How to save green while eating green!
Let's face it...living a healthy lifestyle can put a dent in the bank account. Manufacturers know that those who want to eat organic, pasture raised, grass fed, Non-GMO stuff and use non-toxic, chemical free, fragrance free skin care products will pay the price for it. It also costs them more to produce this good stuff for us! I am a super frugal person and have figured out some ways to save some gluten free dough <--- ha ha see what I did there :) Seriously, take a look at my money saving tips below and if it seems overwhelming, use one resource at a time!
Here are a couple online and brick & mortar stores that can save you some money:
Amazon - What can't you get on Amazon?! Most of the time, Amazon has better pricing than stores or other websites. If you order frequently from Amazon, I suggest getting Amazon Prime. It is $99 per year, but there are so manybenefits with your Prime membership: free two day delivery (sometimes even same day) on most items, stream music, discounts on video games, free kindle books, movies and TV shows, photo storage, discounts on diapers and items off a baby registry and more. Then if you set up Subscribe & Save on items you buy most frequently, you'll save 5-15% more. I'm not gonna lie...I have the amazon app and I do a lot of my shopping on Amazon. Some of my regular purchases are my fave protein bar, what I use for sweetener, and my go to whole foods vitamins.
Costco - Costco is starting to sell a lot of awesome items finally! Healthy items I've seen at my local Costco are pasture-raised eggs and chicken breasts, organic frozen fruit and fresh produce, organic unsweetened vanilla almond milk, organic coconut water...just to name a few. The prices can't be beat...the eggs come in cases of 18 and they run about $6.99 and the organic almond milk comes in a case with 6 boxes of milk and is less than $8. The items available vary from Costco to Costco, but it's worth checking out.
Grove Collaborative - Grove.co is an online company that has non-toxic household items, personal care, skin care, feminine products, cleaning products. They're a Certified B Corp which means that they "meet the world’s most rigorous standard for businesses supporting social, environmental and community wellbeing". You can set a monthly shipment, so I just have my feminine care products sent to me monthly. That way, I know I'll have non-toxic products available when I need them. I'm part of the VIP program which is only $19.99/year. Included in VIP is free shipping and free full size gifts 5 times a year. I forget what my first gift was, but they just sent me a glass spray bottle for free. Check out Grove.co here.
ButcherBox - I'm new to ButcherBox and I'm absolutely loving it! With a ButcherBox subscription, you get meat! :) You pick the type of meat you get...beef, chicken or pork and if you want a mixture of beef and chicken, beef and pork, all of the above, etc. It's $129 per box, but all the meat is pasture raised, grass fed/grass finished, no hormone, no antibiotic and delivered directly to your door! It's a really good amount of meat in each box too! In my first box, we received multiple types of steaks, ground beef, bacon, pork chops and pork loin. You can also choose how often you want your box delivered to you.
Then there are phone apps that you can earn money back from:
Apps with fewest returns on healthy items are Checkout 51 and Ibotta. Although Ibotta can be used for rebates on retail and sites like Groupon too. Both deposit money to PayPal, Venmo, or a gift card once you reach $20.
The only app I've seen and used with rebates on healthy items is BerryCart.
I also use Receipt Hog. In this app, you take snap shots of any receipt and get points. Once you get to a certain amount of points, you get cash!
Websites with coupons on healthy items:
My favorite website to use to look up coupons on healthy items is www.allnaturalsavings.com. They show you store coupons matched with sales, then give you links to print coupons. It's an awesome resource!
Finally, there's meal planning! Meal planning saves so much time and money! Read more about it on my post. I use RealPlans as my meal planning service. It's super cheap, you can customize it to your specific dietaryneeds or likes. They'll send you weekly meal plans for all meals with recipes and shopping list. Then download their app and take it to the store with you!
Let me know if you use any of these and what you think! Healthy doesn't have to break the bank, and remember that the more people who buy healthy items will make them cheaper!
Peace, love and wellbeing -