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.

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8 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Get More Produce by Heading to the Scales”

  1. I have been weighing bagged items for years (potatoes, onions,ect.)  but after last week, I am adding strawberries to the list!  I saw a woman look through the cartons, pick out one threw the offending berry out on the stack and picked one from another carton. to fill the one she had chosen.  I would’ve said something, but I was too stunned!

    • Lovin Summer says:

      I don;t quite understand this? why weigh prebagged items….i guess I’m just not understanding. lol… :p

      • Anonymous says:

        They are saying there are variances in the weight of pre-bagged items.  a 5lb bag of potatoes will have at least 5lbs in it but due to sized variations one might be 5.2lbs and another might be 5.7lbs.  get the heavier bag for your money.  HTH  Kat

  2. Anonymous says:

    Flipping smart! Never thought of weighing pre weighed items!

  3. Foxyaury says:

    I like to price match Aldi specials at Walmart for low price produce. Its worth the effort and within my driving route to work.

    • shellyo says:

      I do the same thing.  Its great because each weeks deals are different so I never get board of the same old thing.