Looking for ways to save money on healthy foods? How about finding coupons for healthy foods? It’s easier than you think!
Some approaches to saving money on healthy foods actually do not involve using coupons at all! I want to walk you though a couple of healthy food saving tips that I have incorporated over time.
A quick note from Sarah –
I should preface this post by letting you know that #thestruggleisreal when it comes to getting my kids to eat healthy foods. We’ve had our fair share of bananas that met their death on my kitchen counter because the kids were not interested in them once they made it home from the store. I will have figured out the formula to #worldpeace before I figure out how to get my kids to eat their vegetables. Oh well… more for mom.
Nothing beats the deals that I find at our local farmers market. We have two summer farmers markets and a larger farmers market about an hour away from where we live. In addition to these, some of the local grocery stores also have programs where you can join a co-op and pay to have seasonal fresh fruits & vegetables picked and delivered to you. The seasonal programs will offer a variety of fruits and veggies and puts some rotation in your diet. My go to place for fresh fruits and vegetables will always be the farmers market.
The key to eating fresh is to meal plan around seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Second to the farmers market would be online resources for coupons at organic grocery stores. Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, and Trader Joe’s are grocery stores that have a selection of organic items that you might not find at the traditional big box stores. Not all organic stores accept coupons though, but they do offer good prices! The key is to check the Weekly Ad and Buy when you see something at its lowest price.
Tip: Bring your own reusable shopping bags. Some stores will give a credit for each reusable shopping bag you use when you shop at their store!
A lot of our local grocery stores also offer a great choice of fresh fruits & vegetables. Harris Teeter and Walmart have been a resource for me over the holidays when I needed a great deal on cucumbers and sweet potatoes. I found sweet potatoes at $.29/lb and bought enough to last from Thanksgiving to Christmas to cover our sweet potato casseroles and baked sweet potatoes with cinnamon butter.
All it takes is a quick Google search to find links for stores that offer organic items, but I have saved you the time and listed a few below!
Whole Foods Market – Coupons (In-Store Coupons)
The Fresh Market (Weekly Ad)
Trader Joe’s (Weekly Ad)
Harris Teeter (Weekly Ad)
Walmart – Coupons Don’t forget to enter your receipt # after your purchase to have Walmart’s Savings Catcher compare prices for lower savings at other stores! They do the work, you get the difference in price back on a Wal-Mart gift card!
Now to my favorite way to save…. Smart Phone Apps!
ibotta – (My personal favorite because it is easy to use!) Add local stores in your area, check for available offers on products you buy. You can use a paper coupon in the store when available, and then scan your receipt after the purchase to earn extra savings with ibotta! See the app instructions for certain stores like Food Lion, where you save the digital coupon directly to your MVP card and the savings apply at the checkout counter.
Put cash in your pocket with every shopping trip. Download the free app from Ibotta.com.
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SavingStar – Similar to ibotta, SavingStar lets you add local stores in your area, load digital savings for products that you buy most, and scan your receipt for money back! The thing I like the most about SavingStar are the healthy savings offers. I have saved with SavingStar on things like fresh tomatoes, bananas, oranges and cucumbers in their healthy offer of the week.
*Important to know: with some of these apps, there is a minimum balance that you have to meet before you can cash out on the savings. Most apps have this as a clear disclosure when you sign up. There is also a “Cash Out” option that states the minimum balance needed to cash out too!
These are just a few of the tips I have to save on healthy foods. I hope they help you and would love to hear how you save on healthy foods in the comments below!
Until the next Hot Mess…..