Saving with 6abc: Shopping seasonally can be good for health, wallet

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April 16, 2014 2:08:10 PM PDT
If you've been to the grocery store recently, you know a thing or two about sticker shock.

When it comes to limes and beef, we are paying four times the price we paid just a few months ago.

But it's not all bad. Surprisingly, some foods are actually getting cheaper.

For example, lobsters are actually dropping in price.

Lettuce, too. It's 17 percent less expensive now.

In addition, consumer analysts say you can find bargains on coffee, peanut butter, and ice cream.

In addition, both culinary and health experts say shopping seasonally can be good for your body and your wallet.

When you buy food at the time of year it's grown, it's usually at the peak of its supply.

Therefore, it costs less to harvest and distribute to stores.

To figure out what's seasonal when shopping, just glance around.

If there's an abundance of one type of fruit or vegetable, chances are it's in season, and therefore likely to be on sale.

If you still need some guidance, there are a number of visual aids to help you find what's in season in your area.

Resources:

http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/food/SeasonalEating/Pages/introduction.aspx

http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Seasonalfoodguides

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