I spent a grand total of $15.20 and my best buy of the day was a 3kg box of Swiss brown mushrooms for $6 ($2kg, can't go past that).
I also sewed myself some of those net produce bags to transport some of the smaller items.
Some of the fruit and veg was a similar price to my local bulk fruit & veg but other items were cheaper. There were other bargains to be had, but not being in the mood to preserve food I restrained myself from buying one of the cheap boxes of tomatoes on offer.
So what did I end up with:
Apart from the 3kg box of mushrooms, zucchini (courgettes)for $1kg, capsicums (peppers) for $1.99kg, carrots for $0.80kg, a whole red cabbage for $1.50, nectarines $0.99kg, beans for $2.00kg, satsuma plums for $1.99kg, eggplants (aubergines) for $0.99kg.
If you want to shop at the markets, here is my frugal guide to getting a good deal:
- Know your prices at your local shops (are you really getting a bargain?)
- make sure you pick your items carefully (check the bottom of boxes if you are buying a whole box, sometimes the produce at the bottom is rotten)
- take your own shopping bags and a trolley if you have one
- get some friends together and form your own informal food co-op - shop in bulk and save even more (lots of Google links on how to do this!)
- arrive early and talk to the stallholders
Hope you are all having a great long weekend (for those in Oz)!