1. Join manufacturer loyalty programs.
Sign up and use these programs to save!
- Annie’s Homegrown
- Apple & Eve
- Back to Nature
- Cascadian Farm
- Celestial Teas
- Clif Bar
- Earth Balance
- Earth’s Best
- Earthbound Farm
- Enjoy Life Foods
- Happy Family
- Honest Tea
- Laura’s Lean Beef
- Morningstar Farms
- Organic Valley
- Plum Organics
- Seventh Generation
2. Prioritize your organic food purchases, keeping in mind “the dirty dozen.”
If you can’t afford to purchase everything organic, choose the products that matter the most!
These 12 fruits and vegetables, aka “the dirty dozen,” tend to have the highest levels of pesticide residue, so try to buy these organic if you can.
- Bell peppers
- Cherry Tomatores
- Snap Peas
3. Print free organic-product coupons online.
Find hundreds of free, printable coupons right on The Krazy Coupon Lady where you can search by brand or product. For more organic coupons, you should also try Common Kindness and Mambo Sprouts, then use your free coupons on top of sale prices for additional savings.
When there’s a hot offer on organics, you’ll find it in KCL Deals — so check back often!
4. Buy the organic store brand.
These days, you don’t have to shop at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or your natural food grocer to find organic products. Most big-box grocers and national chains have their own organic lines and are required to follow the same USDA organic certification guidelines that name brands must follow.
Look out for these store brand organic products the next time you go shopping:
- Albertsons – Wild Harvest
- Aldi – Simply Nature
- Costco – Kirkland Signature (look for the organic label)
- CVS – Promise Organic
- Earth Fare – Earth Fare Organic
- Food Lion – Nature’s Place
- Giant and Stop & Shop – Nature’s Promise Organic and Nature’s Promise Freeform
- Harris Teeter – Harris Teeter Organics
- HEB – HEB Organics
- Kroger – Simple Truth Organic
- Meijer – True Goodness
- Publix – Greenwise
- Safeway – O Organics
- Target – Simply Balanced
- Trader Joe’s – Trader Joe’s Brand (look for the organic label)
- Walmart – Great Value Organic
- Wegmans – Wegmans Organic
- Whole Foods – 365 Everyday Value
5. Shop the bulk bins.
Nearly all grocery stores have bulk-food bins where you can find organic grains, nuts, spices, and even flours. Most of the time, bulk foods are much cheaper than packaged items found on shelves within the store, but that’s not always the case. Be sure to compare price per ounce or pound before making any bulk-food purchases.
Be a bulk-buying pro and read 14 Bulk-Buying Tips You Should Know.
6. Shop at local farmers markets.
7. Pick your own produce.
Farmers across the country — including some organic farmers — give visitors the chance to pick their own fruit, vegetables, and flowers for a fixed price per pound that’s often quite a bit lower than the store price. Last season I bought a pound of blueberries at a local farm for only $2!
Find a U-pick farm near you here.
8. Use rebate apps on top of store sales and coupons.
BerryCart, Ibotta, Checkout 51, and SavingsStar consistently offer “any brand” rebates for produce, milk, eggs, and bread — usually weekly. Best part? You can use more than one app’s offer to save on the same purchase. Just submit a photo of your receipt into whatever apps have produce offers.
9. Look for manufacturer coupons in-store.
Look out for manufacturer coupons in store aisles, on product packages, and taped to displays. Also check on the boxes of the products you’re purchasing for coupons as well as inside the packaging when you get home.
10. Download store apps for digital coupons.
Many stores now have apps with digital store and manufacturer coupons available. They’re free and super easy to use since there’s no clipping involved.
11. Check for monthly store coupon booklets.
Most stores — including Whole Foods — have coupons for organic products available online every day. You’ll also find additional savings in monthly store flyers located near the entrance in-store. If you can’t find your store’s flyer or coupon booklet, head to customer service and ask.
Don’t forget to stack any store coupons you find with manufacturer coupons for bigger savings!
12. Opt for frozen veggies and fruit.
Opt for frozen organic veggies, fruits, and meats if the fresh prices are out of your budget. Frozen products give you the same health benefits at a fraction of the “fresh” price!
13. Don’t buy prepared produce.
Don’t buy pre-washed/pre-cut/prepared food unless you have a coupon. They’re way overpriced.
14. Purchase products online when there’s a sale.
Before purchasing your favorite products in-store, check if there are any sales online. For instance, right now (4/12/17) CVS is offering 30% off store brand products online — including items from their organic beauty line, Promise Organic. Many stores like Walmart and Target even offer same-day pickup for online orders so you don’t have to pay for shipping.
15. Buy organic clearance meat and freeze for later.
You can freeze meat anywhere from 1-12 months.
16. Buy a cow share on Craigslist for cheap, organic beef.
Look for farmers locally who will butcher the cow for free, then just pick it up and buy a bigger freezer! The best rates in my area right now range from $5.00-$6.50/lb for 100% grass-fed beef.
17. Only buy what’s in season.
Fruits and vegetables bought in season can cost half the price of out-of-season produce. Purchase while it’s cheap, and freeze for later use!
Learn how to freeze food properly in The Ultimate How-to-Freeze Guide.
18. Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
When you join a CSA program, you get a share of a farmer’s crop by the week, month, or season. For about $25 a week, you’ll get a box full of local, in-season fruits and vegetables, and sometimes even milk and eggs that are locally grown and organic. Not only will this save you money, but you’ll have the opportunity to cook with a variety of new produce every week.
Find a CSA program near you here.
19. Grow your own produce from scraps.
Did you know you can regrow vegetables from scraps? It’s true, and pretty simple to do especially with potatoes, carrots, garlic, ginger, and celery. Check it out: 7 Vegetables You Should Never Pay For.
20. Weigh all bagged produce.
Sometimes that 3-lb bag of apples isn’t a full 3 lbs. To be sure you’re getting your money’s worth, weigh any bagged produce you’re about to buy.
21. Look for savings in health-focused magazines.
You may be able to find manufacturer coupons in these magazines from time to time. For instance, my local Whole Foods has a section at the front of the store with free health magazines, and I’ve often found organic offers inside a few.