Thursday, February 16, 2012
I love finding new ways to save money, especially on healthy foods. Here are a few of my tips:
Salvage grocery stores contain discounted prices on many grocery items. Here is a link to a list of salvage stores in America. I just recently found out that there is a salvage store about 10 miles from my house. It contained some goodies, including organic cereal, organic energy bars (.25 cents each, rather than the normal $1-$2), and organic salad dressing. There were quite a few dented canned goods, which I didn't find to be too great of a deal. If you have a local salvage store, I encourage you to drop in and check it out. I have heard rave reviews about some salvage stores containing organic milk and eggs.
Aldi carries some of the most affordable produce available. Yesterday, my local Aldi was selling 4 lb. bags of oranges for $1.39, as well as many other great deals. I also stock up on household essentials such as butter, olive oil, oats, etc. at Aldi.
Vitacost sells thousands of nutritional supplements, health foods, etc., at a discounted price. I love their flat rate of $4.99 for shipping, no matter how large the order. (or free shipping for $49 and higher) Vitacost is the only place I buy my Rainbow Light Prenatal vitamins. (I have stayed on this multivitamin for the past 5+ years. It is a great supplement for pregnant or nursing moms!) This is a 5 month supply, and comes out to about $6.29 a month. (Our order usually qualifies for free shipping, since we try to buy quite a few health needs at once.) Other items we buy from Vitacost include: natural deodorant, fluoride-free toothpaste for the children, Cod Liver Oil, Dr. Wood's Castile Soap (1/2 the price of Dr. Bronner's, with many of the same ingredients), organic flax seeds, and the Rainbow Light Protein Shake.
Clearance Section of Grocery Stores
On a recent trip to one of my favorite local grocery stores, I found some organic sprouted bread (which is much easier to digest than non-sprouted bread), which was on clearance for $2.50, which was normally $5 a loaf. I also found some organic, frozen cherries and blackberries for $1.50 a bag, regularly $3. My hubby and I love dropping by this store, as we never know what goodies we may find in the various clearance sections throughout the store.
I love many Amazon deals, especially if you subscribe and save. It is one of the best places for getting the world's best coconut oil, Nutiva. With subscribe and save, you get a 15% off discount, and free shipping. Amazon can be a great place to stock up on bulk items.
Grow Your Own
I have been so impressed by how much you can grow by having a couple raised beds in your back yard. I have a big black thumb, and yet, despite me, we have been able to enjoy a nice harvest, especially in the warmer months. Our winter harvest has been small, a bit of cabbage, kale, and a few herbs. Every little bit certainly helps, especially when it is good quality, organic produce.
What are your favorite tips for saving money on healthy food?
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Posted by Christine at 2:15 PM