Guest post from Ruth
One thing that I typically hear a lot is, “You can’t find coupons for produce.” The ironic thing is, the majority of the coupons that I use are for fresh produce and other perishable items.
My children and I eat a minimally processed, gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian diet (my husband is also vegetarian, but not dairy or gluten free). We also try to use mostly natural or organic type cleaners and body products. As you can imagine, that can require some creativity to keep the costs down!
I started couponing and I quickly narrowed down the sources which produced the best coupons for me. The weekly newspaper coupons, not surprisingly, didn’t help me much in my goal to save money. I knew that if I was going to save money, I had to try other ways.
Now I have a routine for which coupons I use and it’s become a lot of fun to take advantage of all the coupons for healthy foods that I never even knew about or used before!
Mperks Digital Coupons
We are blessed to live in an area with a Meijer store and I chose to sign up with their digital coupon program — Mperks. Each week, I scroll through and select which coupons or rewards I want to do for that week and then print a list and take it to the store. The savings are deducted off my total after I put in my information at check out.
The great thing about Mperks is that every week, there are a lot of great store coupons for produce!
One of the best things is when we have a store produce coupon for an item that is already on sale with one of Meijer’s 10 for 10 and 11th item free sales. This has scored me some tremendously cheap produce, like a 4 pack of baby cucumbers for 50 cents and a bag of onions for 75 cents.
Also, Mperks offers rewards. One of my most recent ones was an $8 off coupon for a future purchase when I purchased $50 of produce. That was a pretty sweet deal and helped to reduce the cost of some of our organic produce!
Driscoll Advisory Panel
I’ve joined Driscoll’s advisory panel and have been filling out surveys for each package of berries I buy. They start by giving you a 50 cent coupon for each survey, then after 5 surveys, they bump that value up to 75 cents.
After 16 surveys you get a $1 off Driscoll’s coupon for each survey. My store has great prices on fresh raspberries fairly often, so with the addition of those coupons, we’ve been able to enjoy lots of fresh berries.
Earthbound Organic Farm
I’ve also been getting Earthbound Organic Farm coupons. If you sign up for their email list, they will send you their promotional offers. I find that on average, I get a new coupon from them around once a week.
In addition, I regularly find coupons for other perishable items that our family uses such as non-dairy butter or organic unsweetened soymilk. I will print these out or clip them digitally ahead of time along with my coupons for fresh produce and plan my shopping trips out to maximize my savings.
Having the type of diet that we have has certainly made couponing more challenging, but I’ve been pleased to find that there are lots of offers for the products that we buy–if we take the time to look for them.
What are your best resources for whole foods coupons?
Ruth is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom to 3 kids. In her spare time, she teaches classes on vegetarian nutrition.
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