In my last post, I talked about using coupons to score deals on healthy products. The deals are even better when you use store coupons on top of the manufacturer coupons. My two favorite stores for this are Meijer and Whole Foods. Meijer has a program called Mperks. You load e-coupons online and then punch in your phone number at the register and the coupons you’ve loaded are automatically applied. You can stack their store MPerk e-coupons (not their manufacturer Mperk e-coupons) with a manufacturer coupon, so be sure to check which type of e-coupon it is. Meijer has their own brand of organics that are affordable. They often go on sale and there are many coupons on Mperks for these items, to save even further.
Whole Foods offers many high value coupons each month on their website. They also allow you to “stack” these with manufacturer coupons that you find in the paper or the coupon websites I mentioned in the previous post. There’s no limit on the amount of store coupons they will allow you to use which works great with their bulk program. If you buy a product in bulk (usually 6-12, depending on the item) they will offer you an additional 10% off. Often times you can find a product on sale, use a WF coupon, a manufacturer coupon and buy in bulk and you end up paying less than you would at the regular grocery store for a cheap, unhealthy product. I’ve often gotten items free from WF using these methods.
Kroger now also has their own brand of Organics, called Simple Truth. They are priced below name brand organics and often go on sale. Kroger has a similar program to Mperks, however, you cannot use manufacturer coupons with them. Sometimes, the coupons are high value enough that it’s worth using.
Trader Joe’s does not offer store coupons, but they do accept manufacturer coupons. Their prices are reasonable and they offer a lot of products that are hard to find.