This is the second part of my How to Eat Healthy on a Budget posts. You may want to read How to Eat Healthy on a Budget part 1 before you get started. Today we will be discussing the different places you can get great deals on healthy foods.
The first place is ethnic grocery stores. This is a great place to get deals on fresh produce and herbs. You’ll find low prices on things like mangoes, papaya, chilies, and spinach. You might also find deals on condiments and sauces. They might have a bigger size of a product for cheaper then the small size at the supermarket. Just go and browse around, you never know what you might find.
Another place is health food stores. They may seem more expensive but you need to know how to shop there. Check the flyers for what is on sale and compare the prices to your local supermarket. Go to their websites and look for any coupons or promotions they might be offering. I know that Whole Foods and Earth Fare offer coupons on a variety of organic products on their websites.
Everyone knows that if you buy in bulk, you pay less per item. I came across a site called Thrive Market. Think Costco meets Whole Foods. They offer natural and organic products at 20-50% off retail prices. There is a membership fee of $60 (less then $5 per month) per year, just like at Costco. But you shop online so you don’t even have to leave your home. They offer foods, vitamins, beauty, cleaning supplies and baby products. They have brands like: Weleda’s, Earth’s Best, Annie’s Homegrown, Seventh Generation, Eden Foods, Bob’s Red Mill, and so much more! What I love is that the company itself is very eco-friendly. All of their boxes are made from recyclable materials and can be recycled themselves and they are a carbon neutral company. Plus, for every paid membership, they offer a membership to a low-income American family so that they can save on healthy products too!
The last and most popular place is the farmers market. You can get so many great deals. Here is a great site to find one near you: http://www.localharvest.org/. The following are tips you might want to use to get the lowest price:
- Go to the market an hour before it closes. This is the time when vendors will be more willing to lower their prices so they don’t have to carry all the unsold goods back to the farm.
- Go in bad weather. You won’t have to deal with the crowds and vendors will have better prices so the produce will be sold. They might even throw in some freebies.
- Buy in bulk. Get together with friends or neighbors and buy in bulk. A vendor will be more likely to give you a discount if you buy by the case.
- Get to know the vendors. If you buy from the same vendor they will most likely give you discounts on your purchases. It helps to be friendly 🙂
- Stop by the information booth. There you can ask where the best deals are. If there are any kind of offers going on and see if they have any coupons.
- Ask the vendor what they have an abundance of. They will be more willing to get rid of all the extra produce at a cheaper price.
- See if they are willing to barter. If you make homemade bread a vendor might barter for some produce. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
If you have any more tips please let us know what has worked for you in the comments below. Next time I’ll give you some tips on where to find coupons for healthy and organic foods (yes, they do exist).