I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grabbed a bag of potatoes without even thinking about the weight. I stopped doing that as soon as I became aware that not all bags are created equal. Weight varies, and the differences can save you around 10%. Read on to discover how!

Bagged produce 

  • Examples: 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 of any other bagged produce.

Individually-priced produce 

  • Examples: lettuce, avocado, berries, grapefruit, kiwi, lemon, peppers, and pineapple

When purchasing produce that is priced per-item instead of per-pound, it's always best to weigh each item. Simply take your top few choices over to the scale and pick the heaviest contender.

Don't Skip the Scale When Buying Produce!