5 ways to save money on organic food

Participants of the 2013 blogathon, over at Michelle Rafter’s site at Word Count, are guest posting today, June 12, 2013, on each other’s blogs. Today’s guest post is from Leah Ingram, founder of the wonderful blog, Suddenly Frugal, at http://www.suddenlyfrugal.com/. Head over and check it out. It’s packed with great money-saving tips you can use every day!

5 ways to save money on organic food
by Leah Ingram

When people ask me about my ability to extreme coupon, they always assume that I can’t find coupons for healthy food. They would be wrong.

In addition to finding ways to save money on produce–though those coupons are few and far between, I will admit–if you are a fan of organic food, you can find savings there, too. You just have to know where  to look.

Here are my 5 tips for being frugal and buying healthy, organic foods.
“Like” the brands you like on social media. Social media sites have become a treasure trove of coupons for all kinds of items, including organic food. Once you “Like” a brand on Facebook or start following a brand on Twitter, you often get access to coupons and deals that regular shoppers don’t know about or can’t access.

Sign up on brand websites. Similar to liking brands on social media, registering on the website of your favorite organic brand often signs you up for a newsletter that comes with coupons. For example, when I registered on the Stonyfield Farm site, I was directed to its coupon offers.
Look for coupons in the newspaper. Common organic brands like Kashi and Newman’s Own have coupons in the Sunday paper and online at sites like Coupons.com. They may not be there every week, but if you look for them, I’m confident you will find them.

Look for coupons on the packages themselves. Every time I buy a Newman’s Own frozen pizza, there is always a coupon on the box for another Newman’s Own product. You know I cut those out and put them in my coupon binder. I’ve also gotten coupons for money off produce on certain cereal boxes.

Buy store-brand organics. Store brands are often cheaper than brand-name products, and many stores now offer their own version of organic products. Just this week Target announced it would begin carrying its own line of organic food under the Simply Balanced brand. Safeway has its O Organics line, and Giant as well as Stop and Shop have Nature’s Promise. In fact, if you search the website of the supermarket nearest you, you’re likely to find a store-brand organic line.
Leah Ingram is a freelance writer, lifestyle and frugal-living expert, and founder of the Suddenly Frugal blog. www.suddenlyfrugal.com She is the author of Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less, which compiles Leah’s unique money-saving advice, including how a family can save $25,000 a year. Her second title in the Suddenly Frugal series is Toss, Keep, Sell!: The Suddenly Frugal Guide to Cleaning Out the Clutter and Cashing In.

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