5 Reasons to Buy Your Groceries Online!

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As a busy mom I am always looking for new ways to save time and money without compromising the values that are important to me. A couple years ago I decided to try grocery shopping online and I have to tell you, it has been both a money and a time saver and my house is stocked up with delicious organic ingredients and real foods and grass-fed meats and other items. The best part is I don’t even have to go to the grocery store! Here are 5 reasons to buy your groceries online!

5 Reasons to Buy Your Groceries Online

  1. Save Time – Heading to the grocery store, especially with kids, can be time consuming and stressful. If you go to the store at a busy time it can be challenging finding a parking spot and you can even spend time waiting in line to check out. Do you really want to spend your free time grocery shopping? I know I don’t, so I had to give online shopping a try. I will tell you, I do not miss grocery shopping. I can get most of my shopping done online, in my pajamas, drinking wine, once the kids go to bed or whenever works for me! I won’t lie….it’s pretty awesome!
  2. Save Money – Time is money, gas is money, and to get the best prices you can often hop all around town trying to take advantage of discounts and specials. With online retailers many places offer regular discounts, coupon codes, free promotions, or free shipping with a minimum order amount. You can buy from multiple retailers without having to leave the comfort of your home. I find that when I am able to shop in a more relaxed setting I make better decisions when it comes to how much I spend and the types of food I buy.
  3. Get premium Foods – Get organic foods, grass-fed meats, and healthy snacks delivered to your doorstep. How does it get much better than that?! It can be costly heading to health food stores to grocery shop, and I find that despite my best intentions, I end up spending too much on things we don’t need. With online shopping I can get what I want for a lower price and I don’t even have to leave my house! Which leads me to reason #4……
  4. You won’t have to take the kids to the store! – Seriously, moms…..do I have to say anything other than that? You can do your grocery shopping at your leisure, without anyone whining about wanting treats or fighting with their sibling. Add that to the stress of kids who are begging you to buy every treat in sight, having to go to the bathroom, fighting with their sibling, etc.  The best thing about online grocery shopping? You can avoid all that, or at least minimize it quite a bit. We still go to our local coop and Farmer’s Markets for things like Raw milk and produce, but our grocery shopping trips are much more relaxed, and less frequent since I started buying most of my groceries online.
  5. It’s Fun to get food delivered! – It’s like food Christmas! All you have to do is put it away! How easy is that?! I love it and get so excited on food delivery days! And I’ve never had any problems with spoilage or anything like that. Everything is fresh and in great condition and packaged appropriately. The meats have plenty of cooling included in case you cannot get to it right away. I’ve had mine arrive while I was out running errands on a hot day and the meat was still frozen when I went to put it away a couple hours later.

Con – The only real con is that if you need food in your house ASAP you will have to visit a store. Ordering online means that you must be prepared. It can take 1-3 days to receive orders so you need to plan accordingly. I usually place an order when I see that our cupboards and fridge/freezer are getting low so that I receive a delivery before we completely run out.

Where I Shop Online

These are my favorite places to shop online:

Thrive Market: – This is essentially Whole Foods meets Costco! I love ordering snacks for lunches and baking and cooking ingredients at 25-50% lower than anywhere else! Use this link and get an additional 15% off your first order!

US Wellness Meats: – I love their selections of so many grass-fed meats, wild-caught seafoods and they have lots of sugar free options of bacons and sausages too. They have an amazing selection and they ship really fast!

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Eating Healthy On a Budget

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Feeding a family healthy, organic foods can sound expensive, but over the years I have learned how to feed my family the best foods possible without spending a ton of money. This post will share with you my favorite ways to eat healthy on a budget.

Yogi Mami’s Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget!

Thrive Market

Thrive is a new company that I am OBSESSED with! I couldn’t be happier about recently finding out about them. Think Whole Foods meets Costco. It has healthy, organic and non-GMO verified foods and I love their mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone! It requires a $60 yearly membership fee but the prices are 25-50% below retail and each paid membership will sponsor a free annual membership for a low-income family. That allows free access for an entire year to healthy, wholesome products at prices lower than their highly-processed, unhealthy alternatives. I love that it’s free shipping on orders over $49. And you can try it yourself now for your first month FREE and 15% off your first order if you click here to sign-up!

Farmer’s Market

I love visiting the different Farmer’s Markets around town and picking up ingredients for a SLO/Slow Food meal. SLO stands for Seasonal Local Organic and Slow food is the opposite of fast food. I love it because I can spend $20 and have enough food for two entire meals for my family with lots of leftovers! When you support local small businesses and farmers you are supporting the economy, you are helping a family. Click here to find a Farmers’ Market near you!

CSA

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal, local food directly from a farmer. Basically a farmer a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of fruit or vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share also known as a “membership” or a “subscription” and in return receive seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.   Click here to find a CSA near you!

Food Cooperative

A food cooperative or co-op is a food distribution outlet that is designed as an autonomous association of people who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual social, economic, and cultural benefit. The benefits of shopping at a Co-op is that decisions of the store are not made by outside shareholders but rather members that typically exhibit a higher degree of social and environmental responsibility than corporate alternatives. Because cooperation builds strong bonds between the people who use products and the people who supply them, co-ops offer a way to transform the way business is done. Co-ops give you the opportunity to get the products and services you need on a daily basis while strengthening the community around you. I have been a member of my Co-op for several years now and absolutely love it. The produce is fresh, organic and I know it’s local because it tells me the name and location of the farms it came from! I love that I am able to buy many of the items in bulk and the prices are lower than other health food stores. Click here to find a Coop near you.

Nearby Farmer’s

If you live in a more rural area with farms nearby you have the opportunity to get to know your farmer personally and take advantage of what they have to offer. Living in the city I don’t have access to farmers too close by but I try my best to find ones that are as local as possible. At the moment I order my grass-fed and pastured meats from here that ships across the US.

 

Do you have any other tips to add about eating healthy food on a budget?

 

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