The Organic/Raw Foods Couponer: Most of your family’s diet is comprised of raw foods, and you shop differently from many other couponers. Because you don’t buy a lot of canned or pre-packaged foods, it’s hard for you to stockpile. Instead, you save money by being familiar with several different sources for raw foods, fresh produce, grains, and meats and keeping an eye out for deals wherever and whenever you can find them. You shop by combining several different resources, including local growers, your own garden, farmers’ markets, co-ops, neighbors and family’s gardens, and, particularly during the winter, supermarkets that carry organic or high-quality foods. Although you don’t stockpile a lot of foods, you might still stockpile health and beauty aids and other toiletries.
Why You Love PYP: Because eating raw and organic foods may be more expensive than eating more heavily processed foods, you have to be extra vigilant about your price shopping. You appreciate the fact that PYP has separate price points for organic foods, and you keep an eye out for those bargains on the weekly shopping lists. Because you may be spending generously in the food department, you can really benefit from PYP’s deals on non-consumable grocery items like toiletries and health and beauty aids. You also benefit from PYP’s strong local community, which helps you become familiar with growers, co-ops, produce stands, and farmers’ markets in your area. You enjoy sharing whole foods recipes with others on PYP, and you might frequent the gardening forum, where PYPers share their most time and cost effective tips for growing their own whole foods. Additionally, because your grocery budget may be higher than that of other households, you appreciate PYP’s Screaming Deals Online forum, which allows you to save significantly in other areas of your household budget like clothing, gifts, books, and travel.
What You Bring to PYP: As you become more experienced in combining frugality with fresh foods, you’re able to offer advice and tips to other frugalites who want to incorporate more raw foods in their diets. You know where, how, and when to buy certain fresh foods, and other PYPers appreciate the chance to learn from your experience. You may also be quite knowledgeable in the area of green and organic living, and other PYPers benefit from your ability and willingness to help them learn more about this important area.