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Old 08-24-2009, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The 99 Cent Only stores sometimes has cheap produce, although quantity and quality (and type) varies. It's cheap, though. Otherwise check out the farmer's markets.
I think places like the 99 cent Only stores are fine if you plan on using them asap. We had a place in NM (not 99 cents) that always had produce cheaper than anywhere else. Just a few weeks ago we were in NM and actually brought back NM chilies and roma tomatoes (dirt cheap) We did have them packed heavily in ice, and I did my thing with them as soon as we got home (a day later) A few tomatoes and chilies had already spoiled, but only a few. The tomatoes made great pacante sause for the winter and the chilies are now roasted and in the freezer. Again, they have to be used fast!!!

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Old 08-24-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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I agree, I was going to suggest 99 Cents Only stores too. These stores vary from store to store, though; some (like ours) have great produce sections - others not so much. Definitely worth checking, though!
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:41 AM
 
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Usually whatever is in season is cheapest. You could try eating only what is in season or on sale. Plan your recipes that way. I've been doing it for a few years now. Takes a bit more planning but worth it since seasonal stuff usually tastes better anyway. Lucky with our climate there is always something growing.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Asian grocery stores are a great way to buy cheap vegetables. 99 Ranch Market is a popular chain in Southern California. There are numerous other Asian grocery stores too depending where in LA you are.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:03 PM
 
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I'd suggest checking some of the farmers markets near you. There is one on Sundays at Santa Monica Blvd. (about a block west by the courthouse) major cross street is Sawtelle Blvd.

You may not be able to find prices as cheap as you want, but you can budget for the increased cost.

I've found Farmers Market prices to be less than grocery stores. Some of the vendors may also offer an end of day discount.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Usually whatever is in season is cheapest. You could try eating only what is in season or on sale. Plan your recipes that way. I've been doing it for a few years now. Takes a bit more planning but worth it since seasonal stuff usually tastes better anyway. Lucky with our climate there is always something growing.
and right now squash is in season, do you have any idea how many ways you can fix squash or how tired of it you can get?
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:16 PM
 
Location: West LA
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Farmer's Markets or Kosher/Ethnic markets are the way to go for fresh produce. I believe the Mar Vista Farmer's Market is close to you... also may want to try Payless Produce Market at 10817 Venice for Middle Eastern type market, or A & S Market at 10867 Venice for Asian type market.

http://www.marvistafarmersmarket.org/
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Concrete Jungle
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I don't know if they have any near you, but here in Koreatown, the Jon's supermarket offers really low prices on fruit and vegetables. You have to look carefully because I don't believe it is of the same grade as that offered at Vons and Ralph's, but if you use it quickly, it is fine. The price at Jons is usually half the cost or less as the major grocery chains, so it might be worth your while to drive to the Jon's store closest to your location.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:30 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Ralph's is plenty cheap to me. If you think Ralph's, Von's, etc. is expensive, try New York City. On average, your grocery bill there would be 100% higher, literally.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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Oh! Super A Foods is very often cheaper (on produce) than Ralph's. Check your local ads on Wednesday or whenever you get them in your mailbox.
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