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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • 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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menu plan eat more whole foods and stay on budget

One of the biggest myths about using coupons to save money is that you are only going to buy processed junk food. While it’s true that packaged items are often free or a few cents after coupons, you can still apply the same concepts to organic yogurt, vegetables, meat and just about anything else on your shopping list.

The key is to set a budget and shop when items are on sale. Your goal is still to buy enough to last until the next sale, so you may have to get creative with fresh items.

You may want to consider freezing, canning, dehydrating or coming up with other ways to extend the life of your fresh items. Setting a meal plan can really help strategically use your ingredients and maximize your savings! Learn more outside the box tips for saving on produce and meat.

*These prices are based off of averages and are subject to change weekly

Shrimp, Sugar Snap & Asparagus Salad – Recipe

Greek Yogurt, Chobani, 6 oz, FREE-20¢ (Publix, Walmart)
Asparagus, $1.47-$2.99 lb (almost everywhere)
Sugar Snap Peas (not advertised, but a seasonal item)
Shrimp, $7.99 lb (Target)
Mayo, 30 oz, 99¢-$2 (Publix, Walgreens, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Winn Dixie)
Tomatoes, Organic, $1.98 lb (Ingles)
Salad, Fresh Express, 74¢-$1.95 (Harris Teeter, Harveys, Sweetbay, Ingles)

(5 Points Plus)

Sweet Potato Tandoori Salad – Recipe

Sweet Potatoes, 39-69¢ (almost everywhere)
Olive Oil, Bertolli, 17 oz, $2.94-$3.14 (Publix, Bi-Lo)
Bell Pepper, Green, 99¢ (Lowes Foods)
Onions, 3 lb, 89¢-$1.99 (Aldi, Kroger, Ingles, Food Lion)
Spinach, Fresh Express, 74¢-$1.95 (Harris Teeter, Harveys, Sweetbay, Ingles)

(7 Points Plus)

Spice Rubbed New York Strip w/ Avocado-Lime Salsa – Recipe

NY Strip Loin Roast, $5.99 lb (Publix)
Onions, 3 lb, 89¢-$1.99 (Aldi, Kroger, Ingles, Food Lion)
Lime (not on sale, so only grab one)
Avocado, 89¢ ea. (Food Lion)

(7 Points Plus)

Peanut Noodles w/ Shredded Chicken & Veggies – Recipe

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, $2.34 lb (Winn Dixie)
Peanut Butter, 16.3-18 oz, $2-$2.50 (Harris Teeter, Lowes, Winn Dixie, CVS)
Whole Wheat Spaghetti, 12-16 oz, Free-23¢ ea (Bi-Lo, Publix, Harris Teeter)
Eat Smart Vegetable Medley, 10-12 oz, $1 (Publix)

(9 Points Plus)

Pepper, Pineapple & Bean Tacos – Recipe

Poblano Peppers, 98¢ (HEB)
Scallions (not on sale, but an inexpensive ingredient)
Red Kidney Beans, Hanover, 38-40.5 oz, $1.66 (Publix)
Pineapple, 99¢-$2.50 (Aldi, Kroger, Walmart, Food Lion, HEB)
Tortillas, 16 oz, $1.49-$1.78 (Harris Teeter, HEB)
Greek Yogurt, Chobani, 6 oz, FREE-20¢ (Publix, Walmart)

(6 Points Plus for 2 tacos)

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    • Realfoodie

      Hurray! What a good post!! This was my aversion to couponing for so long! But eating a “real food” diet was really important to me…and really expensive! Then I discovered that coupons come for things like chicken, frozen vegetables, soy and organic milk, natural peanut butter, spices, etc… All the things you’d still buy, but pay more for if you weren’t couponing!

    • Alex Chavers

      I hear this a lot too, but I use couponing to save on items I would already be buying anyways, like the Greek Yogurts, olive oils, fruit cups, etc…and I use the money I am saving to spend more on the high quality produce and meats.

    • TLT

      I went to whole foods this weeks and knocked my bill down from $22.72 to $1.44 just by piggy backing store and manufacturer coupons. The only thing is the transactions take so long because their registers cant scan the coupons, so they must manually key the digits on the coupon. And another thing to be mindful of is when using store Q’s they must enter the PLU# for each item if you buy more than one. I bought 2 boxes of Seeds of Change rice so they had to enter the PLU twice. And I had to remind the cashier or else I woudn’t have saved the $1.50 on the second box. HTH