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Location: Temecula, ca
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Consider coupons as well. There are coupons for many organic food products in the Mambo Sprouts coupon book (often available at stores like Whole Foods). Find them here too. The regular Sunday coupos also have organic coupons from time to time. Cascadian Farms, Stoneyfield Farms, Morningstar Farms, Neman's Own, and Muir Glen organic products spring to mind in particular. When I see these coupons, I stock up on them via ebay or coupon clipping services. I've bought Muir Glen organic tomatoes for less than a quarter a can this way, but I'm also a big coupon user and have learned "the ropes" about the coupon rules at my local stores, sales cycles, etc.
Another good resource is Trader Joe's if you happen to have one near by. They have a great ever-expanding selection of reasonably-priced organic products, especially frozen produce. Additionally, Trader Joe's will accept manufacturer coupons on the name brand items they carry (most of their stock is their own brand, but not all).
Amazon.com has a grocery site now with very good pricing on many organic products, but the downside is that you usually need to buy by the case.
Farmer's markets and CSAs are another good resource this time of year. Extend the season by freezing, canning, drying, etc.
Also, make the most of what you buy. For instance, if you're investing in organic meats, don't let the bones go to waste after you've eaten the meat. Use them to make organic stocks for soup making and other cooking (you can do a quick search for "bone broth" to get more info about this if you need to). Very healthy and very good way to make the most of your food purchase.
Another suggestion....cut other household costs instead. A lot of grocery money goes to non-food purchases (health & beauty, paper goods, cleaning supplies, medication, etc.) Learning how to make your own cleaning supplies or cutting down to a few mulit-purpose cleaners can help a lot. Look here and there are online grocery saving services to help you "scientifically" use coupons and sales trends to maximize savings. This one has a month-long trial for $1.
HTH and good luck!