Second-grade produce subscription services may save time, but not money

We’ve all seen ads for “ugly” produce subscription services, such as Hungry Harvest and Imperfect Foods, both of which claim to prevent food waste by selling second-grade fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be tossed—and saving customers money in the process. But as Lifehacker points out, this idea is more marketing jargon than actual fiscal shrewdness. “Most reviews suggest that the costs are about the same as shopping in a grocery store, although you can get a few breaks on certain items here and there (less so on the prepackaged stuff).” Bottom line: For the time-crunched food shopper, these services can save the hassle of a supermarket visit, but not too much more.

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