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Most of you that visit Southern Savers on a regular basis, already know that you can drastically decrease your grocery shopping expenses with coupons. But did you know you can also decrease your organic grocery shopping by at least 50%? I am able to say this, because I have done it myself.
Having organic items in my family’s diet is something that is very important to me. It means less pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and chemicals in our food. Organic deal finding and couponing is not for the faint of heart. Don’t think that it is easy. It is harder than regular deal finding, because there are usually less deals and options. But it can be done! Here are a couple of tips to apply to your organic shopping (notice how some of them are similar to regular couponing):
1. Buy local. Shopping from local farmers will not only reduce your costs on produce, but it will also be supporting farmers and helping our economy. Check out Local Harvest to find local farmers and farmer’s markets in your area.
2. Do some research and find all the possible sources of organic coupons. Some come in the paper, there are a lot of printables, and you can even get them by contacting companies. You want to get your hands on every organic coupon possible. Here is a list that I have compiled on my site of all the online resources for organic coupons.
3. Watch the sales and match coupons with the lowest price.
4. Check for mark downs or clearance items, and match coupons with those.
5. Use your overage from other grocery deals to use towards your organics. This sometimes means getting things you would never eat or use.
6. Use your store rewards to get your organic items. ie. Register Rewards and Extra Bucks.
7. Watch the online deals. Lately, places like Amazon are doing a lot more deals on organic items. There are also companies offering free item coupons more often. An example of this is the free Burt’s Bees lip balm.
8. Use rebates and gift card deals to get your organic items. One example of this would be the prescription transfer coupons that give you a gift card. Use those towards your organic items.
9. Find blogs and websites that help you find organic grocery deals. One such forum is www.OrganicGroceryDeals.com.
But the biggest thing to remember when you want to do organic shopping, is that it will not be as easy or cheap as regular couponing. We all know that a lot of items end up being free or nearly free each week after coupons and sales. Organic items are hardly ever like this. But, with a little hard work you can decrease your organic grocery expenses. You won’t spend as little as others that don’t shop organics, but you will still be saving money. But best of all, you will be eating healthier!
Crystal blogs at TheThriftyMama.com, where she helps others find great deals and bargains, with the main focus being natural and organic.