Saturday, December 10, 2011

Couponing for healthy foods.

I've written a little about how I've become a bit of a couponer, saving a substantial amount of money on my weekly grocery bill. Sometimes, though, people will say that they can't coupon because they "don't eat those kinds of foods." Meaning, I guess, that they don't eat Rice-a-Roni and other not-so-very-healthy foods.

I get it. I don't eat those things, either. But that's not a reason to avoid couponing. Believe me, you can get healthy foods using coupons -- you simply need to do a little leg work. Here's some proof for you!

Today, for example, I got some great deals on these regularly high-priced items:




Clementines: My store had a coupon for $1 off a 5lb box of clementines (posted on their Facebook page), which I combined with a $1 off coupon from an insert in my Sunday paper. Total savings: $2 (cost: $3.99 for 5lb box).


Bagged salad: These were on sale for 2/$5. I had a $2 off 2 bags coupon that I downloaded from coupons.com. Total savings: $2 off 2 (cost: $3 for 2 bags of salad).


Organic yogurt 6oz cups: I had a $.50 coupon from the Stonyfield web site that I downloaded. This combines with a $.50 payback from SavingStar that I loaded on to my store loyalty card. Total savings: $1 off 3 (cost: $1.97 for 3).

Organic baby meals: Again, I had a $.50 coupon from Stonyfield. I combined that with a Catalina from my grocery store (the coupons that print out with your receipt) for $.35 and a $.50 payback from SavingStar. Total savings: $1.35 (cost: $1.54 for the 4-pack).

Organic 32oz yogurt: $.50 coupon from Stonyfield and a $.50 Catalina. Total savings: $1 (cost: $2.99).

Organic diced tomatoes: I printed out two $.85 off coupons for any Muir Glen product (from coupons.com). My store doubles coupons, bringing each coupon's total value to $1.70. Total savings: $3.40 (cost: $.58 for two 14oz cans -- only $.29 each!).

Just on those products, I saved a whopping $10.75. These are all products that I regularly use (and, in the case of the yogurt, use a lot!) so I would be buying them anyway -- taking the time to find and use the coupons simply put money in my pocket!

So, there you have it. Not so running-related, but perhaps helpful. Just because you like to serve organic or fresh foods doesn't mean you can't coupon. Take a little time to try it out and it will pay off -- I promise you! Just give it a shot.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!

~ Felice 

11 comments:

Cindy said...

hmmm, i never thought about doing this...we eat "healthy" too so never really thought i could use coupons for fresh stuff too!

The Happy Runner said...

Cindy -- try it out! If you search around a bit you really can find coupons for healthy and fresh foods! Stonyfield has a great rewards program on their web site, too.

great idea months ago said...

Sometimes you can write your favorite companies or brands and they will send you coupons, as well. What a great post. I am going to keep looking through the paper!

Nicole said...

I use coupons any time I can find coupons that work. Most of the time it's just for household supplies or almond milk, but it's always fun when you score on fruit and veggie coupons!

Karien said...

Love a good bargain!

Running Moose said...

I'm glad I saw this post! I do the shopping for my family and I never thought to look at the company web sites for them! We love Stoneyfield farms, too. Just bought to big containers- vanilla and blueberry.

The Happy Runner said...

Company web sites are a GREAT place to get coupons! Good luck, Running Moose!

The Happy Runner said...

GIMA -- I've had luck writing to companies, too. I once had trouble finding info on my favorite mustard's site (plochman) and I submitted a question via feedback form. They answered AND sent me a full size jar of the mustard for my trouble! It was awesome! I'm a customer for life :-)

Retliza said...

My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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Anonymous said...

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good diet plan said...

Coupons, those wonderful little things that manage to add monetary value and great influence to our lives all wrapped up in one delicate piece of paper.

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