This article was written by Coupons.org contributing writer, Ella Davidson. www.Coupons.org strives to provide consumers with coupons and money-saving information; their work has appeared on financial news channel CNBC. Organic and green products have been known to be healthier, not just for you but also on the environment. The problem that most people encounter when buying these products, however, is the expense. Products that are organic or green in nature tend to be more expensive than their counterparts. Many people who decide to make the switch to organic and green products tend to experience sticker shock and often look for ways to save on their purchases so that they can continue to live a healthy, environment conscious life. While it is true that products are more expensive, there are several ways in which you can save money even when shopping for organic and green items.
Shopping Organic: Ways to Save Money
Now that you have made the decision to add more organic and green products to your household, you have to discover the various ways that you can save money on these items that tend to be pricy. Here are some surefire ways to save that will lessen the impact on your wallet while you help to lessen the impact on the environment.
- Coupons – there was a time when coupons for organic items were extremely difficult to find. If you did manage to find them, the savings were a pittance compared to what you can save on other manufactured items. However, manufacturers of organic and green products have seen the increasing need to offer coupons to consumers. The good news is that these coupons are easily found now and offer more savings today than they did originally. You can find these coupons online through manufacturers of the products or try checking out one of the many coupon websites for organic coupon deals.
- Buy in Bulk – While you may not be able to shop at the local bulk foods store for all of your organic products, there are health food stores that allow you to purchase in bulk to save money. Think of the last time you went into your health food store and saw loose grains for sale. Buying these grains not only helps you reduce your carbon footprint on the environment, but it also enables you to buy more for your dollar. Consider buying a few pounds at a time to help you get through a few weeks.
- Store Brand Foods – Yes, they do exist. Each health food store or market has its own brand of items that is equally as good – sometimes even better – than the marketed brand. The reason you pay more for marketed brands is because you are paying for the upscale packaging and marketing efforts that the manufacturers put out in an attempt to lure in buyers. With store brands, you do not have to pay for that markup because the store uses its shelves as its marketing tactics. Bottom line – store brands are just as good, just as organic and usually less costly.
- Shop Around – even with organic foods, you can comparison shop. Many Smartphones today have a handy app that lets you scan the bar code of an item in a store. These apps will then pull the information for the UPC code within a specified area range – say 10 miles. This is a great tool to have and use in a time when you are looking for the best price. Many people love to shop at Whole Foods, but they tend to be pricier than other natural health food stores. Do a simple online search to find stores in your area and check them out next time you are on a food run.
Eating organic foods is not only healthy, but it can be expensive too. To help you lessen the impact on your wallet, there are several money-saving tips that you can implement. After all, eating healthy shouldn't be a burden.