it’s really sad. So for me, like getting the 40-pound box, I was able to make banana bread. I go and I freeze them and [00:06:00] I add them to smoothies and just use it for, you know, all kinds of different things.
[00:06:05] And that just is really helpful. You can also talk to food banks, especially about the overripe bananas. And for other produce that they typically just throw away, um, are the church that we go to has a food pantry, and I just talked to the people that are in charge of the food pantry and I get the overripe bananas that they like after all the people that go and pick up food, that they still have more and they just get so many bananas.
[00:06:30] They don’t have any, they just have to compost them. And so I’ve been getting the bananas from them and then I freeze them. And that. Really is awesome. I add them to oatmeal, two smoothies, all kinds of things. So that’s super helpful. You can also save on produce by going to farm stands or farmer’s markets.
[00:06:50] Typically, you’re going to get a better deal at a farm stand than you will at farmer’s markets at farmer’s markets. It’s kind of hit or miss. It’s really good to go early [00:07:00] on or right before they close, so they’re just trying to like discount the stuff that’s there. And then if you go earlier in the morning, like when it starts opening, you’re going to get.
[00:07:09] The best options of what they have. And some of the pricings are going to be really good, but some of it’s not. And so it’s good to actually know your pricing. And you know, for me, I would rather spend a little bit more and give money directly to a farmer than going to the grocery store. So, you know, if you feel better about doing that, then go for it.
[00:07:32] For a farm stand, I really like that you can get some amazing deals and. A lot of times you can actually, um, be part of like the Facebook group that they have or like them on Facebook or if they are on Instagram and then you can actually, they’ll put the, they might post items that are on sale, like they just got a new shipment of, you know, flats of strawberries or [00:08:00] raspberries or blueberries or something like that.
[00:08:01] And it’s a great deal. And that way you get notified for it. Um, one thing I love about the, the farm stands by my house is that they have dollar bags. And so they actually just bag things up and it’s the produce that is getting close to expert expiring, and it’s just a dollar a bag and you can get a ton of produce in one bag.
[00:08:25] And some of it’s like. Kind of sketchy, but a lot of it’s really good. So you can just go through and find, you know, what, what you like. I’ve also been able to get, um, melons at, um, a farm stand that’s really close to my house and they’re ones that are like ripe, you need to eat that day or the next day.
[00:08:44] And there are typically anywhere from 25 cents to 50 cents a melon. So we’ve gotten like different types of cantaloupe and just local, local melons that are growing for. Super cheap. And so that’s been really a fun way to [00:09:00] just try different produce and it’s a lot cheaper and you’re supporting local, local businesses.
[00:09:07] Um, you can also see if the produce is close to expiring at the grocery stores and ask a manager for a discount and just talk to the person in the produce section. If that just seems scary and overwhelming, you can totally pass on that and try something different. Okay. This next one blew my mind because I had been couponing and like saving money for years and years and years, and I figured this out.
[00:09:34] Um, and it is crazy. So if you buy pre bagged. Produce. So you know, you can buy apples, like three pound bag of Fuji apples. I just bought some for a dollar 49 at WinCo. And the thing is, is that you can go through all these bags, but the thing is that they’re not all the same weight. So the trick is, is you actually, if they have a [00:10:00] scale, go in way a couple of the bags and all of them have to be over three pounds, but some of them might be three.
[00:10:08] And a half pounds, and some might be like three and a quarter pounds. And so if you weigh a couple of the bags, you’ll find out which one actually has more in it. So you’re getting a better deal because you’re just paying the flat price for the bag. So that’s a pretty cool way to go through and find some better deals on anything that’s bad.
[00:10:29] Like you do that for bagged potatoes, you can buy lemons in a bag, all kinds of different things.
[00:10:39] Could be intimidating to you, but I have done this and it has been really cool. If you see a fruit tree that isn’t being picked, you can ask the owner if you can pick it for them. I have done this multiple times and the owners have been so thankful and grateful that they didn’t have to do it, and we were so happy that we were getting [00:11:00] all like a full crop of apples from these people that, you know, they just didn’t have the time or the ability to do it and they just
[00:11:08] Didn’t feel like it. And then we gave them some apples of their own and we pick them for them. So we have done that and that has been awesome. And so you can do that too. If you see someone who has a fruit tree and you walk by it, or you drive by and you see that all of them are on the ground, knock on their door and be like, Hey, I see that you’ve got a fruit tree that.
[00:11:29] Is it being picked? I would love to help you out. I can pick it and I’ll give you some of it. I’ve brought over jam that I’ve made out of the stuff, and so you can do all kinds of things. One thing we’ve also done is you can ask if you have a realtor that you’ve worked with in the past. If there are unoccupied homes that have fruit trees or raspberry bushes or anything like that, that needs to be picked and no one’s living there, you’re doing the owner and the realtor a huge favor.
[00:11:59] By picking [00:12:00] all of that for them, and then you get all of the produce and you can can it, you can freeze it, you can do whatever you want with that. We’ve done that before with a giant cherry tree and we have so many cherries for free, and it was like a win-win situation because the realtor was happy.
[00:12:18] The homeowner was happy because they already moved and it was unoccupied. So that’s a great way to save on produce.