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Sep 12

Food For Thought

It seems like everyone I talk to these days is concerned about the increase in food costs that are already too high. For some it has created a real challenge to feed their families, if you are one of those families or know someone who is, you might want to read what I have to share in the next paragraph.

Well the other day, I was talking to a friend of mine the rising cost of food and he shared with me something very interesting, how he was getting free fruits and vegetables. He went on to tell me that he had some experience in the grocery store business and that the grocery store every week will throws away good produce that is overripe, discolored, slightly wilted or in some way less than perfect. He told me how he went about developing a relationship with the produce manager the store. First of all this man had some chickens and goats on his property and started out look for some spoiled fruits & vegetables to help supplement the cost of feeding his animals. O.K. SO the manager let him go through the carts full of produce the store was going to throw away that week, as he did he was surprised to find that so much of what was there was perfectly good to eat with a little cutting and trimming. Well my friend made it a point to come on once a week about the same time on a regular basis, it wasn’t long and the manager had a cart just set aside specifically for my friend to pick up his free produce most of which was good enough to feed his family, the spoiled parts were feed to the livestock. He said this produce would have cost him around couple hundred dollars every month. This is money he could now use to help pay for gas and other basic needs!

I know what your think, it sounds like dumpster diving. All I can tell you is the conversation that I had with my friend happened over dinner at his house, which was full of this same free produce. This may not be for everyone, however I thought this is some good inside information that could be shared with other people that are having a hard time with the rising food prices.

Here is another option for keeping the food bill low