I have such good intentions. Really, I do. I love checking out all the DIY and cooking blogs out there. I “pin” tons of how-to posts whether it’s making an entire house out of wooden pallets, throwing a dinner party just like a celebrity event planner, or baking a 14 layer chocolate peanut butter truffle cake the “simple” way.
Truth be told, the only DIY project I’ve tackled is re-finishing a side table about the size of my thigh.
I have to say though, afterwards I thought I did such a good job on it, for the rest of the evening I was convinced I had some sort of blood-relation to Martha Stewart.
Of course, that was after a couple coffee mugs of wine.
But I digress.
The point being, I really kinda suck at making things. Therefore, I don’t do it that often, even if it’s going to save me some money.
Now, give me a great coupon, sale, or a simple trick that will save me some bucks, I’m all about it.
There are quite a few sites out there telling you ways to save money on organic products from rationing your servings (Um, this isn’t the Depression…) to cooking up your own make-up.
Sounds awesome in theory. But I highly doubt I’ll ever carve out the time make my own foundation.
Below you’ll find money-saving ideas when it comes to organic products…that aren’t a pain in the butt.
1) Check your favorite grocery store’s website for coupons and promotions (e.g., Sprouts Farmers Market, Earth Fare, Whole Foods, Target, etc.).
2) Visit the websites of organic brands or just brands that carry an organic line for coupons and discounts on their products. (FYI many of these sites require you to sign up for their newsletter.) Some organic brands include:
- Alter Eco
- Arrowhead Mills
- Brown Cow
- Cascadian Farm
- Coleman Natural Foods
- Driscoll’s Organic Berries
- Earthbound Farm
- Earth’s Best
- Enjoy Life
- Fig Food
- Laura’s Lean Beef
- Newman’s Own
- Organic Valley
- Pacific Foods
- R.W. Knudsen
- Santa Cruz
- Seeds of Change
- Seventh Generation
3) When you join grocery stores or organic brands social media pages, they’ll sometimes offer up coupons and discounts on their products.
4) You can find some great coupons on organic coupon sites, coupon sites with an organic category as well as coupon and deal blogs.
These stay on top of what’s on sale and what awesome coupons are out there. Additionally, they’ll notify you when there’s a coupon for a particular product that also happens to be on sale (which, at times, can turn into an actual money maker!!).
Subscribe to these blogs and sites for free to receive the most recent savings via email.
- All Natural Savings
- Common Kindness
- Health eSavers
- Healthy Life Deals
- The Greenbacks Gal
- Faithful Provisions
- Living Rich with Coupons
- Money Saving Mom
- Organic Deals
- Organic Deal Diva
- Organic Deals and Steals
- Southern Savers
- Stockpiling Moms
5) Traditional coupon/coupon code sites offer organic savings as well. You might have to search around for a few minutes, but you can find some great coupons.
- Don’t Pay Full
- Grocery Coupon Cart
- Printable Coupons and Deals
- Red Plum
- Smart Source
- uPromise eCoupons
6) Don’t hesitate to buy organic store brands. They can’t advertise that it’s organic if it really isn’t, and I’ve found that 99% of the time, the food tastes just as good as the more expensive brand names.
7) This one’s pretty obvious, but make sure to sign up for your grocery store’s loyalty or rewards card for even bigger discounts.
8) Shop at farmer’s markets. And when you do, try to arrive shortly before the market closes. The vendors are not fond of taking their goods back with them so they will give you some fan-flipping-tastic discounts.
9) Plan ahead. Create your week’s menu around what’s on sale that week.
10) Make meals in double batches and freeze the leftovers.
11) Frozen produce is usually cheaper than the fresh stuff.
12) Buy produce when it’s on sale and in-season, then freeze it. That way, you’ll already have it on hand when it’s out of season and more expensive.
According to the magazine, Eating Well, when it comes to vegetables (with the exception of tomatoes), you should prep and then blanch them before throwing them in the freezer. Doing this will “stop the enzymes that keeps vegetables from ripening, helps get rid of dirt and bacteria…and wilts and softens the vegetables so they are easier to pack.”
Freezing fruit is pretty general. Wash and dry thoroughly, toss what isn’t good, remove any pits, cut it all up (if applicable), and boom, you’re in business. Be sure to pack all produce in a container that won’t allow air into it such as glass jars.
13) Make use of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists that I talked about in my last post. They’re a good guide to help you determine which produce is more important to purchase in organic form.
14) Steer clear of the pre-cut and already bagged fruits and veggies. They cost quite a bit more.
15) Don’t throw away food you think has passed its prime. Dana Velden, blogger at The Kitchn, gives you a bunch of suggestions on what to do with fruit that’s over-ripe. And Wise Bread’s senior writer, Andrea Karim, has a great post on what all you can do with stale bread.
16) Keep the produce you already prepped in glassware as opposed to plastic containers. Plastic may have chemicals that cause the fruits and veggies to spoil faster.
17) Buy in bulk. Take advantage when a store offers bulk bins. Food such as dry goods, nuts and dried fruit is usually much cheaper than buying it in packaged form. Food Babe’s Vali Hari suggests bringing measuring cups to the store. “That way you can get exactly the amount you need for a specific recipe and you won’t be paying for extra.”
18) Warehouse clubs such as Costco can save you a bunch of money. The membership fee (around $40-$45) pays for itself in no time.
19) If you haven’t started buying some of your food online, don’t worry, you’re not alone. But let me tell you, we’re missing out on some great deals. Head on over to Amazon or Vitacost where you can find organic food at a discount. The best part? It’s delivered right to your door.
And did you know that Ebay has organic products for sale? It may or may not be the best deal, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look.
Simply go through their lists of rebates available and unlock the product you’re planning on buying (sometimes you have to watch a short advertisement or take a quick poll in order for the rebate to unlock).
When you’re done with your shopping trip, take a picture of your receipt, upload it to the app, and it automatically adds the rebates from the products you purchased.
Once you have a certain amount of money in your app’s account, you can then transfer it to your personal account such as Paypal. Or you can choose to exchange it for different gift cards.
Cartwheel offers you savings only available on the app. Some of the discounts are pretty substantial while others will just save you a few pennies. But hey, it all adds up over time.
BerryCart is another rebate app that only features organic and natural products! I haven’t signed up for it yet, but you bet your sweet buns, I’ll be doing that asap.
So let me hear what ideas YOU have! I’d love for you to share in the comments section!
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Collins, C. (n.d.). Online Organic Coupon Resources – Natural ThriftyNatural Thrifty [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://naturalthrifty.com/online-organic-coupon-resources.html
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