Saving Money on Organic Food
I have less than $500 a month to feed 3 people. And we eat 95% ORGANIC. It adds up fast! So how do we save money?
Coupons are EVERYWHERE! Unfortunately they all seem to be for General Mills, Kraft, Tide and Coke. So you can get neon pink cereal 2/$4 or get one box of whole grain cinnamon swirl for $5…… Super. But coupons and rebates do exist in the crunchy world too! You just have to know where to look and maybe get a little tech-savvy! Here’s how I save!
Thrive is an online ALL natural and organic marketplace. You pay a yearly membership fee and then you shop all the best natural brands 25-50% off. They do monthly freebies and a membership gift as well. If you buy a lot of packaged organic foods or baby stuff (diapers, creams, organic baby food, formula) they annual membership will pay for itself. Check out the site and take a look at the brands – it’s honestly ALL they do so I can’t list them all! If you don’t buy a lot of packaged foods and snacks it may not be worth it but it does save us a lot! They also keep track of how much you’ve saved, which is fun for me.
Use this link and get 15% off your first order!
Costco has gotten the message that people want organic and it has answered. They have TONS of options and are always adding more. I regularly get grass-fed beef, wild salmon, Kerrygold Butter, cold pressed olive oil and great organic coconut oil. They even have organic fruits and veggies. They carry Annie’s, Kashi, Nature’s Path, Seeds of Change just to name a few. Again there is a membership fee so make sure you will be saving money overall before diving in. Costco also accepts paper coupons!
This is an app that is amazing. I’ve gotten a lot of money back with this app. Right now milk, eggs, onions, peppers, avocados, kale and asparagus have rebates. Every few days it updates with new offers, most last several weeks and it works in nearly 200 different stores nationwide – I use it mostly at Whole Foods, Target, CVS and our local grocery stores. Rebates are typically .25 – $1.50 – you “unlock” the rebate by answering a question like your age or if you’ve heard of the product before. Most of the year they give you $10 for your first rebate – if it’s not offering that, wait a few weeks and check again!!
Use code lwvwjrh to get an extra $10 on top of that.
(They DON’T pay me – I get the generic referral reward you get to invite a friend but I’m not affiliated or sponsored – I just really like the app!!)
To read more or get the app – Click here!
Store Specific Savings
Whole Foods can have some great deals. Seriously. They print coupon books monthly that are available to grab as you walk in the store. Make sure you grab 2 or 3 since the offerings change monthly but the coupons don’t typically expire for 60 days or more. These are almost always brand name items in the store. However the Whole Foods App has a coupon section with additional coupons and OFTEN has produce on sale! It changes weekly and scans right from your smartphone. Currently they have a coupon for $5 off a $20 or more of fresh fruits and vegetables. Last week Avocados were $0.50 off. The app also lists sales at your specific store to help you plan your shopping.
Target has the Cartwheel app which lets you pick coupons and load them to a barcode within the app to scan at checkout. I found money off on kombucha and organic frozen fruit this week.
Aldi is a German-owned chain that is gaining popularity and spreading across the states. Their organic line SimplyNature is free of food coloring and pesticides. There milk is hormone free and the rest of their dairy will be by this year. Business Insider reports their prices on fresh produce and packaged foods average 30% less than Walmart!
Group Buying and Cow Shares
This may sound strange but there are Facebook groups and co-ops out there that specialize organic food and farm to table eating that regulatory put in large group orders to companies for a discount. Many check out the co-ops in your area or search online. I’m involved in the Weston A Price Foundation which focuses on traditional food – organic, whole, real food from carefully treated environments. The local chapter occasionally buys large amounts of raw cheese, cold pressed olive oil and fruits/veggies at a discount.
What’s a Cow Share, you ask? It’s just what it sounds like. You pay a small amount and you share a cow with a few other people. Some farms offer whole raw milk and cheese from your cow for an extended period of time and some offer 1/4 – 1/2 of a cow’s meat after processing. The later will get you a large amount of organic grass fed beef at a great price. Just make sure you have the freezer space for 20+ lbs of beef!!
A Word on Baby Stuff
Whether it’s organic, natural or not pretty much all baby-related products have big sales and coupons. They want to get you hooked. The competition for baby dollars is intense so DON’T pay full price for baby stuff – even if it’s organic – unless it’s a mom and pop or boutique product. You just don’t have to. Target and Kroger have both given my coupons for organic baby food this week and I didn’t buy baby food – I bough another baby related product and their super smart computer thought “She’s got a baby!!!! GET HER!!!” and gave me coupons. While I make most of Munchkin’s baby food I got three 3 ounce jars of organic baby food with no fillers, sweeteners or chemicals for $1.50 (75%) off using a coupon plus a “any baby food” Ibotta rebate. Those will come in handy when we travel in a few weeks. Often these kinds of coupons can be found in the newspaper and circulars because, again, they want to get you hooked! Check your grocery’s weekly sales for baby food deals.
Seventh Generate, The Honest Company and Babyganics diapers and wipes are all constantly on sale – don’t buy them full price! You don’t need to!
What do you do to save? Comment and let us know!