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Most of us have a budget, particularly for groceries. I find in order to stay anywhere close to budget, I have to shop around. There may be a small percentage of you that enjoys that, but if you’re anything like me, you just don’t have that kind of time. When my baby was born last year I knew I had to trim some expenses and research How to Save Money on Healthy Foods. I did a shop comparison, and I figured I would share my findings with YOU since you need to know where to find the deals too!
These are just a few items that we keep around the house to ensure that we have healthy foods in a pinch at all times. I did my best to make the selection a diverse comparison across all different types of foods. I chose to price compare with my most frequented places to shop, and those most likely to be accessible to you too.
How to Save Money on Healthy Foods: Price Comparison
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Amazon: Viva 16 ounce container $10.79- $.67/oz.
Thrive: Spectrum Essentials 15 ounce container $6.99 – $.46/oz.
Target: Spectrum Essentials 15 ounce container $8.99- $.60/oz.
Organic Almond Butter
Amazon: Barney Butter Almond Butter 16 ounce container $11.17 —$.70/oz
Thrive: Barney Butter Almond Butter 16 ounce container $10.95 — $.68/oz
Target:Barney Butter 10 ounce container $9.49- $.95/oz.
Safe Catch Tuna
Amazon: 6 pack $22.99
Thrive: 5 ounce can $2.98- $.60/oz.
Target: Not available. Wild planet 5 ounce can $4.99- $.99/oz.
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
Amazon: Himalania Pink Salt Jar – Fine – 10 ounce-$11.47- $1.15/oz.
Thrive: Himalania Pink Salt Jar – Fine – 10 ounce-$6.95- $.69/oz.
Target: Archer Farms Jar- 6.3 ounce-$4.99- $.79/oz.
Paleo Wraps (Plain or Turmeric)
Amazon: 2 oack (5 each) $14.67- $1.48/count
Thrive: 5 wraps $6.75- $1.35/count
Target: Not Available
Amazon: Rhythm Kale Chips 2 ounce bag- 4 count- $23.09- $2.88/serving
Thrive: Rhythm Kale Chips 2 ounce bag- $3.95 – $1.96/serving
Target: Rhythm Kale Chips 2 ounce bag- 12 count- $63.43 – $2.64/serving
Laughing Giraffe Chocolate Snackaroons
Amazon: 6 ounce bag- $7.99 (vanilla) – $1.33/oz.
Thrive: 6 ounce bag -$5.95- $.99/oz.
Target: Not Available
As you see, Target doesn’t have all of the items on the list, and sometimes they have an item, but not the same brand I could get at Amazon or Thrive Market. The Simply Balanced name brand is ok, but there are some food items that we only enjoy if it’s a certain brand.
I don’t expect to find all items the items we use at every store — which forces me to spend the time shopping around. But I must say, and the price comparison above backs me up! Thrive Market has practically everything we buy, including things like the chlorine-free diapers we like, and overall, they have excellent prices. Prices that allow me to stay within my budget, so I most often shop at Thrive.
And there are other reasons too. For example, Target and Costco both have many items in certain store locations that I can’t get online. Did I mention I’m busy? I love being able to shop online and get everything I need in one “trip.” I can do that with Thrive. I also love that they offer free shipping on all orders over $49 — every single day.
When I shop at Amazon or other online stores, I have to be very careful and read the fine print for every item. Some of the sellers on Amazon offer free shipping, others don’t. If you miss that detail you can pay a hefty price for shipping! Groceries are heavy, which means shipping can really add up and before you know it, your savings goes right out the window!
The moral of the story is: shop around, price compare, take notes, and when in doubt compare to Thrive. They almost always win out!
What are your best tips for saving money while shopping for healthy food? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!
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