Frugal Health Food Shopping

I hear from many people in my Grocery Savings Classes, that eating healthy and saving money do not go hand in hand.  They can never find coupons or good sales on healthy, non-processed foods.  As we begin a new year I wanted to shed light on a few ways to save money on healthy eating.

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Organic Coupons

Organic coupons can be found all over the Internet.  I have a list of  some places you can find Organic Coupons on my website.  Generally you want to make a list of the items you are already purchasing and check the company website or a coupon database for those products.  If the company does not have printable coupons on their websites, contact them via phone or email and ask them if they can mail you some.  A coupon database will tell you if there are coupons available in Sunday inserts or even in store fliers.

Markdowns and Clearance

Healthy foods and organic products are put on sale in stores just like every other item.  Check the clearance racks and refrigerated sections and as always, check the weekly store ads.  You’ll want to stock up on these items when they are on sale so you are not paying full price.

Store Coupons

Many stores offer store coupons such as $5 off a $30 purchase.  Use these coupons in conjunction with store sales, clearance and manufacturing coupons to save on healthy foods.

Buy in Bulk

Buying  items in bulk bins is usually cheaper than buying it by the bag or box on the store shelf.  This saves money on the packaging.  Sometimes the more you buy, the cheaper it is.    Also consider buying items in bulk at a local warehouse store where they can lower the price per pound on produce or meat because of the bulk packaging.

Wondering how to make the most of your warehouse membership at Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s? Make the most of your warehouse membership fee with these super helpful strategies.

Join a Local Produce Co-Op

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This is the same basic theory as buying in bulk. If you can get together with a community group and buy local produce or meats in bulk and split them up per family, it can be cheaper than going in alone.  Search for a local co-op that is already in your area.

Save on Household Items

I know we were talking about healthy food items, but if you can save money elsewhere, like on your household items or toiletries, then you’ll have more money to put towards the healthy food items.

Buy Online

There are places you can buy organic items or healthy baking goods that give you credits for purchasing with them.  Try checking items you like to buy, such as tea or cereal on Amazon.  When Amazon price drops them, you can usually get a pretty good deal.

Keep these things in mind for your everyday shopping as well.    Start keeping track of your savings and you’ll be thrilled with your results.  Remember a dollar saved is a dollar earned.  The small change adds up fast.

Do I Have to Clip Coupons?

Absolutely, not.  Of course, coupons are basically free money, but I get that not everyone has time for that.  You CAN save money while grocery shopping without couponing (and definitely WITHOUT extreme couponing)! Use these tips and tricks to save from 30-50% at the grocery store without coupons!

You might also enjoy the following articles on meal planning and grocery shopping:

The following is a post from contributing writer Karen

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 5/22 – 5/24

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

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National Activities:

American Girl: May In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) During May, they include Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Jewel Highlights, Meal & Memories with Dad and Mom and more.

Barnes & Noble: This Saturday at 11am, bring your kids for story time featuring Dragons Love Tacos! Check with your local store!

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, May 23rd: 10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy: Intro to Ableton

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, May 23rd from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Memorial Day Flag Craft.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making Red, White and Blue Craft Stick Flags. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, May 23rd at 10 AM ~ This Saturday as a part of the 52 New Foods Series, Junior Chefs will learn how to make unique ice cream flavors! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 5/15 – 5/17

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

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National Activities:

American Girl: May In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) During May, they include Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Jewel Highlights, Meal & Memories with Dad and Mom and more.

Barnes & Noble: This Saturday at 11am, bring your kids for story time featuring Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret. Check with your local store!

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, May 16th: 10:15 AM – Ukulele Lessons

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, May 16th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Fly Away Hot Air Balloon.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making decorative Knotted Friendship Bracelet. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, May 16th at 10 AM ~ This Saturday Junior Chefs will learn how to make a delicious crunchy tacos with fresh guacamole! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

If you are a blogger who posts a local round-up of family activities, then feel free to fill out this form to be considered for future posts.

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 5/8 – 5/10

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

Kinder Music

National Activities:

American Girl: May In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) During May, they include Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Jewel Highlights, Meal & Memories with Dad and Mom and more.

Barnes & Noble: This Saturday at 11am, bring your kids for story time featuring Mom School and how to Babysit Grandma. Check with your local store!

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, May 9th: 10:15 AM – Intro to Garage Band

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, May 9th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Garden Blooms Photo Frame.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making decorative Mother’s Day Wood Frame. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, May 9th at 10 AM ~ This Saturday Junior Chefs will learn how to make a delicious gift for mom on Mother’s Day! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

If you are a blogger who posts a local round-up of family activities, then feel free to fill out this form to be considered for future posts.

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