10 Amazing Hacks For Buying Fruits And Vegetables Like A Pro
It seems to be a long-standing problem that isn’t going away anytime soon: Lots of people want to eat more fruit and veg, but they don’t want to have to pay the sky-high prices. Eating healthily, they say, costs too much money.
But is this really true?
Yes and No. Buying top-quality organic fruit and vegetables can cost you a significant amount of money if you let it. But if you know the tricks and the trade, you can easily eat all the good stuff for a fraction of the cost.
Surviving on a healthy diet for less money is totally doable. How? Well, let’s just take a look at out 10 amazing hacks for buying fruit and vegetables like a pro!
Home Is Where The Heart Is
If you want to save a bagful of money, you could grow your own food and veg in your own back yard or allotment. All you’ll need to buy are the materials needed to sorted (such as the right soil and seeds), and then you’re ready to eat healthily for practically no cost at all.
Of course, growing your own food is not easy. It’s super rewarding, but it is also challenging. If you’re new to this sort of stuff, it’s best that you start with simple things, such as simpler seeds – tomatoes for example.
Not all fruit and veg grows equally; some, such as spinach is more reliable than others, while some, such as radishes, grow quicker than others.
Shop Late At Night
This might sound radical, but if you venture into a supermarket close to midnight you’ll find that their bargain bins are stuffed with cheap fruit and veg that they need to get rid of before closing time.
The produce will probably expire tomorrow, but that gives you plenty of time to eat it. And you can usually purchase it for less than 50% of its usual price. Win!
Talk To Others
If you’re new to this fruit and veg game and are tired of racking up a huge shopping bill that almost causes you to faint in the supermarket, you might want to take advice from friends or family members who have been eating healthily for a number of years now.
Ask others how they manage to eat well for less. Ask them their secrets, find out where they shop, and discuss how to keep food fresh.
Buy From A Farmer’s Market
Lots of people who are struggling to keep their shopping bill down have probably never visited a farmer’s market. I visited one for the first time two years ago, and I couldn’t believe how amazingly cheap it was.
Shopping at a farmer’s market means you’re buying local produce and supporting the local community, but it also means that you’re getting a better deal than you would from a supermarket.
Not just this, but you’ll also be buying produce that is free from pesticides and preservatives, and which is eco-friendly. Try it!
In the olden days, comparing prices between two supermarkets and a local greengrocers took up a lot of time. Our forefathers would have to physically venture to each supermarket, before making notes.
In 2016, all you need to do is pop online to compare prices. So what’s stopping you from getting the best deal? You might have shopped at one store for the last 10 years, but it might now be time to try somewhere else.
Pick Your Own!
Do you remember when you were a child and your grandmother took you out during the summer to pick some fruit from local farms? My grandma sure took me out during the summer, and fruit-picking was one of my favourite pastimes.
Not only was the fruit totally free, but it also tasted divine and was free from the nasty pesticides that is often found in pre-packaged fruit sold in supermarkets.
You can’t simply wander into any old farm and pick the fruit, of course; find out which local farms let you do this, and always ask permission first.
Buy In Bulk
If there is something you’re going to be using a lot of over the next fortnight, it’s a great idea to buy in bulk.
Lots of people complain that bananas “go off” too quickly, but bananas actually take a long long time to go off. Sure, they turn yellower and display freckles, but they’re still good for eating.
Know Your Seasons
If you’ve been shopping for fruit and vegetables for quite some time by now, you’ll surely have noticed that the prices tend to fluctuate – sometimes significantly. This is nothing to do with share prices and market trends; instead, it’s entirely down to the seasons.
Some produce grows all year round, such as tomatoes. Some, however, do not – such as asparagus. And when a product is not in season, its prices tend to rise.
For this reason, the sharper shopper will only buy produce that is in season. When, for example, asparagus goes out of season in the fall, the sharper shopper won’t purchase it.
Ask Around For Sellers
For all you know, your friend or your cousin or your work colleague might be growing their own fruit and vegetables right this minute. But because you’ve never asked, you’ve never been aware.
Put a shout-out in Facebook to see if anyone you know grows their own produce. Ask people at work if they do, too. And if someone does, offer to purchase some food off them for a discount. They’ll be making some money, and you’ll be getting a fab deal!!
Prepare Weekly Meal Plans
If you decide to cook something on the spare of the moment, you’re going to end up paying through the nose at the supermarket for ingredients that will only be used for a single meal.
If, however, you plan your meals ahead each week, you’ll get more bang for your buck by using the same ingredients in various dishes.
Stay happy and healthy!