How I Saved On Organics

Since I did a 7 part series on “Affording Organics” over the past few days, I thought it would be nice to post an example of how I put some of those tips into use. Don’t worry, I won’t be listing out all of my groceries and savings every week. I’ll save that for my other blog. Though, sometimes it’s nice to see a true life experience and how it all works out.

My grocery haul this week is a prime example of how buying on sale, combined with coupons and clearance can help lower your bill. My Kroger started going through a store re-furb last Tuesday, a day already set aside for senior citizens and the day I had to go shopping. As you can imagine, making my way through the store in a timely manner was quite frustrating. Though, lucky for me, they were also marking down lots of different items to help make the re-furb transition smoothly. See all of those little bright orange stickers? Money saving treasures.

Here’s how I saved on my organics this week. Remember, aside from these items, I bought my produce from the co-op and my beef from the local farm.

  • 3 Horizon Organic Cream Cheeses: $1.29 each on clearance
  • Hansen’s Natural Root Beer: $2.50 on sale
  • Bear Naked Cookies: $3.00 – $1.00 printable coupon = $2.00
  • 8 Horizon Organic Butters: $2.99 each (This was an unexpected purchase. They are normally priced at $5.49 each. I knew this would save me money in the long run and they freeze well.) – (1x) $.55 printable coupon
  • Horizon Chocolate Milk: $4.69 – $.55 printable coupon = $4.14
  • Uncle Matt’s Organic OJ: $6.19 – $1.00 company coupon = $5.19
  • 2 Uncle Matt’s Singles: $.59 each (I normally don’t like to buy single packaged items as I feel they are more expensive and wasteful with packaging. Since they were on clearance, I picked them up for my son as I knew he would like something “different.”)
  • 3 2 lb. bags of Organic Raisins: $2.49 each
  • Eggland’s Best Cage Free eggs: $1.59 each on clearance – $1.00 Sunday coupons (3x) = $.59 each
  • 3 pkgs. Hormel uncured natural bacon: $3.49 each on clearance
  • 6 pk. SunMaid Organic raisins: $1.49 on clearance (again with the single packages)
  • Santa Cruz Organic Lemon Juice: $4.39 – $.75 printable coupon =$3.64
  • Santa Cruz Organic Strawberry Lemonade: $2.79 – $.75 printable coupon = $2.04
  • Store brand Organic half and half: $1.68 on sale
  • R.W. Knudson Sparkling organic lemon water: $2.99 – $1.00 coupon = $1.99
  • Gallon Horizon Organic Milk: $6.19 – $1.00 printable coupon = $5.19
  • 3 Evol Breakfast Burritos: $1.49 each on clearance
  • 3 lbs. Organic Potatoes: $2.99
  • Kashi Chicken Meal: $2.99 – $1.00 coupon = $1.99
  • 3 Garden of Eatin’ Organic chips: $2.49 each – 1 Free bag coupon – (2x) $.55 company coupons = $1.29 each
  • Cascade Organic Granola Bars: $2.99 on sale
  • Organic Applesauce: $2.79 (we didn’t can enough of this last fall)

Another way I saved a little more money – my husband transferred a prescription from CVS to Kroger. It’s a super simple process; the pharmacy does everything. When you pick up your medicine, they automatically credit your shopper card for $25. That extra money allowed me to stock up on the butter.

I would by lying if I didn’t admit that paying $5.00 for a gallon of milk puts a knot in my stomach. For so many years, I’ve worked hard at always getting more food for my money. Eating healthier and buying organic is definitely a change in mindset and lifestyle, though a change for the better. One major aspect I have noticed is we don’t go through as much food. As you can see from the picture, had I not ran into the stock up clearance items, there would not have been much purchased. I’ll have to do a little more research on the subject, but I’m guessing that the whole, healthier food choices are keeping us full longer.

That’s a good thing.

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