9 Tips to Going Green on a Budget

Posted on August 6th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

You might have heard the statement before that “it takes green to go green”.  When you’re trying to make the switch to be more eco-friendly, the last thing you want to do is spend more money doing it.  Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be expensive to start making choices that are easy on the environment.

Going Green

Shop Second Hand

Grow your Own Garden

Become Paper-Free
Switch to using cloth napkins, towels and rags instead of paper towels and napkins. Even if you don’t make the switch completely to paper free, every little bit helps!

Use Reusables when Possible

Instead of using ziploc bags when packing your lunch — try using reusable plastic containers or reusable fabric bags.  This rule also applies to drinks!  When possible use reusable glass or stainless steel cups in place of water bottles or throw away styrofoam cups.


Make your own Cleaning Supplies

By creating your own cleaning supplies you are not only cutting down on harsh chemicals, you are also cutting down on all of the extra bottles.


Use a Programmable Thermostat
Set your programmable thermostat to run less when you aren’t home or even during the night hours.  You would be surprised at how much this will reduce your energy consumption!  Also, open your windows as much as possible to cool your house down.  If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you can also make a difference by lowering the thermostat 2 degrees for heat and up 2 degrees for the air.  Your unit will be working less, but you likely won’t notice much difference in the air temperature.


Use Less Water
There are many ways to do this, such as installing a water conserving shower head or toilet.  If you cannot afford to replace your toilet, a quick fix is to place a brick in the tank, which raises the water level without adding more water.


Drive Less

Try to consolidate your errands so you’re running to town less, using less fuel.  When you’re able, try to walk or ride your bike.  You’ll be doing double duty — getting fit and using less fuel!


Forget the Dryer!

Use your clothesline or hang up your clothes to dry inside your home instead of using your dryer.

Thrifty Tip: Buy In Bulk

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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I have been a bulk shopper for a while now. However, most of my “bulk” shopping had meant buying oatmeal, rice, flax, and beans from the bulk bins at my local grocery store. That way, I was getting a better deal and controlling exactly how much I wanted to buy with each purchase. I also purchased larger containers/jars of organic coconut oil and honey online, where I could get better deals. Recently, though, our family took bulk buying to a whole new level.

Bulk section at grocery store: Herbs

I used to buy bulk herbs on occasion when I only needed a little bit or when I couldn’t find a jar of what I wanted. When I started buying organic spices, I bought large bags online or generic store brands. Then, once when one of my favorite generic organic brands was out of bay leaves (in a jar), I bought some from that store’s bulk spices section… and have never gone back. I can pay about $0.60 for what costs $3.99 in a jar! Can you believe that?! That’s crazy savings! I just use put the newly bought spices into my old glass jars. Buy your spices in bulk!


Co-ops have become more popular over the years. Although buying through a co-op doesn’t guarantee savings (know your price points!), you can score if you buy the right stuff. What I look for are items that we already eat with a long shelf life. Here are the categories of items that make it worth being part of a co-op.

Grains. The best deal I can get on organic rolled oats at our local grocery stores is $1.49 per pound. Once in a while, I can get them on sale. But, even then, I can’t get them for the price I can get them with the co-op. If I purchase 25lbs, I can get the oats for $0.90 per pound. Obviously, deals vary from one co-op to another, but you get the idea!

Beans. It’s the same idea with beans. We love black beans and decided to get a 25lb bag of organic black beans at $1.48/lb. That’s unheard of for organic black beans.

Potatoes. How about 20lbs of organic Russet potatoes for $8.00?! Yes, I know! You just can’t get those kinds of deals at your local grocery stores!

Where do you buy your bulk foods?

Thrifty Tip: Eating Organic On A Budget

Posted on January 7th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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Do any of your new year’s resolutions involve eating healthier and saving money? It can seem impossible to do both. But, if you’re serious about both of those resolutions, it’s possible. You can be thrifty and healthy! Here are a few tips to help you navigate the world of organic foods (which can be very expensive) on a budget.

1. Check out the frozen section.

You can get organic produce on sale–and should look for organic produce to be on sale seasonally. However, you can generally find better deals on organic fruit and vegetables in the frozen section than you can in the produce section. Then, on occasion, when frozen foods are on sale, you can get even better deals and stock up your freezer.

2. Look for local organic brands.

With the increasing demand for organic foods, local stores have started their own lines of organic foods and products. Kroger, HEB, Costco, Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s all have their own organic brands, which tend to carry more reasonable price tags. So check your favorite store for it’s own line of organic foods to save money at the register.

3. Buy in bulk.

We buy all our organic oatmeal in the bulk section. Two of our local stores often have bulk discounts. So we tend to stock up on oatmeal during those times. You can also get great deals buying bulk organic foods from warehouse stores, like Costco. We now buy our organic rice, coconut oil, bread, among much more, at Costco.

4. Buy online.

Comparison shop is the key to determining whether you should buy something online. I used to buy our coconut oil online until Costco started carrying their own brand of organic coconut oil. I also used to buy organic black beans in the bulk section of our local grocery store until I found a great deal on bulk organic black beans online. I’ve shopped for organic foods and products at Vitacost, iHerb, Azure Standard, and Amazon.

How do you save money eating organic?

Whole Foods Organic Deals

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy


If you shop organic and know the prices of organic apples, molasses and spices, among other things that might be on your grocery list, then you know when you see a good deal on organic foods. And as you peruse this week’s Whole Foods organic foods sales and deals, you will see that there are some very good deals on this week’s list. Your holiday meal can be both tasty and healthy (or, at least healthier) if you use wholesome, organic ingredients. And you don’t have to break the bank to do it. This week’s list of organic deals at Whole Foods proves it! Check it out!

Organic Fuji Apples $1.49/lb

100% Organic Grass-Fed Organic Grass Fed Beef Brisket $8.99/lb

Natures Path Organic Oatmeal Pouches $3.50

Annie’s Homegrown Organic Frozen Pizza $6.99

Suja Elements $3.50

Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Molasses $4.49

Amy’s Organic Soups 2.50
Use one $.75/1 Amy’s Coupon
Final Price: $1.75

Imagine Organic Soup $3.00
Use one $1/1 Imagine Whole Foods Coupon
And use one $1/1 Imagine Coupon
Final Price: $1.00

Spectrum Organic Shortening $5.39
Use one $2/1 Spectrum Coupon
And use one $2/1 Spectrum Whole Foods Coupon
Final Price: $1.39

Imagine Organic Broth $2.99
Use one $1/1 Imagine Whole Foods Coupon
And use one $1/1 Imagine Coupon
Final Price: $.99

Kettle Organic Potato Chips $2.99
Use one $1/2 Kettle Chips Coupon
Final Price: $2.49

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Sprouts Organic Deals

Posted on December 18th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy


It seems like we just celebrated Thanksgiving last week, doesn’t it? It’s already time to gear up for the big Christmas Eve/Christmas meals! I’m in a little bit of shock myself. In any case, it’s time to shop for Christmas meals! And there’s no rule that dictates that a holiday meal cannot be made with healthy, wholesome ingredients. And, if you shop right, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for those kinds of ingredients. You are sure to find quality organic produce at competitive prices at Sprouts. Check out Sprouts Christmas week sale.

◾Organic Braeburn or Gala Apples $.98/lb
◾Organic Valencia Oranges or Grapefruit $2.50 (4 lb bag)
◾Organic Hass Avocados $.98/each
◾Organic Green Curly Kale $1.50
◾Organic Table Carrots $2.98 (5 lb bag)
◾Organic Bosc Pears $2.50 (3 lb bag)

Sprouts Organic Eggs $3.99

Alden’s Organic Ice Cream $3.99

Sprouts Organic Frozen Vegetables $2.00

Wholly Wholesome Organic Pie Shells $3.50

R. W. Knudsen Organic Sparkling Beverages $2.50

Spice Hunter Organic Spices 50% Off
Use one $1/1 Spice Hunter Spices Coupon
Final Price: varies

Pacific Organic Soup or Broth $2.00
Use one $1/1 Pacific Foods Coupon
Final Price: $1.00

◾Coleman Organic Chicken Nuggets $4.99
◾Sprouts Organic English Muffins $2.29
◾Sambazon Organic Smoothie Packets $5.29
◾European Gourmet Organic Pudding Mix $1.67
◾Shady Maple Farms Organic Maple Syrup $9.99
◾Annie’s Homegrown Organic Granola Bars $3.99

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Whole Foods Organic Deals

Posted on November 13th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy


The cold weather has finally arrived to our hot, humid neck of the woods! This kind of weather seems to lure me to drink hot chocolate and eat chicken pot pie or any kind of pie, for that matter. It’s easy to forget about fresh fruit and veggies but actually so important in light of cold and flu season. So, as I remind myself that fresh good-for-you food is just as tasty as hot, cooked feel-good food, I’m headed out to buy some fresh fruit today .:) Join me and check out the deals on organic foods at Whole Foods this week.

◾Organic Fuji Apples $1.99/lb
◾Organic Raspberries $6.99
◾Organic Pomegranates $1.50/each

Martinelli’s Organic Sparkling Juices $3.00

Dr. Bronner’s Coconut Oil $8.99

Alter Eco Organic Truffles $4.99
Use one $1/1 Alter Eco Coupon
Final Price =$3.99

Imagine Foods Organic Free-Range Chicken Broth $2.50
Use one $1/1 Imagine Broth, Soup or Gravy Whole Foods Coupon
And use one $1/1 Imagine Coupon
Final Price =$.50

Spectrum Organic Shortening $5.99
Use one $2/1 Spectrum Naturals Whole Foods Coupon
And use one $2/1 Spectrum Naturals Coupon
Final Price =$1.99

Organic Valley Soy Creamer $2.39
Use one $.75/1 Organic Valley Whole Foods Coupon
Final Price =$1.64

Stonyfield Organic Greek or Chia Yogurt $1.99
Use one $1/2 Stonyfield Greek or Chia Yogurt Whole Foods Coupon (5.3 oz)
And use one $.50/2 Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt Coupon
Final Price =$1.24

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Sprouts Organic Deals

Posted on November 12th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy


It’s another week of great deals on organic produce at Sprouts. Check out all the deals on organic foods this week below.

◾Earthbound Farm Organic Salads $1.98
◾Organic Braeburn or Granny Smith Apples $.98/lb
◾Organic Cantaloupes or Honeydew Melon $.88/lb
◾Organic Cucumbers or Green Bell Peppers $.98/each
◾Organic Green or Black Seedless Grapes $2.98/lb
◾Organic Hass Avocados $.98/each
◾Organic Raspberries $2.98 (6 oz)

One Degree Organic Cereal B1G1 Free

Evolution Fresh Juice $2.99
-$.50/1 Evolution Fresh Coupon
Final Price =$2.49

Rising Moon Organic Pasta $2.99
-$1/1 Rising Moon Coupon
Final Price =$1.99

Annie’s Homegrown Organic Graham Crackers $2.99
-$1 Annie’s Ibotta Rebate
Final Price =$1.99

Pacific Foods Organic Broth $2.00

Cascadian Farm Organic Frozen Vegetables $2.00

Sprouts Organic Coffee $5.99 (12 oz)

Alden’s Organic Ice Cream $4.99

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Whole Foods Organic Deals

Posted on November 6th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy


At this time of the year, when apple pie, pumpkin treats, and all sorts of other goodies abound, you don’t have to resign yourself to not eating healthy. In the last few years, I have aimed to at least attempt to make healthier versions of our family’s favorite family holiday treats. One way to do that is by simply choosing healthier ingredients. Whenever it is possible, we opt to buy organic ingredients. And that’s not always easy or inexpensive to do. That’s why I comparison shop and keep on eye on sales on and coupons for organic foods and products. Check out Whole Foods organic deals this week.

Organic Braeburn Apples $1.99/lb
Use one $.25 cash back from BerryCart
And use one $.50 cash back from Shrink (use referral code: INICMO to get $1 bonus credit)
Final Price: $1.24/lb

◾Mary’s Organic Chicken Drummette $6.99/lb
◾Organic Valley Single Serve Milk $13.99 (12 pk)

Alexia Sweet Potato Fries $4.49
Use one $.75/1 Alexia Sweet Potato Whole Foods Coupon
And use one $1/2 Alexia Coupon in the 10/5 Smart Source Insert
Final Price: $3.24

Organic Valley Soy Creamer $2.39
Use one $.75/1 Organic Valley Whole Foods Coupon
Final Price: $1.64

Stonyfield Organic Greek or Chia Yogurt $1.99
Use one $1/2 Stonyfield Greek or Chia Yogurt Whole Foods Coupon (5.3 oz)
And use one $.50/2 Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt Coupon
Final Price: $1.24

Sambazon Organic Juice $2.99
Use one $1/1 Sambazon Organic Juice Whole Foods Coupon
And use one $1/1 Sambazon Juice or Smoothie
Final Price: $.99

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract $3.50
Use one $1.50/2 Simply Organic Spice Bottles or Vanilla Extract
And use one $1/1 Simply Organic Vanilla
Final Price: $1.75

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