Here are 10 quick tips for saving money on food during the holidays:
1. If you will be shopping at Whole Foods for vegan, organic or gluten-free fare, visit their website for printable coupons first. When you get to the store, stop at the entrance to grab their circular, which also has lots of coupons.
2. Visit CommonKindness.com before you go shopping to look for rare coupons on healthier finds. As a bonus, they will donate to a charity you choose every time you use one of their printable coupons.
3. Check my RedPlum printable coupons page for money-saving coupons on basic supplies and pantry essentials.
4. If you need inexpensive frozen foods, hit up the Dollar Tree. They almost always have frozen fruits and vegetables (sometimes they are even organic!), and they take manufacturer's coupons.
5. If you need inexpensive produce and are not necessarily looking for organic options, some 99 Cents Only Stores have pretty impressive produce sections.
6. Keep an eye on those store sales circulars that come in the mail or in your newspaper. Lots of stores have great sales on items commonly included in holiday meals. (Couple this with coupons to save even more.)
7. If you are on the hunt for money-saving online coupons, check out Coupons.com when planning your next shopping trip. They often have a surprising number of organic, vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan coupons.
8. It is not too late to order healthy foods online for big discounts! I don't think it has ever taken more than about three days to get my orders from Vitacost -- and they are always having big sales on healthy foods and personal care products.
9. Visit the Where to Find Vegan Coupons page for lots of tips on where you can find organic coupons, gluten-free coupons, vegetarian coupons and more!
10. If you have a Winco or other grocery store with a good bulk section, this is a great (and cheap) way to stock up on baking flours, rice, beans, spices, nuts, cereals, oats, pastas and more. My local Winco has gluten-free pasta, gluten-free flours, organic quinoa, organic rice and lots of other healthy options that can help you keep your family and friends well fed!