How To Use Coupons, Save & Stay Paleo
It seems with today’s economy the newest, hottest trend in popular media is couponing. Couponing used to be primarily for stay-at-home moms or people who bought their sneakers in bulk, but today it’s everywhere, and everyone from college girls to business men are jumping on the couponing bandwagon.
While couponing can seem like a great way to save money and find fabulous bargains, it’s often difficult for someone who chooses to eat a healthy diet, particularly a paleo diet, to gain any benefits from the use of coupons. While those people who engage in a paleo diet often need to do their grocery shopping in the outer areas of the store – where the fresh veggies, fruits and meats are most often kept, for couponers it’s all about the center aisles of the supermarket, where the foods are packaged, processed and in general, less healthy.
While you may not be able to take advantage of all the great deals on breakfast cereals, sugary juices and frozen entrees, there are ways to maintain your healthy diet while finding great deals. One of the best ways to find great deals on meats, fruits, vegetables, seafood, eggs, nuts and other healthy food options is to scour your Sunday paper for mailers sent by individual supermarkets. These mailers don’t have the traditional coupons, but they do advertise weekly specials, which are often focused on healthier foods. When you find a great deal on chicken or salmon, it can be a good idea to stock up, freezing what you can’t eat within a reasonable time frame. These supermarket specials can be a better deal than traditional coupons, and they don’t have the restrictions coupons carry.
Another great way to save money while following the paleo diet is to choose frozen fruits and vegetables, in addition to fresh selections. Frozen fruits and vegetables are generally agreed to be acceptable for people on the paleo diet, and they can be a more economical choice than fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s also possible to find coupons for particular brands of frozen fruits and vegetables, which generally isn’t something that can be done when purchasing fresh produce. It’s also a great way to prevent throwing away unused fruits and vegetables, which have a very short shelf life.
If the idea of spending hours planning a supermarket trip around weekly specials doesn’t appeal to you, there’s also a way to do the bulk of your shopping online. Sites, such as Amazon.com offer great deals on bulk food products, and you can avoid the hassle of supermarket lines. You can purchase great food products, like Omaha steaks, organic grass-fed beef stew meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, often for half the price of the supermarket. Doing your grocery shopping online not only helps you better plan a healthful diet, but it can also save loads of money.
These are just a few ways to stick to a healthy or paleo diet, while still being budget-conscious. Many people feel they can’t be bargain shoppers and maintain a healthy diet, but with a little planning and a keen eye, it is definitely possible!