Ways to Save Money on Fruit and Vegetables

Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this blog post. 

Feeling like you waste a ton of your grocery budget on fruit and vegetables each month? You’re not alone

With fruit, it felt like I either purchased too much or didn’t purchase enough. Fresh vegetables and salad were always going bad. 

I had a goal of getting my budget down to $100 per week for my family of 5 and wasting food each month wasn’t going to get me there. 

These are the things I do to save money on fruit and vegetables each month. 

Save Money on Fruit and Veggies

Purchase fruits and vegetables that are in season 

We all have our favorite fruits and vegetables, but you’re going to pay more purchasing fruits and vegetables that are out of season vs getting ones that are in season. 

If you’re unsure what you should be purchasing, this free tool lets you know what’s in season based on your location. You may also find it helpful for deciding to incorporate new options. 

Use a grocery list when shopping

If you shop using a grocery list, you can limit the amount of over purchasing that you do.

I use to always end up with way too many fresh vegetables before I started meal planning and using the free version of the Mealime app

Also, to avoid impulse food purchases start using online grocery pickup or delivery services. 

Tip: Mealime will give you access to a variety of healthy recipes, while also importing the needed ingredients. Plus, you can also add in your own additional ingredients to the digital grocery list.  

Purchase a mixture of fresh and frozen 

Fresh fruit and vegetables are usually best, however, frozen can work in some things. 

Therefore, I always recommend doing a combination of fresh and frozen. 

For most fruit and vegetables, frozen usually costs less.

For example, I recently fell in love with making kiwi and strawberry smoothies at home. 

There isn’t really a difference in taste regarding the strawberries. However, price-wise 1 lb of fresh strawberries is $2.38 and 1 lb of frozen strawberries is $1.98. 

Save Money on Fruit and Vegetables

While saving $0.80 per week may not seem like much, that adds up to $41.60 per year shaved off of my grocery budget and it doesn’t cause me any discomfort. 

I still get my smoothies and I’m not sacrificing the taste. 

Imagine how much money you could save per year on fruits and vegetables by swapping out to a lower-priced option, even if the savings are just a few cents per purchase.

Store fruit and vegetables in Rubbermaid FreshWorks

FreshWorks are microwavable, dishwasher safe and BPA free containers that come in three sizes – small (suggested for small berries), medium (suggested for strawberries), and large (suggest for salads and other leafy greens).

These containers help you save money because they allow your fruits and vegetables to stay fresher longer thanks to the Rubbermaid FreshVent technology. 

This technology regulates the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide to ensure that they have the optimal environment to stay as close as possible to just as fresh as to when they were picked. This in return results in you throwing away less food because your fruits and veggies won’t go bad in just a few days.

Did you know that Americans waste $24 billion worth of produce every year? This means that you could be throwing away a minimum of $192 each year.**

The best part is they are easy to use. All you must do is remove your fruits and veggies from their store packaging before putting them inside of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks container.

No cutting or washing required!

Rubbermaid FreshWorks review

I was provided with a set of three containers for review from Rubbermaid. I decided to use mine to keep my salad fresh. AND IT WORKED.

When I leave the salad in the bag it originally comes in whether I even get around to opening it or not, it never fails, the salad goes bad within 4-5 days every time. 

Well, things have been busy for me, so when I purchased salad I didn’t get around to eating it as planned. 

Good thing I had FreshWorks on hand!

I left the salad inside of the container for an entire WEEK before I finally got around to using it.

Salad Saving Hack

And guess what? 

It was still just as fresh as when I took it out of the bag. 

And it still is!

Comparison shop

When I say comparison shop, I’m not referring to running from store to store. 

Grocery shop online to get the best deals on your groceries, avoid impulse purchases, and save time. 

Plus, when you grocery shop online, you can compare the prices of different fruits and vegetables to see what works best for your budget. 

If you’re new to online grocery shopping I personally recommend Walmart Grocery Pickup/Delivery or the Food Lion To Go app

By online grocery shopping via Walmart Grocery and using these tips provided I’m able to not only save money on fruit and vegetables but get between 50-60 items each week for no more than $100. 

It’s easy to save money on fruit and vegetables each month

By doing these five things I’ve been able to successfully cut back the amount of my grocery budget that goes to fruit and vegetables each month, while also making sure that we’re eating balanced meals. 

What do you do to save money and fruit and vegetables each month?

Ways to Save Money on Fruit and Vegetables

83 Comments

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  3. Ashton White says:

    They don’t work when I use them my food went bad faster is there a trick to using them

    1. admin says:

      Hi Ashton,

      What I do is put my salad and strawberries in them immediately (while I’m putting away groceries). My salad lasts for close to 3 weeks in the large container vs going bad in less than a week if I just put it in the drawer. Strawberries also stay fresh for over a week vs going bad in 2-3 days just in their container. I’m not sure if you put yours in immediately but that possibly could make a difference.

  4. Michelle Bartley says:

    FreshWorks™ FreshVent™ technology keeps your produce fresh
    up to 80% longer.

  5. Jenny Ham says:

    Americans waste 23 billion
    pounds of fresh produce each
    year

  6. I have similar containers, but only use it for my leftovers. Fruits and Vegetables are always going to waste in my house, I need to stop that problem because it’s a waste of money. Also, we need to stop eating out all the time. I did good this week so far by cooking dinner each day.

    #ProductReviewParty

  7. Lana simanovicki says:

    I learned they are bpa free

  8. allison says:

    I love that they are BPA free and non toxic! Thanks so much for the chances to win.

  9. Kristin C says:

    I didn’t realize that the average household throws away 187 lbs of produce per year.

  10. Missy Marie says:

    I learned that Fresh works keeps produce fresh 80% longer!

  11. Margaret S Porter says:

    I learned that Condensation inside means the product is working.

  12. Barrie says:

    I learned that food shouldn’t be washed before placing in the containers. I always thought to wash fruits and veggies first.

    1. admin says:

      Barrie,

      I was doing the same thing until Rubbermaid said differently.

  13. Lauryn R says:

    I learned that these storage containers can keep fruits good for up to 21 days! I really want to try them out now!

  14. I learned that this produce container is sized to optimally fit and keep
    produce fresher, longer.

  15. Darcy Koch says:

    I learned these are dishwasher safe. I also learned how much food is thrown out in a year and how using these products you can help cut down on the amount of wastes. I also learned that by using these your fruit or whatever will stay fresh longer than other products.

  16. elizabeth miller says:

    I learned it is bpa free which is great. I also learned that condensation means it is working properly which is if I just went out and bought and used I would think meant it wasn’t.

  17. Renee Rousseau says:

    I learned that FreshWorks™ containers are BPA-free and made with non-toxic plastics, a very important health factor.

  18. Taryn T says:

    I am having a huge issue with our grocery bill. I am reading through all your tips! What I have learned is that they keep produce fresher 80% longer, which would mean less waste for us!

  19. Laura says:

    I like that it keeps produce fresh up to 80% longer than using traditional packaging! Visiting the website, I learned that they don’t recommend washing or cutting the produce before putting it in the container for storage.

  20. Julie Waldron says:

    I learned that Americans throw away $24 billion worth of produce each year.

  21. I will give this a try and I will remember not to go overboard when buying fruits and veggies. I also tend to make that mistake.

  22. Leah Shumack says:

    I learned that not only are BPA free but they keep produce lasting up to 80% longer! That’s a huge bonus for us!

  23. Joy says:

    I learned that FreshWorks™ containers are BPA-free and made with non-toxic plastics.

  24. gala says:

    I learned that containers are BPA-free and made with non-toxic plastics.

  25. Amanda Hensley says:

    Always looking for ways to make my produce last longer…thanks for sharing.

  26. Sandy Cain says:

    I learned that each family wastes 187 poinds of produce! OMG, all that waste! These would be awesome, I hate waste, especially food, when so many people are going hungry!

  27. Janice Crespo says:

    I learned that these containers can keep my produce fresher 80% longer and that is a huge cost savings!

  28. Carolsue says:

    I learned that Americans waste 23 billion pounds of fresh produce each year because it spoils before we can eat it. These Rubbermaid products would help keep produce fresh longer.

  29. Dana Matthews says:

    I learned that this product can help reduce waste by keeping food fresher longer.

  30. That is great that you found a way to save money, and on fruits and veggies! I love mixing fresh and frozen.

    Love,
    Ivelisse

  31. Gabrielly says:

    I learned that all components of the container are dishwasher safe.

  32. Debbie Yoder says:

    Rubbermaid Freshworks keeps produce up to 80% longer!

  33. Kathy Hanley says:

    I read that it keeps your produce fresher 80% longer and that sounds absolutely wonderful!

  34. Carolsue says:

    I learned it keeps produce fresh up to 80% longer.

  35. When I go overboard, I end up throwing food away. Smh! It’s very important to only buy what you can consume before it spoils.

  36. We love these shopping hacks and of course, Rubbermaid FreshWorks! #freshworksfreshness #ad

  37. I used to waste a lot of money on food too but I really cut down and it has made a big difference, Buying a mix of frozen and fresh does help x

  38. I feel so bad when I waste produce. I had no ideas these existed, what a great way to extend the life of my greens!

  39. Rachelle Anderson says:

    I learned that it keeps your produce fresh up to 80% longer. Wow!

  40. Marija says:

    I learned that the products are BPA free.

  41. Helen says:

    I’m always looking for tips to save money on the food shop so this is a great post for me. For fruits and veggies I buy a combination of fresh, frozen and tinned and only buy enough fresh for a few days then do a top up shop so non of it goes bad and gets thrown away.

  42. I’m not a mom and I have no one to feed myself as of now but I really liked this blog post, because I think some of these tips apply to anyone who wants to shop reasonably. I especially liked the advice on shopping fruits and veggies that are in season. Besides saving money, it can also be healthy because many of those products will be grown locally and you can be sure what you’re getting if you check labels and origin. Really enjoyed reading this, keep up the good work love!
    xxx Elena

  43. Chelsea Elizabeth says:

    Buying frozen is much more cost effective as find fruit and veg doesn’t last very long when bought fresh. It can become quite costly

  44. My mum is obsessed with saving money on fruit and veggies; we buy SO MUCH! x This has been bookmarked so that I can refer her to it! x Thanks for sharing! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie x

  45. Ali Rost says:

    These look like such a wonderful solution for keeping produce fresh. I’m definitely going to stock up before the summer because we’ll have a crazy amount of things from the garden. Thanks for letting your readers know about them!

  46. Darlene Owen says:

    I leaned that Rubbermaid FreshWorks utilizes a revolutionary technology that creates
    the optimal environment to keep your produce fresh up to 80% longer
    than using traditional packaging.

  47. SuziesView says:

    187 Pounds of produce is wasted per household a year WOW, that’s what I just learned. I totally believe it too. Girl, this post is SOOOOO on time for me. I was reneeding to relook at my wasteful habits. This seriously reminded me of revamping my grocery habits. I also love the Walmart pick up idea, I have got to try that. I am loving the look of those containers and they seriously seem like exactly what I need ! RIGHT NOW! lol This is going to change my life if I win those 🙂 This is the best review post I have seen this month that is a BIG help to me this week! Thanks for all you put into the posts like this girl. So happy to find it in the #productreviewparty today. I am going to pin this for others to see and share in twitter! ( trying this out this week all the tips) YAY!

    1. admin says:

      Suzie,

      I hope it helps you save some money. Even if you only save $10 or $15 bucks. It adds up over the year. This year I am all about saving money on my expenses so I can put a huge dent in my student loans. So, I’ll probably try to do some more posts like this year because saving is something we all benefit from.

  48. Carolsue says:

    I learned the CrispTray™ elevates produce away from moisture and promotes proper airflow to help prevent
    spoilage.
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  49. These are great ideas! I swear by rubbermaid containers too. It helps keep produce fresh for so much longer. We use them for everything. #ProductReviewParty

  50. Seems like I’m always throwing out my fruit and veggies because they end up going bad. I’ll have to keep these tips in mind next time I go shopping.

  51. shelly peterson says:

    I learned that the containers come in 3 different sizes.

  52. Darla Peduzzi says:

    I learned that Americans throw away 24 Billion pounds of produce a year. That’s really awful, so much waste. Thank goodness for products like these!

  53. shelly peterson says:

    I learned that all components of the FreshWorks container are dishwasher safe.

  54. Melissa says:

    The containers are BPA-free and made with non-toxic plastics.

  55. amber says:

    I learned that condensation inside means it’s working!

  56. Michelle Waller says:

    I am going to start using some of your hacks! I rarely save money of veggies and foods.

  57. These are great tips for saving. I am always throwing away my fruits and veggies because they go bad faster than I can get to them.

  58. I agree with fruits. Sometimes, you get over excited seeing all the selections and tends to buy a lot.

  59. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These are great tips for saving on fruits and veggies. I know I always look at the amount you get for items and their price. Sometimes you can get things at a cheaper price when you buy more. The Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers are something I am going to look into getting. Thanks for sharing the hacks.

  60. Adaleta says:

    That is so awesome!! I think getting a mix of fresh and frozen is really smart.

  61. shelly peterson says:

    I learned the FreshWorks FreshVent technology keeps your produce fresh up to 80% longer.

  62. Joely Smith says:

    I learned that Condensation inside means the product is working. Wow I would have thought condensation was bad! That is so cool! Thanks for the chance to win! I do let salad go bad OFTEN and I get so angry about it! Angry at myself! I eat tons of salad but obviously, I over buy OR I am using the wrong storage !!!
    Fruit I never have enough of 🙂

  63. stacy says:

    I learned it helps to keep produce fresher longer

  64. These are great tips! I like the idea of shopping for what is in season and also mixing fresh with frozen veggies and fruits. This is something I will have to remember to do, I tend to buy a lot of fresh produce but cutting some costs would be nice.

  65. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I learned that the CrispTray™ elevates produce away from moisture
    and promotes proper airflow to help prevent
    spoilage.

  66. I am ALL about money saving hacks and being plant-based I consume lots of fruits and veg, so this is so helpful! I save lots of money buying frozen produce for sure.

  67. Tamara says:

    Rubbermaid is actually perfect. My husband just brought some home from Walmart and I was thrilled. The buying a mix of fresh and frozen is highly realistic for my family. So thanks for that tip!

  68. I think fruits and Veggies is probably my number one most wasted expense. I don’t know why I buy them, and then they rot in the fridge. So disappointing.

  69. I need one of those containers to keep my salads fresh. Great ideas too, buying frozen fruit is a lifesaver

  70. We have realized we need to cut down on the produce we buy to save money because they can go to waste if we don’t eat them. Our kids are picky eaters, so by getting a smaller quantity, we know we can save in the long run. Using these containers would be great for leafy produce as we love to enjoy a good salad, and want to keep it fresh as long as possible.

  71. Great tips here. I am definitely investing in some of those Freshworks containers. We eat a lot of fresh produce, but we also throw a lot of it out. I HATE being wasteful.

  72. I really need to give these Freshworks containers a try. No matter how perfectly I think I plan my produce shopping, we always end up throwing at least some of it out. =/

  73. I always do the fresh/frozen combo thing! If I try to go full-on fresh, I end up wasting so much of it!

  74. Jeanna says:

    I learned that the Condensation inside means the product is working.

  75. Heather Kelly says:

    I learned that their containers are BPA Free.

  76. Terra Heck says:

    I learned that all components of the FreshWorks™ container
    are dishwasher safe. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. admin says:

      Hi Terra,

      That is one of my favorite features. I try to stay away from things that aren’t dishwasher safe.

  77. shelly peterson says:

    I learned that the containers have a CrispTray that elevates produce away from moisture and promotes proper airflow to help prevent spoilage.

  78. Taya Elery says:

    Ok If I win or not I’m definitely going to try this out. They claim strawberries can be kept up to 21 days! I’m so down for that! I usually end up tossing my fruit away or into freezer to use later for smoothies. I’d much rather eat my berries fresh.

    1. admin says:

      Yas girl! I am doing groceries on Monday and I am going to give blueberries and strawberries a go. This post is already packed full of information so will probably mention it in an upcoming groceries saving hack post overall that will reveal my methods for drastically decreasing my grocery spending.

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