By Jarrod Agosta, Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist

Tip 1: Choose longer shelf-life options for off season produce.

In-season produce is often cheaper and fresher, so it’s best to eat what’s in season most of the time. However, if you’re after something that is off-season then save some money by opting for frozen and even canned varieties if these fruits and vegetables.


Tip 2: Cut your loyalty to your preferred store. 

You can save a lot of money by playing the field. Smart shoppers follow the bargains between the big two supermarkets, and even smarter shoppers combine this approach by purchasing the bulk of their groceries at Aldi. Aldi consistently comes out on top in shopping basket cost comparisons and their “off-name” products are known to have won global awards, so the quality is good also.

Tip 3: Swap “attractive” produce for the “ugly” stuff.

You may have already seen them on the shelves, but one of the best recent changes to supermarkets is their inclusion of “ugly” fruits and vegetables that don’t quite measure up to the usual conformity standards. Not only is it a great metaphor for life (that everything comes in different shapes and sizes, and that’s okay) but it helps to reduce food waste and can also help you save some dollars. Although do be warned: on one occasion I went to reach for my ugly options and realised that they were more expensive than the regular option, so be sure to always double check!

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