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Kayla says ...
What a great idea for a challenge. As the mom of four shopping for six,it can be really pricey. I regularly shop @WF Columbus Circle and was totally not aware of that the concierge service could be of help in this arena. I will definately avail myself of this next time I go shopping.
02/26/2012 1:05:50 PM CST
MAIYRA says ...
I have been buying groceries at wholefoods for the last 5 years and just for me I spent between 100 to 150 per week. It gets expensive at times because i also have to buy soap, toothpaste, detergent and body creams from there. I have allergies to casein,gluten, perfumes, dyes, preservaties some fruits and vegetables. So even with the limited amount of things that i can eat is expensive. I never find coupons on the things that i buy.
02/26/2012 1:59:27 PM CST
Jessica says ...
This is a great challenge, and I'm glad Whole Foods took you up on the bet! As a college student, I don't have a large budget to spend on food, and as much as I love Whole Foods, I never really think I can shop there because I typically associate it with higher prices. I guess I've never really taken the time to examine all of the various deals and specials that are available, but this post helps show that with some effort, it is possible to shop and eat at Whole Foods. I think it's great how this post shows that it is still possible to eat a healthy and nutritious diet even on a limited budget.
02/27/2012 10:07:45 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Moon Since each Whole Foods Market does things a little differently, the donation of surplus products to food banks before their expiration would be a decision made on a store to store level. I encourage you to reach out to your community Whole Foods Market to learn what their procedure may be. The link below will help identify the contact information for your store where a Team Member will be happy to chat with you. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
02/27/2012 2:25:45 PM CST
Rebecca says ...
I have been feeding my family strictly at Whole Foods for about 7 months. There are health issues in our home and I made the decision to go all natural and get the junk out to give our bodies a fighting chance. My weekly food budget is $100 for a family of 5. It breaks down to $2.85 per person per day. It takes careful planning and there have been many times of frustration and tears, but it can be done and we are healthier for it.
02/28/2012 7:34:24 AM CST
Brett Marie says ...
I wish we had almost $500 for our monthly grocery budget. We have $200/month for our family of 5; that includes food and non food items such as diapers, cleaning supplies, paper goods, and HABAs. We live in the Northeast where the cost of living is high and the weather is not conducive to year round gardening (nor farmer's markets). I would love to see someone post on how they feed a family of 5 at WholeFoods on a budget of $200/month - that would be inspiring!
02/28/2012 1:39:24 PM CST
Deborah says ...
Wow this is really incredible. I usually associate Whole Foods to be more expensive than other grocery stores, but this story shows that with a little extra effort, everyone can afford it. I'm a college student and we're always looking for ways to save money and budget properly. Taking some extra time to check out the deals can add up to saving a lot. This is something I'll definitely have to try. We could open a lot of opportunities by shrinking our food budgets. Deborah Yim Tulane University
02/28/2012 6:38:04 PM CST
Christina says ...
@brett... My first thought would be to use cloth diapers, make your own detergents and other cleaners. I spend less than $10 making 10 gallons of laundry detergent. With homemade cleaners, vinegar will become your best friend ;) Sign up with Pinterest. There are so many wonderful, money saving ideas out there!
02/28/2012 8:50:42 PM CST
Mel says ...
I haven't looked recently, but when I did last the 'thrifty' budget blew me away! I could feed a family of 12 on what they allotted for my family of 2 adults and 2 school aged children. Circumstances had us on food stamps a couple of years ago, and it was all I could do to use the allowance. I had staples stockpiled for months. I still have beans and rice left, as well as a few cans of beans. I actually used less processed foods during this time than I normally did.
02/28/2012 11:39:42 PM CST
Diane says ...
There is one thing missing here. Where do items such as personal hygiene, laundry soaps, household cleaners, toilet paper, etc fall in? In my never ending quest to reduce cost and pollutants, I am using vinegar, baking soda and water as household cleaners.
02/29/2012 9:19:35 AM CST
Emily says ...
I have been shopping exclusively at WF for about three years now and love it! With buying sales and smart cooking it can work!! I spend about $400-$450 a month to feed our family of five- and could go lower if need be. I agree with you - keeping a loose menu (or none at all) is the best plan because t allows me to shop the sales and what is fresh to make the most of my budget... Also buying extra meat for the freezer when it is on a good sale! Good job!
08/01/2012 11:58:48 PM CDT
Jena says ...
Wow! I love all your ideas and I'm going to definantly put some to use. I recently was laid off and I'm a single mother of four year old twins. I just got food stamps and I'm going to have to feed them and my elderly mother on $274 a month. While it is nice she watches them while I seek work I want her and the girls to eat healthy and not processed Mac n cheese with nitrate filled hot dogs! :D. I see myself baking some bread in the future! We even started a garden in the back yard! Oh and until I got my food stamps we were eating solely from our local food bank. Thanks to Whole Foods we learned to be creative with the food they donated! Once I get back on my feet I am hoping to return the favor. ;)
08/16/2012 2:12:16 AM CDT
michele says ...
More With Less is a helpful book/cookbook on the subject of eating very frugally and healthy. It really is packed cover to cover with helpful information
08/21/2012 11:51:58 PM CDT
Mariilyn says ...
Great story, and you did well!!!
09/23/2012 8:23:38 AM CDT
Nicole says ...
To the vegetarian commenters -- I've found the cheapest vegetarian dinners, without going for the chicken or other meat as the center of meal, is stewing up lentils. Get a giant bag of lentils (usually stores owned by middle eastern families, that stock a lot of lentils, have the best prices), and stew them up--lots of recipes online--to have with rice and some cheese. Filling and protein filled, and then all you need is a few fresh veggies.
09/28/2012 9:56:40 AM CDT
Jaye-Andrea says ...
This is such a positive story. Thank you for sharing it. I think it is marvelous that you donated your money to the local food bank.
10/23/2012 6:47:28 PM CDT
Kelsey Wise says ...
Great article! Eating right shouldn't cost more than eating bad food. My husband and I are trying to better track our spending, so we set a weekly budget of $100-$125 a week for all food (including any restaurant trips) and purchases from the grocery store, including body care items, pet food, cleaning supplies, and other non-food items. It sounds like a lot of money at first, but when you only give yourself a set amount for all of these kinds of expenses, it really makes you stop and ask yourself, "is it really worth it to eat out tonight?" We shop almost exclusively at Whole Foods, aside from a few items the store doesn't carry, and we try to make as much food from scratch as possible. our spending is a little different as we eat a primarily vegetarian diet, so we have more money to spend on fresh produce and bulk items like dried grains, lentils, beans, nuts, etc. We have been successful so far, meeting or going under our allotted budget. It's fun to see how much of the extra money we can set aside for date nights! :)
12/10/2012 1:55:22 PM CST
Kristi says ...
Were you able to avoid all of the GMO foods that Whole Foods sells?
12/30/2012 3:30:21 AM CST
Shari Darnall says ...
How will I buy fresh fruits, vegetables, chicken, or fish, dairy product on $78.00 a month. I only can eat fresh or frozen fruit and veggies. I have to eat healthy food and no processed food. Thank you.
03/01/2013 1:34:16 PM CST
Jacquelyn Ritchie says ...
Can you share the meals you made
05/19/2013 8:06:42 PM CDT
Rita says ...
At one time (around 10 years ago), I was feeding my 2 young daughters and myself on roughly $30 a week. I shopped at Trader Joe's mostly. We ate a lot of chicken and rice, as I remember and I prayed a lot.
05/23/2013 11:55:23 AM CDT
Denise M Jackson says ...
so what you are saying is that whole foods DOES NOT accept food stamps?
08/16/2013 9:27:54 AM CDT
Denise M Jackson says ...
Thanks you for creating this blog. It is a wonderful way for people who are challenged both with money and how to shop for their families. You create a way to make this happen that is easy and healthy
08/16/2013 9:29:52 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DENISE - All of our US stores accept electronic food stamps.
08/16/2013 3:00:35 PM CDT
sasha says ...
Hello I work for an agency that works with single mothers in the inner city who are mostly on SNAP/EBT. We are trying to teach them about nutrition, healthy foods and wanted them to experience Whole Foods. My question to you is, dose Whole Food except SNAP/EBT? Thank you.
08/18/2013 7:15:32 PM CDT

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