My summer vacation has had me on a mission to save money!!! We have cut our budget all around, but food always remains a large budgetary concern for our household. I refuse to buy non-organic food, and the area we live in is much higher than the rest of the US! I watch those extreme couponing shows, and yes, I get jealous that they save so much money…BUT the food they are saving on is mostly CR**! I want savings on high quality organic foods!
This article will provide you with some cost saving tips that will surely feed your family with good pure foods AND put some extra money into your family’s wallet!
How To Save Money on Organic Groceries
Sign up for a CSA or Organic produce delivery!
CSA is Community Supported Agriculture whereby you pay monthly or yearly to a local farm for produce (at a HUGE discount). Here is a great website to find your local CSA today!!
If you cannot find a CSA (like myself in a smaller beach town) there are organic produce delivery companies in almost every city. Just google “organic produce delivery” plus your city to find some great local companies.
2. Know Your Local Stores!
Become an expert on your top local stores. I currently float between 3-5 different stores in my city ranging from mom and pop health food stores and Target (who has really amped up their Organic foods lately!) Here are some ways to be a local store expert:
1. Check the store coupons on their websites. These are all printable.
2. Know each store’s coupon policy (if they take competitors coupons, double coupons, etc)
3. Notice which of your favorite brands are cheaper at which store, you can start a spreadsheet if you’re really dedicated. I have a photographic memory so I”m good with just tht.
4. Make note of when your favorite brands are on sale. I love Food For Life Ezekial bread, but it’s on sale only about every 6 months at our local store. I basically stockpile coupons until that sale hits…and then it’s Food For Live Christmas in our deep freeze!
3. Clip Your Coupons!
Here you go, tons of resources for getting those coupons (and I don’t mean go and buy the Sunday paper.) This list is a work in progress, I will keep updating as I find more deals. For now, this should keep you busy
Coupon Clipper Services
Large Coupon Websites for Clipping
Mambo Sprouts-You can clip coupons online here and you can request them to mail you additional coupons by signing up!
Common Kindness – I love this website! For each coupon you clip, they give back to a nonprofit of your choice!
Whole Foods -Great deals at an awesome grocery store!
Health E Savers – the name says it all!
Coupons.com – Most products are not organic, however you can usually find 2-3 on here definitely worth a look!
Redplum – Large commercial coupons, some organics
Organic Company Coupons NO Newsletter Sign Up
Organic Companies With Newsletter Sign Up For Coupons
Stonyfield Organic Yogurt– Every week you can login to your account and print coupons that are good for 10 days.
Smartsource – another large coupon website with only some organics
Alexia-yummy new takes on potatoes and bread
Brown Cow Farms – You don’t really have to join the newsletter, but they still want your email
Dreamfields: healthy low carb pasta
Earthbound Farm – They will send you an email everyday, but they have good coupons weekly.
Horizon Organics – Good deals on Organic Milk products
RW Knudsen – Yummy juices often on sale already at local stores
Laura’s Lean Beef – not organic, but very close. I find their products at Target.
Seventh Generation – Hard to Find the sign up. Scroll all the way down and look for the little tiny form on the left.
Udi’s Gluten Free – Bakery products (bread, pizza, muffins, and more)
Organic Companies That Snail Mail You Coupons
Food For Life – You can request snail mail coupons once a month! Thanks!
Bolthouse (not organic, but still love their products)
More Coupon Resources
4. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!
Once you’re an expert and once you’ve clipped your coupons, your are ready to prepare. Organize your coupons to fit your personal lifestyle: binder, accordian file, I personally just use those plastic sheet protectors sans binder. Each time I pick an item with a coupon, I slide the coupon into an inside pocket into my cloth shopping bag. That’s worked for me…find what works for you!
Make a weekly plan for your shopping that includes meal planning based on your coupons, and which stores have what you need for the cheapest. Lastly, enjoy your fat wallet.