8 Ways to Live Organic and Frugal

by Lolli

Grocery shopping for a family can be both hard work and full of pressure. How do I find the balance between healthy food for my kids and frugal food for my wallet? LaVonne Long from Long Wait For Isabella is joining us today to share how she and her family live organic and frugal.

With the popularity of TLC’s new television show Extreme Couponing, my husband and I have been having conversations about how we used to coupon and stockpile.

When we first had our daughter and I became a stay-at-home mommy, I got involved in couponing. I joined message boards; I started trading coupons and buying coupons. Our stockpile of food and health and beauty products grew quickly.

When my daughter began to get older and eating more solid foods, I started consciously thinking about the food we were buying and serving. I realized that even though some of the foods we were buying were cheap and even free at times, we were stocking up way too much processed foods. Slowly, I went through our stockpile (really who needs 50 candy bars, even if they are free?) and began trying to choose wisely the food I was investing in.

It is sad to say, but most of my life, I paid more attention to the label on my clothing than the label on food. But now, with the responsibility of a child, I am glad to say my food choices have changed. As a result, my stockpile looks much different now.

8 ways that you can live Organic and Frugal:

  1. Buy in-season organic produce in larger quantities. Freeze and can the surplus. This will save you money later on and your family will love having those strawberry smoothies and jam from last summer’s pick.
  2. Shop the sales. Look at those store flyers each week. Check out that small organic/natural section. Pay attention to prices. Stock up on those great deals.
  3. Search for coupons. Many of the organic/natural products now have printable coupons on their website or social networking sites. When looking at the store flyer, do a search online and see if you can find printable coupons for that product that is on sale. When you use a coupon with a sale you can really maximize your savings.
  4. Join a coupon trading website. Trade those Sunday newspaper coupons for products that are popular but full of processed artificial flavors for coupons that are for natural/organic products.
  5. Shop Amazon grocery sales. Check out the organic/natural section of Amazon. They often run promotions. I stock up when the price is right.
  6. Join a local co-op. If you plan on making an organic lifestyle change, many times a co-op is a great place to join. You get exclusive sales and often a cash back bonus for what you spend.
  7. Find blogs who do the work for you. Many bloggers match up sales and coupons for stores like Trader Joes and Whole Foods. They do the work each week and tell you where to find the coupons. It is a golden opportunity.
  8. Check out the products at your big box stores. For example, our local Costco carries a wide variety of organic food, produce, premade soups, and bread. We stock up monthly on items that we enjoy. (Don’t forget to check for coupons even at Costco.)

Remember, your food choices affect your health. You can live a healthy life and be frugal. These are just a few things that we have done in our life to live organic and frugal. It was not too difficult and the changes are worth it.

Purchase wisely, use coupons ethically, and live frugal yet healthfully!

LaVonne Long is married to a traveling minister and has one child. She writes about their life on the road traveling with a toddler, homeschooling, and living as organic and natural as possible at Long Wait For Isabella . You can download her free ebook, Organic and Frugal now!



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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 LolliF May 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I love these tips! Eating well doesn’t have to mean eating expensively. :)

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2 Rachel May 19, 2011 at 11:56 pm

great tips- it’s so easy to just give up on eating the way I really want to when it gets too complicated…. Thanks for the helpful reminders of how to make it manageable!

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3 Kristen May 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Thank you for the tips. I’ve been having the same question/issue about the Extreme Couponing show. Everyone shows that they are buying groceries for free, but I never see any fresh fruits or vegetables in anyone’s cart. Nice to see you tackle the issue with good tips.

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4 LaVonne
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May 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm

So excited to see my article here. :) Thanks, ladies. I appreciate it.

Happy Victoria Day weekend!

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5 Steph May 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

thank you for your tips! happy sunday!!!! hoping you follow back. :)

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6 Yelena (Colorful Childhood) June 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I also noticed that if you eat healthy you don’t eat as much – therefore, it actually saves you money :)

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