A kind commenter on a post about Organic Food on a Budget over at the Huffington Post yesterday, mentioned me as a source for info about coupons for organic and natural foods. I'd hate to disappoint any HuffPo readers who happen to come my way so I decided to do a quick post on the topic!! Truth be told, this is not a topic I cover very often, but I am a die-hard coupon-clipper and I do write about it occasionally, either on the blog or over on my Facebook Page.
Here's my basic philosophy about coupons: Never buy something you wouldn't buy anyway. I saw a photo in the newspaper recently of a woman showing off her pantry full of food that she had purchased for pennies on the dollar by using coupons. She had a pantry full of junk food!! When I use coupons it is mostly for staples like organic dairy, natural cleaning products, fair trade coffee...and of course the occasional box of cookies. (Trust me, I'm not that healthy!!)
So without further ado...here's a round-up of my favorite sources for organic and natural coupons:
- Mambo Sprouts- Sign up to get free coupon books in the mail or go for the printables available on the site. I dig the high value coupons like $2 off Equal Exchange coffee or BOGO (buy one, get one free) on Back to Nature products.
- Co-op Advantage - The National Cooperative Growers Association puts out an excellent coupon book that comes out quarterly (I think). Find it in participating stores. I get mine in the mail but I couldn't find a place to request books online so you may need to ask about that at your local co-op. Coupons are good at participating locations only (meaning they're no good at your regular grocery store).
- EcoMetro Guide- This fabulous coupon book sells for $20 but it's loaded (and I mean loaded!) with valuable coupons that you can use throughout the year. It is also a great fundraising tool - I ran the fundraiser at my son's elementary school this year! Here in the Twin Cities, it goes by the name Blue Sky Guide but the book is also available in Portland, Seattle, Denver, East Bay - CA and the Silicon Valley/Santa Cruz area.
- HealthESavers- Printable coupons available online or by email subscription - I've used coupons for Organic Valley but they seem to be more focused on vitamins and supplements so I stopped my subscription.
- Whole Deal - If you shop at Whole foods you should definitely get on the Whole Deal email list to get the scoop on in-store deals. Or download the bi-monthly brochure - you'll find a bunch of good coupons in there!
- Vitamin Angels - I recently received a coupon book in the mail that is a collaboration between a group called Vitamin Angels, The Organic Center and the Organic Trade Association. Apparently it's available at many natural food retailers, including Whole Foods.
- Company websites - Many company websites offer printable coupons on-site. Some of the ones I peruse are Organic Valley, Stonyfield Farm and Seventh Generation. You may have to register first before you can get to the coupons.
- The Mix - If you live in the Twin Cities be sure to check out The Mix, a publication of Twin Cities Food Co-ops, for the latest on in-store specials + great articles about health and nutrition. Lots of great deals here!!!
Update: Some of my readers are chiming in with more great resources:
- Tiffany just gave me the scoop on another fabulous coupon resource called the Natural Food List. Sign up for the free coupon newsletter and be a fan of their Facebook page to learn about even more deals on natural and organic products!
- Janelle reminded me about EcoBunga - a guide to green giveaways and deals. Click on the Save Green tab to find deals on a variety of consumer products including body care, clothing, light bulbs, food, even a bicycle!
- Sprout Twin Cities wants to make sure everyone knows about their website full of great green deals around the Twin Cities. Join for free and then start clicking on deal after deal.
Where do you find coupons for natural and organic products? Please share!!