Coupons for Real Food

Coupons for Real Food

People say you can only find coupons for processed foods, but that just isn’t true. Check out this list of coupons for real foods and real ingredients, and see for yourself:


  • $1 off one Once Again Nut Butter product



  • $.55 off one Florida Crystals Sugar product
  • $.50 off any Star Vinegar
  • $1 off any Star Olive Oil
  • $.35 off any FLAV-R-PAC or WESTPAC product
  • $1 off one jar of Star Olives, 7 oz. or larger
  • $1 off Wholesome Sweeteners brand Organic Sugar, Stevia, Agave or Honey


  • $.75 off one flip-top dispenser of Domino Sugar (Quick Dissolve Superfine or Pourable Brown)
  • $1 off one bottle of Domino Organic Blue Agave Nectar
  • $.55 off one Florida Crystals Sugar product
  • $.75 off any two Domino Sugar products, 2 lbs. or larger
  • $1.50 off one Tate + Lyle Fairtrade Certified Sugar product

Common Kindness

  • $1 off Alter Eco Unrefined Mascabado Cane Sugar
  • $1 off Alter Eco Thai Sticky Purple Rice
  • $.75 off any Clover Stornetta Farms product
  • $.75 off any Country Choice organic canister oats
  • $1 off any one Star Olive Oil, 7.2 oz. or larger
  • $.50 off any Uncle Matt’s organic 12 oz. juice
  • $.75 off any Uncle Matt’s organic 59 oz. juice
  • $1 off any Woodstock Frozen Fruit or Veggies
  • $1 off any Woodstock Organic or Natural Nut Butters

  • Click “Sign Up Now.” Register for a free account, and print a coupon for $1 off any fresh pork product

Like this list? I’ll be updating it weekly, so be sure to check back.

Permanent Purchases

Disposable products may be the norm, but they’re not the norm in my house. I like things that are made to last. Things that I can buy once and never have to replace. These permanent purchases, as I call them, save me a lot of money, and they make my life easier, too. Because things that are made well tend to work well.

Sometimes these permanent purchases cost more up front, but they more than pay for themselves over time.

Here are some of the permanent purchases that my family has made over the years:

Vintage Stove

Stove – Modern stoves are great, but with all the computer components, they can be difficult and costly to fix, so we went old school. We have a 1957 stove. The parts are easy to come by and easy to replace. When the thermostat went out a couple months ago, we spent $50 on a replacement and swapped it out ourselves.

Cast Iron Cookware

Cookware – Cast iron cookware is indestructible, and that makes it my cookware of choice. We have pieces that we bought when we got married, pieces that we inherited and still others that we’ve picked up from yard sales and thrift stores. Instead of wearing out like normal cookware, this stuff just get better with time. It’s something I’ll be able to pass on to my kids, and that they’ll be able to pass on to theirs.

Permanent Purchases

Porch Floor – When our pine porch floor reached the end of its life, we decided to replace it with Ipe (a type of Brazilian walnut). It was a lot more expensive than pine, but it won’t ever have to be replaced. That means no more lumber bills and no more labor bills. And bonus: we no longer have to paint. We just oil the floor every couple years, and it continues to look great.

Klean Kanteens

Water Bottles – Plastic water bottles wear out, stainless steel ones don’t, so we invested in several Klean Kanteen water bottles when the kids were little, and we continue to use them today. They may have a few dents in them now, but they still work great, and I can buy replacement lids for them whenever they get worn out (i.e. the kids chew up the spouts).

Cloth Napkins

Napkins and Other Things – Paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, paper napkins, paper plates– go back just a couple generations, and these products didn’t even exist. Now, they feel like necessities to most people. And I don’t know about you, but it absolutely pains me to spend money on items that I’m just going to turn around and throw away. So I’ve done what I can to cut them out. I still buy toilet paper (that habit isn’t going anywhere); and I still buy trash bags ; but the rest of that stuff no longer makes it into my shopping cart. We use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins, wash rags instead of paper towels and real plates instead of paper plates. And you know what? Cutting out all those throw away items means I use fewer trash bags, too.

Do you try to make permanent purchases for your family? I’d love to hear about some of them.

A Fishy Trade


My husband rescued this wheel from a curb pile a while back, and decided to put it in our yard sale this weekend.


Before long an older gentlemen arrived with a boat in tow. He was interested in the wheel, and asked if my husband would accept some crappie in trade. He had just gotten back from a fishing trip. I gave the nod of approval, and the man popped open the live well on his boat to reveal four crappie that were still swimming around (now that’s fresh).

Fried Fish

My husband filleted them. Then, we fried them up …

Fish Taco

and had fish tacos for dinner. And let me just say: that’s the tastiest wheel I’ve ever eaten.

Have you made any good trades lately? I’d love to hear about it.

Yard Sale Find: Curly Fry Maker


A dollar will buy a lot of happiness at a yard sale. That’s all it took to make me the proud owner of this curly fry maker. I mean, who doesn’t love curly fries? And with a bushel of potatoes waiting to be cut into fries, I was excited about the idea of speeding up the process.

Presto TaterTwister

Here’s the box in all its 1990’s fabulousness. Those are some high-end graphics. I mean, check out the potato.

Spiral Cut Fries

I took the curly fry maker for a test drive as soon as I got home (you know you would have too). And it worked beautifully.

Curly Fries

Three cheers for curly fries.

Have you found anything cool at yard sales lately? I’d love to hear about it.

Curb Find: Vending Machines

Vending Machines

While we were out yard-saling this morning, we passed a curb pile with vending machine parts. What a fun find! We loaded everything into the car, and when we got home, we had enough pieces to put three machines together, with plenty of leftovers.

Vending Machine Parts

See all the extras? We even have the different dispensing wheels that you need to sell gumballs, bouncy balls, etc.

Double Vending Machine

And we rescued this double machine, too.

I’m not sure what we’ll do with them yet, but if nothing else, I think they’d be a cool way to store some of our art supplies. Wouldn’t the three red ones look cool sitting on a shelf?