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    Green Coupons Make Eco-Shopping Cheap

    Whether you're wrapping up your holiday shopping or browsing for general household goods, take advantage of online coupons to save you big bucks on green gear for yourself, family and friends.

    These three blogs specialize in linking to coupons for green products and services. NOTE: not every item on every site will be "green." Read product descriptions before you buy to avoid greenwashing (yes, it even happens with coupons! See "organiccoupons.com," below).

    GreenCouponCodes - This site is very easy to use. Every entry offers the same practical information: an overview of the product, the discount offered (highlighted in bright red ink), shipping information, and an easy click through to the product itself. You'll find a wide variety of items in categories that include health and beauty, organic garden, personal finance, batteries, and light bulbs. The only coupon category that didn't make sense to me was "auto." The promo promises coupons for "green auto parts at Juiced Hybrid," but I could never access that particular site.


    Pristine planet Pristine Planet - Whether you're looking for divine organic chocolates, organic cotton baby gear, holiday candles or gourmet gift baskets, you should be able to find a discount coupon at Pristine Planet. Many merchants listed here - like Gifts for the Garden and EcoHomeGear, offer discounts as high as 20%.


    Ecobunga EcoBunga - EcoBunga calls itself the guide to "green giveaways and deals," so look not just for discounts but freebies, too. Sweepstakes and contests offer everything from EMX Race Bikes (hmm... I guess that's "green" - better than racing a car?!), to adventures to exotic natural habitats, to things more mundane but perhaps more essential: BPA-free baby bottles. On the coupon side, recent promotions included a $10 discount on Seventh Generation chlorine-free diapers, and 40% off Pangea Organics Holiday Gift Boxes.

    Mambo Sprouts is another online coupon resource, offering printable coupons from the web as well as coupon books. Recent offerings included $1 off a package of Equal Exchange  Fair Trade Coffee and $1 off Bio-Kleen eco-friendly cleaning products.


    Thumb_brown.bmp NOTE: Beware a site called OrganicCoupons. Despite the name, it doesn't seem to focus much on organics. Recent promotions included a trip to NBC's Universal Studios, discounts for Omaha Steaks, and a price break on "a fantastic mid-size SUV." Those sure don't sound like organic options to me.

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    Mary

    Nice! Thanks for identifying the not-so-green coupons as well. I agree, either be green and be ready to prove it or don't bother. If we care, we'll know the difference and tell others just like you did.

    Beth Terry, aka Fake Plastic Fish

    Hi Diane. Here in the Bay Area, there are a couple of companies that put out green coupon books, similar to the Entertainment books that kids sell as fundraisers for schools. The East Bay Eco Metro Guide is one that I purchase and LOVE. A few trips to Whole Foods and I've saved myself the $20 cost of the book. The rest is gravy.

    EcoMetro also has coupon books for metro areas in Oregon, Washington, and the Twin Cities.

    http://www.ecometro.com

    San Francisco has the Green Zebra coupon book (http://www.thegreenzebra.org/). I purchased one of those last year, but I have not found it to be as practical or useful as the EcoMetro Guide.

    I'm wondering if their are green coupon books for other areas in the country.

    Diane MacEachern

    Actually, now that you mention it, we have something similar here. There's an organization called Live Green (www.livegreen.net) with a $13 membership that gets you discounts to all kinds of local eco-entrepreneurs.

    Anna

    I love eco-bunga! There are some great giveaways, discounts, etc. I never heard of greencoupons. Thanks for this tip.

    There is also My Green Sparks redemption book which is a green entertainment book in Southern CA.

    (http://www.fundraisinggreen.com/mission.php)

    Anna www.green-talk.com

    Mother Earth aka Karen Hanrahan

    I had no idea of these sites or saving opportunities! Thank you!

    Mindful Momma

    Thanks for the tips Diane! I too came across Organic Coupons one time and thought there was something fishy going on.

    Sharon

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Sharon

    http://www.autoloans101.info

    Diane MacEachern

    Sharon, Thank you for your kind comments! I very much appreciate them. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

    grechen

    I've been a fan of ecobunga for a while - I love their giveaways listings, and I wasn't aware of Pristine Planet, I can see this being useful, although a bit lacking in the women's clothing area.

    I'd also like to introduce my site if I may - http://www.greengrechen.com - and especially the coupon codes for eco-friendly women's contemporary apparel and handbags: http://www.greengrechen.com/coupon-codes/ - I've compiled a list of some of the best online eco-fashion boutiques like Beklina, BTC Elements, Coco's Shoppe, and list exclusive coupons for up to 50% off at some places. It's strictly for women's fashion/accessories (and one pet store), so don't come here looking for deals on light bulbs, but for the women who are interested in looking great while doing good, I've got the coupons for them :-)

    Thanks for your wonderful site!

    Diane MacEachern

    Grechen, Thanks for letting us know about your site! I'm looking forward to browsing.

    Steph @ Greening Families

    A good source of organic/natural food coupons is Mambo Sprouts. Hard copies of the coupons are sometimes available in Whole Foods stores but the coupons are also online.

    I've often had luck searching some of the larger mainstream coupon sites like Retail Me Not for green, eco, or organic merchants. It takes a little more time but there are some good deals to be had.

    Thanks for the reminder to be careful out there!

    Charane

    Dear Diane,
    I'm a new mother & a new eco-entrepreneur. I was searching info on your book, which I've heard sure wonderful things about, and I happened across your blog on coupons. I have a green retail shop with home goods & unique green gifts at www.EverythingGreenHome.com with sales up to 15% off. I hope it's not too tacky leaving my website:) I'll be setting up coupons soon with the sites you mentioned.
    Thanks,
    Charane
    Everything Green Home

    Kare Anderson

    What do you think of the GoodGuide, recently launched by UC Berkeley professor Dara O’Rourke, as described here?

    http://www.movingfrommetowe.com/2008/09/11/buy-the-safest-products-for-you-and-the-world-with-the-help-of-…/

    Irene Taylor

    If anyone lives in the San Diego area, a new green coupon book just came out this year called the Go Green Book. It is really great. There is one coupon in it for 20% off at a natural foods store called Windmill Farms and I saved $60 with that one coupon alone on some holiday grocery shopping. There are also grocery coupons on products like Kashi, Lundberg, etc. Here is the website: http://www.gogreenbook.org

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    e-commerce is getting more and more popular. this creates the need of having good tools to help shoppers make right decisions while buying online. reizit.com is a place where shoppers can recommend or bury a product, share experience and discuss shopping deals.

    Marry Priss

    Great post! I’m interested to know that that people spend more on promotional items?

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    Just one question: how to add your blog into my rrs reader, thanks so much.

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