Use these 12 easy, creative grocery shopping tips to buy food that's good for you without breaking the bank.
Download an Organic Grocery Rebate App
There are rebate platforms aplenty, but BerryCart (free, Android, iOS) is the only one dedicated to organic, gluten-free and non-GMO items from more than 100,000 stores including Kroger and Target. Recent deals: $4 cash back on a blend of organic superfood oils (avocado, chia seed, coconut); 50 cents back on a dozen non-GMO free-range eggs.
Be an Organic and All-Natural Product Tester
Want to sample new items on the cheap? Visit Abe's Market, which sells organic and natural products (no artificial additives, hydrogenated fats or preservatives). In exchange for your feedback, the Try for $2 program lets you order individual or travel-size products—and shipping is included. Past scores include $2 for two Kind bars—which ordinarily come in a 12-pack for $19, plus shipping.
Visit Health-Conscious Food Brand Sites
Global food giants—with their big marketing budgets—have long posted coupons on their sites. As those companies snatch up smaller organics (General Mills owns Annie's Homegrown; Kraft owns Boca Burgers), there has been an explosion in coupons for health-conscious lines. Danone-owned Stonyfield recently offered 14 online coupons, and spice maker Simply Organic posted 9. To find deals, sign up for e-mail and newsletters from manufacturers and follow them on Facebook and other social media.
Sign Up for Organic Grocery Coupons
Four times per year, Mambo Sprouts, a marketing company that specializes in healthy lifestyles, publishes direct-mail coupon books stuffed with exclusive deals. Some examples: $1 off any Rudi's Organic Bakery product; $1 off Nate's non-GMO meatless meatballs.
Bookmark Healthy Shopping Blogs
Searching for sales can put a real dent in your day. Thankfully, there are a handful of blogs that do the work for you. All Natural Savings organizes more than 80 coupons for healthy and organic foods by category (baby/kids, say, or baking). It also posts a weekly sweep of store circulars (Kroger, Target, Trader Joe's and others) and matches the best sales with manufacturer coupons, so you know which deals to stack. Sign up to get a daily message with deals and coupons.
Buy Healthy Foods in Bulk
Because you're not paying for packaging or distribution, organic bulk foods cost 89 percent less on average than their packaged counterparts. A standout source is Bulk Natural Foods. The site listed organic brown rice in bulk for 13 cents per ounce, while Safeway was selling packaged organic brown rice for 17 cents per ounce. Just know: Bulk retailers often sell only large quantities, and you save only if your haul doesn't go to waste. A solution: Split big purchases with friends.