Annie’s Homegrown Products

 

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Well.ca has Annie’s Homegrown products on sale for at least 25% off.  I like these products because they use a lot of natural, organic and gluten-free products.  Their bunny crackers and fruit gummies are great alternatives to the conventional products that often contain ingredients I don’t recognize, along with high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavours/colours.

After reading Our Year Without Groceries, I’ve been really thinking how I could do something similar and avoid the grocery stores and this is a good way.  With FREE shipping with the purchase of $25 or more, I can easily stop up on good snacks that my kids love, without even leaving my house!

Sale ends August 3.

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How I Drink My Coffee Now

As I learn more about refined sugar and how it’s all GMO-made, I’ve been looking for alternative sweeteners.  I’m still taking baby steps here and don’t know much about great alternatives and how to use them, but this is a start.

I bought this big bag of organic coconut palm sugar at Costco and it will last me a while.  The organic coconut milk was also from Costco and I had bought it on sale thinking I may have to go off dairy again with this baby: thankfully Charles is fine with my dairy consumption.  Since I have it though, I decided it tastes pretty darn good in my coffee.  Sometimes, when I have canned coconut milk, I will whip that up into a delicious whipped cream (flavored with a touch or honey or maple syrup) and put that in instead.  Mmm delicious.

Check out this neat website that searches top food blogs by specific ingredients.  I’m eager to try some that use coconut palm sugar.

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In case you’re wondering, the thermos is also from Costco…

Save on Organic Milk and Bananas This Week

Bananas and milk are staples in our home, so thankfully this week we can get extra savings!

Organic bananas at Superstore are usually about $0.97/lb.  Keep your receipt and upload it to Checkout51 and get $0.25 rebate.  This may not seem like much, but the rebates add up until you reach $20 and then you will have a cheque mailed to you!

photoDon’t forget to check your PC Points offers this week.  You might have the bananas offer like I do and can score even more savings!

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Sobeys has their Dairyland organic 4L of milk on sale for $7.99 this week.  Use the $1 off coupon and get it for only $6.99.  I will be taking the Sobey’s flyer in and price matching it at Superstore since I hardly ever shop at Sobeys.

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Price match this sale price at Superstore or Walmart!

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I found these at the Baseline Sobeys in Sherwood Park.

Happy shopping!

 

5 Well.ca Natural Care Sale Products I Love

Well.ca has some natural care sale items on their website right now.  I wouldn’t consider these as stock up prices, but if you’re in need, check them out!

1. Naty Diapers/Wipes by NatureCare.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders over $25.

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I tried these diapers when I found them on clearance at Superstore for $5.  That is definitely a stock up price, but this price is decent especially since it’s shipped right to your front door.

  • 100% chlorine free
  • Based on biodegradable materials
  • Biodegradable back sheet film based on corn
  • 100% GMO free
  • Newborn sizing fits babies up to 10 lbs

2. Weleda Skin Care Products.
20% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.

I have tried the diaper and skin cream on my babies and love it!  The smell of calendula is calming and the ingredients are gentle and result producing.  Weleda has excellent adult products as well.

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3. Earth’s Best Food and Chlorine-Free Diapers.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.b5e1722778e68240cf06142965ec7ede_ra,w403,h403_pa,w403,h403I actually haven’t tried this product, but if I ever need to use formula it’s on my list!

3. Aleva Naturals Bamboo products.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.

I have tried the baby diaper wipes and have found them to be gentle and excellent quality.  From time to time I’ve seen them on sale at London Drugs.

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  • Maternity and baby natural skincare products.
  • Developed by a naturopath, herbalist and pharmacist.
  • Natural and organic ingredients.

4. Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Teas.
Select teas on sale.

I have tried almost all their teas and am very impressed with the quality and taste.  This tea can also be bought at Two Mothers in Edmonton.

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All Earth Mama teas are naturally caffeine free, in biodegradable, easy to brew tea bags. 100% recycled and recyclable cartons. Steep, sip and enjoy!  USDA Certified 100% Organic and Certified Kosher teas formulated for pregnancy’s most common discomforts.

5. Aden + Anais Organic Cotton Swaddling Wraps.
30% off until June 1st.  Free shipping!

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I already wrote about how much I love these swaddling blankets, but wanted to remind you that the sale ends in just two days!  Great price for these blankets.

Organic Sheets Clearance Sale

Right now, Sherwood Park Target has a few different organic cotton sheets and pillow cases on clearance for $34.99 (regular $49.99.  Pillow cases are clearing for $9.99.).  It’s very likely that if no one picks these up that the clearance price will go down even further: Target has clearance prices that can go up to 90% off!  I’m going to wait around to see if these sheets get to 50% off, then I’ll scoop up a set.

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Aden and Anais Organic Baby Blankets

Anyone who has tried Aden and Anais blankets are almost guaranteed to love them!  We have tried the classics and bamboo, but now we will be trying the 3 pack organic cotton muslim blankets because they are on SALE for only $50.99 (regular price $59.99)!  That makes each blanket roughly $16, which is the same price as their regular priced non-organic blankets! I have never, ever seen the organic blankets on sale anywhere so we’re very excited about this!

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“For countless generations, mothers have swaddled and cared for their children. aden + anais® has gone one step further to bring you soft, organic cotton muslin swaddling wraps. Luxuriously soft, it is the ideal fabric to use on delicate baby skin. All aden + anais swaddling wraps are available in fashion forward prints that say as much about your style as they do about the traditions that bind mothers together around the world.

Features:

  • Includes three 47″ x 47″ pre-washed organic cotton muslin swaddles
  • Breathable: Helps reduce the risk of overheating
  • Practical: Easy to care for – machine washable
  • Versatile: works as a stroller or nursing cover, changing pad cover, tummy time blanket and more!”

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While still considered “pricey” for baby blankets, these will last you forever and if they are anything like the bamboo and original, they will just get softer and better over time.

Thanks to a mom in my mom’s group for the tip!

First Grocery Shopping Trips of April!

Last week was insanely busy, so I’m sorry this is posted late!  What with spring cleaning and nesting for a baby due in 5 weeks, my blogging has unfortunately taken a back seat :S  Anyways, here it is!

I wanted to go to Superstore while I still had a few days left in March, because we needed milk and I wanted to use up my expiring Dairyland Organic Milk coupons.  So we headed over on March 29 for our first “April” grocery foods trip.

That week they were offering 25,000 PC Points when you spend $250 in-store.  We not only bought what was on our food grocery items list for the week, but we also bought a few other non-food items which brought us to $250.

The trip to Superstore was intense.  My kids were really awesome but in the end we got the slowest moving line, the kids decided to get into styrofoam while we were checking out (and throw it all over the place yelling “SNOW!”) so by the time I got home I was too exhausted to feed them a late lunch, arrange my groceries for a blog picture, then put them away.  So here’s a list of what we bought instead:

Black Diamond block cheese (700g) $7.98 x 2 = $15.96
Kettle GMO-Free Potato Chips (same price as Lays this week) – 2/$5
Schwepps Gingerale 12 pk case (I’m still nauseous off and on so this is good to have) – $4 – $2cpn = $2Smoked Oysters $1.48 x 4 = $5.92 – $1 x 2 cpns = $3.92
Maple Syrup (I have bought this at Costco before but it’s the same price so why not reward myself) – $12.99
Oasis organic apple juice boxes – $1.64 x 2 – $0.75 x 2 cpns = $1.78
Liberte Mediterranean Lime Dessert Yogurt (500g) – $2.97
Iogo tubes (8x60g) $2.48 x 2 – $1 x 2 cpns = $2.96

Dairyland Organic Milk (price matched with the Save on Foods Flyer) $7.99 – $1 cpn = $6.99
Organic mushrooms (454g) – $2.48
Organic bananas$1.70
Bolthouse Blue Smoothie – $3.97
Free-from pork backribs x 2 + 4200 PC Points = $21.63
PC Hummus $4.79 – 50% clearance = $2.39
Pillers Simply Free Roasted Turkey Breast Deli Meat $3.98 – 50% clearance – $0.75 cpn + 500 PC points= $1.24

Total Superstore food-grocery spending = $87.98 (before taxes and deposits)
Total PC Points =29,800

On Tuesday we hit up Costco and Safeway for a few needed items.  Here are the food grocery items from Costco:

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Organic tomato sauce$8.99
Fruit Source Bars – $19.89 – $4 sale = $15.89
Cream cheese – $7.49 – $2 sale = $5.49/each  (We use A LOT of cream cheese here and this price was too good to pass up).
Organic coconut oil$18.99

Clearly not everything is organic, but when we can’t/don’t buy something organic, we try to keep it as real/whole as possible.

Total Costco Spending = $55.64

We hadn’t gone to Safeway in a while, but decided to last week because it was 10% off Tuesday, they had a 50% off store specific coupon for Huggies diapers which could be combined with my manufacturer coupons!  With soon to be three in diapers I need to stay on top of diaper savings (you should see my stash!  It’s HUGE!).  In order to get the 10% off we had to spend $50, so we bought a few items we needed right away.  Before the month started, my husband asked if I could “please, please” buy him Safeway bread because it’s his favorite, so I did.  Next month we will try Cobs.  Again, this was another hurried trip so I didn’t have time to take a photo when we got home, but here’s what we got:

Spitz Seeds (227g) x 2 = $5.78
4L Organic Milk
$7.99
Huggies diapers (27ct and 31ct) x 2 – 50% store coupon – $1.50 cpn – $3 cpn = $11.23
* (I do not include diapers in the food grocery budget so it will not be included in the total at the bottom).
12 bakery buns – $2.40
Bakery raisin bread x 2 -50% clearance = $3.49Whole wheat bakery bread x 6 – 50% clearance x 1 = $8.44
French bread – $1.89
Strawberries (not organic this time) 2lbs x 2 = $4.99
In-store fresh spinach dip – $6.58

Total spending at Safeway (includes GST and minus 10%) = $36.28

The Organic Box

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Week 1

Total spending with The Organic Box (cost includes the entire month) = $110.00

Total April food grocery spending so far: $345.90

 

Costco’s Organic and Whole Foods Price List

This list is based on the availability of products at the Sherwood Park and South Edmonton Costco as of March 2014.

Bakery
– Silver Hills Little Big Bread (2 x 430g) $5.99
– Silver Hills The Big 16 (2 x 615g) $6.29
– Silver Hills Max Flax (2 x 615g) $6.29
– Silver Hills Gluten Free Flax Seed (2 x 600g) $8.59
– Silver Hills Squirelley Bread (2 x 600g) $6.29

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Beverages
– Kirkland 100% Organic Carrot Juice (3 x 946ml) $7.99
– Sambazon Organic Acai Superfood Juice (2 x 1L) $9.89
– Dairyland Organic 2% Milk (4L) $7.89
– Salt Spring West Coast Organic Fair Trade Blend Bean (908g) $15.99
– Level Ground Tanzania coffee (908g) $15.99
– So Delicious Organic Coconut Milk (6 x 946ml) $10.99
– Almond Breeze (6 x 946ml) $11.59

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Dry Goods
– Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave Syrup (2 x 736ml) $12.79
– Newmans Organic Tomato Sauce (4 x 695ml) $7.99 (sale price: $4.99)
– Kirkland Organic Tomato Paste (12 x 156ml) $7.59
– Kirkland Organic Tomato Sauce (12 x 398ml) $8.79
– Kirkland Organic Diced Tomatoes (8 x 796ml) $10.49
– TruRoots Organic Sprouted Quinoa and Rice (4lbs) $10.99
– TruRoots Organic Quinoa Blend (4lbs) $15.99
– TruRoots Organic Quinoa (4lbs) $15.99
– Annie’s Homegrown Mac & Cheese (12 x 170g) $13.89
– Anita’s Organic Whole Grain Spelt Flour (4kg) $19.99
– Pure Palm Organic Coconut Sugar (1.8kg) $10.99
– Made in Nature Organic Calimyrna Figs (1.13kg) $12.59
– Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado Oil (GMO-Free) (1L) $11.99
– Kirkland Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2L) $15.99
– Amy’s Soup Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque (8 x 398ml) $14.99
– Kirkland Organic Black Bean Soup (8 x 500ml) $11.99- Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Broth (6 x 946ml) $12.99
– Pacific Foods Organic Vegetable Broth (6 x 946ml) $12.99
– Simply Natural Organic Pasta Sauce (4 x 739ml) $8.89 (sale price: $6.89)
– Nature’s Path Organic Granola (1kg) $8.59
– Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch (1kg) $8.59
– Nature’s Path Crunchy Maple Sunrise Gluten Free (750g) $7.69
– Wild Roots Gluten Free pancake mix (1.5kg) $9.89
– Organicville Sesame Teriyaki Sauce (936ml) $6.79
– Culinary Treasures Organic Dressing (950ml) $5.99
– Kirkland Organic no-salt seasoning (411g) $8.99
– LB Maple Treat organic maple sugar (500g) $11.99

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Frozen
– Phillyswirl Coconut Water & Chia Popsicles (30ct) $11.99
– Snowcrest Farm Wild Organic Frozen Blueberries (1.5kg) $12.49
– Moov Organic Mango Chunks (2kg) $9.99
– Pure Nature Organic Broccoli (1.75kg) $7.89
– Watts Brothers Organic Mixed Vegetables (2kg) $6.99
– Sunshine Harvest Organic Peaches & Cream (2.5kg) $7.99
– Sunshine Harvest Organic Peas (2.5kg) $7.99

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Meat/Proteins
– Whole Chicken $9.39/kg (2 chickens are roughly $30)
– Ground beef  (based on suppliers)
– Superior Tofu Organic Tofu (3 x 350g) $6.99
– Burnbrae Large Organic Eggs (1.5 dozen) $8.69
– Maranatha Natural Almond Butter (737g) $10.99 (sale price: $8.99)

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Produce
– Organic strawberries (2lbs) $7.99
– Earthbound Farms organic broccolette $6.99
– Earthbound Farms organic mixed baby kale (454g) $4.49
– Earthbound Farms organic mini carrots (3.27kg) $6.49
– Earthbound Farms organic baby romaine (353g?) $3.69
– Earthbound Farms organic spring mix (?g) $3.69
– Earthbound Farms baby spinach (?g) $3.69

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Snacks
– Angies Tri Colour Popping Corn (GMO-free) (3kg) $10.89
– Prana Organic Trail Mix (681g) $11.99
– Kirkland Organic Tortilla Chips (908g) $5.69
– Mary’s Organic Crackers (566g) $7.99
– RW Garcia Sweet Potato Crackers (567g) $5.99
– GoGo Quinoa chocolate chip cookies gluten free (396g) $6.99
– Wild Roots Kale & Chia Wild Chips (680g) $6.29
– Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars  (24 x 57g) $8.99
– True to Nature Gluten Free Variety Pack (24 x 35g) $13.99
– True to Nature Hemp Protein Bar (24 x 40g) $16.99
– True to Nature Granola Bar (24 x 35g) $12.99
– Ricklands Organic Fruit & Nut Bar (18 x 40g) $16.99
– Larabar Variety Pack (18ct) (whole food) $16.99
– Taste of Nature Organic Food Bar (18 x 40g) $17.99
– Wild Roots 100% Natural Trail Mix (737g)  $9.99 (sale price: $7.99)
– Annie’s Bunny Grahams (30 x 28g packets) $9.99
– Sarah’s Organic 8 Grain Flatbread (2 x 371g) $7.49 (sale price: $4.99)

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Stay tuned for my list of things I’d buy at Costco.

Frugal Friday Finds! Vol. 1

On Fridays I will be posting all the organic food sales for the week. I’ll point out specific tips and tricks to get optimal savings!  Here’s what I found so far this week:

Sobeys:
If you’re shopping at this store, don’t forget to bring your rewards card!

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Dairyland organic milk (4L) is cheaper this week at Sobeys than Superstore, BUT take your flyer in to Superstore to price match, use the $1 off coupon and I’ll be using my $5.31 Superbucks to get it for only $1.68!  If you choose to do this, don’t forget to scan your PC Plus points card so that they know you buy this product and can rewarded for it another time!
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The Silver Hills gluten free bread goes on sale at Save on Foods 2/$7 and sometimes on 15% off Tuesday.  That’s the best time to stock up, but if you need the bread now, this is a decent price.

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 Save on Foods:
If you’re shopping at this store, don’t forget to bring your rewards card!

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For me it’s the mushrooms that really stick out for me (only the mushrooms and salad are organic here).  We use A LOT of mushrooms here and not only is the price VERY decent for the quantityand quality (organic), but you get 10X the points for buying them too!

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Certainly not the best price I’ve ever seen for the strawberries or blueberries, but if you need them, these are the sale prices for the week.

Superstore:
If you’re shopping at this store, don’t forget to bring your rewards card and Superbucks!

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None of these products really interest me, but I always check out the PC organic salads because they are usually $2.50-$3.50 for 5oz.  Check out the apples too because you can find them 3lbs for $3.98-$4.98 and they are DELICIOUS!  If you have PC Point awards for fruits/veggies this week, make sure you get the organic kind: you will be rewarded for that!

These are the flyer deals I found this week.  If you see any more or any in-store specials, let me know!