Smart Shopping for Fruits and Vegetables

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

Want to be a smart shopper? Make sure to look in your grocery store's sale paper for deals and discounts!

Fresh:
-Buy pre-bagged items like apples, oranges and potatoes (individual pieces are expensive).
-Buy in season! Be aware that produce can be extremely expensive if it is not its normal growing season). Examples: grapes, blueberries, strawberries.
-Buy whole! Avoid pre-cut fruits or vegetables, which are more costly. Buy whole and cut them yourself at home instead.
-Cheapest pick: Bananas coming in around $0.19 per pound.
-Quick tip: Be aware that certain colors of bell pepper are more expensive than others.

Canned:
-Choose canned peaches, pears, fruit cocktail or applesauce.
-Pick “canned in 100% juice or water” and “no sugar added.”
-Choose canned beans, peas, tomatoes, corn or pumpkin.
-Look for low sodium or no salt added products.

Frozen:
-Choose frozen versions of fruits and vegetables that perish quickly (blackberries, strawberries, raspberries).
-Buy in bulk. You can buy large bags since they last a long time in the freezer.

Dry:
-Dried fruits like raisins have a longer shelf life and last longer than fresh ones.
-Dried fruits can be expensive; purchase them when they are on sale.

Juice:
Fresh juice can be very expensive. Try getting cans of juice concentrate and mixing it yourself at home. Make sure to choose the cans that say “100% fruit juice concentrate."


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