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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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You can still save money when your family shops for organic products!  Here are the top 9 ways you can still save.

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.

    • Sharon

      Some local farms and co-ops give discounts for helpers. There’s a co-op grocery store here in Athens, GA that gives discounts according to how many hours you can work each week. An organic blueberry farm close to my house needs help with their harvest, so I’m going tomorrow and will get a few free berries for helping. I can’t bring many home, though. There’s no room in my freezer, thanks to all the bargains I’ve stocked up on since finding Jenny’s site!

    • Greenlife Grocery in Chattanooga TN (down on the North shore of the River) has several booklets and fliers at the end of each of their checkouts, both contain LOTS of coupons for major organic brands! Make sure you swing by and pick some up even if you usually don’t shop at Greenlife.

    • Becky

      An article in the July 2009 Country Living magazine has information on Community Supported Agriculture (aka CSA). The way it works is members pay a fee to a CSA farm which gives them money to be able to grow the produce and in return you as a “member” get about 22 weeks worth of produce.

      You can go to http://www.localharvest.org to find out more. You can put in your zip code and it will list areas near you.

      I personally have not done this, but it looks really interesting. We also just started a fruit orchard this year, along with our normal garden. This should help with costs as well. We are even considering having a bee hive… (we live on about 6 acres in AL).

    • I do 2 things to save money on organic products.

      1) There is a list of vegetables/fruits online that are most important to buy organic. I buy the top 14 that use pesticides (spinach, celery, apples, potatoes, etc). http://www.foodnews.org/fulllist.php

      2) I know which days my local Kroger marks down their Organic dairy (and freeze what I can). I tend to go on those days. Also sometimes if I see something that is about to expire and not marked down yet, I will ask the manager if he will reduce the price, I haven’t been told no yet:) Sometimes I can combine with coupons too, but not always, depends on the cashier and the store.

    • My priorities are to buy organic for my family, too. One of the ways that I save also is to plant my own garden, join a CSA (see Local Harvest referred to above) and check out online resources like:

      Mountain Rose Herbs
      Walton Feed
      Healthy Buyer’s Club
      Azure Standard

    • I have to share my experience with organic and “green” products. I shop for all my organic and “green” friendly products on my website, which you can look at by clicking on my name. In July we are getting ready to add 300 Earth Friendly stores and over 10,000 products. We are very excited about this b/c it will give us more choices to help save the planet. Just wanted to offer the comment in case you wanted to check it out. Just look on the shop to earth side.

    • I just raised my weekly budget from $70 to $90 so we could afford more organic options. While my budget isn’t roomy enough for a completely organic budget, we picked out the most important items we want to be organic. I’ve started with milk, olive oil, coconut oil, peanut butter, produce, oats, honey, flour and sugar. When I can squeeze in it, I add organic cereal, cage-free eggs, and other favorites. I also have a love for Ezekiel bread, so I indulge in that on occasion. The olive oil and coconut oil I buy online, since in the store the prices on these are outrageous.