The best way to save money at the grocery store is to be knowledgable in what a good price is. If you know what a good price is, you will know when to stock-up. Remember that just because the sign says sale, does not not mean that it is a good price. If you are just joining us, I have posted the good buy prices for Meat, Dairy and Beverage items and pantry items. When I get all of the prices gathered, I will make a master list for you all!
Produce prices vary by region and season. One of the best ways to save money on produce is to buy items in season. For example, summer brings great prices on zucchini, tomatoes, peaches and watermelon and spring is a great time to buy asparagus and strawberries. Of course growing your own vegetables is a great way to save money as well!
I will give you some base prices to look for for fruits and vegetables. Remember that these prices will vary depending on the time of year that you are buying.
“Buy price” for Produce items: Prices below are in season prices without coupons. Produce coupons are rare- so if you see them, grab them!
- Seedless Grapes, $0.99-$1.99/lb.
- Peaches, $0.99/lb.
- Whole Watermelon, $2.99
- Strawberries (16 oz), $2
- Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries (6 oz.), $2
- Lemon, $0.25
- Apples, $1/lb.
- Mango, $0.33
- Cantaloupe, $2
- Pineapple, $2.50
- Bananas, $0.47/lb.
- Avocado, $0.88 (varies greatly by region)
- Tomatoes, $0.99-$1.99/lb.
- Corn, $0.17
- Baby carrots (16 oz.), $1
- Bagged lettuce, $2
- Cucumbers, $0.67
- Yellow squash or zucchini, $0.99/lb.
- Eggplant, $0.99/lb.
- Green Beans, $0.99/lb.
- Asparagus, $1.99/lb.
- Potatoes (5 lb.), $2.50
So how do I save the most on buying produce? I only buy what is on sale that week and plan my menu accordingly. The boys eat whatever fruit is at the rock bottom price for the week. I also have a garden and preserve fruits and vegetables for the winter.
What did I miss? I would love to hear your buy price for produce items!
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This post is linked at My Coupon Teacher.