Recently, I revised my eating habits to include more vegetables and fruits. In fact I decided to juice my vegetables and fruits for 30 days. After about the first week of purchasing nothing but vegetables and fruits, I realized I was going to destroy my grocery budget if I did not figure out a way to save money while eating healthy.
Looking For Discounts
With my list of needed ingredients needed for juicing and the prices I had paid, I set out to find better deals. The first place I started comparison shopping was at my neighborhood grocery store, a big box store, and a warehouse store. Between the three stores I was able to determine which items I could get the best deal on while not sacrificing quality. While I got a little savings out of this process, this got me thinking about other options to save even more money. I vaguely remembered that a farmers market was operating each Monday outside my office. So one Monday I took my list of items I needed for juicing and was able to find one item being sold there at the best price.
While looking for savings, I also asked my local grocery store if they received any slightly damaged produce and if I could buy it. They said no, they did not do that. I also asked the grocery store if I could get a bulk discount, the answer was still no. Not deterred, I posed the same questions to my new farmer friend. He said yes, I could get a volume discount and if he found any items on my list that were cosmetically damaged he would let me know. Yes, Success! Now I had to wait and see what he could locate.
This original savings I got from the farmers market was on cucumbers and was not a huge savings, but every little bit counts. On this item, cucumbers, I was able to save $1.12 a week. While this is not a significant savings, the relationship I was able to form with the farmer was significant. So I returned to the farmer’s market this past week and my farmer friend had a big smile. We had agreed to getting a 40 pound case of Granny Smith apples for $45.00 or $1.13 per pound. At the grocery store this same purchase would be about $91.60 or $2.29 per pound. My new friend said while he was waiting to pick up my apples, he saw an open box of slightly damaged apples and was able to buy them and sold them to me for $30.00 or $0.75 per pound! So because I talked to the man at the farmers market I saved over $60.00 on my grocery bill on items I needed to buy for juicing.
How This Can Work For You
This is specific to needing a large quantity of vegetables and fruit for juicing but it can work for you too. Even if you are not juicing, you could find a few friends that agree to buy the bulk purchase from you. Even if I were to sell them to my friends and family for $1.50 per pound I could still make a little money and they are saving too.
I would have never thought to buy in such a large quantity but now I am asking friends and family what their needs are so I can be looking for deals that will benefit all of us.
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