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How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

I know I should eat more fruits and vegetables. I like stir-fried vegetables and fruit kabobs, but fresh produce is so expensive where I live. What can I do?
How to Save Money on Fruits and Vegetables

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  • Be sure to check the sales ads for specials and compare prices of different forms of fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables are at their best quality and are less expensive when they are in season. Fresh produce often is imported from warmer places all around the world.
  • Consider growing your own vegetables by planting a traditional or container garden in the spring. You can learn about gardening by visiting www.ag.ndsu.edu/horticulture.
  • Use frozen or canned fruits or vegetables, but be a label reader and compare brands. Sometimes frozen and canned fruit has a lot of added sweeteners. Choose unsweetened frozen fruit and canned fruit in 100 percent juice. Canned vegetables may be fairly high in sodium, so look for “low sodium” or “reduced sodium” canned vegetables.
  • Compare the cost of name-brand and store-brand canned and frozen fruits and vegetables. Use the “unit price” (price per ounce or other unit) found on the shelf edge.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise January 2014 newsletter (PDF)

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