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Subject: Savings sites for ingredients/good food, not processed stuff?
Date Posted: 10/3/2010 10:16 PM ET
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Does anyone have suggestions on blogs or similar that point out deals and coupons and ways to save money on ingredients (flour, not bread) and organic foods?

I've found quite a few sites that are very nice.....if I wanted to eat boxed junk.  Most sites are very good at showing me how to buy stuff I don't want for less.  I don't find that very helpful.   I'm specifically looking for ones that point out sales/coupons combinations and other such tips, not ones that chronicle eating healthy.

The local paper has a Coupon Corner (which is also on Facebook) and I watched Mommy Snacks for a while, but so very little of the information was relevant for anything I'd ever consider buying that I finally gave up and ceased reading either of them.  I'm hoping someone might know a similarly set up site that starts with the premise that it isn't a bargain if it's highly processed.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 9:30 AM ET
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Kayote, finding real, whole foods that are on sale is a little bit more difficult, because there aren't manufacturers issuing coupons.

Several things I have found are: to buy local produce on sale at supermarket when it is in season. In summer, I found corn on the cob for 18 cents a pound, and local zucchini for 30 cents. Shopping the farmer's market is very reasonable too. Every week from August through November I can buy 3 pounds of apples for $1.

Our local Whole Foods, which is admittedly very expensive, sometimes offers coupons for their products and the namebrand products they sell.

These following sites may be helpfful to you, and offer discounts.

http://www.healthyreader.com/2008/07/14/best-sources-for-natural-and-organic-coupons/

http://shop.barbarasbakery.com/

Last thing, amazon.com sells lots of natural and organic grocery items such as cereals and granola bars in bulk at discount. Hope this helps.

 

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 7:23 PM ET
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I've gotten coupons for $1 off Dole frozen fruit when I emailed them raving about the new diced up banana/strawberry/peach frozen fruit..wasn't expecting the coupons but love the fruit!

Date Posted: 10/10/2010 10:38 PM ET
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often if you take a few moments to send an email to companies who's products you like they will send you coupons. If there is a product you've tried that you weren't thrilled with contact the manufacturer as well...they will often send you coupons for other products as well. once you are on teh mailing list often the coupons and special offers continue to arrive in your mailbox.

Subject: Compliment Companies and Look for discount grocers
Date Posted: 10/12/2010 9:11 AM ET
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We have a couple stores near me (Vermont)  that few people know about. One is a liquidator. They buy up the stock from stores going out of business or who are clearancing products that didn't sell well enough or selling off dented cans/boxes because they can't sell them for regular price. They then turn around and sell it for a huge discount. They'll sell a mix of garbage foods that I don't care about and organic foods that I can get for 80 to 90 percent less than in the grocery stores. One of the best deals I've ever gotten there was the white-wheat flour from King Arthur that I love for 50 cents a 5-pound bag.

 

The other store is similar but remains completely organic with their toiletries and non-perishable groceries. They also have a bulk section and a dairy section full of organic yogurts, milks, eggs, and cheeses. They buy a lot of cheese ends that Cabot Creamery can't use and then sell them for $1 to $2 a pound. I usually go in once a month and stock up. I've bought organic heavy cream pints for $4 a case (then split the case with my mom), eggs for $1 a dozen and found Sunspire Chocolate Chips for $1.25 a bag.

 

Those two discount stores save me a bundle in groceries. They aren't located on the main drag, so not a lot of people know about them. I learned about them from the manager of a grocery store who's a friend of my brother. He was telling my brother that they've taken to selling off their foods this way to keep the food out of the dumpsters once it's almost near the expiration/sell by date or that they simply don't have room for on the shelves anymore because people aren't buying that item.

Date Posted: 10/13/2010 12:05 PM ET
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LOL...just because I've noticed what the OP says.

My mother says I need to use more coupons. I've tried to tell her that 80 percent of coupons are for boxed or processed food we try to avoid. The rest are for brand-names, when I buy the store brand for less than he brand-name costs even with a coupon.

At least I can see that others are in the same boat.

Date Posted: 10/16/2010 1:36 AM ET
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Try Gordon Food Service -- GFS.  They have bulk items like flour, oats, sugar, cooking oil, so you can make food from scratch and not boxed crap.  The prices are cheap, it's basically wholesale to the public.

Date Posted: 10/16/2010 6:23 PM ET
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Weird.  We just had a GFS open and I was really unimpressed with their selection.  Before they opened the descriptions implied it would be full of resturant sized bulk ingredients and resturant serving supplies (cups, etc).   When we went over it looked more like a Sam's Club with larger than normal sizes but the same junk and no glasses (I want a new set of glasses and like a lot of what I see in resturants).  No large bags of flour or similar, just large bags of chips.

Maybe I'll stop by again now that they've been open a few months and see if the selection has changed, at least in the food area.

Date Posted: 10/27/2010 2:49 PM ET
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It is manufacturers who offer coupons, so you generally will only get coupons for manufactured foods - possibly rice or flour, but rarely beans or produce.

If I needed to watch my food budget now, I'd think about two main things. Maybe you already do these things, of course.

(1) Eating more of the cheap (but nutritious) stuff and less of the expensive stuff. This means more rice, beans, lentils and such, and less cheese and blueberries and fish. I'd keep those other things in our diet for health and variety, of course. But I'd try to be sure that the bulk of our calories came from lower-cost foods as much as possible.

(2) Eating fresh produce in season, and possibly preserving it (freezing etc) if I thought it might be worth it.

Both of these things mean menu planning, to keep things interesting. I would probably be glad for my Indian cookbook, which has fabulous food from very inexpensive ingredients. It transformed my view of lentils, let me tell you! A few dollars' worth of spices will make a lot of great-tasting meals, if that appeals to your family.