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How to save money on healthy food (the easy way)
Food is expensive. There just isn’t any way to get around it. Unless you grow and raise your own food, you probably spend quite a bit of your monthly budget on groceries. We have all heard of the various ways to save money on food. Couponing, price matching, searching for sales. All of those methods do work, but with a couple of minor issues. The first issue is that these methods take time. I used to “heavily” coupon, and I spent a lot of hours searching for coupons online, cutting them out of the paper, searching for sales, and shopping. It was exhausting. The second issue is that it was hard to find coupons for real food. They do exist, but getting them usually entails contacting companies individually rather than finding the coupons in the paper. I still find ways to save money on food, but that doesn’t include hours of couponing anymore. I have two “secret weapons” that I use, if you want to know how to save money on healthy food, keep reading!
Note: I wrote an article on why I chose Thrive Market and why you should too last year. I do love Thrive Market for healthy food, but I am not including it since it is an extra subscription expense and I have talked about it previously.
Secret Weapon #1
Are you using Ibotta? If not, you need to be! I use Ibotta when I go to the grocery store, Target, Wal-Mart, and everywhere else that I possibly can! You can even use Ibotta at gas stations (although I wouldn’t advise it, since food is expensive there.) I typically scroll through the produce and meat/seafood sections first, to see what kind of deals I can find. Ibotta is a cash back service, not coupons, and it’s so easy. You can also use Ibotta for brand-name items, but if you’re looking for real food the “any brand” items will be your best friend. I have scored great savings on carrots, bananas, ground beef, avocado oil, almond milk and so much more. If you haven’t signed up for Ibotta yet, head over and set up an account. It’s absolutely free and it only takes a minute to unlock deals and a quick scan of your receipt will redeem them. The money can be withdrawn via PayPal or several gift card options. I opt for using PayPal and I have received over $200 in payments from Ibotta so far. There are also extra bonuses and cash back on household items and many other things.
Secret Weapon #2
My second secret weapon is Amazon Subscribe and Save. I wrote an entire post on how to get the most out of your Amazon subscription. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should! It’s one of my most pinned items on Pinterest. I get items like protein powder, coconut oil, and several other items on subscribe and save. If you already have an Amazon Prime account, you can save a ton by utilizing this great option. Subscribe and Save is pretty simple. You can order an item one time, at regular price, or opt for subscribe and save and get 5% off. If you order more than 5 items at once, you will receive 15% off your entire order. I wrote about talking about what I buy with Amazon subscribe and save, because I do buy most of my household goods on there as well. If you don’t currently have an Amazon account, it might be worth pricing some items on subscribe and save to see if it would be worth it. Don’t forget that you also get all the other prime benefits (listed in this post.) Are you on the fence about Amazon Prime? Click here to try it free for 30 days, you have nothing to lose!
You can see that saving money on healthy food doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. These two “secret weapons” help me save a substantial amount every month, with very minimal effort. If you’re on a tight budget, every little bit counts! What are some ways that you save money on real food? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.