It may seem extremely hard to buy groceries for all your favorite dinner recipes without spending a ton of money. It may seem even more difficult to buy fresh foods that are good for you without spending half of your paycheck. But it doesnâ€™t have to be that way. There are many ways you can cut back on that whopping number at the bottom of your grocery store receipt. One of the easiest ways to do this is to buy foods that are in season. Also, when you buy fresh foods that are in season, youâ€™re generally buying foods that are good for you. Always plan your dinner recipes around in-season foods.
Itâ€™s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that frozen, ready to go meals that only cost $4 or $5 are cheaper than fixing your own dinner recipes at home. It really isnâ€™t. When you look at all the things you can do with fresh, in-season foods youâ€™ll see why. Plus they can be used for multiple meals or even frozen to have meals ready to go when you need them. Youâ€™re sure to be able find new dinner recipes that will become family favorites when you start buying in-season foods from the store. Youâ€™ll discover new and exciting foods that you may have never thought about before.
When you start shopping for foods that are in season, you can consider buying them in bulk. This is especially true if thereâ€™s a certain food you love. Buy it while itâ€™s in season and costs less and freeze it in an air-tight container. That way when the price sky-rockets, you have your own stash just waiting to be thrown into one of your favorite dinner recipes. Once they go out of season, your grocery store wonâ€™t be able to buy them in bulk as easily, which means they canâ€™t offer as good of price as when theyâ€™re in season. Some foods you can also simply can for future use.
Use the guide below to know what foods to look for at certain times of the year. These are taken from http://www.coolfoodscampaign.org/ If you arenâ€™t familiar with some of the foods, you can easily find great dinner recipes online that will give you plenty of ideas. If you have old cookbooks lying around you could flip through the index for that particular food and see if you can find anything, too. Or, you could always go out and buy a new cookbook just for that kind of food. But weâ€™re trying to save money here, not spend it right?
Â· Winter Squash
Â· Spring Onions
Â· Summer Squash
Â· Sweet Corn
Â· Melons Peaches