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    my best friend and I were discussing the other day that when shopping for produce its much cheaper (and more delicious!) to shop seasonally- citrus and root vegetables in the winter, greens and such in the spring, berries and tomatoes and such in the summer and lots of tree fruits and vegetables in the fall. If you've ever noticed, prices fluxuate throughout the year on most produce.

    reading the shopping inserts in the papers usually give you an idea as to what the costs of things are at the local stores, so that you can shop for deals as opposed to just shop for everything at one store. I'll usually hit a few stores when out shopping for grocieries in order to get the best price and quality on everything (of course, I live within half a mile of about 10 stores, which helps)

    ethnic grocieries are great places to buy cheap spices, rice, beans, noodles and a lot of more exotic fruits or vegetables ($0.50 pomegranates?!) And if you cook something other than the traditional meat and potatoes type meals you'll use meat in smaller portions- which is definitley cheaper

    I've lived on less than $50 in groceries a week following those rules and ate quite well! (of course now I have a weekly grociery budget of closer to $125, so the food is awesome )
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    it saves a lot of money too if you are in touch with your area, with the economy and food industry where you live. even if you don't care to save money, it's just a good idea.

    for instance, here in Belize a lot of normally very very common foods are OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive - there are huge mark-ups on a lot of foods. but then, rice and beans (especially red beans), tortillas and certain other foods are outrageously CHEAP. i mean, you can get 50 tortillas for 50 cents. so i think it's always a great idea to mold your habits to where you live. something like lobster which is very expensive in other places is actually very cheap here - but then cold refrigerated foods are very expensive here.
    so get to know your area, get in touch with it.

    but yeah, like you guys have said, fresh foods and produce - that is always the best way to save money.

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    I really like this thread, it made my day reading some of the things people have posted
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    I'm enjoying this thread too. People are so darn savvy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingfisher View Post
    something like lobster which is very expensive in other places is actually very cheap here
    Does this mean people in your area are often eating lobster?

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