You CAN Save Money on Whole Foods! {31 Days of Real Food Reality ~ Day 25}

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When we were first changing over from processed foods and white flour/white sugar products, I was so discouraged at first when I saw the costs of healthier foods.  I used to have so much fun shopping with coupons and finding good deals at the store.  Now, it seemed, I would need to throw all my coupons away and maybe stop wearing shoes or paying the heat bill so that we could afford groceries.  Healthy food seemed to cost twice or three times as much as I was used to paying!

A few tears and several months of research later, I found that while yes, some foods were just going to cost us more money (since they contained real food ingredients instead of cheap high fructose corn syrup and the like) - there were many ways to keep our food budget reasonable.  God knew my desires and blessed us with resources.  He always provides – no matter where you live and what your circumstances.

My coupon clipping hobby has been replaced by a new healthier, money saving hobby:  Figuring out recipes for healthy meals and snacks that can be made at low cost.  Seeking local sources of food that are reasonably priced, nourishing, and support our hard working neighbors and farmers.  Finding deals online that are delivered right to my door – saving me gas money, time, effort, and energy.   I also had to recognize that the extra I am spending in food is money I’m often saving on health care costs – even if I don’t see the difference right away.

Want to learn to make real food meals and snacks that are low in cost?  My website is full of them.  Want to find local sources of food that fit your budget?  Keep your ears open, ask questions of those around you, and check out LocalHarvest.org to see what is available in your area.  Want to find some online deals so healthy foods can be delivered to your door?  I’ll continue to share them in blog posts as I find them (often!).

What’s fun is that online stores offer sales and sometimes even coupons too!  Free shipping is my friend, so I’ve learned ways to make this happen for online grocery purchases.  You really can’t beat the ease of having healthy food delivered (for free!) to your door.

Here are some great online resources and deals to check out:

Amazon Groceries

Did you know you can buy all kinds of groceries at Amazon?  I am always amazed at the sales Amazon offers.  If you have Amazon Prime, shipping is free on most products.  If you choose five subscribe and save items in one month’s time, you get an additional 20% off those items.  AND, Amazon offers many grocery coupons you can clip to add to the wonderful discounts you’re already getting.  I have so much fun shopping Amazon groceries!  (Some Amazon grocery coupons are for not-so-healthy foods, so if you see those, run far, far away.)

In addition, I use Swagbucks, which I redeem for Amazon gift cards.  This means I can take advantage of all the great deals I find at Amazon, plus use a gift card to get the food for free or partially free!  Learn more about Swagbucks here.

Vitacost

Vitacost runs great sales, so I’ve learned to check their site frequently and stock up depending on the sale prices.  If you’re a brand new customer with Vitacost, if you sign up through this referral link, you’ll receive an automatic $10 of credit to spend on your first $30 order.  If you buy at least $25 worth of Vitacost brand products, you’ll receive free shipping.  Or, if you don’t want any Vitacost brand items, you’ll receive free shipping once you hit $49.

Here’s a sample of how to get the most out of your Vitacost free credit:

  1. Sign up through this referral link to receive a $10 coupon code through your email.
  2. Choose $30 worth of Vitacost brand items, such as…
    Organic Slivered Almonds  $4.75
    Organic Cacao Powder  $12.89
    Organic Thompson Raisins  $3.99
    Organic Dried Apricots  $5.49
    Organic Shredded Coconut  $2.49
    Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds $6.19  (such a delicious treat!)
  3. This totals $35.80 of Vitacost Brand Products. Use your referral code to receive $10 off your order.  Because you still have $25 worth of Vitacost products in your cart, shipping will be free for all of those great groceries!

Once you are a customer with Vitacost, you can then refer your friends through your blog, email, facebook or twitter, and receive $10 of credit for each new customer who makes a purchase through your link!  This is a wonderful way to earn some extra healthy grocery cash!

Vitacost also carries many gluten free items.

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iHerb

Have you ever shopped at iHerb?  If so, you know how many great products they carry.  If you’re a brand new customer, that means you get $10 off your first order of $40!

Here’s a sample $40 order that you can get for just $30 (with free shipping!):

Grand total for this cart full of real food is $40.15.  If you are a new customer, you can use my referral code: BID487 to receive $10 off your $40+ order.  That means you get all that food I mentioned – or whatever you choose to put into your cart, for just a little over $30!  Shipping is free on any order over $20.

Doesn’t that list look like fun?  Think of all you can make!  iHerb also carries a lot of gluten free products.

Tropical Traditions

The quality of Tropical Traditions food (and health and beauty) products is incredible.  They offer free shipping every few weeks.  This, coupled with their buy-one-get-one-free deals is wonderful.  I just posted about a great coconut oil deal with free shipping.  Did you take advantage of that yet?

tropical traditions coconut oil

Don’t be discouraged as you learn new ways of purchasing food.  Instead, look at it as an adventure!  Have fun finding new sources for real food products.  I’ll do my best to continue to make it easy for you!

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Comments

  1. Jen says

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

    Another great website for finding local pastured and grass fed meats, dairy and eggs is eatwild.com. There is a link to “Shop for Local Grassfed Meat, Eggs & Dairy” in the upper left corner, which takes you to a map where you can click on your state. Then you see a long list of all the wonderful small, local farms in your state that sell real food.

    I love Tropical Traditions free shipping days. I stock up on Bionaturae tomato products (haven’t been successful with tomatoes in the garden yet), and several other items.

    I haven’t checked out iHerb yet, but I definitely will soon.

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  2. Karen says

    A hundred years ago, our American ancestors were spending 25% of their income on food. The typical American today spends 10% of their income on food due to our country’s “efficiency” in producing it. With that efficiency comes unhealthful ways of producing “food”. When I first started my healthful eating journey, it was hard to suck up the extra dollars I was spending on the new eating style, but I have learned so much about why we should. Our ancestors probably didn’t have a ton of choices about what they spent to eat, but we do, and we CAN shift our spending to more healthful eating. Once I read that statistic, I gave myself permission to stop eating garbage produced “efficiently” and sold cheap. Okay, off my soapbox now… :)

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  3. julie says

    Thank you for this post! I live an hour from town and love free shipping! I’ve been shopping at all the places you mentioned except iherb.com. I’ve never heard of them before and excited to try them since I am out of rapunzel sugar and haven’t been able to find any at a good price. Thanks for all you do!

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  4. Sheila H. says

    These are all great shopping ideas that you mentioned for whole food. I use each one of these. Another way to save money is that since you are eating real foods that are balanced in fat and nutrients (hopefully) that you won’t need to snack. No blood sugar crash after just one hour and lots of water each hour makes a difference too but you already mentioned that one too.

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