20 Apps & Websites For Saving Money on Organic Food


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As I have stated before, our family doesn’t buy 100% organic foods. However, we do buy some organic products, especially fresh fruits and veggies that we find taste better when grown organically.

20 Apps & Websites For Saving Money On Organic Food

That said, it doesn’t mean that I am not always on the look out for ways to save even more money on organic foods we do purchase so that I can stretch our grocery money further. More recently I have found that apps and websites are popping up all over the place that can lower the cost of organic food purchases.

20 Apps & Websites For Saving Money On Organic Food


1. BerryCart

BerryCart is an App that specializes in cashback deals for Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, and natural foods. Cash out starts at $5 for a Starbucks eGift card or $6 for a Paypal deposit, so it doesn’t take too long to earn a reward.

2. Checkout 51

The veggie and fruit offers within Checkout 51 can apply to organic produce purchased at any store of your choosing. You just need to scan the receipt.

3. Ibotta

Ibotta offers cash back deals at natural food markets like Whole Foods and Fresh Market, as well as grocery stores like Meijer and Kroger that sell organic food products. The Ibotta app also offers non brand specific deals on dairy, meat, fruit, and veggie items that could be applied to organic brands.

(here is a tutorial on how to use Ibotta)

4. Receipt Hog

Receipt Hog is such a simple app to use. You don’t need to apply for cash backs–just upload your receipts from grocery stores like Costco, Aldi, and Meijer that sell the organic foods you like and watch your points add up. Exchange points in Receipt Hog for Amazon gift cards or Paypal gift cards.

Websites Where You Can Purchase Organic Foods

5. Boxed

Boxed.com is a website that sells wholesale sized items at membership store prices without the need of a membership. You also don’t have to place a certain amount of orders per year, and they offer free shipping on orders over $50. They don’t have a lot of organic items but they do have some including those from Annie’s, Bob’s Red Mill, Honest Kids and more.

Use my referral code 3W8LE at checkout and get $15 off your first order at Boxed.com (good for new members only).

6. Amazon

Amazon offers a wide selection of organic grocery items at competitive prices. To save even more you can use the subscribe and save feature if it is offered.

7. Thrive Market

Thrive Market is an online, warehouse style, natural foods market. I tried it out and really thought they had great prices, but the current selection just wasn’t large enough for a family of my size to truly benefit enough to recoup their $59.95 annual fee. However if your family is larger than mine, or orders more organic foods than we do (we eat some but mostly stick to the dirty dozen in organic)  then Thrive Market might make sense for your family.

Thrive market is also adding hundreds of new products each month so it soon might make more financial sense for smaller families like mine.

You order when you want to at Thrive Market and they offer free shipping on orders of $49 or more.

Please note: I tried Thrive Market’s free trial and although I was able to cancel the trail membership it did take me 2 phone calls and several emails to do so. The workers were friendly but persuasive.

8. Azure Standard

Azure standard is not your typical online website. Orders are in large quantities and you place your order online, but it doesn’t get shipped to your door; instead it is shipped to the drop off center nearest you and you have to drive to pick it up there at a set time. This isn’t convenient for everyone but if you can swing it their prices are very good.

9. Tropical Traditions

TropicalTraditions.com, HealthyBuyersclub.com, GrassfedTraditions.com, and HouseholdTraditions.com are 4 sites that exists under the Tropical Traditions umbrella offering organic food, organic cleaners, and organic skin care products. They offer good sales and a referral program. (I personally have not ordered from them so I am not a part of  their referral program, but have heard great stuff from other bloggers about these sites)

10. Vita Cost

Vita Cost  sells much more than just vitamins, they sell organic food at competitive prices. They also have a ‘deals tab’ at the top of their home page that you can click and then clip coupons to save you more money on your purchases from the site. Standard shipping is free with orders over $49.  Vita Cost also has a referral program offering you $10 for every friend who you refer to Vita Cost through your referral link (this is mine) who then places an order.

11. Lucky Vitamin

Lucky Vitamin is where I  buy great quality vitamins at a discount price, but they also sell a selection of organic foods at great prices too. Free shipping on orders over $49. Lucky Vitamin also has bulk prices, meaning the more your buy of one item at one time the lower the price.

Websites For Organic Food Coupons  & Organic Deal Sites

12. Cardpool

Cardpool isn’t a coupon site, it is actually a discounted gift card site. Cardpool often has gift cards at a reduced rate for natural food stores like Whole Foods.

13.  Mambo Sprouts

When you sign up for the Mambo Sprouts newsletter, you will receive heads up when new printable coupons for organic products are available through Mambo Sprouts.

14. The Greenbacks Gal

The Greenbacks Gal does a weekly listing of coupons for organic & whole food products on her blog as well as one for the blog Money Saving Mom. The blog is full of ideas of how to save money on organic products.

15. Organic Deals

Organic deals is another website offering you the latest information of coupons out there that will help you save money on organic products.

16. Your Favorite Natural Food Store Website

Whole Foods & Earth Fare both have coupon sections that you can visit before you hit the store and print off coupons for items on your list. I am sure there are more natural food stores that do this so make sure to check out your favorites.

17. Your Favorite Organic Food Company Website

I love Stoneyfield yogurt, and their site often contains great coupons for their products. This isn’t the only organic food company website that offers coupons, visit your favorite organic brand website to see if they offer coupons.

Point Programs Where You Can Earn Coupons & Gift Cards For Organic Foods

 18. RecycleBank

Recyclebank is a point program that rewards you for environmentally friendly actions as well as for answering questions after viewing videos or reading short articles about environmental topics. Recyclebank often, although not always, offers high value coupons for organic food products in exchange for points.

19. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is such a simple way to earn gift cards for things you are already doing online. You can cash out your Swag Bucks you earn for gift cards to Whole Foods,  Amazon gift cards, or Paypal deposits so that you can use to purchase organic foods.

20. InstaGC

InstaGC offers instant gift cards as payment for online actions, like filling out surveys, watching videos and more. InstaGC offers eGift cards for Whole Foods and Amazon where you can purchase the organic foods you love.

 epantry 100 happinessIf you also like all natural cleaners you are going to want to check out ePantry. ePantry brings natural cleaners at competitive prices to your doorstep.  New members get $10 off their first order when they use my referral link.

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5 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Day Trips


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Day trips and summer go together like peanut butter and chocolate. However, day trips can get expensive if you don’t take the time to do a little prep work.

5 ways thrifty people save money on day trips

The prep work doesn’t have to take long, but it does require you to think ahead.

5 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Day Trips

1. See if you can grab a daily deal for the outing

When my family had a staycation several years back we did several day trips back to back. When we were planning out our staycation week we made sure to check daily deal sites for great deals on local attractions as well as those in larger centers near us.

Our family has picked up numerous daily deals for day trips from both Groupon and Living Social and never had a problem using them.

2. Pack A Picnic Lunch And Snacks

The most expensive part of day trips can be the meals involved in a full day outing. You can entirely eliminate the cost by bringing food from home.

Our family has used these Rubbermaid divided storage containers for our road trip eating for years. We love that you can fit a sandwich in one side and then either chips or cut up fruit or veggies on the other. They also fit on laps fairly well if you are eating as you travel.

We usually pack everything we need in an insulated bag as it takes up less room than a cooler. We pop a small freezer pack or two in it as well to make sure things say nice and cool.

It is, however, nice to splurge on a few extra treats to either take or grab on the way. We often pack a few foods we normally wouldn’t buy, and often eat one picnic meal and one meal out.

3. Check Websites Of Places You Want To Visit For Discount/Free  Days

Zoos and museums often have times where you can get admission at a reduced cost or even free. Yes, these times can be more crowded, but if it saves your family a significant amount of cash and you’re on a tight budget the extra crowds might be worth it.

Another thing to watch out for is that some sites offer cheaper rates when you pay for your tickets in advance online.

4. Search For Free Activities

My husband and I took a day trip up to a Tulip Festival this year. It was completely free and 100% worth the long drive there and back.

Most tourist information centers have festival guides that you can use to help you find websites and online reviews for the various free festivals within day trip distance of you.

5. Gas Buddy App

With day trips come a lot of driving and gas prices can really make or break the budget for day trips. Although you can do little to change the price of gas you can at least purchase it at the lowest priced gas station on your route by using the Gas buddy app.

What type of day trips does your family enjoy? And how do you save money on them?

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10 Ways A Thrifty Gal Hangs Out With Her Friends For Less


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Even though I am an introvert I still love time spent with great friends.

10 ways a thrifty gal hangs out with her friends for little cash

Of course, I don’t generally spend too much money when meeting up with my girlfriends. It isn’t that I am cheap, it is just that I believe time spent together doesn’t have to cost much.

10 Ways A Thrifty Gal Hangs Out With Her Friends For Less

1. Coffee Dates Using Gift Cards Earned Online Or Through Apps

Starbucks is a common place to meet up for a coffee and a chat in my town. To keep these coffee meet-ups inexpensive, I like to use gift cards that I earn through various apps and online point programs.

Here are a few of my favorite online point programs that offer Starbucks gift cards as a payment option:

Here are a few of my favorite  apps that offer Starbucks gift cards as a payment option

(psst….here is an article I wrote on 5 different ways I like to save on Starbucks)

2. Doing Something Together We Were Both Going To Do Anyways

I love to run and so does a very good friend of mine. We get together 1 to 3 times a week and run together.

You could also try grocery shopping with your friends, or big batch cooking. These types of friend meet ups don’t cost time or money.

3. Movie Night In

Grab a redbox movie and a few girl friends. Pop some popcorn and grab something to drink. Movie night for under $5 and you can stop the movie during certain scenes if you want to critique characters outfits, sayings or behavior.

4. Bring  Your Own Craft Night

It has been years since I have held a bring your own craft night. Basically everyone brings a craft project they want to work on and a snack to share. Take turns hosting it at various friend’s houses in your friendship circle.

5. Game Night

Get your friends together and play board games, dice games, card games or even video games. One of the funniest memories I have of my friends and I getting together is the night we decided to play one of my children’s Wii games.

If you have a large circle of friends Bunco is an extremely fun dice game. You can have people bring an item from the dollar store to throw in a gift basket and then give it as a prize to the person with the most Buncos of the night.

Another fun dice game with a few less rules is Tenzi. My family got this game at Christmas time and we love it.  Get the book of 75 ways to play Tenzi and you and your friends can change the game up as often as you like.

If you prefer board games then Apples to Apples is fun, or try headbandz (did you know they have a version just for adults?) . Both these games result in much laughter around our house.

Make game night potluck and have each person bring a snack to share or a 2 liter of pop, and you will have an inexpensive and fun evening.

6. Yard Sale Shopping

Grab all your thrifty minded girl friends and go yard sale shopping together. Make it a bit more fun by holding a contest “who can get the best item under $5″ or “who can get the most items for under $5″ or whatever you want.

7. Clothes Swap

Have each of your friends gather together all the clothing in their home that they and their family members no longer wear. Tell them to bring it to your house and host a clothes swap. Search Pinterest and Google for ideas of how to set one up. Donate the leftovers to Schoola or a local thrift store.

8. Book Swap

Here is a variation on the clothing swap for all you bookworms out there: hold a book swap with your friends. Count up the books as the people come in the door and give them one ticket per book that they can trade for other people’s books.

This is would be a thrifty way to grab new reads for everyone involved on top of an inexpensive gathering.

9. Daily Deal Site Outings

Daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social offer deals for as much as 50% off restaurants, yoga classes, kayaking, rock climbing, and more. Often these deals are good for 2 to 4 people and sometimes more. Grab one for a venue near you and split the cost between your friends that want to go and you have an inexpensive night–or day–out.

10. Take In A Free Local Event

Most communities have free festivals or concerts from time to time. These free events can make for inexpensive and enjoyable time spent with friends.

What are some inexpensive ways you like to spend time with your friends.

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