Pick Your Own

BerriesI absolutely LOVE going berry picking! I never really went to U-Pick Farms as a kid, but I remember going to my Grandma’s house and picking the best Oregon Blackberries from her property. Maybe that has something to do with the joy I find in U-Picks, or maybe it that I get to teach my kids the value of hard work, and about reaping a harvest, and where food actually comes from. Or maybe it’s the screaming good deal you can get on all the as-fresh-as-can-possibly-be produce. We went to two different U-Pick Farms this week.

DSC_1036The first was a Blueberry Farm where we picked 3 gallons (or 24 pints) of No Spray Blueberries for a total of $30.00. That works out to $1.25 a pint, which by the way is twice as much as it cost last year, but still a really great deal. For reference I just saw conventional blueberries at Target for $3.99 a pint.DSC_1050

Today we picked 4 pints No Spray Olallieberries and Logan for a total of $16.00. This is not a crazy deal, but still pretty good for pesticide/herbicide free berries that are fresh off the vine. Next we plan on picking some Cherries. I was told they are $1.50 per pound and are pesticide free! We are not into June yet and I have already spent my stock-up budget on U-Pick fruit, but I think it is worth it.

DSC_1045If you are wondering about the U-Pick Farms in your area most regions will have a list of Farms on the internet. Here is a link for many of the Farms here in Northern California.

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New coupons including FREE Stretch Island Fruit Leather

I feel like there were more great high value whole food coupons out this week than there have been the last few. Here’s the list as well as some match-up deals.

Coupons.com

  • $0.75 off and 2 Larabar or Uber Bar
  • $0.75 off any Cascadian Farms product
  • $0.75 off 1 4.5oz or larger Food Should Taste Good chips
  • $1.00 off any 1 Kettle Brand Chips (8.5oz or larger)…I love the Baked Sea Salt chips. Great for this weekends Memorial Day celebrations.
  • $0.75 off 1 Stretch Island Fruit Chews product (zipcode 03110, go here, enter zipcode, and return to coupons.com)

The Stretch Island coupon can be used on singles. WinCo has them for $0.48 each, making them FREE. I have also heard Walmart has them for $0.68 each and they will give you cash back, where as WinCo will not.

Earthbound Farm

  • $1.00 off 2 EB Farms products

S&W

  • $1.00 off 5 cans of S&W beans

Hannaford

  • $2.00 off any 1 Glutino Product.

Walmart has Glutino corn chips for $2.78, making the $.78 after coupon.

There was also a $2.00 off Valsic Farmer’s Garden Dill Pickles making them just $0.98 at Walmart. The coupon has now ran out of prints, so if you were able to get that one congrats!

 

This weeks coupons and a couple of match-ups

I’ve kind of been slacking on getting coupons and links posted. So to make up for it I’ll also let you know of a few good match-ups I’ve found.

Coupon.com

  • $1.00 off 1 Hindoe Rice
  • $2.00 off 1 Natural Delights Medjool dates
  • $2.00 off 2 Kashi Cereal

Target has single serving Kashi Go Lean cereal for $1.35 each. After the coupon they are $0.35 when you buy 2. The date coupon is also a very rare coupon, so make sure you print it before they are gone.

Mambo Sprout

  • $0.55 off one Silk product

Common Kindness

  • $1.00 off 1 Erewhon Cereal product
  • $1.00 off Woodstock Organic Tofu
  • $1.00 off Woodstock Frozen Fruit or Veg
  • $1.00 off Fantastic World Foods Product
  • $0.75 off 1 Clover Product
  • $1.00 off Rising Moon Organic Frozen Pasta
  • $1.00 off Uncle Sam Cereal

EB Farms always has a weekly coupon

  • $0.75 off any EarthBound Farm Product

Winco has 8oz boxes of EBFarm spinach for $1.98 making it $1.23 after coupon.

Facebook finds

Target has Van’s frozen waffels for $2.50 making them $0.50 after coupon.

Walmart has Lindsay Olives for $1.52 making them $0.52 after coupon. I tried to use this coupon at WinCo as they have the same olives for $0.68 which would make them FREE, but they would not take the coupon as it says “available at Walmart”. This is really just an ad for Walmart, but I was not in the mood to argue. Walmart also has Muir Glen tomato paste for $0.98 making it $0.24 after coupon. They also have diced tomatoes for $1.38 making them $0.63 each.DSC_0981

I also wanted to share that I found boxes of 16 Larabars at Grocery Outlet for just $5.99. That’s just over $0.37 a bar. I bought 8 boxes from my Grocery Outlet and spend most of my monthly stock-up budget. This will save us so much money in the next three or four months!

Sunday Paper Coupon Inserts

Traditional couponers purchase at least one Sunday paper for every person in their family so that when they find a great deal they have the coupons to buy lots of that product. I know, I used to do it. When I started the transition to real food, I felt like it was not going to be worth it anymore as the newspaper inserts are typically filled with processed foods. I still follow a couple of couponing blogs and about twice a month I see a deal with coupons from the paper that I really wish I had.

My husband has just started a new project for our family that I’m calling “The nuclear fallout stockpile”. Not only because it will be our stockpile in case something happens to our area or family, but also because the food is just as bad as nuclear fallout. (maybe not that bad, I have not researched the effects of nuclear fallout:) He will be taking the traditional couponing approach and only bringing home things that are free or we are being paid for.

Because of this, I was able to look through some Sunday paper coupons this week and was really excited about it. I think companies are becoming more aware of the fact that their consumers are doing the research and want to eat real food. These are the coupons I ended up clipping from the 4/29 Sunday inserts:

  • $0.75 off Organic or Cage Free Egglands Best eggsorganic-eggs-t
  • $0.50 off any Egglands Best eggs
  • $0.50 off any 8oz, 16oz, 24oz, or 48oz Pom juice
  • $1.00 off any 3 Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice. They have brown and wild rice pouches, but I’m not sure if there are any additives in them.
  • $1.00 off 2 Crunchmaster crackers

This week Raley’s has Egglands Best Organic and Cage Free eggs on sale for $3.99. Making them $3.24 with the $.075 off coupon. I may just use all 4 of the coupons I have.

Larabar deal and Rare Organic Valley milk coupon

Everyone in my household LOVES Larabars, but at $1.30ish for one it’s hard for me to buy more than 3 a week. This week however I was able to stock up. Target had the boxes of 5 of sale for $5.00, which is a pretty good deal by itself. On top of the sale there was a $1.00 off any Uber or Larabar multi pack coupon on the box! $4.00 for 5 Larabars, that just $0.80 each. I was able to purchase 4 boxes and not totally blow my budget.

I did not get too many other great deals this week, but I did convince my husband that it’s a good idea to start making our own bread again. They saying “the best thing since sliced bread” is really true in our house. If the bread is not pre-sliced some people have an aversion to it. I will now be making our bread on a weekly basis which will cost about $1.00-$1.50 rather than the $3.00 I was spending for bread I was not that happy about.

My mom also gave me about the cups of nuts and seeds that she had planned on using, but did not get around to. There is no better deal than free. With those nuts I made Granola bars (recipe to come) and granola. So I guess my largest savings this week was by making things myself. I also made some roasted chickpeas and plan to make some bagels later this week to go with some organic cream cheese I got at Grocery Outlet the other week.

I was able to find a few good coupons online this week. Here they are:

Earthbound Farm

Smart Source

Organic Valley

Lundberg

By emailing Lundberg I received 2 $1.00 off any Lundberg product coupons. I would say it was with the dozen or so words in the email.

Deals from today’s shopping trip

I made my usual grocery trip today and got some great deals. I was able to get 3/4 lb nitrate, nitrite, hormone, and antibiotic free bacon at Grocery Outlet for $2.99. My husband is going to be thrilled for this treat.

I was able to get some really great deals at WinCo this week with some high value coupons totaling $7.05. Here are the deal I got.

  • S&W Beans on sale for $0.68. I used a $1.00 off 2 coupon, making them $0.18 per can when you buy 2. I had 2 coupons so I purchased 4 can of Garbonzo Beans and plan to make these yummy roasted chickpeas.
  • 1/2 Gallon Blue Diamond Almond Milk on sale for $2.68. I used a $0.75 off coupon making it $1.93.
  • 32oz Nancy’s yogurt on sale for $2.37. I used a $0.55 off coupon that I received at a Beekeeping event in Oregon this weekend.
  • Hormel Natural Honey Ham on sale for $2.48. I used a $1.00 off 2 coupon making them $1.98 each when you purchase 2.
  • Van’s Honey Whole Wheat frozen Waffles on sale for $2.68. I used a $1.00 off 1 coupon making them $1.68.
  • Earthbound Farm Organic Spinach for $2.48. I used a $0.75 off any EB Farms Product coupon making it $1.73 for the box.
  • Tillamook Sour Cream on sale for $1.68. I used a $1.00 off coupon making it $0.68.

I also used a coupon for $0.75 off 3 Larabars at Trader Joe’s, making the bars $1.04 each.

In other news, I heard back from the two bread companies I emailed about coupons. The first was Dave’s Killer Bread. They let me know that they no longer have coupons as there was a high level of fraud with their coupons. Bummer. I also mentioned to them in the email that I wanted the coupons as I could not afford to buy $4 bread with my budget. The person who emailed me back said I could find the stores that had the bread on sale on the Dave’s Killer Bread website…which could be helpful. But she also let me know that WinCo and Cash and Carry always had their bread for under $4.oo a loaf. I happen to know WinCo sells it for $3.88 and does not carry the Powerseed bread, which is the only one I have seen that is whole grain and sweetened with fruit juice as apposed to sugar.

I also emailed Alpine Valley, and they let me know that they plan on having coupons soon and to check back in 3 months. I will most likely purchase their bread.

As I was trying to think of the products I use most, so I could email the manufacturers, I thought of brown rice. I usually buy bulk, but if I could get packaged as cheap or cheaper than bulk, I would of course buy it. So I sent an email to Lundberg, who let me know that they have mailed me some coupons good on any of their products and that they also have printable coupons their website. I am looking forward to those coupons coming in the mail and will share the value once I receive them.

Printable coupons

Here are the coupons I have found on the internet in the last week or two. There are some really great ones out there!

Earthbound Farm

  • $0.75 off 2 Sonyfield Organic 5.3oz cups or 1 16oz or 4oz 4pk
  • $1.00 off 2 Earthbound Farm Products

Coupons.com

  • $0.75 off 1 1/2 gallon Almond Breeze (Only at Walmart)
  • $1.00 off 2 Hormel Natural Choice (Only at Walmart)
  • $0.55 1 So Delicious product
  • $0.55 off 1 Indiana Popcorn product (Only at Walmart) I think they have some that is just popcorn, salt, and oil
  • $1.50 off 1 Seeds of change product
  • $1.00 off 1 Planter Nut-rition product
  • $0.40 off 1 4oz or larger Frigo product
  • $1.00 off 1 Hindo Product
  • $0.75 off 1 Snikiddy product
  • $0.75 off 1 16 oz Tillamook Sour Cream
  • $0.55 off 1 Imagine Sounp, gravy, or broth
  • $0.50 off 3 6oz Tillamook yogurts
  • Buy1 Get 1 free Tillamook yogurt
  • $0.75 off 3 Larabar, Uber, or Jocalabars

Mambo Sprouts

  • $1.00 off 1 1/2 gallon silk product
  • $1.00 off Arrowhead Mills Whole Grain Product
  • $0.75 off 2 Blue Diamond Nut thins
  • $1.00 off 3 Earth Best fruit and veg pouches
  • Buy 1 get 1 free Kit’s Organic Bars
  • $1.00 off 1 Santa Cruize Organic Peanut Better
  • $1.50 off 2 Mary’s Gone Crackers
  • $1.00 off 1 Country Choice Organic product
  • $1.00 off 2 Tasty Bites product
  • $1.00 off 1 Silver Hills Bakery product

S&W emailer

  • $1.00 of 2 S&W beans

Van’s emailer

  • $1.00 off 1 Van’s product

I have also just written letters to Dave’s Killer Bread, Alpine Valley, and King Author Flour asking for coupons so I’ll let you know what comes out of that.