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How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables rank on the bottom of my list lately as I have seen their prices go up and the quality go down. This has always been a hard decision but with a strict grocery budget and no one in my house volunteering to give up meat, it has to be done. However, most recently I have realized not having fruits and vegetables handy is hindering my weight loss and affecting what my children eat. So I decided to figure out how I can save and have my fruits and vegetables. Today I hit the jackpot as you can see in the picture. Can you guess how much I spent on all the fruits and vegetables in the picture? Because I love to save money on vegetables.

How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

How save money on vegetables

1. Buy the fruits and vegetables that are in season. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy apples and pears but they will cost more in the spring. These are the best times to buy Fruits and Vegetables

2. Compare prices between your local grocery stores, fruit markets, specialty stores each week when the sale come out.

3. Buy in bulk. Many times apples, oranges, potatoes, and onions are cheaper in prepackaged bags than individually. Split these purchases with family and/or friends if you won’t use them up by yourself before they go bad.

4. Only buy what you can eat before it goes bad. There is nothing worse than throwing away fruits and vegetables that are rotten. I see dollar signs in my heads when I do this.

5. Buy frozen or canned versions if fresh are not available for a reasonable price. This is a great alternative for strawberries, brocolli, green beans, cauliflower and berries. I do not like canned asparagus.

6. Buy from local farmers and vendors. This can save money and also give back to your local community. I will note that sometimes they are not always cheaper than the stores depending on your area and encourage you to be aware what the stores in your area are charging.

7. Buy fruits and veggies the way they were grown. Don’t pay extra just because they have already been washed, cut and package for you. It doesn’t take much time to do this yourself and is definitely worth the savings.

8. Shop the manager’s specials or clearance section. Many times this food is marked down because it is not attractive to shoppers but it is still perfectly edible. Many items that are marked down include: single bananas, broken apart bunches of grapes, slightly bruised apples, citrus that is not vibrant in color, etc. THIS IS HOW I SAVED TODAY!! I filled up my cart and came home with everything in the picture for only $31.64.

So when my family is roaming for food I can sit comfortably knowing that I have provided them with fruits and vegetables to keep them them satisfied and healthy.

Go enjoy some fruits and vegetables with your family!!!

Print this Free Printable list of seasonal fruits and vegetables

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How to Keep Energy Costs Down During the Summer

Opening up the utility bills in the heat of summer here in Southern states can be gut wrenching.  Using our tips for How To Keep Energy Costs Down During The Summer will make your utility costs manageable regardless of where you live!

Energy Costs: Learn How to Keep Energy Costs Down During the Summer with our great tips that are part of how we live on $30,000 or less per year!

How to Keep Energy Costs Down During the Summer

The temperature is rising outside and so are your energy costs. Here are five tips that can help you beat wasting your hard-earned money on keeping your house cool which leaves you more money to be spent on things like ice cream in time to make memories with your family.How to Keep Energy Costs Down During the SummerContinue reading

How to Budget and Save Money Eating Out

How to Budget and Save Money Eating Out

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We don’t eat out at a sit down restaurant often, but when we do most of the time we pick Ruby Tuesday’s. They have a wonderful salad bar to keep the kids happy while the food arrives! Plus they seem to have coupons out often. Here are some tips on how to budget and save money eating out.

6 Tips on How to Budget and Save Money Eating Out

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Three Tips that Saved Me $1920 On My Cell Phone

How To Save Money When Buying New Cell Phones

I got up and looked at my phone. It didn’t charge the night before. I was so angry that my phone wasn’t working as planned. I had a million things to do, and I needed my phone. I went to the store only to find out the phone I had just paid off in full had an issue that was of course not under warranty. That is the story of my life. I had two options one pay $149 to fix the phone or two, buy a new phone.

I have new cell phone envy issues, so I went with that option. I needed the newest phone which happened to be a Samsung 8.  I did attempt to use my husband’s iPhone for a couple of weeks until the Samsung 8 was out and frankly, I hated it.

I went to my carrier for cell service. I could go anywhere since I owned my other smart phone and I wasn’t under contract. I thought they had a great deal. You turn in your old phone and then pay $15 a month for 24 months for a new phone. That sounds great if you can’t do math because there is a caveat. You need to have the unlimited plan on your account.

How To Save Money When Buying New Cell Phones

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How to Plan a Family Vacation on $30,000 A Year

How to Afford Family Vacation Travel on $30,000 A Year

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Summer days are fast approaching and I’m already anticipating the kids’ cries of “Mom!  We’re bored!”  In an attempt to prevent that from happening this year, we started planning our family vacation the day after school started in the fall.  You might ask why we start planning the family vacation so early.  It’s simple … we live on a $30,000 a year budget and have to carefully plan luxuries such as vacations in order to stick to that budget.

First Steps to Planning a Family Vacation

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Frugal Ways to Save Money When Buying New Home Appliances

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Frugal ways to save money when buying new home appliances

Frugal Ways to Save Money on Home Appliances

Spring is a time of new beginnings.  For many, it’s also the time when a large income tax refund comes in.  Some may use those extra funds to pay off debt, to plan for a much needed and deserved vacation, or to put toward savings.  This year we plan to use those funds to replace our dishwasher, refrigerator and stove.  After over ten years, these appliances have outlived their usefulness.  The dishwasher leaks and our last attempt to repair it proved worthless.  The refrigerator is not defrosting and is loud. As for the stove, it’s an older electric burner version which I have dreamed of replacing with a ceramic flat top since we moved in a number of years ago.  It looks like it’s time to check out the home appliances sales.Continue reading