Giveaway: $25 Grocery Store Gift Card – Winner’s Choice – 2 Winners

One of the hardest things about starting to eat healthier is that a lot of the produce and healthier foods come with a much higher price tag and rarely have coupons. I’m happy that a few more of the Organic and Produce companies are starting to release coupons now and again.

One of the ways to save on produce is to eat What’s in Season. Over the Spring/Summer months, I post things to look for that you might be able to find seasonal savings on. It’s a little tougher to find as many savings in the winter months, though. Just keep watching for produce “loss leaders,” which are items that the stores drop to a lower price to entice you into the store, with the hope that you’ll buy more things.

I wanted to encourage my readers to eat a little healthier and am sponsoring this giveaway so that two lucky readers that win this giveaway will be able to pick a $25 Grocery Store Gift Card of their choice-the only catch is that they’ll have to buy healthier foods with it!

Even after spending several years trying to focus on buying from farmers, choosing Organic and eating healthier, it can still be hard for me to pay the higher prices. As a veteran couponer, I know how easy it is to get so much food for cheap or even free. I just keep reminding myself that in the long-run, it’s the best thing for our health. I’m glad that when I tell the kids that they can pick any one item in the store that they always choose some type of fruit. And when I stop and think that I could pay $3 for blueberries or $3+ on a bag of greasy potato chips, I’m happy to dish out the money for those blueberries.

I’m hoping that over the course of this month that you will all accept a challenge to do what you can to buy most of your foods in the outer aisles of your grocery stores. Those are where most of your healthier foods are and most of the processed foods tend to be in the middle aisles.

Remember, you can’t win $25 in healthy foods at a grocery store of your choice if you don’t enter!

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

NOTE: Beneath this posting is the word “Comments.” This is where you’ll put your entries. Only entries on this posting will be counted.

1) To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment letting me know what healthier foods would you buy with a $25 gift card if you won?

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2) “Like” Coupon Geek on Facebook or Follow me on Twitter and leave a separate comment letting me know you have done this. If you are already following , thank you and make sure you leave a 2nd comment letting me know.

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Entry is open to US residents only through 11:59PM CST on Saturday, February 11, 2012. There is a total of four entries allowed per person. Winner will be chosen using a giveaway service and contacted by email. If you’re the winner, you’ll have only 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be chosen.

Good luck to all of you who enter!

This giveaway is sponsored solely by Coupon Geek as a way to encourage my readers to make healthier food choices whenever possible.

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Comments

  1. Hilda says

    I love berries as they come in to season. Fresh strawberries with a melon mixture is the best!

  2. Jaimie A says

    I would definitely get a lot of fruit and veggies. I would also try and pick up a few staple products for homemade meals, like chicken stock and spices. Thanks for the chance!

  3. Mayo B says

    We eat pretty healthy anyway, but lots of squash and strawberries and fresh fruit would make my hetahens happy!

  4. kvnsgrl says

    I would love to be able to buy lots of quality seasonal produce. Too often, I can only afford the basics like carrots, celery, and sweet potato. So I’d love to be able to try feeding my husband something more fresh and seasonal like winter squash.

  5. Karen B says

    I would buy fruits and veggies, especially salad ingredients. Love fresh red peppers but they are so expensive this time of year.

  6. Jessie says

    That would help me cause I just switched my whole family over to organic food. I have a family of five! Well thanks everyone good luck!:)<3<3<3

  7. Rachel Byrne says

    I’d really like to try Earthbound Farms’ new washed and bagged baby kale! I’ve steered clear of kale but it is so good for you, and I’ve heard that the baby version is tasty.

  8. says

    I”m crazy about buying all the “in season” berries I can. Then I mix them with my greek yogurt to make a smoothie. It’s a great way to start the day. Then for lunch I have celery with peanut butter.

  9. Sydney says

    If I had a $25 gift card for groceries, I would stock up on fresh organic produce for my daughter as well as some lean meats! We have been making a lot of smoothies and I love keeping everything pre-cut in freezer so we can pop a handful of fruits and veggies right into the blender any time of day. I could also get 3 pounds of boneless/skinless chicken breasts for under $5 with a price match to a local butcher in town! With my grocery store also price-matching local farmer’s markets, I could stretch the remaining $20 to get organic fruits and vegetables well beyond retail value!

  10. alisha stennett says

    I would buy snow peas, carrots, bean sprouts, peppers, cabbage, and mushrooms and make a stirfry for my famiy

  11. Ashley says

    It would really help out our grocery budget since we buy mostly organic foods. The price of organic milk especially keeps going up

  12. Jennifer G says

    It is hard for me to try new things in the produce department. It usually cost more than i want to spend and there is the chance that i won’t like it and it ends up in the trash. If i won I would buy a vegetable that i have never bought before and try it out. I’d also but a couple favorites, I love fresh pineapple and strawberries!

  13. tess says

    i would buy peaches, strawberries, lemons, lettuce , spinach- and wheat bread
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  14. Katie says

    I would probably buy some organic grains so that I could eat oatmeal for breakfast, bake bread and muffins.

  15. Denise says

    I would definitely fill my cart with fresh fruits and veggies! I have a personal guideline to buy as few processed convenience foods as possible.

  16. Mary says

    I would buy fruits and veggies. I am finally getting my son to eat more raw veggies instead of cookies and other sugary items.

  17. Sarah K. says

    This is something I’m struggling with now– we have been transitioning to eating mainly organic, but there are some items I struggle with in terms of making the “jump,” including pasta, snacks, and cheese. (plus I’m still drinking soda, but that’s a WHOLE other problem!) It’s hard to spend on some items in organic knowing I can get them free or nearly so in conventional. I’m getting there, though!

  18. Cathy B says

    We’ve always tried to eat “in season” fruits and vegetables, especially when we lived in Florida. I’ve been buying more and more organic producrs lately and tried not to buy so many “processed” producrs.

  19. LINIE says

    I would try the cuties. Buy some Yams, fresh pea pods, citrus fruits, Organic Leafy veggies and try one of the new whole grain cerals. Thank you for all you do!
    ~L

  20. Patricia Gardner says

    I would purchase local produce or if I win and I still have time to order I would order a larger variety of seeds to plant. There is nothing like fresh from the garden veggies!

  21. Samantha says

    i am always cooking from scratch and looking for deals on produce. this gift card would go towards root veggies and squash for some winter soups i love to make, and some fresh bakery bread to go with them.

  22. Michelle says

    Since I go to a local u-pick for veggies, I would love to buy some fresh fruits. Those are the hings I still have to buy week to week whereas the veggies I have canned or froze!

  23. says

    Being on a fixed income makes it incredibly difficult to buy some things that are goo for you. None the less I would love to be able to buy whole grains, fruit And more veggies. Anything to make me feel full longer and have greater benefit on my health.

  24. Michele Wood says

    I just dusted off our Acme juicer that we had in storage and since last month my family and I decided to join a gym and get our toddlers involved, I would use this 25.00 gift card to buy some organic fruits and vegetables to juice. We just started juicing apples and carrots and gave my kids their first sips and they loved it!!

  25. Terri S. says

    Fresh produce has become very expensive and this $25 grocery store gift card would be wonderful for me to splurge on fresh fruits and vegetables for our family. I would buy nectarines, pomegranates, kiwis, pineapple, sweet Comice pears, kale, beets, carrots and cauliflower. :-)

  26. Jenny van Boxtel says

    If I were to win, I would purchase organic strawberries, blueberries and broccoli (odd combo?). The reason being is the strawberries and broccoli have high amounts of pesticide. I love vibrant, fresh fruit and veggies and I would love to purchase all organic if possible.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Renee says

    I like you on facebook and i get your email and if i won the $25 gift card i would get Salad Stuff mixed lettuce- cucumbers-tomatoes-carrots -mushrooms (i can’t keep it in the house long enough even in the winter time) and i would get fresh fruits strawberries-bananas-oranges-grapefruit-blueberries-apples-pears

  28. Tammy O. says

    I would buy fruits and veggies!!! My 5 year old just introduced us to jicama (she had it at school) and we all loved it. I would buy produce that my family hasn’t tried yet to see what can become our new favorites!

  29. Eva says

    I love fruit so I would buy more fruit some veggies some organic products from Amy’s organic and the Ethnic gourmet.

  30. Stefanie ecuyer says

    With the extra cash, I would purchase salmon. I love to eat it and know that it’s extra healthy, but never want to pay the expensive price. So, I’d treat myself!

  31. Sheila K. says

    I would buy chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic and make myself some yummy hummus that I would use as a dip for all of the raw veggies that I also would buy!

  32. Lisa Lee says

    I would buy fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. I have already liked you on fb. Thanks for helping me save money!

  33. Jenn says

    Which healthy foods would I buy with a gift card? You know, there are a lot of organic/healthy/all-natural/etc products out there and I do enjoy them, but I would have to choose simple, basic produce. I love fruits and I love vegetables even more (I know, I’m odd), but they can be pricy in the winter. I could easily (and quite happily!) spend this gift card on some yummy greens and fruits!

  34. Cheryl Abdelnour says

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  35. Cynthia says

    I would go to the local produce store and stock up on veggies that are grown locally and that are in season and purchase some meat from them that doesn’t have all the added chemicals added to it.

  36. Nicole Pearson says

    I would buy more dairy free products-always so much more expensive (especially cheese, Daiya is my favorite!). I would also splurge on more berries, those seem to always be so pricey!

  37. brenda says

    would definitely buy lots of fruits, and salad fixings yummy. a nice gift card would differently help

  38. says

    I would buy the usual, lettuce, tomatoe, cucumbers, celery, onions, carrots, colesalw mix, caulifower, broccoli, bananas, and oranges. We love and eat alot of fresh veggies and fruit in our house!! :) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  40. Tracy Snedeker says

    Thank you for doing this giveaway. With the $ 25.00 gift card I would buy healthier foods to add to our meals such as more fruits and vegetables. I would also like to try Soy milk and icecream.

  41. Andrea says

    I’d splurge on a large container of coconut oil and bulk peanuts to grind into my own peanut butter. My grocery budget is only $60/week for our family of five and our three pets – and those items are usually out of my budget. This gift card would be a wonderful bonus!

  42. says

    I have been on a lean cusine kick for the last two weeks and eating that for lunch. Only lost 2 pounds but it is 2 pounds less I have to carry around! I would use my gift card for that!! I tweeted you and follow you on here!

  43. Amanda Y. says

    I’d like to have some organic fruit, organic flour, and some free range/organic chicken (otherwise we either skimp too much on protein or have to have the commercial chicken bleh!)

  44. sheri grennille says

    i would use it for milk, cheese, yogurt, orange juice (although i’m in a dilemma about what kind is healthiest, we love oj) as well as fresh fruit.

  45. sheri grennille says

    i shared with my facebook friends – they still don’t believe all the great giveaways on facebook, but i keep telling them anyway!

  46. says

    What a great giveaway! Thanks!
    I would buy a TON of blueberries, strawberries, basil, and tomatoes. I lived in Haiti last year doing volunteer work and we couldn’t buy any berries in my town, so it makes me SO happy to eat them! And I have a great recipe for basil, tomato, and fresh mozzarella salad that is so yummy that even my hubby who doesn’t like veggies wants to eat!

  47. Melissa A. says

    I would buy blueberries and strawberries with the gift card. My kids can never get enough.

  48. Michele Brinsfield says

    I’d buy the rainbow!!! Blueberries, strawberries, bananas, apples, kale, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, pineapple, some fresh basil, and a mango…definitely a mango!

  49. Lauren E. says

    I recently found out I have gluten-sensitivity and need to start eating healthier– I will be buying a lot more fresh foods. And I know I’d put that gift card to good use!!

  50. Denise Gilbert says

    lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. I would love to buy more organic food if it were not so expensive, and some of it doesn’t look any better than the regular fruits and vegetables.

  51. Dana says

    I would use a gift card for salad fixings like lettuce, cucumber, cheese, green pepper and some nice chicken breast to make chicken dinner salads… mmmm!

  52. Gee Suzanne says

    I would buy fruits and veggies that are on sale either fresh or frozen. I have been trying to remember to freeze any produce that is coming close to age in my refrigerator. Like mushrooms and bell peppers so I can add them to dishes later.

  53. sarah says

    I would love to stock up on whole wheat flour for baking as well as organic lettuce, bananas and strawberries. “organic” items don’t usually make it into our budget these days!

  54. Valerie D. says

    Fresh fruit & veggies are definitely on the list. And some fish would be great! I love salmon but it can be pricey.

  55. Liz says

    I did Post this on my Wall for my Facebook Family :) The best is fresh fruit and Veggies . I just went and stocked up on some Fresh Express that was on Sale for .79cents !!

  56. kathy says

    Wow this is an awsome giveaway!!!! It’s getting to that farmer’s market season. Can’t wait!!! I follow you on facebook. Don’t know how to twitter!!!!

  57. Jackie Peek says

    I really like seasonal fruit to take as a snack for lunch so with this giveaway I would buy the ripe red apples and subsitute them for a salty snack!

  58. Mary R. says

    We have a new produce section in our Kroger. I am seeing fruits and vegetables that we have never had before. I would try a few to see if my family likes them.

  59. Jessica says

    I could buy lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I am also trying to change over to gluten and wheat free so I may try a few new items.

  60. Krystyna says

    My fiance and I are eating more home cooked meals, and incorporating more fresh fruits and veggies into our diet!

  61. Heather says

    I would definitely buy as many Cuties bags as I could ;)…my daughter LOVES them and would eat at least 5 a day if I let her! If I had any $$ left over, would definitely buy fresh produce and vegetables. I have Celiac disease, so fruits and veggies are a necessary part of my diet–and they’re gluten-free! :)

  62. CJ says

    I’d buy fresh fruits and veggies – lettuce, cauliflower, bananas – and fruit juice and grains.

  63. Lauren Popadines says

    I would use this gift card to buy produce, produce, and more produce! I would treat myself to blueberries, strawberries, pears, lettuce, carrots, and celery (just to name a few). :O)

    I am also a subscriber.

  64. Mary E.S. says

    I would buy avocados,kiwi,pears and organic baby carrots which are always more expensive here.

  65. Mami2jcn says

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  66. Lori says

    Along with fresh fruits & veggies, I would look for healthier meat cuts and perhaps try something gluten free as I have been hearing gluten causes a lot of health issues.

  67. Ashley Hatten says

    fresh fruits, veggies, and whole wheat pastas and breads! thank you!!!
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  68. ♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ says

    I am so glad that Safeway introduced their line of “Open Nature” products – a great line of organic products
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

  69. Kelly says

    I would definitely buy some grapes! I’m eating some right now but they’re getting expensive. I would also get some lettuce, celery, tomatoes and green peppers to make an awesome salad.

  70. April D. says

    I totally agree-I’d buy avocaodos instead of chips. I love them with some spinach and red peppers. This gift card would come in handy.

  71. Tobi Gannon says

    I would spend $25 on fresh blueberries, blackberries, bananas & strawberries and yogurt to make breakfast fruit smoothies. This would be a huge improvement in my breakfast routine, as I usually have just a cup of coffee & a bagel.

  72. Lorrie says

    I would like to try more fruits and veggies that I normally don’t purchase or even know how to cook with!

  73. Nora O says

    I would buy fruit- with seven kids it’s hard to be able to afford enough of it this time of year.

  74. Gina M Maddox says

    Fresh fruits and veggies! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  75. Gina M Maddox says

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  76. Jodi says

    I would be more adventurous with some of the fruits that we don’t usually buy, like pomegranet and Ugly fruit.

  77. Laura Jacobson says

    I would buy better quality hamburger with it! I tend to buy the cheapest to save money, but would rather buy the more expensive with less fat!

  78. Laura Jacobson says

    I am already an email subscriber
    Thanks for all the great deals you find! Sure helps the budget!

  79. Tiffany says

    Hi! I would buy organic milk, and grass-fed beef. Those items are super expensive so I rarely buy them. Thanks for the opportunity.

  80. Ariana says

    I’d get some blueberries, kale (homemade kale chips!), spinach, fresh cilantro, basil… I love getting fresh produce!

  81. amy johnson says

    Fresh, organic fruits and veggies. We have to do a lot of canned and frozen since they are so much cheaper.

  82. Angela Hamblin says

    I would buy fresh herb and vegetable plants for my new garden to grow my own healthy organic herbs and veggies. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  83. Angela Hamblin says

    I already Like you on Facebook :) Thank you for all the money saving posts and links I receive there.

  84. Renee Rousseau says

    We are addicted to Spinach Salad with fresh fruit. I had never tried using Spinach in a salad before and now we love it.

  85. Rachel D. says

    I would buy LOTS of fresh fruit! My kids love it and I hate that it is so expensive this time of year.

  86. Katie says

    I would buy more fresh blueberries for my 5 year old and fresh strawberries for my 4 year old. These are their favorite fruits and the blueberries can get expensive! Thanks for the chance to win. I’d also pick up a bundle of asparagus for to make Garlic Beef and Asparagus stir fry ( my husband’s favorite!) :)

  87. Heidi Dailey says

    More leaner meats, Fresh fruits and Veggies, and more home made foods instead of boxed, prepared foods!

  88. Kelli says

    I absolutely adore the weight watchers/skinny cow truffle ice creams and they are only 100 calories a pop! I really feel like I am getting an unhealthy, special treat but, alas, it is low cal! LOVE!

  89. Annette says

    I would use the $25 to get all the fresh fruits and veggies I haven’t been purchasing recently due to the rising prices in my area.

  90. Annette says

    Subscribed to the email newsletter (can’t believe I hadn’t done that already since I have been following on FB forever!)

  91. Shantell says

    Hi! Geek here :) healthy habbits have become a MUST in my family, and healthy can be tough n expensive. So, I’d spend the extra help u are offering on organic options instead of the perservative filled foods.

  92. Carla says

    If I win, the money will go for fruits and vegetables which my husband and I eat daily at the dinner meal. We both work out at the gym and we try to eat health.

  93. says

    Grocey Outlet has a great variety of fruits and vegetables and there prices are almost 1/2 off the regular stores. They also have dried fruits and nuts, that you really can’t beat the prices.

  94. Leng L says

    There are a few healthy choices that I am always afraid to try — yogurt, quinoa, some produce such as figs etc. Will start with these if I win.

  95. melissa says

    Lots of berries and some apples. MN has great apples, but they aren’t cheap. Greens would be good too.

  96. Brenda Wilson says

    I would buy more leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumber, grapes, strawberries and melons. Yum Yum!!!

  97. Jacqueline says

    The selection of organic products has grown… so I would choose a selection of them. We have a new Trader Joe’s in my area – I noticed from their mailers they sell organic items. Can’t wait to try Trader Joe’s!! Thanks for this contest, CG!

  98. ANN says

    I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WOULD BUY HEALTHIER. I ALREADY PURCHASE ORGANIC VEGGIES AND FRUITS ALONG WITH OTHER ORGANIC PRODUCTS. THE $25.00 GIFT CARD WOULD HELP, SINCE I WAS JUST ADDED TO THE MILLONS OF UNEMPLOYED. I DO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WEBSITE IT HAS HELPED ME SAVE A LOT MONEY AND GAVE ME SOME GREAT TIPS. THANK YOU AGAIN

    ANN

  99. Jen says

    I would probably just browse around to see what I could find. Maybe I could find some decent meat? We already get enough fruits and veggies but I guess more wouldnt hurt :)

  100. Nicole Weaver says

    I would definatly buy more fruits and vegies. Also more luna bars which i love when i want a quick snack

  101. LINIE says

    I entered a few days ago. But I also receive your email newsletter and LIKE you on Facebook. You work so hard to help us Save!!! Thank you for all you do! ~Linie

  102. Becky mininger says

    My husband has high blood pressure so we are trying to eat more fruits and veggies, and have been trying out whole grain versions of cereals and pastas, so i would use the gift card for these things :)

  103. Michele Behlen says

    I would try to buy more fruits and fresh vegetables. I try to have fresh fruit and we have salad with lots of veggies at least once a week.

  104. Vivian Bevins says

    I would purchase more leafy green vegetables, more fruits, nuts, and foods containing fiber for a healthy diet.

    Thank you.

  105. Sandy Treece says

    fresh fruit is so expensive and is not in my tight budget. I would spend $25 on fresh fruit and LOVE it!

  106. michele' says

    oooo..it’s snowing outside and I am craving a fruit salad with every kind of yummy fruit the store could possibly have!!!

  107. michele' says

    oooo..it’s snowing outside and I am craving a fruit salad with every kind of yummy fruit the store could possibly have!!!

  108. Marsha says

    I am trying to follow a low carb diet, so that leaves me open to explore a lot more fruits and vegetables. Kiwi is a fruit I don’t get to buy very often because it is usually pretty expensive considering how little you get for your money, so I would buy Kiwi.

  109. Tammy says

    I would most definitely buy fruits and vegetables. Plus a new Fresh Market opened here 2 months ago.

  110. Abigail Kuhn says

    I would buy some fruit and veggies with this. Since my Husband is diabetic I do try to keep fruit in the house but haven’t done so well with the veggies, I’d love to start having my own fruit and veggie tray in the fridge with fresh fruits and veggies on it all the time!

  111. Abigail Kuhn says

    I have already “liked” you on facebook and have gotten some really great deals through that!

  112. Abigail Kuhn says

    I am already subscribed to your email listing and love getting the updates so I know how to plan my couponing trips!

  113. Kim says

    I would use the gift card to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, Greek yogurt and more whole grain items. I would love to restock my pantry with better staples for cooking fresh from scratch meals!

  114. Sarah says

    I would purchase foods to help me keep losing weight on Weight Watchers. I’m about 55 pounds overweight, I’m only 25 with a 4 year old and a 2 year old. I have rhuematoid arthritis which limits my mobility so I rely heavily on diet. I finished my first week of WW today and have lost 3.8 pounds! We’re juggling bills and any amount towards groceries would really help!

  115. Sarah says

    I’ve liked you on facebook already and left a comment on coupongeek.net for a chance to when a $25 grocery gift card. Have an awesome weekend!

  116. Paula P says

    I would buy more chicken, and fresh fish. Trying out new and healthy foods for my 17 year old son. Hopefully he’ll eat it! LOL