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In summertime, the living is easy, in part because groceries are cheaper and tastier. You can take advantage of all the fresh produce available at the grocery store or the farmer’s market, grow your own in a traditional or container garden, and preserve some of nature’s bounty to eat during the winter. Summertime lets you save money while eating well.
In the United States, about a third of all households grow at least some of their own food. Traditional gardens produce about 1/2 pound of vegetables for each square foot during the spring and summer, which means a 600 square foot garden can yield around 300 lbs or $600 worth of produce each year.
If you don’t have space for a traditional garden, you can still grow your own food by using a container garden. Instead of planting in the ground, you plant in pots which can be managed in a small area.
In either instance, you can save money while enjoying tomatoes, lettuce, green beans and other delicious fresh foods.
You will save money on fresh produce when you buy what’s in season in your local area. Out of season items or those that have to be trucked long distances can be quite expensive. If you live in an area that produces sweet corn in the summer, you’ll be able to stock up on that item quite inexpensively at the local market.
You can usually save even more money by buying at a farmer’s market. Local producers sell an abundance of delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables during the summer months. Buying from them directly significantly lowers the price.
Several decades ago, families routinely preserved produce to eat during the winter months. This practice is still popular with those who want to save money and have fresh-tasting food all year long.
Canning food requires an investment in equipment that pays off in the long run. You’ll need a pressure cooker and the right jars and lids. Another alternative is freezing fresh produce. This method costs very little and requires only airtight containers or bags.
Growing or buying fresh fruit and vegetables can save you money and allow you to eat better tasting, healthier food. Gardening does take work, but many people consider it an enjoyable hobby. Buying fresh produce cheaply means you need to comparison shop and buy during the peak of harvest. (See also: 4 Ways To Save on Groceries You Haven’t Thought Of.) Summertime brings many benefits, and fresh food is one of them.