If you are wondering whether or not couponing is worth your time, ask yourself how long you would look for a $20 bill that you lost? What about a $50 bill?
Many of you may have expressed that it is a challenge to find real food at a reasonable price. When we first started eating real foods, I felt like I had to abandon couponing because it seemed SO MANY coupons were for processed foods. Additionally, I felt I had to shop at specialty or whole food stores that were further away and didn’t have great coupon policies. Try as I did to make real foods “poorganic”, I grew tired of traveling to far away grocery stores or getting mediocre prices.
Yet, the longer that we eat this way, the more I am able to find coupons for foods we consider “poorganic.” Because my “normal” grocery store, Harris Teeter, offers terrific coupon promotions like triple coupons and super doubles, I opt to shop there. Then once a month, I go to Earth Fare or Trader Joe’s for more “specialty items.” I DO still go to ALDI occasionally when I don’t feel like couponing, but ALDI prices seldom beat the price I get with a doubled or tripled coupon.
About the Poorganic Real Food Coupons List
- All the products I’ve listed below REGULARLY issue coupons
- Most of these coupons are often offered in printable form at least once per quarter, which means you don’t even have to take the paper.
- These are foods I purchase at Harris Teeter (a “normal” grocery store) with coupons.
- I didn’t include foods that don’t issue coupons or foods that I buy at a specialty store. I didn’t include foods we don’t eat, so if you see that almond milk or gluten free products aren’t included, that is because we don’t eat those things. Feel free to add your recommendations in the comments for YOUR grocery store or favorite foods.
- I probably should remind you that poorganic is NOT organic. (Read the linked post if you’ve been wanting a definition for eating poorganically.) Not all our food is certified organic. Primarily, we eat whole or minimally processed foods. Most these foods have 5 or fewer ingredients, no added sugars, whole grains, and healthy fats.
How to Use This List:
Coupon availability cycles, meaning that at an given moment, only SOME of the below coupons are available and the LOCATION of availability varies too. (At the time of this post, about 1/3 of the items below had coupons available.) Therefore, I am NOT linking to actual printable coupons below because they would only work temporarily. Each product is linked to the company website, some of which allow you to register for coupons.
However, the best and FASTEST way to find coupons is to SEARCH a DATABASE for the coupons you want. A database shows you whether coupons are available whenever you search. I use the databases at SouthernSavers.com and MyCouponTeacher.com. If you are just starting out with couponing, prior to grocery shopping, go to a coupon database and search for any item in GREEN on the list below. Print the printable coupons. Searching for these items and printing will take you about ONE HOUR per month. If you check regularly, they will cycle availability. Especially if your store doubles or triples coupons, you can easily save $20-$50 a month using these coupons alone. 🙂
We buy dairy that is non-rBst, but not necessarily organic. I buy plain unsweetened yogurt, block or string (not shredded) cheeses, and whole milk. Read this if you want to hear more of my dairy journey. 🙂
Yogurt–I do make my own delicious Greek yogurt, but every few weeks, I like to buy new and begin with a fresh starter.
Stonyfield Organic Yogurt You will have to open an account with Stonyfield to print these coupons. They refresh on the first day of each month. I regularly get the 32 oz whole plain for about $2.50
Dannon Yogurt They have PLAIN yogurt. I toss all the other coupons.
Milk– When coupons are available, I buy from the list of milks below. Otherwise, I buy store brand, which is non-rbst.
Horizon OrganicMilk They have lots of other products too.
Simply Pure Milk This is a new milk in my area so there are TONS of coupons. 🙂
Organic Valley Lots of products available.
Smart Balance Milk I never buy their hideously weird butter spreads full of plastiques.
Cheese–We LOVE cheese, and my youngest lives on cheese sticks and grapes, so these coupons are a necessity. I avoid dyed, flavored, and shredded cheese. Trader Joe’s has great prices on cheese, but, if I have a coupon, it makes these cheeses less than TJs.
Eggs- We eat A LOT of eggs, probably 8-9 dozen a month. While I do buy farm fresh eggs from a friend because we prefer the taste, I still use coupons to buy eggs, which I use for recipes. The companies below offer hormone free, cage free, or pasteurized eggs.
Meat- Meat is probably the most “debatable” real food issue. Since we began eating poorganically, we’ve reduced out meat consumption by about 1/3. But I do like being able to buy meat at the regular grocery store. These are items WE eat. If you don’t want to eat them and have strong compunctions against doing so, don’t buy them. 🙂
Perdue Simply Smart I don’t buy these often, but the ingredient lists look fine to me.
Applegate Farms Organic Usually these are too expensive even WITH a coupon, but occasionally they go on sale.
Fish- Canned tuna is about the only couponable fish product we buy. I used to buy tuna at ALDI because it was marked “wild caught,” but then I noticed it had soy in it. Ickk! (Why would there be soy in my fish?) Now I buy PLAIN chunk light tuna in water when I have a coupon.
Chicken of the Sea They recently introduced a NO DRAIN peel top can that is awesome!! Very convenient and I think a great real food protein product for canned food or backpack food drives.
Grains, Pastas, and Cereals
Cereal- We really only eat four kinds of cereal. Oatmeal. Homemade Granola-my recipe is linked. Shredded wheat. Cheerios (one of our real food exceptions) I occasionally will buy a “processed” cereal with a limited ingredient list. Especially if the cereal isn’t organic, I buy cereals with only oats and wheat, which are both non-GMO grains. I always avoid soy and corn, which are USUALLY GMO. I’ve listed a few others cereals that occasionally make the cut if the coupon deal is good enough. (PS: Lots of other cereals are available, but these are the ones I find in my “normal” grocery store.)
Pasta- We buy whole wheat or whole grain pastas from the following brands.
Barilla Using 51% whole grain enables them to label their boxes as such, but I figure it is better than white pasta AND I often get it for free. 🙂
Muellers Now using 100% whole grain in their pasta!
Dreamfields My store doesn’t have a whole grain version, but I still get this if it’s free. I’ll donate it or use it for noodles and broth when my kids are sick.
Lundberg Farms Rice pasta for gluten-free folks!
Rice- I buy a lot of rice in bulk at Earthfare, but when a good coupon is available, I will use it to get free brown rice. I also buy some basmati for Indian food. We avoid pre-cooked and rice mixes, which have weird additives.
Rice Select (has organic rice)
Coffee and Tea–
Yuban Organic Even without a coupon, Yuban is the cheapest organic coffee I’ve seen at $5.49 for 11 oz. It’s even better when I can find a coupon.
Starbucks Truthfully, I almost never buy Starbucks because I think it tastes burnt, but I’m including it for you.
Canned and Jarred Products–There are boo-koodles of these. I just listed the products with coupons I see often and have used.
Oil and Vinegar
Filippo Berio Organic Olive Oil This coupon is frequently available so I typically use this oil.
Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes I NEVER pay for tomato paste. I am always able to get it free with a regularly issued coupon
Jams- I buy all fruit spread sweetened only with fruit juice
Peanut Butters-The top three on this list are called “natural,” but use “palm oil” rather than an hydrogenated oil. They also use sugar AND molasses rather than high fructose corn syrup. So while we prefer the bottom two PBs (just peanuts and salt), I buy whichever is cheapest.
Juices-This is another hot topic in the real foods world. We don’t drink much juice, but when we do, I buy 100% juice of all types. I don’t worry about the controversies surrounding reconstituted juice pulps. I just don’t care.
Tropicana –Don’t buy Trop50. That has artificial sweeteners in it.
Ortega Chilies and Fat Free Refried Beans These products are not organic, but they have very few ingredients. A $1/3 items coupon is often available.
Old El Paso Chilies, Beans, and Jalapenos Again, not organic, but pretty basic.
Wholly Guacamole I often get these for free with coupons, which is awesome since you can freeze them for when Avocados are super expensive
Mott’s Applesauce I buy the natural with no added sugar
Gold Medal White Whole Wheat Flour I actually don’t buy this flour, but I’ve seen the coupon and know Target carries this flour. Maybe you can get a deal?!
Whew! That list and all the linking took me a good while to type up. Did you see any items on the list that your family eats? If so, try using the databases or the company websites to see if coupons are available. Just see what you can find in an hour. Help me complete my list by commenting on what real food products you find coupons for!
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