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Here’s How to Save Money on Fruits & Vegetables With Easy Strategies

One of the challenges we all have is figuring out how to eat healthy foods while trying to save money. Fruits and vegetables are healthy, but can be so expensive. This week I saw fresh strawberries for $8 a pound! Don’t get discouraged–there are some ways to save money on fruits and vegetables:

  1. Buy seasonal produce: Seasonal fruits and vegetables are often less expensive and fresher than those that are out of season. Look for produce that is in season in your area and incorporate it into your meals. Find out what is in season in your neck of the woods with this Farmer’s Almanac guide.
  2. Shop at farmer’s markets: Farmer’s markets can offer great deals on fresh produce. You can often find fruits and vegetables at lower prices than at grocery stores, especially if you buy in bulk. Plus, going to a farmer’s market is a fun outing.
  3. Buy in bulk: Purchasing fruits and vegetables in bulk can save you money. Look for deals on large quantities and freeze any produce you don’t use immediately. You can thaw vegetables later to use in soups, casseroles or stews. I freeze bananas and berries to use in smoothies or oatmeal as a natural sweetener.
  4. Use coupons and discounts: Check your local grocery store’s weekly ads and online coupons for discounts on produce. Some stores also offer loyalty programs that can help you save money. Be sure to download your stores’ apps to get easy digital coupons for produce bargains. Find the best produce deals for your store using your Deals Lists.
  5. Grow your own produce: Consider growing your own fruits and vegetables if you have the space and resources. This can be a cost-effective way to enjoy fresh produce, and it can be a fun and rewarding hobby. Find easy techniques for container gardening and enjoy fresh produce for pennies.
  6. Choose frozen fruits and vegetables: While fresh produce is ideal, frozen fruits and vegetables can be a good alternative, especially when they are out of season. They are often less expensive than fresh produce and can be just as nutritious.
  7. Compare prices for produce at different stores. Yes, there can be a wide range of prices on common produce items so it’s worth comparing. In many cases, you can compare prices using the stores’ websites so you don’t have to spend much time or gas driving around to different stores.
  8. Plan your produce purchases to avoid wasting food. Americans waste up to 40% of their grocery dollar by allowing perishable foods to go bad before using them, or by throwing away unused leftovers. It’s worth taking a little time each week to think about your meals and snacks for the week to determine the right amount to buy. That simple strategy will save you hundreds of dollars a year–to do something more worthwhile than adding to our landfills!

By following these tips, you can save money on fruits and vegetables without sacrificing the quality of your meals or compromising on your health.

Best Healthy Foods to Eat on a Budget

Eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank! Here are some nutritious foods that I eat regulary that are also affordable. Watch for sales on non-perishable items and stock up, since many of these items have a long shelf life. Find the best sales every week on’s weekly deals lists for your stores:

  1. Oats: Oats are a great source of fiber, protein, and complex carbohydrates. They can be used in a variety of ways, such as oatmeal, granola, or baked goods.
  2. Brown rice: Brown rice is a great source of fiber and complex carbohydrates, as well as B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and selenium. It can be used as a base for a variety of meals.
  3. Eggs: Eggs are a great source of protein, healthy fats, and a range of vitamins and minerals. Even though they have gone up in price, they are still a relatively inexpensive main course ingredient can be used in a variety of dishes, such as omelets, scrambles, or frittatas.
  4. Canned beans: Canned beans, such as black beans, chickpeas, and kidney beans, are a great source of plant-based protein, fiber, and minerals such as iron and potassium. They can be used in a variety of meals, such as soups, stews, salads, or burritos. An even less expensive option is to use dried beans. You can soak a bag of beans overnight, and if you’d like, freeze smaller quantities of soaked beans to use in future meals without having to allow soaking time. Try one of these $5 dinners that start with a can of beans.
  5. Frozen vegetables: Frozen vegetables are often more affordable than fresh vegetables, but still retain their nutrients and can be used in a variety of meals, such as stir-fries, soups, or roasted vegetables.
  6. Bananas: Bananas are a great source of potassium, fiber, and vitamins C and B6. They’re also very affordable and can be used as a snack or in recipes such as smoothies, banana bread, or pancakes. The average banana costs 25¢ each, as compared to the average orange at $1, or the average apple at $1 to $2 each.
  7. Canned tuna: Canned tuna is a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and several vitamins and minerals. It can be used in a variety of dishes, such as salads, sandwiches, or casseroles. Watch for sales and stock up, since canned and pouch tuna has a very long shelf life. Be imaginative and try one of these popular recipes for canned tuna.
  8. Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins A and C, and several minerals. You can use them in a variety of meals, such as roasted sweet potatoes, sweet potato fries, or mashed sweet potatoes.
  9. Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, and probiotics. It’s also relatively affordable and can be used as a snack or in recipes such as smoothies, dips, or dressings.
  10. Peanut butter: Peanut butter is a great source of healthy fats, protein, and several vitamins and minerals. It’s inexpensive, and has a very long shelf life so stock up on multiple jars when your store has a good sale. It can be used as a spread or in recipes such as smoothies, sauces, or energy balls.

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Procter & Gamble has dozens of cash back offers available NOW in the Ibotta app, which means you can save big money without having any coupons at all. Many of the cash back offers are higher values than we’ve seen with coupons, so you can save even more money with very little effort. This is an example of several offers available at Walmart right now via the Ibotta app. You may be buying these products already–so all it takes is scanning the barcode at the bottom of your Walmart receipt to get this cash in your Ibotta account. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Here are some of my favorite offers from P&G at Walmart via Ibotta right now:

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There are many more offers for P&G products like Crest, Scope, Always and more. As well as hundreds of cash back offers for other popular brands like All Laundry Detergent, Persil Laundry Detergent, Lysol, Purex, Suavitel and more. Start saving far more on your grocery and household shopping with the Ibotta app.

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