How can I save money at the grocery store? It’s something we’ve all wondered.
That’s why we have come up with a monthly Money Saving Produce Guide. Through trial and error, we have learnt that it’s easy to save money on fruit and vegetables if you follow what’s in season. Our helpful tips will guide you at the supermarket and help you save money all year ’round.
It’s the best time to purchase vegetables like broccoli, avocado, cauliflower, celery, cabbage, collards, carrots, chard, spinach, kale. When it comes to fruit, try shopping for grapefruits, oranges, kiwi, pears, and tangerines.
Top Tip: Buy citrus fruits in bulk and juice them at home for a refreshing citrus juice.
Vegetables that go on sale during February include potatoes, carrots, chard, celery, artichoke, collards, asparagus, kale, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. If you’re looking for affordable fruit, try in-season kiwi, strawberries, raspberries and avocado.
Top Tip: If you’re in the mood for desserts, consider adding in-season berries to your cheesecakes, pies and ice-cream.
Seasonal produce starts to change in March, which means more variety for less money. Affordable vegetables include broccoli, fennel, asparagus, cauliflower, collards, artichoke, radish, spring onion, cabbage, leek, celery, mushrooms, carrots, chard, kale, spring onions, peas, and spinach. In-season fruit also varies in March, so why not try haas avocado, strawberries, orange, lemon, tangerines and lime.
Top Tip: Make use of the varied produce and cook up a comforting casserole, filled with fennel, radish, leek and celery.
The cheapest vegetables this month include beets, artichokes, onions, mushrooms, peas, cabbages, carrots, asparagus and broccoli. There isn’t a lot of fruit in season during April, but you can save money buying grapefruit and haas avocados.
Top Tip: Since seasonal fruits are limited during April, you can save money by adding more vegetables to your diet. Cook up a big vegetable pie or make vegetable pasties as snacks.
During May you will be able to save money when you purchase in-season vegetables such as peas, carrots, green beans, new potatoes, artichokes, beets, asparagus, and sweet vidalia onions. Berries start to come back in season, so if you’re after cheap fruit try blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and avocado.
Top Tip: Stock up on berries while they are in season and buy in bulk. Then divide the berries into portions and freeze – you’ll have berries all year ’round and save money too.
If you are looking for in-season vegetables that won’t break the bank in June, try corn, squash eggplant, sweet vidalia onions and red onions. Summertime means fruit is abundant! You’ll be less interested in eating hot roasted vegetables and more interested in refreshing fruit and smoothies. Luckily the following fruits are in season – cherries, apricots, blueberries, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, blackberries, honeydew, tomatoes, peaches, boysenberries, watermelon and raspberries
Top Tip: Purchase a range of in-season fruits and create your own iceblocks!