Amazingly, many people have the misconception that fruits are too expensive to eat regularly. In the end this only leads to more expensive issues like failing health. It can even have an impact on your job as you miss work or can’t focus as you should. A poor diet affects every part of your life. That’s why it’s important to find ways to save money on things like fruits. Most of the expense that you find with fruits is due to letting them go bad. Here are some tips to saving money on fruit:
Pick Your Own
One reason the cost of fruit is so high is because of the cost of gas. When you buy your fruit at the grocery store you are paying for the packaging as well as the transportation costs and the fruit itself. You can cut out all of those factors and pay for only the fruit by picking it yourself. You don’t have to have your own farm. Many places where fruits are grown offer the option to pick it yourself. You can pick as much as you want and pay for the fruit by weight. You’re not just saving yourself money either. You’re helping local farmers produce quality foods as well and avoid the cost of the middle man.
Stock Up at the End of the Season
At the end of the season fruits normally go on sale. The season depends on the fruit so this is happening all the time and the selection is always changing. The key is to prepare them right away. Many of these fruits are about to go bad, but can be salvaged by making jam, juicing, baking, and countless other ideas. Since you can freeze or can most of these options, you can have fruit all year round in different forms. Eat some raw when you get it home so you don’t miss out on the benefits of eating fresh fruit, but buy enough to store some for later in the year. You might even make fruit bread now and freeze it for later.
Grow Your Own
Of course the best way to save money on fruit is to grow your own. It takes a bit of time to get your fruit supply up, but once it starts rolling you will have more than you could ever need. If you happen to receive SNAP benefits, you can buy your seeds, plants, bushes, and even trees. Remember to buy them at the end of the season so that you can still get the most for your money.
To save money on fruit you really just have to plan ahead. You may have to learn to can and make some room for stored foods in your pantry or freezer. After a few years you won’t just be a pro at it; you’ll have more money and feel better as well. In the meantime shop around and make the most of what you can afford. Let no good fruit go to waste.
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