- Celebrate the season with fresh foodsUse fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season. They’re easy to get, have more flavor, and usually cost less. Your local farmer’s market is a great source of seasonal produce.
- Why pay full price? Cut couponsCheck the local newspaper, online, and at the store for sales, coupons, and specials that will cut food costs. Often, you can get more for less by visiting larger grocery stores (discount grocers if available).
- Stick to your listPlan your meals ahead of time and make a grocery list. You’ll save money by buying only what you need. Don’t shop when you’re hungry. Shopping after eating will make it easier to pass on tempting snack foods. You’ll have more of your food budget for vegetables and fruits.
- Try canned or frozen vegetablesCompare the price and the number of servings from fresh, canned, and frozen forms of the same veggie or fruit. Canned and frozen items may be less expensive than fresh. For canned items, choose fruit canned in 100% fruit juice and vegetables with “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label.
- Buy small amounts more frequentlySome fresh vegetables and fruits don’t last long. Buy small amounts more often to make sure you can eat the foods without throwing any away.
- Buy in bulk when items are on saleFor fresh vegetables or fruits you use often, a large size bag is the better buy. Canned or frozen fruits or vegetables can be bought in large quantities when they are on sale, since they last much longer.
- Store brands mean savingsChoose store brands when possible. You’ll get the same or similar product for a cheaper price. If your grocery store has a membership card, sign up for even more savings.
- Buy foods in their simplest formBuy vegetables and fruits in their simplest form. Pre-cut, pre-washed, ready-to-eat, and processed foods are convenient, but often cost much more than when purchased in their basic forms.
- Plan and cook smartPrepare and freeze vegetable soups, stews, or other dishes in advance. This saves time and money. Add leftover vegetables to casseroles or blend them to make soup. Overripe fruit is great for smoothies or baking.