Anyone get gas lately??? Today I went to fill up my hubby’s car and it cost me $4.34 a gallon!!! I couldn’t believe it! I’m still in shock. What’s a girl to do? I have to fill up my car to get from here to there. Unfortunately living far from where I train, at the beach, I use a lot of gas. In these tough economic times everyday I feel like I need to pinch pennies and save as much as I can. I started to use an app on my iPhone called “Where” which lets me know the gas prices of stations around me. That helps me to make smart choices to save some pennies when I drive. When it comes to feeding my body I want to make smart choices as well. You are what you eat.
I’d LOVE to buy everything organic, but I just can’t afford it. I do what I can, when I can, getting as much as I can possible on our tight budget. We are all trying to figure out how we can be healthy, and still have $$ left in our pocketbooks doing so. Today I made some AWESOME purchases at the grocery store, so I thought I’d share with you some ways I buy organic. Most importantly I’m going to share with you how to save on organic food.
1. Check The Sales Ads!
Today I found some great deals and you can too. Checking my sales paper I found that the normal priced conventional yams cost the same as the sale priced organic yams today. So instead of buying the conventional yams, of course I bought the organic ones. The same thing happened with blueberries! The conventional ones were on sale 2/$5 and so were the organic blueberries! So getting the organic ones was a “no brainer.” Our organic and conventional sections are not near each other, so you’d have to look at the sale prices in the paper to know these things, or trek across the store to compare prices. Keep your eyes peeled! Today I found a 5lb bag of carrots in the organic section that were not even on sale, but they were about 50 cents cheaper than the conventional ones! Ladies sometimes you can find cheaper organics than conventional! Don’t just automatically say that you cannot afford organics! A lot of times, you can afford organics. You just need to keep your eyes open and look for opportunities to save.
2. Use Coupons!
People tend to think that coupons do not exist for organic food. That’s simply NOT the truth. There are coupons, you just have to find them. Check out Mambo Sprouts coupons. They have coupons that you can use on organic and natural products at several stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Ralphs, biggs, and many more. Click here to find coupons. Another place to find coupons is on MoneySavingMom.com. Check out their store deals! They have deals for many local (and health) grocery stores updated weekly (even Trader Joes, and Whole Foods).
3. Shop Local!
A lot of times you can find better prices on organic foods at your local farmers market. You’ll feel good knowing that you are supporting your local farmers. You can be sure your food hasn’t traveled hundreds or thousands of miles. It’ll be better for the environment, and better for you. Search for your local farmers market by clicking here.
Another way to shop local is to use your local CSA (community supported agriculture its like a farm share program), shop at small independent natural stores, local food co-op, or even local farms (or stands). Check out Local Harvest to find your nearest organic suppliers (possibly for a lot less than your national chain store).
4. Visit Your Favorite Organic Product Website!
Many of your favorite organic brands want you to buy their products so much that they give you coupons on their websites or Facebook pages. I’ve gotten items even FREE! Sometimes they ask you to give them your email address in exchange for a coupon. A lot of times they’ll email you a coupon many times a year. Here’s a link to a post with several companies offering coupons on their organic products. If you buy something often visit their website to see if they have a coupon.
5. Check Out Your Dollar Stores!
Yep, you read that right! I’ve been finding more organic food, even some organic veggies at my local 99cent store! The same organic lettuce in a box with the roots that I bought for about $3 one day at my local big chain grocery store, I found at my 99cent store another week. Other veggies too! Every time I go to my dollar store I find more and more organic convenience foods like canned beans, tomato sauce, and soup to name a few. You’ll be surprised to find some of your favorite (or soon to be favorite) organic foods that are right under your nose in your local dollar store.
How Do You Save On Organic Food? (this is not a rhetorical question… please share! I’d love to know your secrets)