“I don’t buy that stuff because it’s WAY too expensive…I just can’t afford it.”
THAT is what I hear, almost every.single.time. Trust me when I say I try my hardest to live a totally frugal lifestyle. I am typically all about getting more bang for my buck. Groceries, restaurants, admissions…you name it and I’m saving money on it. Believe that.
Like anything, grocery shopping is a game of give and take. Am I getting the “I just can’t afford it” line from the same people that are stocking their carts with frozen pizzas, snack cakes and Mountain Dew? I have no idea…maybe, maybe not. Though, the last time I checked, those types of foods aren’t all that cheap. Also, if you compare the nutritional value versus cost, I would feel safe in saying it’s pretty much a ripoff… a poisonous.fucking.ripoff that sadly, many of us can’t help but buy. We’re ingrained.
To help guide you on your organic grocery journey, I am planning to post a seven part series on “Affording Organics.” For me personally, shopping organic has been a real change in mindset. Budgeting, researching and patience have all played a huge part in making the switch. For a long time, I’ve been in the habit of getting “more for less” and many times compromising quality for the sake of saving a few dollars. Making good food choices has always been in the back of my mind; for some odd reason or another, I’ve just never been able to fully bring it to the forefront…until now. Hopefully this series will help you along in making smart decisions for yourself and your family.
To start, buy items when they are on sale. That’s a given. Pairing a coupon with an already-on-sale item is an added bonus. If your store doubles coupons, you are doing even better. The longer you coupon and watch sales, the easier it will get to “time” the buying for the most savings. You’ll soon get the hang of which products come on sale most often and when is a good time to stock up.
Affording Organics with Coupons
If you know me what-so-ever…you shouldn’t be surprised if I start this series by mentioning coupons. When the word “coupons” is mentioned, many people roll their eyes. I get it. Coupons do take a little time. They do take a little patience. One thing is for sure…they WILL save you money. Yes, it IS possible find coupons for organic and/or healthy foods. You just have to look in the right places.
The obvious place to start looking for coupons is the Sunday paper. Occasionally, there may be one or two “organic” coupons included, such as Eggland’s Best, Imagine or Newman’s Own. Also, you may find coupons for other items that you use. Ultimately, if you save money on your other “regular” items, you’ll have more money left to purchase your organics. That’s where the budgeting give and take comes in.
Another great place to look is your local health food store. My closest one always has coupons and literature (and samples) laying around for you to take at any time. If not, ask them. I’m sure they have company promotional items. Also, ask if they send coupons through an email newsletter sign up. Recently, I was emailed coupons for a $10 off of $15 purchase, a $10 off of $20 purchase and $20 off of $100 purchase.
Go straight to the source. Is there a product you would like try or an old family favorite in which you are just looking to save a few bucks? Find the appropriate website and email the company directly. Most are more than happy to send you a few coupons.Don’t forget to check out company Facebook pages as well. They’ll offer coupons there as well.
The simplest way to stockpile your coupon stash is through internet printable coupons. I’m going to make it easy for you and link some of my favorites:
- Horizon Dairy
- Mambo Sprouts
- Muir Glen
- Newman’s Own
- Organic Valley
- Laura’s Lean Beef
- Stonyfield Organic
- Imagine Foods
- Country Choice
- Simply Organic
- Barbara’s Bakery
- Annie’s Homegrown
- Santa Cruz Organics
- Arrowhead Mills
- R. W. Knudsen
- Earthbound Farm Organic
- Alexia Natural Foods
- Cascadian Farm Organic
I’m sure there are many more. As I come across new coupons, I’ll be sure to share the links. Or, if you know of one that is not included, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list.
Affording organics isn’t impossible…you just have to take the right steps to fit it into your personal budget. Honestly, you can’t afford not to.
The entire Affording Organics Series: