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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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Save money on your produce by joining a CSA in your area. | Frugal LivingOne of the best ways to save on produce is to sign-up for a CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is is a great way to eat local, healthy foods on a budget.

Now is the time to sign-up for fall a CSA! With most farms, you will get all of the same produce as in spring, but in reverse order. You will get a bag or box of produce from the farm every week and you pay upfront, so you buy into the risks and rewards. You may get extra things one season and less things another season.

In terms of budgeting, I divide the price of the CSA by the number of weeks we will receive it.  I then subtract that amount from our grocery budget every week during the CSA peroid.

In you live in South Carolina, I highly recommend Pickney’s Produce CSA. We used them for years before moving outside of their delivery area. You can meet the farmers and get weekly e-mail updates from the farm. You can read my review of Pickney’s Produce here.

You can find a CSA in your area here. If you are part of a CSA, please share your experience in the comments below.

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    • Lana

      I might be interested if it were not for the weird produce items that we would not eat. For me it is better to stick to Aldi and their great prices.

    • mariajs

      If you’re looking for a mostly organic CSA in SC, I highly recommend Mini Miracles in the Upstate area. They are a great family and deliver a quality product.
      Also, I saw a comment below about the CSA items one might get that they don’t usually eat. This is an awesome way to try new things, expand your diet and develop new meals that are cost effective. Because of our CSA and a little internet sleuthing I’ve got my little ones hooked on kale, swiss chard, eggplant, and whole bunch of other veggies I’d never bought before. Many of these items are very versatile, you just have to get out of the recipe box and into cooking creatively.

    • Jessafrog

      I haven’t tried them yet and they aren’t exactly a CSA, but Backyard Produce just started delivering to the Columbia area and looks interesting. I like that they: deliver to your door, you can customize your basket if you don’t like the items listed or just want something different, and can put your order on hold if you don’t want it every week. I have been following their facebook page for a few weeks now, lurking, lol.

    • mary frances

      I live in NC and work for The Produce Box. We’ve started delivering meats just recently, and only deliver local NC grown produce!! Come on over and tell them Mary Frances sent ya!

    • Kate

      I love Pinckneys Produce and loved the challenge of finding new recipes for vegetables that I had never cooked. This year I’m going together with two other families and getting a x-large box. It makes it much more cost effective and we can share the pick up

    • tori729

      I tend to find that they are much more pricey than the prices I get at stores. I tried The Noisy Rabbit and the produce went bad way faster. It did help me incorporate different/more veggies into our diet but it’s just not worth the cost.

    • alsgal2986

      I get organic produce delivered weekly to my home from Gary’s Organics. I get to choose what I receive each week, can skip a week if I want, and they have multiple size boxes to choose from. Not all of it is local (in Dec. if I want oranges, chances are they will not find them in SC) but they use local wherever possible.

    • alsgal2986

      I get organic produce delivered weekly to my home from Gary’s Organics. I get to choose what I receive each week, can skip a week if I want, and they have multiple size boxes to choose from. Not all of it is local (in Dec. if I want oranges, chances are they will not find them in SC) but they use local wherever possible.

    • alsgal2986

      I get organic produce delivered weekly to my home from Gary’s Organics. I get to choose what I receive each week, can skip a week if I want, and they have multiple size boxes to choose from. Not all of it is local (in Dec. if I want oranges, chances are they will not find them in SC) but they use local wherever possible.