It’s been an odd week of shopping for me. I don’t know why, but I felt the need to space it out this week and I’m not even done yet. Rather than dig everything out of cupboards and take a picture, or find all my receipts and make a list I’ve decided to focus instead on the awesome ways you can save money during the summer!
Summer Savings #1: Find a farmer’s market! We have lots of little farmer’s markets to choose from around here (within a 20 minute driving radius) and a very large city market about 20 minutes away. I’ve visited a couple of the smaller markets already this year and last Saturday we took the boys to the big city market. I love the bargains I find there! Last weekend we bought some gorgeous tomatoes and strawberries from a vendor who claims his foods are spray free (I know, anyone could say that but I choose to trust them). I also bought some lemons from a vendor. No, lemons aren’t grown here and they had grocery store stickers on them, but these lemons were cheaper than what I find in the grocery store – 4/$1! So I bought a bunch and made homemade lemonade. Mmmm, mmmm good!
Summer Savings #2: Grow Your Own! Don’t have a garden started yet or don’t have the room in your yard to add one? Try sticking some plants in containers on your porch! My garden is doing fantastic this year. I can see the starts of lots of cucumbers, zucchini and cantaloupe and I’ve already harvested a lot of lettuce and spinach! It was awesome looking at the sale fliers this week and knowing I didn’t need to buy a lot of the produce that was on sale because I already have the same stuff growing here and about to be ready to eat.
Summer Savings #3: Pick Your Own! Yesterday we took the boys blueberry picking! The boys had a ball and we got some locally grown blueberries for cheaper than we could buy berries in the store (that had probably traveled several hundred miles at least to get to us). Find a U-pick berry farm now and an apple picking orchard in the fall! http://www.localharvest.org/ is a great resource for finding farmer’s markets and U-pick farms.
What are your favorite ways to save in the summer?
I took my two boys strawberry picking yesterday and got 6.75 pounds for $13.50…far less expensive than in the stores here in NY. We made strawberry shortcake last night…the berries are more tasty, fresh and juicy than the ones in the store. I plan on freezing the remaining berries for smoothies, parfaits and baking. This is a great way to save money on something my boys love to eat every day!
I sent Hubby to the farmer's market this morning. He came back with the most beautiful blueberries. They were more expensive than what I got at the grocery, but I like knowing they're local.
He did get a great deal on zucchini. Our grocery has had a really high price on zucchini for several months, and that's probably the veggie our girls eat the most of right now. 🙂