If you’re the type that loves to use coupons when shopping, there’s probably one thing that you come across often — it’s next to impossible to find coupons for organic and healthy items! Browse through any newspaper or online coupon website and what you’re going to find are coupons for processed foods, soda and food that probably isn’t even real.
However, what many people don’t realize is that there are many legit ways to get coupons for organic goods; you just have to know how to find them! To help you save on your next organic shopping trip, here are some things you can do to save a few dollars.
General Coupon Websites Do Work
Yes, the general coupon websites will have coupons for organic items. However, most of the time, these coupons will be for newer items that just hit the shelves. This is a great way to try out new items and save a lot of money. For example, in the past week, I’ve been able to test out some new organic cereals, drinks and granola bars — all for next to nothing.
To find these coupons, consider the following websites:
Check the Brand
Are you a fan of a particular brand? If so, they will have a website, Facebook and Twitter page. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to like, follow and sign up for their email newsletter. To reward their loyal followers, most companies will issue coupons and special promotions. While you may not be able to get a coupon for a particular shopping trip, it’s a great way to save in the future. However, if you’re lucky, some companies will send out freebies to first-time customers.
Here are some of the popular organic brands that do this:
- Annie’s Homegrown
- Brown Cow
- Cascadian Farms
- Clif Bar
- Earthbound Organics
- Earth’s Best
- Imagine Foods
- Newman’s Own
- Simply Organic
TIP: To avoid a lot of spam, consider setting up a second email to collect all of your coupons. Sadly, some companies may sell your email, resulting in a lot of spam!
Check the Grocery Store
Organic stores, such as Whole Foods and others, are just like the brands, where they offer incentives, coupons and promotions when you sign up. Check with your local grocery store to see if there are any rewards that you can take advantage of.
Sign Up With Niche Websites
I won’t name names here, but the web is filled with hundreds of fantastic organic-focused blogs. To find these blogs, consider searching for something such as “organic food blogs” or “organic food deals blogs,” etc. This should bring up more than enough results to browse through.
The key here is to find a few blogs that offer daily updates. When you find one that you do like, consider signing up for their RSS feed, email newsletter or bookmark it. Make it a habit to check in every so often to see what kind of deals you can find. What you may find is that some popular blogs will get exclusive deals for their readers.
TIP: Aside from blogs, simply search for “organic coupons” and narrow your results down to the past week. This will showcase the freshest coupons for the week throughout the web.
Eating organic doesn’t have to be expensive! As long as you take your time to research the coupons before you set out and shop, there’s no reason you can’t save. If you have any ideas that you’d love to add to this list, I’d love to see them!
Stephanie Lynch is from www.howmuchisit.org — a massive collection of cost helping guides. If you ever need to know what something costs, keep her website in mind. Feel free to reach out to her on Twitter @howmuchforit.