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How to save on vegetables

Want to save money on your vegetables? Love em or hate em, it’s subjective, but vegetables can provide so many health benefits that they are hard to ignore.

At mySupermarket we’ve read countless news articles explaining how purchasing fresh and healthy produce is just too expensive and out of reach for many average families. So, instead of grabbing a bag of crisps over an apple here are some top tips on how to add more fruit and vegetables into your diet, in a cheap and still cheerful way!

 

  1. Obviously, we are mySupermarket and our top tip is to compare the prices!

Make yourself a ‘quick list’ of the types of produce you are interested in and hit the search button.

mySupermarket Compare Save 30 on your groceries

You’ll immediately see all your favourites on one screen with offers and cheapest items easy to spot.

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  1. Buy in Bulk

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One item by itself may be a bit on the pricey side, but buy in bulk and you could actually save more than you realise. Best of all, we make it easy with our PPU filter.

Look for the ‘sort by’ filter in the top right-hand side of your screen. Pressing this will show you the cost of each unit of fruit/vegetables and help you decide on the most value for money options.

  1. Freeze em, save em, store em.

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If you’re considering tip number two but are concerned that your produce will go bad before it gets eaten, consider consigning some of your items to the big freeze.

Our favourite examples are:

  • Whip up a fruit smoothie, freeze it and voila…ice cream (kinda)!
  • Pop fresh herbs into ice cube trays with a little salt and olive oil for a quick and hassle free flavour shot in your meals.
  • Grapes, bananas, berries and mangoes are all quick great frozen treats. Chop them small and store in either a tupperware or ziplock bag. They keep fresh for a couple of months and it takes the stress out of some of those cheaper 2 for 1 deals.
  • If you don’t necessarily want to cook or prepare everything straight away, some of the less obvious vegetables can safely be lightly prepared and then stored away. Avocados are a great place to start!

You can also check out our recent post on the 10 foods you didn’t know you could freeze for more inspiration.

  1. Use even the oldest vegetables.

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It’s easy to get into the habit of discarding vegetables that look like they have seen better days. Whilst we don’t advocate eating mould, a little bruise, squish or brown bit is perfectly acceptable. Vegetables in this form can be turned into tasty soups, pasta sauces or even roasted nicely in the oven.

  1. Grow your own.

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Using saving tips 1 & 2, head over to the gardening shelf on mySupermarket where you can find a range of seeds to help get you on your way to growing your own fresh produce, straight from your home. Check it out here.

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