Have you noticed the coupon craze sweeping the nation? Food companies seem to be encouraging coupon savings more and more. But the coupons offered often highlight processed foods. It’s tough to eat healthy on a budget – here’s some tips to help you out.
- Collect coupons online. Food companies love to offer coupons, thinking you will try their product and buy it again. Look for the “offers” button on their website, most refresh every month.
- Know your store’s coupon policy. In some stores you may be able to use multiple coupons on one item, re-use your coupons over and over again, or use expired coupons.
- Look out for sales items that you have a coupon for already, this equals double savings. This works very well with Whole Foods, which provides in-store coupon booklets and online printable coupons.
Couponing not for you? Here are some tips for getting the best deal without all the clipping.
- Compare unit prices to get the absolute best deal. For example, a bag of chopped broccoli is marked up to $3/lb compared to a head of broccoli for $1.50/lb.
- Take a minute to look for super savings before shopping. There’s usually a weekly special – stock up and freeze excess for later.
- Discover new dry goods at the bulk section of the store like coconut granola, Turkish dates, and red lentils. These items are priced very low and the best part is that you can control the quantity you purchase!
- Buy the grocery store’s brand. More often than not, the store brand contains the same exact ingredients and is even cheaper than a specialty brand on sale.
Want sustainable meats and seafood, organic produce, and specialty foods? You’re in luck. Shopping at natural food stores will usually give lower prices on these items compared to conventional grocery stores. Check out their flyers for even more savings like The Whole Deal coupon booklet offered in Whole Foods stores.
Happy and healthy shopping!
By Liz Schneider