So I have been asked many times throughout my non-meat years how I manage to keep my budget low when I still buy lots of fresh produce. There are a few easy ways to complete produce shopping without going home feeling robbed.
#1. Be honest with yourself. I have lots of friends who buy bananas or tomatoes in the large amounts they cut them into at the store. Remember these items can be separated into smaller parts, if you aren’t going to eat 6 bananas then don’t buy 6! Get 3 or even 2, you can always go back to the store at another time, however over purchasing is a waist of money and food.
#2. Plan out what you want to get before you go shopping. Yes it can be a massive pain, especially in student life when it seems like you hardly have time to sleep. However in the long run this is saving you from buying that extra avocado or apple you didn’t actually ending up using. Now this doesn’t have to be a step by step of everything you plan to eat for the year, simply think about your upcoming week. Are you planning on going out with friends thus you don’t need to purchase as many dinner entree ingredients, or maybe you’re working during lunch and really only need a quick PB&J sandwich. You get the idea.
#3. This is one of the most obvious yet most commonly forgotten in our modern age. All produce does not actually grow well year round. Yes you can buy avocados in the grocery store during the winter but that doesn’t mean they grow redily during this season. This makes them substantially more expensive. The solution to this, skip the guacamole this winter and try to buy things that you know are in season during your shopping time. In the past I have posted a produce season schedule however with quick use of google you can easily find one if you don’t want to dig through my archive.
Good luck & Good eating!