The author of the Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half recommends saving money by purchasing fruit and vegetables in larger quantities. For example, buying bagged apples rather than purchasing them individually and buying a 10-pound bag of potatoes rather than the 5-pound bag.
Up until this point I’ve always been a pick, inspect and bag my own produce kind-of-girl, but I decided to take the author’s advice to heart and picked up bagged produce for the first time this week.
My main concern is actually eating all of the produce before it can spoil each week. I certainly intend to freeze some of the excess food, but I don’t want to spend my life freezing and defrosting food just to save a few cents here and there.
I’m also concerned about the amount of produce in the bag that might be damaged. So far I’ve been pretty lucky with the packages of apples, oranges and potatoes I purchased. In each bag I’ve only encountered one or two bruises or other small defects. I was able to cut out small pieces of apples and potatoes and discarded a minimal amount of damaged produce. All three of my produce purchases were organic and the bagged version was comparatively cheaper than purchasing these items individually.
So what are your thoughts on buying produce in larger quantities? For the time being there are only two people in my household, (my husband and I), so I’m wondering… do you buy bagged produce and if so does it benefit your small family?