Store Bought Veggies Vs. Grow Your Own
One common misconception about couponing is that coupons are for unhealthy foods. While I will admit, those do seem to be rather plentiful, you can still find plenty of coupons for the good stuff too. If you are looking for coupons for vegetables and/or fruit, be sure to check out the manufacturers websites on a regular basis. For example, during the berry season, Driscolls will commonly put a coupon on their website.
Using coupons to save money on produce is certainly a great thing. However, if you REALLY want to save money, you'll have to get a little dirty. A packet of seeds costs, on average, about 2 dollars. For a 10 foot row, you can grow 25 pounds of zucchini, 30 pounds of tomato, 8 pounds of cucumbers, 5 pounds of romaine lettuce, 4 pounds of green beans and 8 pounds of peppers.
That's a heck of a lot of veggies. Even if only half of those actually grow (which seems to be the case in Oklahoma heat), you'll still save a TON of money. One of our readers (April) took the picture above and she posted a thread in our forums about Square Foot Gardening. Check it out and let us know if you'll be growing your own this year!