Organic deals of the week
When I got home last night from grocery shopping, it was just after 11 p.m., and I was giddy, even though I was exhausted: I was walking on air from being under-budget (to make up for last week’s going over-budget) and getting some great stuff… even purchasing some “extra” groceries that I know will last longer than seven days, helping keep next week’s expenditures down, or to make room for a more expensive budget-eating item (like the 3 lb bags of raw almonds that I love from Costco at $9.99 a pop). It truly makes me feel great when my persistence and conviction to feed my family well on a budget pays off.
Again, everything I purchased this week was “clean” — no preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors, no polysyllabic additives that are supposedly edible*. But, like I blogged last week, my goal is to buy as many organic products as possible while staying within my family’s budget of about $25 per week per person.
It’s my plan to regularly blog about organic deals both to encourage ANYONE that it is possible — with some planning and searching — to eat organically, inexpensively, and to give anyone in the Phoenix area a “heads up” about these local deals.
Although I went to five stores last night in my marathon weekly shopping trip, all of my organic deals came from Sprouts, a local natural foods/farmer’s market chain. It has locations in California, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas. Most grocery stores’ weekly sales start on Wednesday and end on Tuesday of the next week. Sprouts, however, has “double ad Wednesdays” where the sales of both the previous and the current week are valid. So, double the number of things are on sale if you shop on Wednesdays. TOTALLY worth it. So many times, I’ve purchased a sale item on one Wednesday, and purchased it again the following Wednesday.
Here are my fave cheap organic purchases from this week’s trip:
- $1.00 for a 12 ounce container of Pacific Natural Foods’ organic condensed cream of mushroom soup — gluten free, but not dairy-free. Regularly $2.99 for each container, it was on sale for $2 at Sprouts. And I had downloaded a coupon from Pacific’s website for this soup. Sale + coupon = item at 1/3 the normal cost. It’s been so long since I’ve purchased Campbell’s cream soup, so I don’t even know the normal price in a local grocery store, but I have to think that it’s at least a dollar, if not more. Lemme check… I’m sure few would buy Campbell’s online, but looking online, it’s at least $1.50 – $2.00 per can, and that’s for a 10.5 ounce can. Frugal shoppers would buy locally, on sale, with a coupon. Still, I think this amounts to organic for the same price — or cheaper — than conventional.
- $2.99 for a 3 lb bag of Bosc pears from Sprouts. These pears are from Domex Superfresh Growers, which (the best I can tell) is an independent coop of small, family farms in Washington state. Honestly, Sprouts had conventional pears at $0.77 per pound, so I could have purchased my pears more cheaply… but other local grocery stores had pears for $0.99 – $1.29 a pound or more. So, this is roughly organic for the same price as conventional.
- Would you buy yogurt for 37.5¢ per 6 oz cup? That’s way cheaper than Yoplait. Even on sale, Yoplait is rarely less expensive than 50¢ per 6 oz cup. So, why not buy 32 oz tubs of organic yogurt for LESS?? I paid $2 for a tub of lowfat vanilla yogurt by Wallaby Organic Yogurt at Sprouts, which works out to 6.25¢ per ounce. Wallaby is an independent co-op of eight family farms located in Northern California. Depending on your family’s needs, tubs of yogurt might be less convenient, but for us, tubs work better. Those who can eat dairy typically mix a big spoonful or two of yogurt with dry cereal and some fruit (most often frozen blueberries), and a 32 oz tub lasts all week. It’s one of my favorite late-night snack/desserts, too… I spoon frozen blueberries into the bottom of a bowl, top it with yogurt — my favorite is actually plain, full-fat yogurt — drizzle with honey, sprinkle with granola if we have any… Yum! This deal is organic that is cheaper than conventional.
- My last deal of the week is organic celery on sale for $0.99 per bunch by Earthbound Farm, found at Sprouts. Once you’ve eaten organic celery, you will NEVER eat its bitter conventional equivalent. Earthbound Farm is an independent co-op of about 150 farmers, mostly in central California. This deal is organic for the same price — or cheaper — than conventional.
*Again this week, my least “clean” purchase was conventional cereal, two boxes of Post Honey Bunches of Oats with Strawberries. I purchased these (my son Ethan’s favorite cereal) for my older two gluten-eating sons at $1.88/box from Bashas’. The cereal is naturally colored and flavored, but BHT is added to the packaging as a preservative.