It used to be that organics were only available at your local specialty health food store. Then, stores like Whole Foods and Wild Oats made organics more accessible in bigger cities across the US. Today, organics are widely available at a host of local stores. As the availability of organics has expanded, so have the opportunities to get organic at a discount.
Major retailers like Target, WalMart, and CostCo have started carrying organics as a matter of course, and can all be great options for shoppers on a budget who still want to go organic. Whole Foods, in spite of its “Whole Paycheck” reputation for being pricy, can also have a lot of great deals on organics, especially seasonal produce specials and organic products for sale under its house brand. And in many instances, it isn’t as expensive as you think. If you live near a Trader Joe’s, you can find organics for prices that rival conventional items even at bargain stores, especially if you keep an eye on the discounted products in their weekly fliers.
Another great way to be a savvy organic shopper, is to hunt for coupons. Major brands like YoBaby, Stonyfield Farms, or Organic Valley frequently offer coupons through their sites; stores like Target or Fresh Direct that are growing their organic presence may offer organic promotions; and new sites like EcoBonus are popping up with incentives and discounts for organic shoppers.
My favorite place to save on organic foods is still my local farmer’s market where we often (but not always) find prices lower than grocery stores and quality that’s unbeatable. But with two hungry kids, our family also turns to major retailers. Armed with a little knowledge and a few printable coupons, there are lots of ways to buy organic and save some green.
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