Azure has drop-off locations throughout the US. You place your order online (they also have a catalog) and once a month, meet at a specific spot. A large truck pulls up and the driver hands you your goods. If you don’t have a drop-off point near you, try finding a few friends who also want to order and split the shipping. I used this method while living in Florida and it worked beautifully. $30 for shipping isn’t much when you split it among 5 friends.
If you want to save even more, buy some of their food in bulk and divide the order with others. Recently, a friend and I ordered 25 pounds of organic brown rice ($32) and split it. That’s enough brown rice for at least six months in our family. I also enjoy buying their organic spices, pouring what I need in glass jars, and freezing the rest. $11 for a pound of cumin versus $4 for a small jar at the grocery store means more money in my pocket.
I’ve been buying many of my gluten free grains and flours from Azure over the last year and their prices can’t be beat. If you do a lot of whole grain baking, sourcing your ingredients this way will help save you money. They also have a blog which features many of their products and a Facebook page for updates. We all know it takes wisdom to make long-term, sustainable, positive changes. Finding affordable sources for excellent ingredients will help.