Apples to Apples: Saving Money on Fruits and Vegetables

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We all know it's important to eat our fruits and vegetables, but you may get a little sticker shock when you go to pick them up. If you still want to make sure you're getting all the food groups into your diet, there are some ways to cross them off your shopping list without breaking the budget.

Home Gardens

If you have space (and maybe you have kids who could use some extra work), a home garden can be a great option. Seeds are much less expensive than buying produce every week, and you'll be getting freshly grown produce. If you don't have a green thumb you could always see if one of your friends or neighbors have a garden. They might be willing to sell you a few things or even give them to you for free if they've got more than they can eat.

Farmer's Markets/Pick Your Own

Farmer's Markets and Pick Your Own are a great option if you can't or don't want to have a home garden. The food is normally a lot cheaper, it is more more environmentally conscious, and you are supporting a local business. Plus, you will know where your food is coming from. I personally love Pick-Your-Own options. The past couple years, I have always lived close to a Pick-Your-Own strawberry and blueberry farm, and I would stock up on amazing tasting fruit, eating some of it fresh, making jam with some of it, and freezing the rest of it. Pick-Your-Own can be a great way to get outside and get some exercise, too. This is especially ideal if you have kids or if you need a fun date idea.

Grocery Stores

The previous two options are really only good for the warmer months, so in the winter you probably will have to rely on the grocery store. This is where you need to make sure you check for sales. You can still find some good deals, you just might have a smaller selection than you'd like. If you find something you like on sale, go ahead and buy a little more of it than you need. You can freeze some of it and save it for later. Don't be afraid to buy from the frozen section, either. It might not taste quite as good as the fresh stuff, but sometimes the cost savings will be a good tradeoff.

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