I’m often asked if there are coupons available for produce and people are usually surprised when the answer is YES! Below are some tips and coupons to help you save on produce:
Use competitor coupons: Target, ShopRite and Hannaford often put out produce coupons which may be used at Price Chopper as competitor coupons. There is currently a nice $5/$25 Target coupon available, valid thru 12/31 on produce, deli and/or bakery. In addition, Hannaford just released a $2 off produce coupon with a purchase of $15 or more, valid thru 12/30. The ShopRite weekly ad often features bonus coupons for produce which may also be used as competitor coupons and Price Chopper sometimes sends out emails containing bonus fuel savings on produce items.
Shop Aldis: I usually make a weekly run to Aldis for fruit and veggies. I’ve found them to carry good quality produce at great prices.
Healthy Living Market in Wilton also has great sales on produce. Thru 12/30, score navel oranges for only $0.57 each, a 3 lb. bag of clementines for $2.50 and Olivia’s Organic Spring Mix for $2.29.
Stock up: Buy extra when it’s on sale and freeze the rest. When strawberries were $0.99 after coupons this summer I grabbed extras to throw into freezer bags and used them on top of oatmeal and in smoothies.
Buy what’s in season: This is pretty much common sense, but take the time to think about meals or snacks you can make using in-season produce which will be on sale. Let the produce sales help guide your meal plans.
Organic vs. Non-Organic: When considering whether or not to buy organic, I take into consideration the “dirty dozen” list. The dirty dozen is a list of 12 produce items that don’t have an outer layer of skin to act as protection from pesticides. For example, berries, peaches, apples, celery and peppers have a higher pesticide residue then other fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, produce such as bananas, pineapples, onions, avocados, kiwi and oranges have a layer of protection so, in my opinion, there is a lesser need to buy these items organic. These products make the “clean 15” list; save money by skipping the organic varieties of these.
This week at Price Chopper use $0.75 off any one Earthbound Farm Organic Product to save $1.50 off any Earthbound Farm Organic Product after the coupon doubles! Note the coupon says $0.75/1 Deep Greens Salad but prints as $0.75/1 any EBF product. Earthbound Farms Organic Carrots 1 lb. bags are regularly $1.29 at Price Chopper so FREE! Earthbound Farm Organic 5 oz. Salads are B1G1 at $3.99 thru 12/6 at PC = only $1.24 each after coupon and sale! The print limit on the coupon is 2 per computer and it is available to print thru 12/8. Price Chopper also carries EBF celery and romaine hearts so you can save $1.50 off those as well.
Below is a smoothie recipe containing these cheap EBF products as well as Wyman’s Frozen Blueberries which are also on sale at Price Chopper. To save time, pre-sort the ingredients into a few days worth of freezer bags so in the morning you can just grab a bag and start blending!
1 cup organic kale (the EBF Power Salad is mostly kale)
1 cup frozen organic blueberries (deal below)
1 cup organic carrots (FREE w/ coupon)
1 cup water
3 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on highest setting for about a minute.
2 EBF Organic Farm Salads 5 oz. – B1G1 at $3.99 thru 12/6, use $0.75 off any one Earthbound Farm Organic Product (coupon prints as $0.75/1 any EBF product) = $1.24 each
EBF Organic Carrots – $1.29 regular price, use $0.75 off any one Earthbound Farm Organic Product = FREE
Wymans Frozen Blueberries, Raspberries or Mixed Berries – $3.99 multi week sale, use $1/1 printable = $2.99
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Here are a few HOT coupons to print for deals at Price Chopper:
$0.40 off any ONE (1) 15-stick pack of Extra – on sale for $1 thru 12/6 at Price Chopper = only $0.20 after the coupon doubles
Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix – $1.25 on a multi week sale, use $0.75 off any 2 cake mix or frosting + $0.75/2 saving star ecoupon (exp. 12/31) = $0.12 each w/ coupon & saving star
NY Ciabatta Loaves – $2 thru 1/12/15, use $0.75/1 = $0.50!