As I've been trying to get into couponing more and more these days (like a lot of people) I find it's hard to coupon and still eat healthy. Anyone else notice this?
I don't buy doritos, hot dogs, ice cream, Kraft salad dressings, bottled ice tea, bagged candy, diapers or detergent. We do buy things like whole grain breads, almond milk, fresh fruit and veggies, canned tomatoes, jarred bell peppers, canned coconut milk, beans, frozen veggie burgers and natural peanut butter. Have you ever seen a coupon for bananas? Don't think so.
While it ain't easy, it's not impossible to coupon healthily. When clipping coupons in your weekend newspaper keep an eye out for things like whole grain/plus pasta, tomato sauces, organic milk, frozen vegetables, hummus & yogurt. We eat all those things and while often they're not organic - they're at least a few steps away from being the most processed thing on your shelf. You'll have a choice once you've clipped that coupon to either get something like high sugar, lots of artificial flavorings & colors tub of strawberry kiwi go-gurt OR the same brands' plain no sugar added yogurt. It's still up to you.
Online is best. I find all my best healthy and organic coupons online. Redplum, Coupons.com, and Smartsource are the best places to start. Don't be distracted by coupons for skittles or coffee creamer (unless you're really into those things - no judgement; they're great in moderation if needed)! Other places to look for healthy coupons - brand sites. Earthbound Farms, Organic Valley, Morningstar, Horizon Organic Coupons, Mambo Sprouts & more. Other brands that aren't junk that sometimes offer good coupons: Al Fresco, Egglands, Dole, Muir Glen, Smuckers, Near East, Tetley, Silk & Heinz. You'll notice that some of these are organic. I'm fine with semi organic when grocery shopping w/coupons. Also don't discount places like Whole Foods just because you think they're always overpriced. Check out this week's deals (with printable coupon links attached). This week Honest Tea Organic Iced Teas is FREE!
There are a few methods to couponing I've noticed. You either drive around town going to tons of stores getting the best deals and/or you buy stuff you don't need just because it's on sale with a coupon and/or you just casually coupon when it's convienent for you. I'm pretty much in camp #3. I will buy Whole Foods products if on sale and I'm near one. The two closest ones are about 25 minutes away so I rarely shop there. My best 2 methods for organic sales, coupons and shopping are Trader Joes and our local Lowes Foods. They're both pretty close and both have a huge selection of organic products. Of course TJ's doesn't do coupons but that's fine with me. I find any couponing I can do is dollars saved - which is my goal.
Got any couponing healthy advice or tips?