A few days ago I saved $76 on my trip to the grocery store. I bought mostly organic, natural food and still saved that much. How did I do that?
You have to get pretty creative.
Many people still don’t realize that 80% of the food in grocery stores is gene-manipulated (GMO) food.
After I learned the shocking truth about what GMO food can do to our body (it’s full of pesticides, for once) and what it will do to farming and our environment, I decided to only buy organic food for my family, or food that is labeled as non-GMO.
I was really into extreme couponing for a while and even went to a Coupon Mania class to learn more, but this new resolve to only buy non-GMO food makes using coupons pretty challenging since most are for junk food with hardly any nutritional value.
This is how I saved $76 on organic food:
- I recycled bottles and received about $2 in credit
- I brought my own bags and received 40 cents credit
- I used coupons I received at a recent Health Child Healthy World event (Plum Organics, Stonyfield)
- I used the store’s rewards card
- I used Mambo Sprouts coupons for organic and natural food
I get the Mambo Sprouts coupons in a little booklet at our local Mrs. Green’s Natural Food store, but anyone can access those coupons here online.
Instead of using them at the expensive health food store, I use those coupons at Stop & Shop. They have a whole section for organic food and drinks, and that’s where I mostly shop. Plus they double coupons.
I know too much to venture into the other aisles, and honestly it disturbs me to see what other people have in their cart, not realizing that they are buying gene-manipulated, pesticide-laced food full of food dyes, sodium, hydrogenated oils, and empty carbs.
Let’s take a look at just one unhealthy food: Oreos
It becomes pretty easy to resist Oreos when you know what’s in them: 6 cookies with 370 empty calories have 12 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, and 40 carbs — more than 50% of your daily carbohydrate allowance.
The “natural flavors” in Oreos — and most other food in our grocery stores — are manufactured, caroinogenic chemicals to make Oreos taste like chocolate cookies. Chocolate is actually the last ingredient in Oreos. And all that sugar depletes our immune system, creating inflammation and free radicals in our body.
There is no way I’ll feed those to my family.
I can’t control what Landon eats when he’s at school — I’m sure he eats his fair share of dyed cookies other parents are bringing in to celebrate one of his classmate’s birthdays — but I’m in charge of the food I bring home.
If you can’t live without the occasional Oreos, I suggest to buy the organic ones.
At the checkout, I received more coupons. And I actually used them right away because I was only 15 points away from getting 30 cents off every gallon of gas. At Shop & Stop they give you a point for every dollar you spend toward a credit on gas. So in I went in again after unloading the groceries to get a few more things to reach 300 points.
That night, Don filled up his diesel truck and saved an additional $9 by using my Shop & Stop card rewards points.
As you can see, it takes some dedication to save on organic and natural food with coupons, but it can be done, and savings do add up.
The two hours it took me to cut coupons and shop really smart, taking into consideration what is on sale in the store plus a combination of recycling, reusing and couponing, saved me $76.
Find additional resources for coupons for organic and natural food on my Frugal Living page.
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