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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Think saving on produce is hopeless?  Think again!  Here are some great tips to help you coupon and save money on produce.

A common coupon myth is that you can only save money on processed foods and not on the healthy things you want to feed your family.  While it’s true that a lot of coupons are for packaged items, there are still tons of ways to save on produce and other fresh foods.

Everything in a store goes on sale at some point – even vegetables! While you might not find BOGO swiss chard, you will find it on sale in the winter with most of the other greens.

Check out my latest video for tons of tips for saving on produce:

How to Save on Produce

  • Buy in season
  • Shop local
    -Farmer’s Markets (get a detailed local price report here)
    -Community supported agriculture farms (CSA)
    -Food Co-Ops
  • Stock up & freeze extras (or opt for frozen/canned when appropriate)
  • Use overage from other items and take advantage of any coupons you do find
  • Ask for rainchecks
  • Price match at Walmart/Target
  • Consider growing your own herbs and simple veggies

Check out the previous video for how to save on meat too!

    • Anonymous

      We have a small garden and I have enjoyed having all the goodies from it this winter.  Peppers are so easy to store (just chop and freeze!) and all my tomatoes went to make salsa or soup base.  Zucchini can be blanched and froze for soups and stir frys.  My mutant basil plants gave me an incredible amount of beasil pesto in my freese!  I love having a garden!

    • Andyandkarenwhite

      I also buy produce that might be getting ready to turn at a discount and use it that dY or the next

    • DrmomNC

      Someone told me once that you can freeze salad? Has anyone ever tried this and does it actually taste okay after thawing? To me, it seems like it would wilt and be soggy! We have a winter garden with just romaine lettuce this year. It works out great. I hardly have to do anything to it.

      • Unfortunately, you can’t freeze lettuce or any other leafy vegetable that you plan on eating raw. The freezing bursts the cellulose and makes the lettuce a mushy mess when thawed. As a rule of thumb, don’t freeze any vegetable you don’t plan on cooking. You could freeze Kale for example if you were immediately going to chop it up and put it in stew or something

    • Amm6300

      Driscoll’s offers coupons. Check their website. I can never get it to print so I call them and they mail them to me.

    • niki

      hi jenny thanx a lot for this, i am in SC but couldn’t find SC in the farmer’s market link you mentioned? How can i find out more of any farmer’s market in SC? 

    • niki

      hi jenny thanx a lot for this, i am in SC but couldn’t find SC in the farmer’s market link you mentioned? How can i find out more of any farmer’s market in SC? 

      • Kristyn

        there is a state farmers market outside of columbia, around exit 115/116 off I-26. Go to the back, not the “retail” building, better prices and selection back there. Go with a friend if you can, you can get really good deals, but it’s often on a large quantity, like a 25lb box of peaches for $5. i can’t remember the exact link but if you google sc state farmers market you should find it.

        • niki

          Thanks a lot!

      • Frogfeatherfarm

        I live in Aiken and supply seasonal veggies (and year-round free range chicken eggs) to our local farmers market.  I have to assume that most area markets slow down a lot during the winter, based on my experience here, since we are somewhat limited in what  we can grow in cold weather.  Spring and summer bring lots more variety though!  You could look up SC Certified Grown for local growers. 

    • guest

      I am in a fruit and veggie  co-op. We have 12 members, 10 that pay, two that shop.  The two shoppers get theirs free. The other 10 members pay 20.00.  We shop every other saturday. The Thursday before we shop the two that shop call the vendors at the farmer’s market and get them to to fax me the list over. Then we pick what we want from that. Then we shop on saturday, and distribute in everyone’s laundry baskets with their names on them, and everyone picks up by 9:00. If I am the shopper I get mine free!!!

    • SmoochTheCook

      I have been reading about buying spices and such from bulk bins.  I want to do this soooo badly (want cardamom, smoked paprika, and much more).  Would also like to purchase tiny amts. of soybean, peanut, infused olive oil, grapeseed…oils.  But, I can’t find anywhere that does that.  Is there a site where you can search for that?

      • Beepampered

        Whole Foods does this. Also, if you’re near an Asian market, they will have cheap spices and oils – not always in bulk but less expensive for exoctic spices.

    • Cbv Illo

      There is an AMAZING produce stand on 5998 Edgefield Rd in Trenton SC which we drive to often from North Augusta. Even though it’s about a 30 minute drive, its a gorgeous road trip through the country and well worth supporting a local business!
       
      The man who owns the peach stand is named Doug and the store is called Doug’s Peaches. They are incredibly fresh and some of the best produce I’ve ever had. He even gives us free bags of boiled peanuts sometimes and drops the prices on fruits and veggies when they’ve not been bought and are losing freshness. Its a great place to stock up if you’re not going to visit on a regular basis. We love Doug’s Peaches!

      • Jennifer

        I also live in the Trenton area and I love to go to Cook’s to get fresh fruits and veggies. I will try Doug too now! Is he on the corner across from Billy’s?

    • niki

      thanks a lot!

    • Stephanisat

      Thanks so much for the tips.  I’ve also found that if I need a common spice, it’s actually less expensive per ounce in the Mexican/Asian foods aisle than it is in the spice aisle. …Go figure.

      • Nell

        I’ve also found it to be true for beans & rice also !!

    • cathy

      That is a really great idea! I never thought to price match the produce deals at Walmart and Target. Of course, in my area of GA they are such sticklers that they would probably make an excuse why they wouldn’t do it….But hey, the worst they can say is no :)

      Thanks for sharing such a great idea!!!

    • Anonymous

      Does anyone know if there is a co-op in Greeenville/Greer, SC? I found one in Six Mile but that’s too far for me to go. Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you so much for sharing this!  It was literally happening right across the street from me and I had no idea! 

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