Fit Fruits and Veggies Into Any Budget

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We all know fruits and veggies are great for your health. With these tips, they’re also great for your wallet!
  • Use fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season. They are easy to get, have more flavor, and are usually less expensive. Your local farmers’ market is a great source of seasonal produce. But remember, some fresh vegetables and fruits don’t last long, so buy small amounts more often to ensure you can eat the foods without throwing any away.   
  • Check the local newspaper, online, and at the store for sales, coupons, and specials. You can often get more for less by visiting larger grocery stores (or discount stores in your area).   
  • Plan out your meals ahead of time and make a grocery list. You will 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 also have more to spend on fruits and veggies.   
  • Compare the price and the number of servings from fresh, canned, and frozen produce. Canned and frozen items can cost less than fresh. For canned items, choose fruit canned in 100% fruit juice or water, and vegetables with “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label.   
  • Store brands can be less expensive than some of the name-brand foods. You will get the same or similar product for a better price. 
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  • If your grocery store has a membership card, sign up for even more savings. Sign-up is usually free and you can receive savings and electronic coupons when you provide your email address.   
  • Start a garden in the yard or a pot on the porch. Herbs, cucumbers, peppers, or tomatoes are good options for beginners. Browse through a local library or online for more information on starting a garden. Kids love watching things grow!   
  • Find a farmers’ market near you! For fresh, seasonal produce at great prices visit
  • Prepare and freeze vegetable soups, stews, or other dishes in advance. Save time and money by planning ahead and using those leftovers! Add leftover vegetables to casseroles or blend them to make soup. Overripe fruit is great for smoothies or baking.