8 ways to save money on fruit & vegetables

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When to comes to buying fruit & vegetables I think they are a real essential. Eating fruit & vegetables regularly throughout the day can help you to be healthier, lose weight, feel stronger and even avoid achy joints and other health issues. Today I want to share with you 8 ways to save money on fruit & vegetables.

Ways to save money on fruit & vegetables

8 ways to save money on fruit & vegetables

Eat whats in season

This is quite an obvious one but something I’ve only been doing myself the past couple of years. Look for produce that it is in season. Ever notice how salad is cheap in the summer months? This is because it is often available locally in the UK and this means supermarkets can save money on fruit & vegetables too. Thus passing some of the savings on to customers. 

Ways to save money on fruit & vegetables - Do your own prep work

Do your own prep work

You can buy diced onion, where you may get 1-2 onions for around 50p. However, if you was to buy a larger bag of onions, and do the prep work yourself, the same weight would work out to considerably less. For example you can buy 400g of diced onion for £1 in Tesco, or 500g of frozen diced onion for £1. However, if you buy their 1kg bag of onions you will pay just 75p. Once you’ve discarded the skins and the ends you’ll still come out with at least 850g of onion for less than 400/500g already diced. This adds up to a considerable saving on this one item alone. Imagine how that adds up throughout your shop. 

I have a number of items I use to help my prep work:

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Buy frozen

Another one of the great ways to save money on fruit & vegetables is to buy frozen. For example 200g of spinach is typically £1. You can buy 900g of frozen spinach for the same price. If you are going to be cooking with spinach, or blending it in a drink, then why not just buy frozen?

If you are looking for convenience, and don’t want to prepare everything yourself, then buying frozen fruit & vegetables is often a happy medium. You will save some money compared to buying fresh and you won’t have to do the prep work yourself.

Look for special offers

Stock up on your favourite produce when it is on offer and you’ll save a fortune. Aldi super 6 have 6 fruit & vegetable items, regularly changed, that they sell for a bargain price. Often this is seasonal produce but other times this is shipped in from other countries. You can stock up on items you use regularly and freeze a whole batch. I love to stock up on lemons & limes when they are offer, slice them up and freeze them for flavouring water.

Ways to save money on fruit & vegetables - Meal plan

Meal plan

This is number one of my favourite ways to save money on fruit & vegetables really. Meal planning has been life changing for us. We have managed to cut down the amount of takeaways we buy and we are eating better. Also, our food budget is lower now than a year ago – despite having a hungry baby to feed!

Look at tinned produce

If you are batch cooking, meal planning or just want to save time/effort then look at tinned produce. Often you can use tinned fruit in cake recipes and tinned tomatoes are a great, healthy way to bulk up a meal. The best thing with tinned produce is it usually lasts for years so you can stock up when the prices are low and keep your pantry well stocked.

Ways to save money on fruit & vegetables - Grow your own

Grown your own

I’m a proud allotment owner and as such I like to grow my own. We mostly grow vegetables, but also a few fruits too such as berries and tomatoes. Being able to grow our own produce is a good way to save money but more importantly it is a lovely hobby. There is something so satisfying about seeing all of our produce growing big and being able to harvest lots of bring home.

Ways to save money on fruit & vegetables - Check weight

Compare weights

Bananas are a good example here. At present you can buy loose bananas for 76p/kg. If you buy them prepackaged, in a cellophane bag, they typical cost around 30% more.

When you are browsing in the supermarket compare the weight of prepackaged fruit & vegetables to those that you can buy loose – you’ll see a big saving. You can select the best produce & buy only what you need – cutting down on food waste.

Want some more help cutting your household spend? Check out some of my other posts now I’ve told you 8 ways to save money on fruit & vegetables:

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8 ways to save money on fruit & vegetables. Frugal food, money saving, meal planning and grocery budgets

20 Responses

  1. Helen August 29, 2017 / 7:32 am

    I’ve recently discovered the wanders of frozen vegetables – just as good but so much cheaper and less waste!

    • katykicker August 29, 2017 / 7:33 am

      So true! I love the less waste in particular.

  2. Talya August 29, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Frozen vegetables are amazing and there are so many different ones you can get these days beyond the standard mixed veg! Some fan tips here.

  3. L dove August 29, 2017 / 9:42 am

    I would love to grow my own. I’m so jealous of your allotment and all of your veggies! We buy from the market, so much cheaper!

    • katykicker August 29, 2017 / 10:18 am

      Well you’d never have the time with all your beautiful babies to look after so don’t feel bad xxx

  4. Clare August 29, 2017 / 9:47 am

    I hate wasting food so have recently started buying frozen or cutting and freezing my own as soon as I’ve purchased them

    • katykicker August 29, 2017 / 10:18 am

      It is a great way to cut down on waste isn’t i!

  5. Emma August 29, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    We prepare all of our meals from scratch and it saves a small fortune. We find meal planning is really helpful for saving money on the food bill too! We also grow our own fruit and veg, as well as saving money it is a great way for encouraging little ones to eat a healthier diet.

    • katykicker August 29, 2017 / 7:13 pm

      Sounds like you are doing fantastic already! x

  6. Leta August 29, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Great tips. Eating well, with lots of fruit and veg, doesn’t have to be pricey.

    • katykicker August 30, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      That is so true Leta, thanks for stopping by!

  7. Gerri Spiers August 29, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    great post. As someone on Slimming world I eat loads of veg. I find Asda offers really good variety and a lot cheaper than other supermarkets. Also I buy a lot of frozen veg for emergencies.

    • katykicker August 30, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      I’ll have to check out Asda – thanks for the tip!

  8. Baby Isabella August 30, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    We tend to buy whats in season and also find that pick your own farms have really cheap fruit and veg especially seasonal produce x Great tips

  9. Kira August 31, 2017 / 12:33 am

    Great tips . We al says have a freezer stocke up with f oxen veh and fruit x

  10. Steph September 1, 2017 / 10:19 am

    We always prep our own food, but I love the idea of the potato chipper!

    • katykicker September 2, 2017 / 2:59 pm

      It is so convenient – and fast!

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