7. Buy in season. “This allows for savings [because you’re purchasing when] products are typically more plentiful and available,” Crowson says. A juicy tip: If you’re hitting up farmers’ markets for locally grown produce, try going toward the end of the day. “[Vendors] don’t want to have to pack the items up and haul them back to the farm,” he adds.
8. Join community-supported agriculture (CSA) groups. “Basically, you buy a share in a local farm’s annual crops and receive boxes containing any combination of fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, baked goods, herbs, cheese or flowers,” Woroch explains. Some CSAs even set up payment plans, so clients don’t have to shell out for their entire share at once. “Community supported agriculture ensures you eat nothing but the freshest food, while saving a surprising amount of money,” she adds.
9. Consider frozen foods. “Frozen fruits and veggies are an economical way to get your nutrients during any season,” Woroch says. And since produce is flash-frozen at its peak ripeness and nutrient content, there’s no need to worry about lack of flavor or healthfulness. For an even better deal, Woroch suggests opting for store brands, as well as shopping at wholesalers like Costco.
10. Buy in bulk. Speaking of Costco, if you have storage space and carefully watch those “best before” dates, says Crowson, buying in bulk is a great way to save. Meat and seafood, in particular, tends to cost less per pound when bought in big quantities.
That said, don’t just fill your cupboards and freezer with items you’ll forget about or get sick of eating. “The savings evaporate,” Crowson says, “when you have to throw out product because it’s past its expiry date.”