When you shop for fruit you want your money to last as long as possible. I know because I spent a long time as a raw vegan, meaning my entire food supply was made up of fruits and vegetables. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this can get very expensive very quickly. While I’m not raw vegan anymore I follow a clean eating diet, a large portion of which is still made up of fruit, and I’ve used the lessons I learned about fruit buying as a raw vegan to save myself time and money at the grocery store.
Buy a Variety of Fruit Types
My first tip for helping you save money at the grocery store is to buy a variety of fruit types. Some fruits ripen really quickly, like bananas. Other fruits seem to never be over-ripe, like apples. If you purchase a variety of fruits you’ll have fruit ripening almost all the time. This is good because you won’t have everything ripening at once, thus having to throw away some food.
Buy at Varying Stages of Ripeness
Whether you’re buying a variety of fruit or just one kind make sure you buy at varying stages of ripeness. You should have some fruit of each kind that is quite green, some that is about mid-way to ripeness, some that is just-ripe, and perhaps a few you can eat right away because they are perfectly ripe. By combining this tip with the tip above you can effectively eat for a week off the fruit from one shopping trip because you’ll have many types of fruit ripening consistently over several days. No waste, and no wishing you’d bought more.
Buy in Season
Always buy seasonal fruit. One reason you should buy fruit that is in season is because it’s better for you. Seasonal fruit tends to be riper and fresher, meaning your stomach won’t suffer the consequences from end-of-the-season or under-ripe fruit. Another reason it benefits you to buy in season is because the prices of in-season fruit are much lower. They have a lot of fruit to get rid of and a lot of fruit that is ripening at once, so you’ll get better prices on them.
Shop at the End of Farmers Markets
If you’re fortunate enough to live by a farmers market, I suggest you go towards the end of the day. Not only will it be less crowded, but this is the time of day that the farmers are more likely to make you deals on their ripest fruit. They’ll have to get rid of the fruit quickly or it will go to waste, and if you want the ripe fruit (particularly if you want a lot of it) they’re usually willing to make a deal with you.
There you have it – my short and sweet list of ways you can save on fruit buying and do it less frequently. Always buy a variety of fruit types in varying stages of ripeness, and choose fruit that is local and in season. For your ripest picks go to farmers markets and barter for the ripest fruit at the end of the day. You’ll get a great deal on some amazing produce. Hopefully these tips will help you the next time you go shopping for fruit.