A great way to save money is to take advantage of seasonal savings. Time to take a look at what’s in season for your area for November. Be sure to check the What’s in Season Map to see what items you possibly save money on. In-season items also tend to be the freshest. I often buy up extra in-season items to freeze for when the prices are higher. Several items freeze easily and can store flat in a Ziploc-type bag in your freezer.
Here’s what’s in Season for Illinois: (Check the map for your area)
These are just some of the things you might see at a discounted price in the grocery stores or what you might find at most farmer’s markets right now, if you are lucky enough to still have some open near you. (most have closed for the season in colder areas.) If you haven’t been to a farmer’s market yet, you can use Local Harvest to see if there’s one near you. Some of my favorite things to pick up at ours are eggs, honey, in-season veggies and Organic meats.
You should also be finding lots of varieties of squash in season. I found a great Acorn Squash Soup Recipe that my family loves–even those that didn’t normally like squash, loved this soup! Double your batch and then freeze the leftovers in small portions so you can pull them out for a quick lunch later.
Here are some other options for freezing:
~Crockpot Applesauce Recipe – Great way to use extra apples!
~Cooking Sweet Potatoes, pureeing/mashing and freezing for future side dishes
~Buying onions and peppers and freezing, would be great to have chopped and ready for things such as stir-frys or fajitas
~Blanching broccoli to have frozen broccoli on hand
Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for all of those “Loss Leader” Thanksgiving items around this time. Stores will discount items to crazy prices just to get you into their store for your Thanksgiving food business. Some things discounted: chicken broth, stuffing, flour, baking powder and of course, turkey!
What have you been finding seasonal savings on right now? (And it doesn’t have to be just food!)