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Extreme Couponing Tip: How to Save on Produce
- The first rule of thumb is to buy fruits and vegetables when they are in season. Find recipes that use vegetables that are in season, and also pick fruits that are on sale and in season.
- Try to find a local farm to pick things like cherries, raspberries, apples and more. You will likely pay much less if you go pick your own. When you find a krazy price, consider buying extra and freeze it for later use. My favorites to freeze are blueberries, strawberries, grapes and bell peppers.
- Make sure to weigh produce— you can save 10% on produce by going to the scales. For more, check out this post.
- Produce products do occasionally put out coupons. Recent ones include bagged salads, cherry tomatoes, avocados (around wine bottle necks, no wine purchase necessary), and Driscoll’s berries. Peelies and tear pads sometimes feature a “Buy this item, save on produce” (usually fresh fruit wyb cereal boxes and lettuce wyb salad dressing, etc.). For more on buying produce the Krazy Coupon Lady way, read this post.
- Keep an eye out for mark downs for ripe and over-ripe produce. Read more here.
- Know your seasons. Find out when each of your favorite fruits and veggies are harvested and at the best price here.
- Use Catalinas you’ve received on past purchases to buy things that you don’t normally have coupons for, like meat and produce.
- Frozen or canned fruits & veggies can also be alternatives to fresh. These are picked at their peak ripeness, retain most of the vitamins & minerals, and can be really convenient (not to mention more likely to have coupons too!).
- Keep a lookout for low sodium or “in 100% natural juice” varieties.
- Growing a garden is a great way to save on produce and have a relaxing hobby. Even if you live in an apartment, look into doing a container garden and growing herbs, berries, peas, beans, peppers, plus many others.
- To optimize space and get the most crops, look into techniques like square foot gardening.
- Look into Farmer's Markets and Co-ops. Farmer's Markets are mostly seen during the summer months, often in downtown areas or on the side of roads. Co-ops are where you can buy a box of locally grown produce every week or every other week at a set price. Advantages to these are getting to branch out and try new foods, having a steady supply, and supporting local (& often organic) farming.