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We eat a good amount of fruits and vegetables all year long, but every Spring, I have a burning desire to eat even more delicious fruits and veggies. It sounds like many others have the same desire for spring produce because lately, I’ve received several emails asking how to save money on produce. I had a few of my own money-saving tricks, but I also asked for your ideas on facebook and twitter — and I’ve compiled the results here. 1. Grow and preserve it. OK, so this is the most work out of all my ideas, but we do save a lot of money by growing our own produce, or buying it from local orchards, and then canning it to eat year round. Not only is this a great way to save money, it also tastes SO much better than canned food from the store! Here are some of my favorite recipes: Apricots Apple Butter Jams Peaches and Pears Tomatoes I also can all our applesauce and salsa, but don’t have those recipes posted yet. 2. Buy frozen or freeze your own. I buy lots of frozen vegetables — especially because they often go on sale for less than $1.00 per bag and I always have multiple $0.50 or $0.75 off coupons. This allows me to get a full meals worth of vegetables for pennies. Plus, I’ve heard that frozen veggies are actually pretty healthy. I usually don’t buy frozen fruit {it always seems to be much more expensive} but I do freeze tons of fruit every summer and fall to use for pies, shortcake, pancakes, etc. all year long. Here’s a pretty thorough list of the things I freeze. 3. Buy what’s in-season. I try to stick to this money-saving “rule” as much as possible, because buying fresh produce in season will most definitely be your cheapest option. Unfortunately for Michigan, this means we have a limited selection of “cheap” produce during winter months, but that’s when my frozen and canned stockpiles come in handy! 4. Shop the discount produce rack. Most grocery stores have some sort of discount produce rack that is filled daily with near-expired produce. The downside to this discount produce rack is it’s always hit or miss so I can’t ever count on it. I know some people are against “old” produce, but I’ll often buy it to bake with or to freeze. For example, I’ll buy mushy bananas and apples for banana bread, apple sauce, apple butter, or apple crisp. I’ll buy peppers, squash, broccoli, etc. for stir fry, soups, stews, vegetable bake, or just to freeze for later. I’ve also had great luck with finding slightly over ripe berries, which are perfect for shortcake or any other dessert. 5. Join a co-op. Even if you don’t want to grow your own produce, you can join a co-op {by yourself or with a friend} and you’ll get loads of fresh produce every week from spring through fall. You don’t have to do any of the work… just pay a seasonal fee — which is usually pretty reasonable. And if you end up with too much produce, simply freeze it or can it. 6. Buy smaller quantities and smaller sizes. There is nothing worse the spending your hard-earned money on expensive produce and then watching it go bad in your fridge or on your counter. I hate throwing food away, so when I do buy full-price fresh produce {yes this does happen} I only buy small quantities to assure we eat it all. I also buy the smallest sized fruit I can find — especially for fruit like bananas and apples, because we only eat one at a time no matter how large or small they are, and I’m paying by the pound!

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Well, stop guessing. Here’s your guide to grocery sale cycles for the entire year! Know when to stock up on certain grocery items and when to wait until things go on sale. Get the best deals and plan for the whole year. January National Oatmeal Month: Quaker Diet Foods: Healthy Choice, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, Smart Start, 100 Calorie Packs, Yogurt Super Bowl Sunday: Pepsi, Coke, Chips, Dips, Cheese, Sandwich Items, Crackers, Snacks, Wings Seasonal Produce: Oranges, Pears, Grapefruit, Tangerines, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Cabbage, Spinach Clearance: Christmas Decorations, Toys, Wrapping Papers, Winter Health: Cold Medicines and Vitamins February National Canned Food Month: Canned Fruit, Pie Fillings, Vegetables, Meats: Tuna, Chicken, Salmon National Hot Breakfast Month: Malt O Meal, Oatmeal, Eggo Waffles, Syrup Valentines: Chocolate, Hershey’s, KY Lubricant, etc Chinese New Year: Soy Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Noodles, Canned Water Chestnuts Seasonal Produce: Artichoke, Asparagus, Raspberries, Potatoes, Strawberries, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Kale, Kiwi, Avocado, Spinach grocery store sales cycles March Frozen Food Month: Ice Cream, Frozen Vegetables (Boxed, Bag, or Steam), Frozen Meals, Foster Farms Chicken, Waffles, Pizza Seasonal Produce: Artichoke, Asparagus, Haas Avocado, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Leek, Lemon, Lime, Mushrooms, Spring Onions, Orange, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Tangerine April Easter: Ham, Eggs, Spices, Baking Supplies: Sugar, Spices, Baking Mixes, Chocolate Chips, Butter, Coconut, Marshmallows, Brownie Mix, Cake Mix Earth Day: Organic Foods, Energy Saver, Reusable Totes Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbages, Carrots, Grapefruit, Haas Avocado, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Rhubarb Clearance: After Easter sales May Memorial Day: BBQ Sauce, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips, Grilling Meats, Hot Dogs, Hamburger Meat, Marinade, Salad Greens Paper Products: Plates, Utensils, Insect Repellant, Sunscreen Cinco De Mayo: Salsa, tortillas Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocado, Beans, Green, Beets, Blackberries, Carrots, Sweet Vidalia Onions, Peas, New Potatoes, Raspberries, Strawberries June National Dairy Month: Eggs, Milk, Ice Cream, Cheese, Cream Cheese, Butter, Yogurt, Whipping Cream, Whipped Cream, Cool Whip End of June is Fourth or July Sales: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips Seasonal Produce: Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cherries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Honeydew, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Raspberries, Red Onions, Squash, Summer, Strawberries, Sweet Vidalia Onions, Tomatoes, Watermelon July National Ice Cream Month More 4th of July BBQ Sales: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips End of July: Back to School Sales Begin: Crayons, Pencils, Folders, Binders Seasonal Produce: Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Beans, Green, Blueberries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Nectarines, Onions, Red, Valencia Oranges, Peaches, Sweet/Bell Peppers, Plums, Potatoes, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon August Back to School: Pudding cups, Lunch meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal, Waffles, Lunchboxes Disinfectant: Clorox, Purell Clearance: Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, charcoal Seasonal Produce: Gravenstein Apple, Haas Avocado, Green Beans, Beans, Berries, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Onion, Peaches, Bartlett Pears, Bell Pepper, Plums, Raspberries, Squash, Summer, Tomatillo, Tomato September Back to School Sales through Labor Day: Crayons, Pencils, Folders, Binders Diabetes: Bayer Glucose Meters, Glucerna Cereal Seasonal Produce: Apples, Artichokes, Beans, Bell Peppers, Chili Peppers, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapes, Onion, Valencia Orange, Asian Pears, Bartlett Pears, Pomegranate, Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Winter Squash Baby Items: Major Baby Equipment, Baby Safety October Halloween: Candy, Fresh Pumpkin Beginning of the Baking Sales: Canned pumpkin, Evaporated Milk, Baking Chips Daylight Savings Time Ends Promotions: Alarm Clocks, Batteries, Safety Equipment, Smoke Detectors National Seafood Month Adopt a Shelter-Dog Month: Pedigree, Purina Seasonal Produce: Almonds, Apples, Artichokes, Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Chard, Chestnuts, Cranberries, Lemons, Parsnip, Pears, Pomegranate, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Spinach, Squash, Winter, Turnips, Yams November Hot Cocoa, Coffee, Tea Baking Sales in Full Swing: Nuts, Chocolate Chips, Evaporated Milk, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Coconut, Cake Mixes Canned foods: Soup, Broth, Vegetables, Fruits, Spaghetti Sauce Thanksgiving Items: Turkey, Canned Pumpkin, Stovetop Stuffing, Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes, Gravy Mixes, Frozen Pies, Cranberry Sauce, Jello, Marshmallows Seasonal Produce: Anjou Pears, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Carrots, Celery, Comice Pears, Cranberries, Kiwi, Lemons, Orange, Potato, Squash, Yams Clearance: After Halloween Sales December Holiday Dinner: Egg Nog, Deli Platters, Instant Potatoes, Gravy Mixes, Frozen Pies, Cranberry Sauce, Jello, Marshmallows. Sour Cream Dips, Crackers, Chips, Soda, Ham Baking: Flour, Sugar, Butter, Cream, Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, Muffin Mix, Breads, Pie Crust, Marshmallow, Whipped cream Canned Foods: Soup, Broth, Condensed Milk, Vegetables, Fruits, Spaghetti Sauce Seasonal Produce: Anjou Pears, Bok Choy, Bosc Pears, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Dates, Grapefruit, Haas Avocados, Kale, Kiwi, Kumquat, Lemon, Napa Cabbage, Oranges, Sweet Potatoes, Red Cabbage, Rutabaga, Savoy Cabbage, Spinach, Winter Squash, Yams, Turnips, White Potato