- January, 21 2015
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“Coupons are for junk food!”
Yes, a lot of them are, but certainly not all. There are coupons for healthy food, organics, whole grain and more. Even more importantly, there are more ways to save on organic and healthy food than just coupons.
In this week’s shopping cart, I got $219 worth of groceries for $98. Most of it is healthy food and some organic. Here’s how you can save like I do on healthy meals for your family:
- Invest – When you find a sale on healthy food you like, stock up. I got organic Mac & Cheese because my granddaughter was visiting me. Rather than buy one box, and since the shelf life is long, I bought three on sale, for future visits. You can even invest in perishables when they’re on sale. Check the date on the package and invest in how much you will consume before that date.
- Use coupons with sales – A coupon alone doesn’t always save the most money, because another brand on sale without a coupon may be less. Coupons last an average of 9.5 weeks by expiration date. Often sales hit during those times, so hold on to a coupon for the right time and maximum savings. All of the best coupons can be found through Teri’s Coupon Center.
- Shop Store brand – When name brands are on sale, and especially if you have a coupon to go with the sale, they can cost less than store brands. However… On this trip, none of the organic soy milk was on sale, and I needed it for my granddaughter, so I opted for the store brand, because it was the best price.
- Opt for “natural” – Organic will always be pricier than conventional food. Organic chickens are pricier, even when on sale. I stock up (invest) on “natural” chicken without hormones when they’re on sale, so I put 4 whole chickens and a value pack of chicken thighs in my cart. These will go into my freezer (see #1, “invest”) for future meals. My freezer is full of all kinds of meat at 50-67% savings. Note: There are no USDA standards for the term “natural”, so do your research. Visit the manfuacturer or food producer’s website or read ingredients labels to hone in on what “natural” means to them. Sometimes you’ll find it’s a bogus term with all kinds of hideous ingredients, but other times, it might pass your personal standards for your family and could save money without compromise.
- Buy and invest in fruits and veggies on sale – I didn’t need the blackberries, but they were on sale, so we enjoyed making homemade soy ice cream that same night. I could have invested (bought more) and froze them for later, and in hindsight, wish I had. You can also invest in fresh vegetables. I bought 7 pounds of fresh yellow and zucchini squash on sale for 99 cents. That was certainly more than we ate at dinner last night. We will eat squash another time this week, and when we do, I will cook it all and freeze the rest to add to my World Renowned Chicken Tortilla Soup. Frozen fruit when on sale at half price can be a good investment to add to smoothies, baking, toppings for oatmeal, and more. Frozen veggies are fine in casseroles, quiches, omelets, soups and sauces. Invest in frozen fruit and veggie sales so you’ll have money saving options to augment your family’s meals when fresh produce is pricey or not on sale.
When feeding your family healthy meals, these five easy principals can cut your grocery bill by half or more.
As CEO of www.TheGroceryGame.com, Teri Gault is the foremost expert in grocery savings, supermarket trends, and lifestyle. Over the past decade, Teri has been featured and contributed to media and publications, such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, Inside Edition, Time, Redbook, Wall Street Journal, and countless more national and local channels. Teri has authored two books, “Shop Smart, Save More”, written with Sheryl Berk and published by Harper Collins. “The Grace of Saving”, Teri’s latest book, is the inspiring story of America’s smartest shopper, and her rise from an everyday mom, to one of the country’s leading savings experts.
Average savings = $523 a month / over $6,000 a year
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