When my daughter was about a year old, I started researching about the food that I was feeding her...& I was horrified at what I learned. I immediately began feeding my family organic products & noticed our budget went up, but I felt it was worth it (& I still do!). At the time, the economy was great so I didn’t give it much thought.
Well, the economy is no longer great, however I am not willing to give up purchasing organic & green products, which means I need to pay less for what I need to buy. This has taken some trial & error on my part, but I have been able to drop our grocery budget by 25-40% while still buying the same brands I had previously been paying full price for (gasp…full price…can you imagine?!).
If you have been considering purchasing more organic & green items, don’t be afraid to do so. There are ways to save on organic & eco friendly products!
Here are a few ways to get started:
- Always stroll through the organic section of your store. Be on the lookout for peelies, blinkies, tear pads, etc. My Kroger affiliate puts out a magazine that has great coupons for organic products in it. Grab one (or three) & build your coupon stash that way.
- Head to the website of every brand that you like or want to try. Seventh Generation, Horizon, Earth’s Best, & many more have printable coupons right there! Sign up for any newsletters (digital or snail mail) they offer because they often include coupons.
- Pay attention to coupons from non organic brands. Many brands offer both organic & non organic products. Unless a coupon specifically excludes the organic product, you can use it on the organic item. For example, if you see a coupon for $.50 off any S&W canned item, use it on their organic canned vegetables.
- Shop Trader Joe’s. You can use coupons there! It has to be a manufacturer coupon for a brand they carry, but yes…they take them!
- Shop Costco. Costco is stocking more organic & eco friendly items every day (or so it seems). I buy my organic ground beef & organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts there.
- Shop online. Amazon, Drugstore.com, & Alice.com all have great selections of organic & green items & often have outstanding deals. Take advantage of those deals & stock up!
- Shop locally. Going green is about more than just what you buy! Purchasing items produced locally will reduce your carbon footprint & get you fresher products. Additionally, you will be supporting your local economy! Head to your local farmer’s market. Buy directly from a farmer & buy in bulk. This will cost a bit more up front (say, for a quarter of a cow) but it will likely save you in the end. Join a CSA (community supported agriculture) & get fresh produce right from the farm!
There’s just no getting around the fact that organic & eco friendly products costs more. If you use your couponing & savvy shopping skills, the impact on your budget will be less than you might think.