Stop and Shop Anniversary Giveaway

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Stop and Shop is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, they’re planning several events to showcase the company’s commitment to the communities they serve. The festivities kicked off during Memorial Day weekend, and the theme for the anniversary is “Fresh Ideas for 100 Years.” On Memorial Day, Stop and Shop launched a campaign called "100 Days of Giving." For 100 days, Stop and Shop will be surprising a different non-profit organization each day with a $1,000 donation. Organizations were nominated by Stop and Shop associates. These donations are in addition to the $15 million in donations to hunger relief organizations and children’s health and wellness … [Read more...]

Saving Money on Real Food at Costco

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Warehouse stores can save you a lot of money. But in many cases, these big box stores focus their inventory on highly processed food. A three-pound box of Oreos might sound like a good deal at $9, but it’s not the best type of food to stock in your pantry. If you’re looking for a warehouse store that has a good inventory of organic, real food groceries, Costco is a great place for you to shop. I recently joined Costco when they offered a Living Social deal with a discounted membership. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to join at first, so I asked my Facebook fans if there was enough real food at Costco to make it worth the trip. The response was overwhelming. People from all over the country … [Read more...]

Once a Month Shopping at Trader Joe’s

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One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to go shopping less frequently.  Some people are organized enough to do all their grocery shopping in one day to cover their needs for the entire month.  I admire this approach of "once a month shopping," but I don’t think I could ever achieve that level of organization.  However, I have been trying to cut back on the frequency of my trips to the store for "just a few things."  Several months ago I decided to pick one store where I would only shop once a month, and Trader Joe's was the perfect choice. Once a Month Shopping at Trader Joe's Trader Joe’s has a relatively small, consistent inventory.  I developed a master list of all the … [Read more...]

Benefits of the Bulk Section

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This is a guest post written by Jordan Candido, a financial expert on all things organic, natural, and allergen friendly. To learn more ways to save, visit her website, Growing Up Natural, and follow her Facebook page.  Jordan's website is an essential tool that will help you save money and live a healthier life. Looking at a huge wall of bulk food bins at your local grocery store for the first time might feel a bit overwhelming. In fact, the thought might cross your mind that the label printer and dispensers aren’t even worth figuring out! But here are just a few reasons why you’ll never go back once you give the bulk section a try. Impressive Savings It’s true that you will save money … [Read more...]

Real Food Basics

“Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants.”  This is the mantra Michael Pollan uses in his book, In Defense of Food, to explain what people should eat.  It’s a helpful summary, but it’s not exactly thorough because he goes on for hundreds of pages to explain what he means by this.  Different people use different guidelines when they are trying to follow a “real food” diet, but here are some general principles: 1)         Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.  Don’t worry about which ones are better for you, just eat lots of them. 2)         Focus on whole grains.  If grains are highly processed, they lose a lot of their nutritional value.  See Lisa Leake’s helpful explanation of the various … [Read more...]

Method Dish Soap: $.48 at Target

One downside to cooking a lot of our food from scratch is the inevitable mountain of dirty dishes.  I love Method dish soap, but I usually buy the cheaper Ajax when it's on sale somewhere.  Today was a happy day for me because I stumbled across a great deal on Method dish soap at Target.  (It's the simple things in life that make my day. . .) I was planning to take advantage of this deal posted on Growing Up Natural:  Buy an 18 oz. container of Method dish soap for $2.99, and use a $1 manufacturer's coupon plus a $1 Target coupon to get the soap for $.99.  However, the deal got even better when I got to the store. The lemon mint version of this Method dish soap was priced at $1.48 for the … [Read more...]

Couponing Basics: A Recipe for Savings

                                                   People who are focused on eating a minimally processed, real food diet often pay a high price at the grocery store checkout counter.  Some of the basic ingredients for a real food diet are much more expensive than their heavily processed counterparts, and a full cart at Whole Foods or Earth Fare can easily cost over $200.  Fortunately, there are ways to significantly cut grocery bills.  If you’re interested in trying your hand at couponing, here are some basic rules of thumb to get you started. Get coupons for the things you want.  You can get coupons from several sources, including the Sunday newspaper, the internet, coupon booklets … [Read more...]