Whether you’re planning a full on juice cleanse, or just hoping to add some fresh juices to your diet for an extra healthy boost, learning how to make your dollar stretch is important. The costs of juicing can really add up over time, so learning how to make the most juice for your dollar is important. Here are a few tips to help you save money on juicing.
1. Start with your reference materials.
Many of us juicers rely on inspiration from others and from the media to fuel our motivation to start, or keep juicing. Head to the internet to purchase lightly used books on juicing, or check out your local used book store. Juicing is one of those topics that never really becomes outdated, so even finding older reading materials with information about juicing can be a great source of inspiration. Also look out for documentaries about juicing on Netflix or Amazon Prime, and check out some of the online forums and discussions online about juicing. Interacting with other real life people who are as enthusiastic about juicing as you are can really help the motivational juices to start flowing (pun intended)!
2. Talk to your local grocer about case discounts.
If you’re really heavily into juicing, consider discussing case or bulk discounts with your local grocery store. You might be surprised to find that many grocery stores offer a special discount (sometimes even 10 to 20% off) to people who frequently buy fruits and vegetables by the case full. These discounts can add up, saving you tens, even hundreds of dollars throughout the year. A lot of stores also offer secret discounts on produce that is slightly overripe. Just ask around, and if at first you don’t find a discount, keep looking around!
3. Contact local farmers for special deals.
Another great way to save on produce, and even better, local produce, is to contact local farmers or farmer’s markets in your area for special deals. If you buy produce in bulk often enough, they might just offer you a discount as well! Many farmer’s markets also offer special pricing to low-income families, so if you think you might fall into that category, ask about it.
4. Buy in-season whenever possible.
Buying in-season fruits and vegetables is a win-win. Seasonal produce is often priced lower or on sale, and it’s also more likely to be fresh or more local, and therefore, more nutrient-dense. Study up on which fruits and veggies are in season where you live throughout different times of the year, or keep a note on your fridge or with you when you grocery shop to help you keep track.
5. Wait for a good deal on juicers.
If you’re in the market for a new juicer, the price tags can be a bit of an obstacle. First, do your research and make sure you’re buying a juicer that has good customer reviews or at least a warranty, because the last thing you want is to spend good money on a juicer just for it to break a few weeks later. Check your local thrift stores for used juicers because you might get lucky. You can also keep a close eye out for sales, or buy a used or refurbished juicer for remarkably less money. And always compare prices on the internet. Whatever you do, don’t just buy the cheapest juicer you can find, because if it doesn’t work well or long, your purchase was ultimately a waste of money.