The winter season is finally here. So, what have you decided for the new season? Your health and other personal goals may be at the top of the list, but how about saving money in the winter, too? Read on for food and clothing shopping ideas that will keep you healthy and stylish this winter without breaking the bank.
Eat Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables
Why eat seasonal fruits and vegetables? Winter and summer provide different varieties of produce, and seasonal produce less expensive than out of season varieties, because the costs are lower to produce these fruits and veggies during their harvest season. The result? Increased availability and less expense for you.
And, if you opt for organic summer produce, such as strawberries, melons, and stone fruits, consider winter produce instead (citrus fruits, leafy greens, root vegetables, and pomegranates) in the colder season. This will save you money, and winter produce also boasts of flavor and nutrition. You will boost your nutrient intake and optimize the money you’re spending.
Shop During the Off-Season
People can spend a lot of money on clothes, particularly on winter clothes. This increased expense in the winter months may simply be due to the greater amount of clothing required to keep warm: winter boots, hats and jackets. The greater number of clothing items needed in cold months makes it important to save money on winter clothing. One way to save is to shop in the off-season (contrary to buying seasonal foods). The off-season begins around March, when a lot of stores offer steep discounts of up to 90% on winter clothing in order to get rid of their winter inventory. Obviously, you won’t require heavy clothing in the coming spring and summer seasons, but you’ll definitely need them again next winter. You have the potential of saving up to 90% on your winter clothes by shopping at the end of the winter season.
Preserve Your Food
After purchasing your seasonal food, you can also preserve it. This can reduce your grocery spending and allow you to consume your favorite off-season food throughout the year. For preserving your fresh produce, you can freeze it. Make sure that the produce you buy is the freshest before you freeze it. You can also opt for dehydrating and canning fresh vegetables and fruits. To save even more money on your produce, purchase your favorite seasonal produce in large quantities or during a sale.
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Shop at Economy Stores
Rather than standard retail stores, purchase your clothing at thrift stores. Yes, the clothes there are most likely already worn, but many of the items are gently used. A nice jacket for just $25 when its brand new for $250 will translate to an incredible savings for you with little sacrifice. Additionally, these stores also have brand new items in new packaging and sell them at cheaper prices. Also check out the clearance section of Kohl’s, and find high-quality clothing for reasonable prices.
Opt for Frozen Foods
Choose frozen vegetables and fruits, since they are pre-cut and pre-washed, saving you the time that goes into meal prep. A few frozen food items can actually be cheaper than fresh foods. When fresh produce is picked, packed and stored properly, then its frozen version can be more nutritious than the fresh version, due to the fact that freezing stops the degradation process of the produce. You can also store frozen foods for more time since the lower temperature extends their shelf life past that of fresh produce. And finally, you can find great discounts on frozen foods when you buy them on sale or in bulk.
Don’t forget to enjoy this winter season! Eat healthy and make a style statement–all while staying within your budget.