Three cheers for fall of the incredible companies that are beginning to offer coupons for organic, natural and whole foods!
Stonyfield, Seventh Generation, Muir Glen, Tom’s of Maine, Hain Celestial, Earthbound Farms… and all the rest who are becoming far too numerous to mention.In fact, the numbers are growing steadily and that is one of the things that has begun to make couponing a bit more feasible, for someone who eats primarily whole and organic foods.
Where to Find Coupons for Organics and Natural Products
In an effort to make things easier for you, I’m working to add more and more coupon resources to this site. Here are four ways that you can easily find the kind of coupons you’re looking for:
- Regularly check the conventional coupon sites. I’ve created a list of these sites for Americans and Canadians. Yes, 95% of the coupons will probably be for items you won’t by. Ignore those and print/select the 5% that you would use.
- Use the coupon database. This resource can be incredibly helpful when you’re trying to find coupons for something specific (eggs, flour, chicken, chocolate… . Simply search for what you want and you will see all of the currently available coupons for that item! I also occasionally just search “organic” to see if anything new pops up.
- Use our soon-to-be-available Natural and Organic Printable Coupon page (which should be ready by the end of the week- I’ll let you know), where we will have a list of all of the individual coupons/company websites that we know of. The page will be updated as often as possible, and if you know of a coupon we haven’t included, just let us know!
- Get free updates to Saving Naturally so that you can find out as soon as I post about new coupons that are available (a little bit of shameless self-promotion here). You can subscribe by RSS feed, by email (you’ll get a daily digest email containing off of the day’s posts), or even by Facebook, where I post every new post as well as the odd deal that I want you to know about, but don’t have time to post.
So glad you asked! This is one of the funnest parts of it all. My husband loves the money that I can save, but I’m not sure how much he necessarily appreciates the play-by-plays that I give him of my coupon shopping adventures!
Manufacturer’s coupons are best used when combined with other offers. For example:
- Store sales (like loss leaders, those amazing sales for just a couple of items that they put on the front page of the weekly flyer)
- Clearance or discounted merchandise
- Store coupons (different than manufacturer’s coupons, these are actually put out by the store that you are shopping at)
- Double coupons (some stores regularly double, others have certain days or special promotions when they double, and some put out store coupons that allow you to double the value of your coupons)
- Catalina deals (where you get a sort of store credit for cash, which can be applied to your next purchase, by buying particular items that are on a catalina promotion)
The basic idea is that when you combine an already existing store sale or deal of some sort together with a manufacturer’s coupon, suddenly the discounts begin to be very significant! If you do this every week (or however often you shop), focusing your attention on the best deals available and stocking up as much as you can, you can imagine how quickly your grocery budget will begin to thank you.
Every store is different in how they work. Where I live in Canada, there are zero stores that double coupons and no such thing as Catalinas. Instead, we can use coupons with store sales and store coupons, on discounted products, or at London Drugs (the only store I know of that does this) where we can stack manufacturer’s coupons together providing that each coupon has a unique UPC.
To get a feel for the ins and outs of the stores that you shop at, a good place to start would be the Store Deals at Money Saving Mom. She has regular store deals from basically every grocery store across the USA (seriously!), highlighting the current deals/sales happening at that store and how to match up the coupons that you have with those deals. You can learn what other shoppers do at specific stores and even find great deals that you can go and do yourself, a very helpful thing when you are just starting out.
Just an Overview
Obviously, this is a fairly simplified explanation of something that women have written entire books about! There are many more details and techniques to using coupons advantageously, and this is merely an overview.
One excellent resource that I am in the process of reviewing is Grocery University from Carrie of Springs Bargains. It is a VERY thorough course, including over 2 hours of audio teaching material and a 40 page student coursebook. Carrie is one of the best bargain shoppers I know, and I am already impressed by how she makes this system work for her, and how simply she is able to explain it to others.
I will do one more post on the use of coupons within an organic, real, whole foods diet, and then I will begin to share some of the other strategies that help me to save… shopping at multiple stores, knowing when to save and when to splurge, setting target prices, and more.