You can go to the fruit markets in your area and get cases of discounted fruits and vegetables for next to nothing. I got a huge orange box that holds 72 oranges, but it was full of onions and had to weigh at least 50 lbs. I thought at the price being $1.00 a lb. right now and the weather being cold I can't afford not to get them. I got the whole case for $1.50, beleive it or not!
I save my yellow onion peels and add to the water when I boil bones for stock. They provide a lovely golden hue. <p> Our farmers market doesn't discount stuff like you said, Mary, but I buy discounted vegetables from the supermarket and go right home and prep, blanch, and freeze them.
Good for you! Have you ever heard of couponclippers.com - it is a wonderful source for the same coup we cut from the sunday paper. I have to be careful with grocery money also. I saved so much using them it enabled me to buy a freezer and now I use them to get lots of really good sale stuff discounted even more with my coupons. One time they had 2.00 coups of one Perdue chicken roaster. I bought six (.10) on speculation. The chickens went on sale for .69 cent a pound for the big roaster, so I got 6 roasters usually $11.00 to $12.00 each which I never buy cause of the cost for between $2 and $3 each. They have many $.75 cent coups. I admit I do have to toss away some, however, the savings more than makes it up for me. I go through my grocery ads as soon as I get them and then know which coups I really want and I buy on speculation. I actually received back $.05 on one order and only paid $.79 cents for another.
I do save at least $2,000.00 a year on stuff I probably couldn't have purchased at regular price.
The site is now being written up in magazines and newspapers. This months Womans Day has an article on it. I inventory what I get and if they very occasionally short me they fix it real quick. Once the post office just never delivered the order so they gave me a credit. They do not quabble, but them I am not constantly claiming lost order or short coups either. Last week at our local A & P which tripples 3 coups and doubles all the rest every week I saved $62.05 and spent 34.09. Shopping wisely is a challenge I love to take on. I wish you all the best luck. Spunky
I need to start doing that, alot less work than dehydrators, etc.. Although I'll stick to it for camping and fishing trips.
I think that is a great idea, thanks. Do the peels add an extra onion flavor to the broth or any taste difference that you notice?
I use onions in a lot of my recipes, so I buy them, chop and put in freezer, great for soups and casseroles. Of course some recipes taste better with freshly chopped onion and this does not work for that, but for other recipes it is great to have frozen on hand.
I was wondering where you are able to buy these veggies? I live in Iowa and have called 3 stores and none claim to do this? Just wondering :) Thanks!
I actually save all my vegetable leftovers (potato peels, carrot tops, celery leaves and roots, onion tops, etc) in my freezer and add to my stock. Even wilted vegetables from the crisper like lettuce and cabbage go in. <p> Alot of stores, especially chain stores will say they do not sell anything other than the freshest fruits and vegetables. I always look around the produce area. Usually there is a cart or rack near an employee entrance or tucked in a dark corner. Kroger, Meijer and Save-a-lot discount their produce. I never see this at Walmart.
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