Saving money on grocery shopping is easy once you have some experience. In particular we are talking about saving money on produce. The secret to saving money on these items at your grocery store is to buy in bulk when in season. Peaches, pears, apples, nectarines, and other fruit that grows on trees are usually sold in quart baskets. Plan to buy at least a quart of the fruit that you like the most when it is in season.
Apples for instance, come in many varieties. Buy the sweeter ones, such as delicious apples in smaller portions as this type of apple is good only for eating fresh. Other types of apples can be pickled, made into chutney to accompany meat, baked in a pie, made into a dessert, or even a sweet treat such as candy apples. Buy apples in bulk, pare, core and slice them. They can be tossed into a freezer bag and frozen until you are ready to use them.
Other types of produce such as green beans, cauliflower, and broccoli could also be purchased in large quantities when in season. Make sure to steam some of them as a side dish or eat them raw. The others can be blanched in a large pot and then placed on a cookie sheet and placed in the freezer until frozen. Once they are they can be placed in freezer bags and stored in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
You can also save money on produce if you happen to check the produce section for a grocery stand. This is where the grocery clerk for that department will gather up some of the fruit that may have a couple of bruises or is pretty ripe. These fruits are bunched together and sold on a tray at a bargain price. Buying fruit or vegetables this way will be cheaper on your pocketbook. It is a real money saver for seniors on limited income who wish to have a variety of different fruits or vegetables and do not want to spend a lot of money on them.