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Finding ways to save money during the cold weather means preparing a winter storage of cheap vegetables and fruits.
Today, I share how I bulk-purchased a vegetable and prepared it for winter food storage to save money during the off-season.
Grocery Shopping for August will be challenging for us no matter how we look at it.
We did go over our $64.00 budget for the week with a total of $85.24 as we picked up vegetables for winter storage.
Our monthly budget for anyone new to The Grocery Game Challenge is $190 for two adults with one no-shop week per month.
We are feeding three adults and one teenager this month, so the numbers will increase.
Although we have a vegetable garden, it’s not big enough to grow enough vegetables for us to freeze for the winter season.
When the prices come down on vegetables, we start planning our winter storage cold room and freezer.
Sometimes, we even visit our local fresh farmers market to see what they are flogging off (British Slang for “to sell”) for winter storage options.
We support our Ontario Farmers and hope they continue to bring us the best they can offer.
Bulk Green Peppers For Winter Storage
Supermarkets supplying us with fresh Ontario fruits and vegetables are also a perfect spot to pick up great deals.
If you haven’t loaded the FlashFood App, I highly suggest it as you’ll find food for up to 75% discount.
They also sell boxes of produce for $5 loaded with fruits and veg perfect for winter storage.
Preparing Green Peppers For Winter Storage
Today, I made 16 freezer bags containing 6 oz of cut green peppers.
We bought 6 lbs of Green Pepper on sale for $0.67 lb at Food Basics for $5.88 for 16 meals.
After I cleaned the peppers, I threw away $1.86 in the compost heap of seeds and innards.
I chop some green peppers and leave others in halves to make stuffed peppers.
Once dried, I store the peppers in a large freezer bag and label it with the name and date.
In winter, peppers skyrocket to around $2.99 lb.
The above amount of green peppers would cost us approximately $24.00.
Is it worth buying them cheaper and freezing them for winter storage?
YES is my answer. It’s a simple process that will save you time and money.
If you wait to buy the same amount in the winter for $2.99 a pound, you will throw about $6.00 in the compost heap of bits you won’t use.
That’s a lot of money. I always like to try and use as much of any vegetable as I can, so the price I pay is the price I use.
Save Money By Planning Your Winter Storage Options
Usually, we preserve pickled beets, pickles, jams, and jellies for our winter storage.
Anything else we can buy either in bulk or at a reduced price we pre and store in the freezer
You can’t go wrong if you want to save grocery money by spending a little time in the kitchen.
Also, any excess from our garden will be prepared and frozen or canned for winter storage.
For example, we have loads of zucchini in our garden that I will grate and put in freezer bags.
Grocery Game Challenge
Total to Spend in our weekly grocery budget: $64.00
- Green Peppers Sale $0.67 lb $ 5.88
- Lean Ground Beef Reduced $4.86-$1.46 coupon
- Yellow Onions 5 lb’s $2.97
- Limes $1.00
- Sour cream $1.99
Total Coupons Used $1.46 Total Out Of Pocket $15.24
- $ 15.99 Rose Brand Sticky Rice (Glutinous Rice) I have an excellent Japanese recipe that my mate taught me. I can’t wait to share with you my version.
Total Out Of Pocket $15.99
Shoppers Drug Mart
- 4x Cream Sale $0.99
Total Out Of Pocket $3.96
- Garlic Beef Burgers $4.97 x2 (We are going to a big BBQ Party, and our share is to bring two boxes of burgers, so not bad for a sale price.)
- Seven tubes of Ground Pork Sausage Schneider’s Reduced $1.00 each 500 g tubes
- 3 lb Carrots $1.76
- Black Diamond Cheese Slices $2.97 x2 -$1.50 coupon- for the kids while they are visiting
- Maxwell House Instant Coffee Reg $6.47 Sale $3.00, but we price matched Zehrs at $2.99. Saved $0.10 by price matching. Yep! Laugh all you want, but $0.10 is $0.10 in my pocket.
Total Coupons Used $1.50 Total Out Of Pocket– $50.05
Total Spent This Week: $85.24, which is $21.24 over budget for the week, leaving us $42.78 to spend on our next grocery shopping trip.
We did well overall, considering the food we purchased and the regular price.
I am noticing we are using fewer and fewer coupons for our shops, although we simply have not needed much.
Although we went over budget, it is with good reason, but we still managed to pick up some great deals.
We don’t break the budget and drink coffee from the shops, so stock up today at $2.99 a jar made sense.
It also means we will try harder to stick to our $190.00 budget this month to see if we can pull it off!
Play The Grocery Game Challenge
How Well did you do this week with your shop?
Post your weekly or bi-weekly shop below exactly like I did above, and you get to see how you did and an entry in the monthly contest.
Here are The Grocery Game Challenge Rules.
You can start any time of the month and post all month long, even if your weeks don’t coincide with mine.
It’s all about tracking!
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