Buying Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

Buying Fresh Fruits & Vegetables


Minnesota WIC Program

Printable Version: Minnesota WIC Guide for Buying Fruits & Vegetables (PDF: 403KB/2 pages)


How to Buy Fresh Fruits & Vegetables when Sold by the Pound

  • Select a fruit or vegetable that is priced by the pound.
  • Place the item on the grocery scale.
  • Round the weight up to the nearest pound or half pound.
  • Estimate the cost of the item based on the chart.

See examples below chart

Chart to estimate cost of fresh fruits and vegetables when sold by the pound

Example: Bananas

  • Priced at $0.59/lb.
  • Weight: 1 3/4 lbs.
  • Find the price per pound ($.59/lb.) on the left side of the chart.
  • Round the weight up to 2 lbs. Find 2 lbs. on the top of the chart.
  • Follow the $.59/lb. row to the right and the 2 lbs. column down until they meet.
  • The weight (2 lbs.) and the price ($.59/lb.) meet at $1.18 on the chart.

2 pounds of bananas at $.59/lb. = $1.18

Example Chart


Example: Buying Fruits and Vegetables with $8 Voucher

If you had a $8 voucher for fruits and vegetables, you could purchase:

  • 2 lbs. Bananas @ $0.59 per pound = $1.18
  • 1 lb. Tomatoes @ $1.49 per pound = $1.49
  • 2 lbs. Carrots @ $2.49 per package = $2.49
  • 1 lb. of Red Grapes @ $3.19 per pound = $3.19

Total of all items would be just over the allowed amount at $8.35. However, you can pay the difference (in this instance, $0.35) between the amount on the voucher and the amount of the fruits/vegetables.

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