Extreme Couponing Tip: Get More Produce by Heading to the Scales!
Want to save on fresh produce without even using a coupon? All you have to do is head to the scales! You can save 10 percent by making sure to weigh two types of produce:
Bagged Produce (such as 5 lb bag potatoes, 3 lb bag carrots, 3 lb bag apples, and bagged oranges)
When produce is bagged, the processor makes sure the bag at least meets the minimum weight marked. If you head to the scales at the store, you’ll find they can vary in how much they exceed the weight. If you find a 3 pound bag of carrots that actually weighs 3.3 pounds, you get 10 percent more free in exchange for 30 seconds at the scale. This is also a great way for older kids to help out while shopping! Potatoes are especially important to weigh. Since potatoes are 80 percent water, their weight can decrease over time, and thus the bagged potatoes have the widest variance than any other bagged produce.
Individually priced produce (such as lettuce, avocado, berries, grapefruit, kiwi, lemon, peppers, and pineapple) When purchasing produce that is priced per-item instead of perp-pound, it’s always best to weigh each item. Simply take your top few choices over to the scale and pick the heaviest contender.