You may have noticed that I don’t usually use a lot of maple syrup in my recipes. I personally have always loved it’s flavor, but in the last few years prices for maple syrup have soared. As much as I loved maple syrup, when it’s price got so high, I felt like it should not have priority in our tight budget. I felt like I should use the money it would cost to buy the maple syrup to buy more nutrient dense foods, like good quality eggs. It was a simple matter of priorities, but one that I was a little sad about. Instead I’ve used honey and other sweeteners in moderation and it’s worked well.
(For those curious, we haven’t been eating a lot of pancakes and such, just because I have been trying to have more protein and vegetables based dinners. But when we did have pancakes or waffles, we used butter and honey or, more often than not, homemade berry syrups).
However, recently, I noticed that prices have started to go down a bit in some venues for maple syrup. I am really excited about that! I had gotten a bottle of maple syrup at Christmas time and another really small one recently ( for half off ) for some special projects, but am just about out again. I’ve once again realized how much I like maple syrup, especially grade B for it’s robust flavor. I used it in my Coconut Milk Hot Cocoa and in my Maple Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Butter and both recipes were hits around here (I have gone through a large amount of pumpkin seeds with that recipe! They had just been sitting around until I invented that recipe. ). I knew I wanted to get some more maple syrup, so I have been looking around for the best deals.
Last year, my friend Lindsay had mentioned that she saved money on buying maple syrup by buying through Amazon’s subscription feature. The prices were still too high for us at that point with our budget, but I’ve kept her tip in the back of my head. Now that the prices have gone down, I checked them out again, and they are indeed significantly better than any prices locally (I haven’t found the prices in stores to have gone down a lot yet).
If you aren’t familiar with the subscription program, you sign up to receive an item from Amazon once a year, once a month, once a week-whatever you want- and you receive a discount in the process. Since Amazon’s prices are already much better than what you can find in the store, this is a significant savings!
For example, you can buy a 32 ounce jug of non-organic maple syrup from Brown Family Farm through Amazon for $18.12. A good deal compared to what I find around here. But then, if you buy through subscription, you only have to pay $15.40! Click through here to check this option out. Brown Family Farm Pure New England Maple Syrup, 32-Ounce Jug
But since I like to buy everything I can organic and pesticides can be used on non-organic maple trees, I decided to check out the organic section. One brand, Coombs Family Farms, won a recent taste testing contest for their organic maple syrup and my recent bottle from the store was from them. I really like the taste of their maple syrup. They also have great prices on Amazon. Right now you can buy a 32 ounce jug of Organic Grade B maple syrup for $19.80. An incredible deal compared to the thirty plus dollars it would cost me to buy at the health food store. And if you buy through subscription, it only costs $16.83. This is only slightly more than the non-organic variety! Here is the link, Coombs Family Farms 100% Pure Organic Maple Syrup Grade B, 32 Ounce Jug
As soon as I finish up the half cup or so of what I have left, I am going to buy through Amazon (and I’ve convinced my dad to do the same too!). I think it’s a great deal and since I have been trying to hold our sweets to a minimum, our jug should last quite a while.
Anyone else have maple syrup savings tips? Or what about Amazon? Any good deals to report? I would love to have you chime in with your advice and tips!