Hundreds of you have downloaded my free e-book on strategies to save money on healthy food. (If you haven’t, grab one now before it comes down!) Hopefully you’re using some or all of those techniques to bring down your grocery bill. Knowing where to get the best prices on ingredients is another important piece of the puzzle. This week’s post points you to online sources for healthy bargains and some of my favorite products to buy from them.
Particularly if you don’t have a good natural foods store near you, being able to get affordable supplies online is really a blessing.
Eat Healthy on a Budget: Amazon
One of the easiest places to find healthy bargains is Amazon, which has has plenty of affordable healthy food options, especially if you use their “Subscribe and Save,” program, which knocks an additional 15% off the price when you sign up for 5 or more subscriptions. You can always cancel if you don’t want to buy the product again. It can take a little planning, but finding 5 good Subscribe and Save options isn’t too hard, and on the months you don’t need 5, you can just skip the delivery.
Always shop around. My local natural foods coop has many items that go on sale for less than Amazon prices, and when possible I like to support local business. But then there are things I can get from Amazon that I either can’t get in my town or would cost much more to buy locally. The cereal my family likes goes for around $11 for a 32oz bag (!) when it’s not on sale, and I get it for less half that with Subscribe and Save. I also use Subscribe and Save for things like toilet paper, lotions, and laundry detergent. Sometimes you can find better prices at Vitacost or other online grocers.
Here are some healthy foods I order regularly from Amazon
- Organic cereals
- Grass fed gelatin
- Chia seeds
- Raw Cacao
- Organic bulk herbs like oat straw and nettle
Other items you might check Amazon for and compare to local prices:
Eat Healthy on a Budget: Online Discount Grocers
Thrive Market is another terrific site for healthy bargains. You pay a small membership fee ($5 a month), and quickly make the money back in the savings on staples you’ll use all the time, like coconut oil or gluten-free flour.
Thrive Market likens itself to an online Costco meets Whole Foods with great organic and natural products delivered straight to your door at 25-50% below retail prices. Additionally, every paid membership is matched with a free membership for a low-income American family that might not otherwise be able to afford healthy and natural products. Thrive also offsets 100% of its carbon emissions. Pretty cool!
Azure Standard: Though I haven’t tried it, a company called Azure Standard has a reputation for good prices on quality organic and natural food that arrive at a local drop at specified times. Meghan at Whole Natural Life has details if you’re interested.
Eat Healthy on a Budget: Saving on Drinks
Skipping bottled beverages — besides being an eco-friendly move — will save you big on groceries. I highly recommend a top-notch water filter. The friendly and knowledgeable folk at Pure Living Space can help you find the best filter for your situation.
Not into plain water? Turn it into soda with one of these terrific home soda makers. Seltzer with fruit or a splash of juice is a delicious way to stay hydrated.
You can also brew your own herbal teas. I grow a lot of my own, but here are sources for dried herbs, which are still a great bargain, far less expensive than tea bags. A pound will last you a very long time! Here are some of the things I’ve been ordering from Amazon to liven up my hydration and get some additional vitamins and minerals:
Eat Healthy on a Budget — Some non-food tools to support your affordable eating strategies:
- Mason jars
- Candy molds (for homemade gummies)
- Baking pans
- Instant Pot or slow cooker
- Reusable water bottle
What are your favorite healthy bargains? Share in the comments!
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