Organic Shopping on a Budget
Hi everyone! My name is Ashleigh and my blog is Being Cheap is Easy. I love to share recipes and money saving tips. I met Ashley at Bloggy Con last year and I am so honored to be guest posting here. I am still a “going green” newbie and I learn so many tips from Ashley.
In the past few years, our family has tried to buy more organic food. Since we have a tight grocery budget, it’s essential to save whenever we can. I have found when I use coupons, combined with sales, organic products are almost the same price as regular!
Here are some of my favorite sources for organic coupons:
- Mambo Sprouts. They send out a monthly email with coupons included. I find great, high values in this one.
- Stonyfield. I find their yogurt on markdown a lot and make sure to stock up with coupons. Our favorite flavor: Banilla (banana + vanilla)
- Silk Almond milk. “Like” their FB page for $1 off coupons! I’ve found the best deal on Silk at Target! The double packs are super cheap.
- Earthbound Farm Organics. They have weekly coupons available.
- Laura’s Lean Beef
- Whole Foods.
If I find a brand I really love, it never hurts to send an email with some compliments. They tend to send some great coupons your way! Also, as with any product, “like” Facebook pages for coupons.
Of all stores I buy organic foods at, Costco is the top of my list. They have amazing prices on items such as Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese, Wholesome Sweetners organic sugar and Agave, Earthbound Farms spinach and many other foods at rock bottom prices. You can get healthy cooking items like flax seed and coconut oil for a fraction of the price of chain grocery stores.
We don’t have a Trader Joe’s in our area (so, so, sad!), but when we lived by one they also have amazing prices. I love their enchilada sauce and couscous.
While not all of my produce is organic, I try to buy local when I can. Using the great app Fresh Food, you can find a local market by you. I like to go near the end of the day for markdowns…most farmers would prefer to sell their goods, so they might be willing to bargain. I also ask about bruised fruits or veggies. Not so pretty patches on tomatoes, eggplant or soft melons can be cut away. I like to freeze as much as I can.
Final tip: don’t forget about frozen! All frozen foods are a bargain, but especially organic. Wait for sales and stock up! Cascadian Farms is my favorite frozen brand.
What are your favorite ways to save on organic foods?