Shop Smart for Fruits and Vegetables

Grocery shopping can be overwhelming at times but it doesn't have to be!  By planning ahead, sticking to your shopping list, comparing shelf labels to find the best price, and using store coupons you can save time and money.

Here are some money-saving tips for buying fruits and veggies at the grocery store!

Shop Smart Fruit and Veggie Tips:
  1. Cutting and preparing your own fruits and veggies can save you money.  Try purchasing whole carrots, heads of lettuce, and other uncut veggies.
  2. Compare unit prices to find the best deal.  Often times the unit price is found on the shelf tag, listed separately from the retail price.
  3. Buy fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables, they are all healthy choices.  Canned and frozen produce can cost less than fresh when fruits and veggies are not in season.
  4. Choose canned foods with the least amount of salt.  Next time you're at the store try comparing the sodium in regular cans of vegetables with sodium levels in "low-sodium" or no salt added" cans.
  5. Drain and rinse canned vegetables.  Rinsing canned vegetables before cooking or serving reduces added salt.
  6. Choose fruits packing in 100% juice or water instead of sugary syrup.
  7. Select frozen fruits and veggies without added sauces.
Check out our new Shop Smart at the Store:  Fruits and Veggies video to help you save time and money at the grocery store.



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