Get To Know Your Grocer For Deals On Green Cleaning

Get To Know Your Grocer For Deals On Green Cleaning

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Sarah Rae Smith
May 25, 2010

This month has been all about green cleaning and last week we shared one of our favorite ways to clean our shower... with grapefruit. Many made mention that it seemed like a waste of money and we're here to tell you that's absolutely not true — just make friends with your local grocer!

Produce department managers are concerned about the quality of the food they're selling and like to sell what they purchase for the store. Having worked for many years in retail and grocery environments, we can attest to the fact that it doesn't always sell and it's one of the most depressing things ever to watch produce be disposed of.

Many managers would much rather sell their last ditch produce at rock bottom prices than have to send it to the garbage and that's where you come in. By friending your local grocery store managers and produce department supervisors, you can always be on call for produce that's on the way out.

Sometimes you'll get the call for just a few fruits, other times you'll get a call for flats worth, but knowing you'll be there no matter how big or small the load is, ensures they'll call you time and time again. We've struck deals with several grocers to swing by and ask the employee on duty if there's anything ready, that way there's no extra burden on anyone to call or set up a pick up time.

Instead of buying a grapefruit for $1.25.... you might get them for $0.25 and much less. Even if you don't salvage the juice from them first for culinary needs, that's still a great price. All citrus fruit holds cleaning powers, so be sure to ask about lemons, limes and more!

If you live in a city where these options are available at your local Farmer's Markets, you can still make friends. If they know you'll be there each week for pickup, they might bring you the older fruits for a reduced price!

It sounds scary, but trust us, it works and it's eco-friendly and easy on the pocketbook at the same time!

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