Buying Veggies On The Cheap!

Eating clean on a budget is not easy.

You would think that eating healthy would be inexpensive. after all, its just a lot of fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and lean protein…

Turns out its cheaper to eat Mac ‘n Cheese.

I used to think locally grown was the way to go. I went to the Farmer’s Market and endured the tortuous smell we all call ‘kettle corn, only’ to find out that peppers cost $5.99 a pound.

Sweet Mary, Mother of Jesus!

To buy organic and local I would have to marry a millionaire, and somehow I just don’t think Jon would go for that.

So what’s a healthy, budget conscious woman to do?

Dig.

Yup, you heard me. I go digging for my vegetables and fruits.

No at the farm, rather the ‘second hand‘ grocery stores as I like to call them.

In every city there are small grocers that bring in local or ‘second hand’ produce that isn’t as pretty as the waxed up apples and pristine, green bananas that go to the Safeways, SaveOnFoods, and Costco’s of the world.

I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination; why should I demand my fruit be any different?

Sometimes you just have to dig a little bit and sort through the bruised produce to find exactly what you’re looking for, but it is always worth it.

I love that all the apples are the same price!

Apples for $0.69 a pound, 3 peppers for $1.64, and cucumbers for $0.79?

Yes please!!

Today my trip to the Italian Centre in Little Italy cost me a mere $19.13, the most expensive item being the large box of Christmas oranges which cost $4.50.

Lots and lots to much on this week! *CHOMP*

Another favorite place of mine to frequent in Edmonton is H & W Produce. Affordable fruits and veggies galore! I can walk out with 3 grocery bags filled to the brim and only have spent $15. That same $15 will buy me a bag of sugar snap peas, a bag of apples, and some grapes at Costco.

Now egg whites, those are definitely a Costco only purchase.

Do you shop ‘second hand’ vegetable stores?

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Comments

  1. I wish I could! We only have one small grocery store in town.

  2. I live in very small town and ride a bike – my options are limited. I like this idea, and if it were an option, I might pursue it. As it is, the local grocer, not a chain, does a good job keeping prices low and offering organic options on SOME items. At the end of the day, as long as I have protein and green stuff available in town, I’ll pay the going rate, vs. the low cost of mac & cheese and ramen….

    • I am with you. The Italian Market that I go to is 8 blocks from my house, love walking there or riding my bike. Driving across town to buy cheap veggies doesn’t necessarily make sense either. And getting enough for no more than a week keeps them fresh and less waste.

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