Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Watching $$ and eating well
It is possible to feed your family a healthy, well balanced diet if you are aware of what's available. Don't overlook that reduced produce rack.
I check our local produce markets reduced produce rack at least twice a week. I drive by it twice a day, so it's not out of my regular routine or travels.
This week I was able to get two one pound bags of broccoli rabe (normally 2.99 a pound) for .80 a pound. It was still in good shape, the ends were starting to brown. That's it! $1.60 for two pounds that I am now sauteing in olive oil and garlic. That's 50% off regular price.
Bananas are a regular at the reduced bin, and yes, sometimes they are so brown they are only good for breads. But my market also puts singles together and then marks them .29 a pound. Still half green. No brown spots at all. 6 bananas for .96 cents. All ready for cereal or just eating. When they turn brown (if there are any left) I will freeze them for a baking day.
Yellow squash. Oddly shaped, with some blemishes but no scrapes/holes/rotten spots. Just not the pretty ones. Regular price was 1.99 a pound. I paid .89 cents a pound. Two pounds was $1.78. Less than 50% off regular price.
Cucumbers. Regular price .79 each. I got 5 in a pack for 1.29. All still firm, no mushy spots, just not picture perfect. I believe these were 66% off regular price.
Onions, which we needed were also bagged up in the reduced section. I cannot for the life of me figure out why. Still firm, no mushy spots, skins nice and shiny still. I got 3 lbs for .89 cents.
Not a bad day at the produce market if you ask me!