Choices of Fruit vs Saving Money

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
April 24, 2008 9:37am CST
This is for those who do not have a long growing season, and have to import much of their fruit. Do you find that when you are trying to save at the grocers whether you will limit your selection of fruit, so even if blueberries are good for you and have antioxidants, you will go without to save money if they are not in season? Or will you cut down elsewhere and buy the fruits that you need. We usually buy in season and we always buy oranges and bananas because they are cheap even though they do not grow here in Canada. I think health is important.
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I mostly buy fruits in season, not only to save money, but also because they are fresher and taste better when they are in season. There are some that are good even off season, like bananas. So I will substitute different things during the off season, or buy them frozen instead. So, for example, when blueberries are not in season, I can either buy them frozen or I can have tomatoes instead, because those are good pretty much year round and also contain plenty of antioxidants. I agree that health is important, but I am not willing to pay 3 times the price for blueberries in winter that are not fresh anyway.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
I heard dark chocolates also contains these antioxidents. What I do is to buy blueberries in season, about four lbs and then put them in ziplock bags and freeze them, then if I want to have some with my yogurt, I will bring up a handful.
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@GardenGerty (102525)
• United States
26 Apr 08
That is terrific planning. I may have to look into bulk fruit this year. It is the best way to go.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
4 Jul 08
I also planted a couple of blueberry bushes. I do not know how they reproduce and if they do, I will not have to buy as many next year. This year, I will still have to go to Safeway and get some.
• United States
24 Apr 08
Luckily, we have a long growing season in California, but I also mostly buy oranges and bananas because they are very cheap. However, when I need to cut down on groceries, it's always on processed, packaged foods and some of the specialty foods that I buy. I've started to make my own no-salt bread instead of buying it and found that my home made bread doesn't give me headaches like most bread. I also have cut down on my low-salt pasta sauce, too. Berries are always expensive here, except strawberries, so I never buy them even when money isn't tight.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
It seems that bananas and oranges are cheaper everywhere else. We do not use processed food, but we find that bread is expensive. Our store says it is because people are demanding wheat, but I cannot have much of that, I would like to make my own, but I am too busy on myLot that I do not have time for that. We grow our own strawberries and raspberries, and there are pick your own around here. My husband hates raspberries, so I eat them myself.
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@Jemina (5783)
25 Apr 08
Well, there are other fruits that contain anti-oxidants and they don't have to be expensive or out of the season. It's true berries are the top of the list but apples and oranges also contain considerable antioxidants. Otherwise I can opt for dried fruits as they are also known for their anti-oxidant content. I better save my money so I can buy some more food the next day.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
25 Apr 08
I also heard that dark chocolate and coffe contains antioxidants.
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@Jemina (5783)
26 Apr 08
Really? You shouldn't have told me that. Now I'm up for the dark chocs in the cupboard They may contain but they also have other non-beneficial effects unless one knows how to take them in moderation. I eat chocolates occassionally but only to satisfy my cravings and usually just one small bar is good enough. I still would opt for anti-oxidants that I get from fruits and vegetables.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
4 Jul 08
I seldom buy dark chocolate. I am the type who will finish a bar or half a bar off a day. I know because sometimes my husband buys a bar, cuts it in half, he finishes his off in one setting and me, I decide to put most of it in the freezer after cutting it up into squares. But guess what happens. Later on the day, I go and get them out, and start eating them one piece at a time. I was wondering instead of putting it into the freezing compartment of my fridge, whether I should go downstairs and put them in the freezer. The basement is a mess (waiting until my husband gets over his mini stroke and the inspectors come, and our sons take the pool table) and it would be harder for me to get at them.
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@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
5 Jul 08
In my own honest opinion I don't actually save using my money to buy food or fruits. I may rather walk than to ride taxi's that how I save my money. My point is Health is wealth so why save you money buying foods. We need food to survive so theirs no reason for us to use food as our alternative for saving money.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 Jul 08
I take it this way. We all need the vitamins in fruits and vegetables, and if they are too expensive, you might think it is better to buy junk food and bad carbs like no name packages of macaroni and cheese and it might come to the point that all your walking instead of taking the taxi (or the bus which is what we did when we had to go quite a distance when I was a girl)does not make any difference. You might go to the store and find that lets say apples are $5.00 an apple or oranges $10 an orange or bread is $20.00 a loaf. And yet you will probably find that the junk food and processed food much cheaper. So will you forgo those expensive fruits and vegetables and buy a can of processed food instead? The way that the fields are being converted to ethanol, I would not be surprised.
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@oliverdt (1959)
• Philippines
5 Jul 08
Yes, now I agree with you its just I missed the word ethanol. Thank you for the good info about chemical foods lol.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
5 Jul 08
Your welcome. I just did not like the idea of taking the corn and the wheat fields out of production, and convert them to make fuel when they could easily have used wood fuel.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
26 Apr 08
as so much froze last spring we just buy what we can sometimes look att he price but if we need it we get it bananas do alot of good for your body
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 May 08
I like bananas as long as it is not made into banana bread. Had so much of it as a kind that I cannot stand it. I also am not fond of plums for that reason. We have a short growing season here that the only fruit that is local for a longer period are apples so we really depend on bananas and oranges.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
12 May 08
banana pudding is good havent ate banana bread in along time. Here in the desert we have to depend on food being trucked in but most usually we have all kinds of fruit and veggies att eh store!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Jul 08
I have had banana cream pie, and banana bread, but I love bananas fresh. Bananas are quite cheap here, but they might not be for long with the gas prices going up. Maybe we will have to eat strawberries, but ours are so small you need a magnifying glass to find them.
@GardenGerty (102525)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I always buy bananas and apples. I buy frozen berries if I feel they are reasonable but I try to get as much as I can from whatever is in season. I will economize more in other places than in food. Health is important. I use a group buying program. No choice, but good price on whatever they bring me. I love it. The idea is that you do at least one hour of charitable service a month for each share you buy. For $22 there are usually four or five meat selections and three or four fresh fruits or vegetables. Often there is a dessert and maybe a bag of chips as well. Mostly it is meat and produce, and worth about twice as much if I get it at the store.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 May 08
We get oranges and bananas because they are cheaper and apples as well. We do not buy strawberries or raspberries as I have a fruit garden. I also have an apple tree, but it is mainly juice apples and not that good for making pies. I also buy blueberries when they are in season, and freeze them for the rest of the year. We have food banks here and people donate food for the poor, but I find that they do not exactly give healthy food, mostly macaroni and cheese and canned goods.
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@GardenGerty (102525)
• United States
11 May 08
Bananas have so many health benefits that we also keep them, looking for the best place to buy them. You are really smart with your blueberries. I like to do that with cranberries. You are right about the foodbanks. I am in a small town, you are not to use it that many times a year, and they want non perishable food. Now, and interesting thing is that the county jail grows a garden, and any surplus they have they take to the senior center and give it away.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
4 Jul 08
I wish my husband would let me grow a vegetable garden. I can grow a fruit garden because it does not need much work, and I do not like the idea of food banks as they do not pack healthy foods unless it is in cans. When we were in Saskatoon, we were visiting a Senior's Home and they had a small garden, but it was not enough and the residents did not eat that healthy. That is one reason I do not want to wind in one.
• United States
24 Apr 08
A healthy diet is very important to me so I buy a lot of fruit. I do spluge on tangerines, manderins or clemantines when the are not in season but then I save on something else.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 08
I love oranges. But they are cheap up here, but I do wish we could get something else besides oranges and bananas. It is kind of boring having the same thing every day. I buy buy blue berries in season, and I have some raspberries left down in the freezer and when they are used up, I hope it is when there are some raspberries and strawberries ready to pick from my garden.
• United States
10 May 08
I have lived in my house for 10 years and this morning I found wild brambles (blackberries) growing in my yard. Wow! I am so please as a child we always searched for them in the nearby woods.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
4 Jul 08
When I was a little girl in Vancouver, we used to go down the lane and gather blackberries, but now that we are in Winnipeg, they do not grow here, but we plan to go to Vancouver this summer, but since I am no longer a kid, and since we have to return to Winnipeg later on, we cannot do this blackberry gathering any more.
@SHAMRACK (8532)
• India
2 Jul 08
Dear friend, In our place more fruits are consumed during summer seasons. We also do the same and seasons are mostly during winder or in between. We also consume or buy them as per season they arive as it is cheap and also more good fruits are obtained. We mostly consume fruits according to season they are brough and also they must be much fresh not spoil ones much less. Price also comparately low than when they are not in non- seasonal periods. Mostly our family like vegetables and fruits are often purchased and more consumed during its season when it is brought or riped.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Jul 08
We have a short growing season, and most of the time we have to import our fruits. So during the non growing season, we eat mostly bananas and oranges that are imported, and then apples. In the summer we will have strawberries, berries, cantelopes,etc. because that when things are cheaper.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
2 Jul 08
I only buy fruits that are cheaper too. I love blueberried but I won't pay the price when they are expensive. Same with other fruits like peaches and melons. They do have them on sale when they are a little older and I go to the market to buy them, not in the grocery stores, and sometimes at the end of the day they mark them down to half price and that is when I will buy them. I don't like to pay a lot of money for my fruit or any other food so I watch for the sales and buy then. I am like you though, and I buy bananas and apples and oranges because they are usually fairly cheap.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Jul 08
We mostly buy bananas and oranges, but this time apples were on sale and I love Macs the best so we picked up a bag of them. I also planted a couple of blueberry bushes on my used to compost pile and they have already got more leaves. I have some strawberry plants, and an apple tree, but our apple tree this year is only producing leaves. I do hope that the strawberries really produce this year.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
10 May 08
we really don't care much about the fruit season. nor the imported fruits. what we consider is the health benefits of a fruit. we buy whatever we can buy in the market as long as its fruits that has health benefits. and i think the reason why we don't care about the season is because importation makes it possible for a fruit to be available the whole year round. like apple. as for banana, we have lots of local supply of banana and i think we don't import them to have a year round supply.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 May 08
The farmer markets here in Manitoba are in the country and it is a long drive from Winnipeg. So we have to either grow our own or buy it when it is in season, and freeze it. So much of the stuff we have to import. Our Canadian climate does not permit us to grow oranges, bananas, papayas, coconuts, kiwi fruit, and the other stuff and even our berries can only ripe in July to Septemeber.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
26 Apr 08
I agree with you but keep in mind that frozen fruits are even less expensive than fresh, I was in Costco and they had frozen strawberries at kg for $6.75 and 2 kg for frozen blueberries at $8 now when it is season for these fruits of course I buy then and usually I buy enough to freeze, both are excellent and I do so enjoy them, but when fruit is in season it is a lot higher than the prices I just quoted so I enjoy off season as well
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
27 Apr 08
It all depends on when you buy them. My husband goes shopping with me, and he was brought up poor. I was, but not to his extent, and he will never buy frozen fruit. So I have a fruit garden, and grow some strawberries and raspberries, plus an apple tree, and I buy fresh blueberries in August and September when they're in season and freeze them.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
26 Apr 08
the frozen blueberries are very good in things and I've been know to by fresh and freeze them myself we tend to get apples a lot, the roomie likes them but we don't go out of our way to get too much out of season I am known to get cherries regardless of price because they are never really cheap and always yummy.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Apr 08
I used to live in British Columbia and we could get fresh fruit a lot cheaper then here. Now I have to rely on oranges and bananas, or wait until the fruit comes in season. And I really love cherry pie.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I eat lots of fruit..I always buy bananas,oranges, tangerines, grapes,apples,papaya,and strawberries,and i have also been seeing blueberries so i will get them next trip to the store...There is just the two of us so i don't have a problem with getting fruit..When my five children were small and money was tight,sometimes we had to forfit the fruit sometimes...
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 08
We don't get papayas up here much and they are expensive. But when our boys were small, we lived in Saskatoon and we would go berry picking, but since moving to Winnipeg, we have had to go to the stores or grow our own and my husband does not want a garden (he grew up in the Prairises and they had large gardens where you worked at all day,) so I just have a strawberry and raspberry patch that I pick fruit and we have an apple tree as well.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
25 Apr 08
we generally but what is obtained in that season. not anything that is very much expensive at that time. we are not taht much rich to always buy very expensive ones.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 08
We get bananas and oranges all year round, but the rest of the fruit we buy in season. Some of the stuff is rather expensive, but we would rather stay healthy even if it costs a bit more. When our boys were young, we could not buy that much fresh fruit, but we did go berry picking a lot.
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
25 Apr 08
I would definitely save money even if blueberries are good because of their antioxidants. I will choose to buy cheaper fruits like apples, bananas and papaya instead. You are right, health is important.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 08
Papayas are expensive here so we have to stick to the bananas and the oranges. And even in reason, blueberries are expensive. And I love them so much so I will buy four pounds and freeze then for the year. I wish I could grow them, but it seems to take some trouble to do so. We have acid soil, but that is because we have a compost pile.
@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I am so lucky where I live, I can go to china town and get my fruits for a great price, my veggies too. I also go to the farmers markets, they supply great fruits and veggies and at a good price. Ainge
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 08
We have to go to Superstore or Safeway to buy our fruit or we have to grow them ourselves, and we only have a raspberry and strawberry garden. I buy blueberries in season, about four pounds and freeze them for eating the rest of the year. I wish there was a farmer;s market near where I live, but we have to go outside the city and Winnipeg is a long stretched out city.
@rlc456 (415)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I'm an Orange and Banana person, sometimes grapes if they look good, oh and also plums.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 08
I love berries, mainly strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. i do love bananas but hate to take the peel off the oranges especially when they are thick. I like it when it is manderin season as they are easy to peel. And i do not like messy fruit such as watermelons and pears, but I do love cantelope and melons as long as they are cut up. Do not like getting my hands messy.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I have never really bought a lot of fruit, though I do not it is a better choice of food, it is something that don't always get ate at my house and sometimes ends up going bad. I've been trying to buy at least bananas when I go to the store and even then, one or two of them end up usually going bad.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 08
I find eating one banana a day and one orange a day is easy to do. Now my husband eats two bananas a day so that means the bananas run out in three days. I do think it is unfair of him. I think I should hide the bananas on the top shelf and just say, "This is your banana for the day." I would rather have fruit then vegetables, because the latter is not as sweet.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I never buy berries in the stores. They just don't taste the same as fresh-picked to me. Instead, I pick a ton of various berries thruout the summer/fall months and freeze them for later use.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 08
I have my strawberry and raspberry garden, but I do not have blueberries yet so I have to buy them. When we lived in Saskatoon, we would pick Saskatoon berries, and most of the other stuff we go to the store. We live in a spread out city, so it takes a while to get to the country to pick any berries. I do find I can get blackberries and some raspberries from the back lanes ans the bushes overgrow, but not that often.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I would love to be able to save money but that is so hard to do these days since gas prices are so high and the cost of food. I would rather live healthy also and not save the money. We only live once and we cannot spend saved money when we are gone.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 08
I remember when everyone had false teeth and even I have most of my teeth filled or capped. I would hate because we cannot afford fruits and vegetables that it will go back to that. We buy fruits on sale and that helps, but sometimes we have to do without.