Maybe you’re a vegetarian, or maybe you are looking to start a plant-based diet and want to protect both your body and your wallet.
For many, the produce section is what typically eats up their grocery bill during a shopping trip. This is more true if the bulk of your diet is plant-based.
So in this post we wanted to go over some ways you can save a little green while buying your greens!
Here are 8 ways to eat a plant-based diet while on a budget.
Buy What Is In Season
You’ve probably heard it a million times, but it’s true. For every fruit and vegetable there is a season, and the season it is in abundance is going to save you cash.
Asparagus in the spring, strawberries in the summer, apples in the fall, and squash in the winter are a few examples.
Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market
When you shop at a farmer’s market, you are not only usually able to find cheaper prices on produce, but you are also supporting local farmers and the community.
Go the extra step and ask what practices they use when it comes to pesticides and spraying. Some farmers don’t pay to become certified organic, but they use natural growing methods.
Check Out Online Produce Delivery
Companies like Door to Door Organics deliver fresh fruits and vegetables right to your door. You can choose from various box sizes to match your budget and family size.
Bonus: They sell other items besides just produce that you can add on to your order!
Join A Community Garden
Many towns and cities have a ‘community’ garden available to local residents. Anyone who wants to get involved signs up for a time slot to work in the garden, and as a result, they get to enjoy a part of the harvest.
Swapping a little elbow grease for goods is always an easy way to save money. This is also a great opportunity to involve and educate your children on the benefits of working together and sharing!
Also, you get to show them how food grows from the earth, not a factory.
Research Local Co-ops
Some farms have a year-round program available where you can sign up to join a co-op.
Each week, or sometimes bi-weekly, they deliver orders to a specific location where members can come pick up a variety box of produce.
What is available in the box changes week to week depending on what is in season, so it’s a wonderful way to try new fruits and vegetables.
Fill Your Freezer!
Because there are certain seasons when certain fruit and vegetables are less expensive, buy them in bulk and stock them in your freezer.
We love to pick buckets of blueberries in late July, wash them when we get home, and freeze them. During the winter, blueberry crisp brings memories of summer on cold winter days!
You can also go the route of canning vegetables and enjoy food like beans, tomatoes, or pickles throughout the year.
Buy What’s On Sale
Plan your meals around produce that is marked down at your favorite local store.
If you are the type who likes to meal plan for weeks at a time, this might not be the best option for you. But if you are a little more flexible, check out the weekly flyer on Sunday, and plan your meals for the week based on what is on sale.
Grow Your Own Garden
This is the most labor intensive option, but also might be the most rewarding! There is nothing like walking outside and picking fresh food you grew yourself.
Even if you rent an apartment, if you have a balcony or space to put containers you have space for a garden.
Pick your favorite veggies, and grow as many as you’re able. Soon you’ll literally be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Have a great tip for getting great deals on produce? Share in the comments below!