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Barry says ...
Last week while visiting Washington DC and staying Alexandria VA my girlfriend and I discovered the prepared foods at the Whole Foods Market. Every night we picked up our selection and enjoyed them in the hotel room. It was an excellent value for very well prepared meals. We even took some on our flight home. So while everyone else was eating pretzels, we were enjoying Brie and fresh bread. After arriving home we were excited to learn on the Internet that there was a Whole Foods Market near us. We are planning a picnic tomorrow and guess where we are going for our supplies. Thank you Whole Foods Market.
10/07/2009 8:22:07 PM CDT
Tiffany says ...
Honestly people - don't be scared of dry beans. They are so much cheaper than the canned equivalent and if you just invest the short amount of time to prepare them - you can make giant pots and freeze them in little containers - the same size as....you guessed it a can. For a fraction of the price you can't pass up this important way to get your protein and nutrients! Plus beans are totally flexible and can be used in all kinds of dishes!
10/07/2009 8:24:25 PM CDT
Denise Musser says ...
I make gluten free muffins, almond meal,2cups, gluten free baking mix, bobs red mill, 1 cup, 2 eggs, 1 small container of blue agave nectar, 4 large bananas, dried flaked unsweetened coconut, 1 cup, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup canola oil, 1 tbsp vanilla. Bake at 400 for 20 mins or less, check oven temp. delcious, finally a gluten free muffin that looks and tastes like a regular muffin, really yummy, I bake these and serve them to my clients at my Nail Spa in Vista, Calif.
10/07/2009 8:28:14 PM CDT
jude says ...
when you buy whole food,not package or can or process,,,you will have your three meals and in your three meals it will be all wholesome a moro,,would be omega 3 eggs,with a fruit,then a handful of nuts for a snack,when lunch comes you have a protein 3-4oz,2cups of veggie,,,,fruit as a snack and the same for lunch just different types,,,,,and when you eat all wholesome food you will not feel need to eat alot of anything esle,,because your body is made to eat this way and it does not crave bad food,,,when you eat junk food ,,your body whats more and more and more because it is not giving your body what it needs and it is nutriment,,,all whole food is nutrition,,,,the whole thing is that it does not cost more to buy in whole food,,then you go to a regular store and go home and eat a whole bag of 4$ chips and your still hungry and go for the ice cream next and next the candy,,,thats $12-$14,,right there,,,,the whole way for 12$ is all three meals and snack and getting all the right stuff and then some,,,,,,no extra weight either....
10/07/2009 8:30:02 PM CDT
Sarah says ...
We have reduced the amount of meat and cheese we cook with, and have increased the number of whole grains, nuts and beans we cook with. Not only is this healthier for us, but it reduces our dependence on animal products. Also, when we do get chicken, I buy the whole roaster bird, and make broth out of the bones and vegetables. Then I freeze the broth in 1-cup servings for later. I feel that none of it goes to waste.
10/07/2009 8:33:39 PM CDT
susank says ...
Last week I bought a whole chicken, that was on sale. I boiled it and made two meals. I made chicken soup by adding veggies and seasonig after shredding the chicken. The remaining shredded chicken I used for soft tacos. This was a great value and was multiple meals for my family. These were also healthy, flavorful and lowfat meals with veggies in both.
10/07/2009 8:39:51 PM CDT
lin woods says ...
I use the "ad-match" method to get best price on items that I purchase at Wal-Mart. I make a list of "specials" at other stores (all kinds - pharmacies, chain drug stores, Big Lots, Fred's, etc) and take it with me to Wal-Mart along with the ads. This saves me money, gets me the best price available in my area, and I don't have to visit several stores to take advantage of their "specials".
10/07/2009 8:55:45 PM CDT
Sharon says ...
I buy the "good stuff" for less by: I buy produce that is in season- this way its fresh, mostly on sale & I reduce the time & money spent to ship this veggies/fruits to my store. I make a weekly meal plan ( brkfast, lunch, dinner): This way, when I go to the store, I know what to look for, I don't start putting everything that looks "good" in my cart & save money bc I get only what I need. I also get the bread & such from the bakery section of the whole foods instead of buying a name brand. Its cheaper & its made fresh. I also shop sales but I limit myself on 2 items each time so I dont splurge yet get to treat myself. Its tough but well worth it.
10/07/2009 9:16:00 PM CDT
Mendi says ...
I plan my meals for the week and make a list before I go shopping and TRY to stick to my list. I buy what's in season and on sale and then cook double portions and freeze half. I also buy store brand whenever possible (we love 365 Everyday Value Products). But the one thing that saves the most for me is taking my lunch to work instead of eating out!
10/07/2009 9:32:53 PM CDT
Rachel says ...
I look for things that are on sale and buy extra even if I won't need it right away. Building up a food storage this way will save you money in the the long run. I also buy in bulk which saves money even though I am only cooking for two people. My solution is to make good use of my freezer. There are lots of things that can be frozen that we don't usually think of putting in the freezer - cheeses, nuts, seeds, leftover sauces, ripe bananas, shredded coconut, beans, a casserole, cookies, muffins, brownies, bread, or cooked rice, for example. I divide out smaller portions into plastic freezer bags or reusable containers. I write on the bag what it contains, the date, and the portion (2 cups, 12 oz, etc.) Then there is no wasted food and I can save costs while controlling portions. When I buy meat, I divide it into smaller portions before I freeze it so it will last several meals. Then when I cook something like chicken, I often shred it because I can make less go a lot further. Also, cooking from scratch is much cheaper and healthier. Once you start cooking from scratch, you'll discover that you can cook a large variety of meals with basic ingredients. Try using dry beans instead of canned. Make your own pizza dough. Use powdered milk for baking. Make your own sweet and sour sauce. There are so many possibilities.
10/07/2009 9:43:14 PM CDT
Hilary Hutson says ...
I save by planning my meals ahead of time to make the most of my ingredients! Instead of buying a variety of produce that I may or may not go through before they go bad, I pick a few fresh produce products that I know I will work well together and try to incorporate them into all my meals for the week. This means I actually go through all the produce I buy before it expires, and I learn new ways to combine ingredients. Sometimes I just play, or other times I'll search for recipes on the internet. Bottom line... I'm not as wasteful and I improve my cooking skills!
10/07/2009 9:49:49 PM CDT
Amanda says ...
Three suggestions: Eat vegetarian. Go to the store flexible - see what's fresh and on sale. Make it yourself - frozen and prepared foods on the natural/organic side are way out of my price range. It's healthier and easier on the pocketbook to bake up a package of $1.50 tofu (which will feed my husband and me twice) than to buy a packaged, processed food. The same is true for almost everything!
10/07/2009 10:21:52 PM CDT
Alicia A says ...
I get the good stuff by doing the usual shopping sales, buying in season, buying in bulk and buying store brand. But I go further by making a weekly menu plan so I don't impulsive buy and I try to buy and stock up on what I can get the most uses out of. For example, if whole chicken is on sale, I can get four meals out of a chicken so I stock up. *Roast the chicken *Shred leftovers and make sandwiches and a chicken curry or chicken salad *Make stock for a nutritious soup base When produce goes on sale I also stock up and prep for freezing and canning so when I need it I have it. Also ask the people behind the counters! I get great deals for making bone broths when I ask about soup bones that are not usually put out.
10/07/2009 10:28:36 PM CDT
Sandy says ...
I buy a CSA subscription each summer, then freeze, dehydrate &/or can the excess for use the rest of the year. By doing that & using coupons for as many of the rest of the products(on sale) as I can, I save a great deal of money
10/07/2009 10:30:45 PM CDT
Jackie S. says ...
I save money by making my 6 month's old sons baby food purees myself. I buy the fruit or veggies for example apples, peel core and boil them. Then I toss them in the food processor with some of the cooking liquid. Once the mixture has cooled a bit I pour it into ice cude trays and freeze them. I then pop them out into freezer bags and thaw when needed. It's a great way to avoid spending a fortune on the jars! And I make huge batches that last a long time!
10/07/2009 11:06:31 PM CDT
Alex McCoy says ...
Our family does most of its shopping at Whole Foods much to my delight! However, breakfast is not always a priority with my family due to the time crunch. I try to always have protein bars available, but they are SO expensive. This past week our favorite brand was on sale so I brought two cases. Not only were they on sale AND I saved another 10% for buying in case lots, but there was a coupon in the Whole Foods sale booklet so I saved another $1.00. This made the price well below the superstores' and grocery stores' prices.
10/07/2009 11:24:11 PM CDT
David says ...
Make money go farther by using cheaper items and bake home made treats. A package of flour, yeast and salt will last for many meals. Then splurge on high quality, organic pairings such as pears, tomatoes, or fine cheeses. Generally I would say at Whole Foods it isn't about saving money. Enjoy the quality and don't worry about the cost. If you can bake a tasty pie with the freshest ingredients, you can just marry rich!
10/08/2009 1:24:18 AM CDT
Julie R says ...
I was laid off from my job in the end of July, and trying to help my boyfriend build his business so we can someday work together (he is a photographer). Although it's been bad, it's also been good... but the one thing I just can't compromise on is my health. And my health is helped most importantly by my food. One thing I've done to save myself (and now my boyfriend) money is to buy things I can make in larger amounts, so I can freeze leftovers or eat them all through the week. Things like meatloaf with beef, pork, and turkey from the meat counter... or the Irish dish Colcannon (potatoes, ham, cabbage)... they all save SO much money compared to eating out. I've not only saved myself good money on lunches, but am saving my boyfriend an estimated $40 to $50 on his lunches. We do the same with dinners... making big dinners that have leftovers for other meals. It really can save significant money.
10/08/2009 2:33:40 AM CDT
Kevin Vaughan says ...
I usually don't buy all organic products in the store to help save money. I also buy from local growers who grow and harvest in an ecological way and the cost is not that high.
10/08/2009 2:40:40 AM CDT
Juanita says ...
Invest in a great quality cookbook, or visit your local library for a free one and /or Whole foods website recipe section. Plan your meals for the week off of recipes that you already have the majority of ingredients in the house. Make things for yourself from scratch. Pack a lunch of your own save money and calories and cut down on fast food waste. Plan for left overs, print and use coupon and whole food flyers only for the things you actually need and will eat. It is not a bargain if you don't use it. Make a grocery list and stick to your list and budget plan. Visit your local farmer's market while there is still time buy fresh local produce in season and take the time to freeze it or cook it into recipes for future use. Plan ahead, buy items in bulk you would be surprised what you can refill there. Co-op with friends and have a traveling Sunday (or any other night) potuck dinner and make anough that everyone takes home a left over. When shopping in bulk split the cost of the largest package economically possibly so 2 or 3 of you can split the goods and reduce waste of buying smaller sizes. When you are able to sidetrack yourself from eating fast food take the money you would have spent on that unhealthy splurge and put it in a can and save it for "investing" in teh good things to make healthier alternative meals. You can even use it to "splurge" at the whole foods deli on ONE item once a month or so
10/08/2009 2:47:29 AM CDT
alison Lyon says ...
I always look at the clearance area of the grocery store. there is a chain here in nc that carries alot of organic items and good for me not alot of the main stream public is into it so they always have prices slashed 50% on organic and natural products that didn't sell well or being discontinued. and also going to big lots...I know a weird place to look right? but I have found that checking out their food selection you can find great prices on organic and natural products due to close out... but when I see it I buy it all for it won't always be there the next time around. all these savings helps me go to whole foods to buy all my meats,fruits,vegs and anything thing else I can't find for I know whole foods is a place I know I can trust with the rest!
10/08/2009 4:09:47 AM CDT
Y.H. says ...
If you stock up and buy a lot of one item (for example, a dozen jars of baby food), it's worth asking if the store offers a discount on a case. The policy might vary by individual store (as I've gotten a discount at one Whole Foods market but not another, both in the same local area), but it can definitely get you the good stuff for less!
10/08/2009 5:53:35 AM CDT
Kristie says ...
My home has only two people and we live in an apartment with no room for an extra freezer, so buying in bulk and buying extra to freeze don't work for me (sadly). I stretch my dollar by meal planning in advance (and use the circular in my meal planning), by being adaptable on the brands I use (the same types of things tend to be on the circulars, so by being open-minded about brands I can save more regularly as opposed to waiting for the brand I like), and by making sure I stick to the portion size on packages (this may seem like a no-brainer, but I know a lot of people who really don't pay attention to portion sizes - by sticking with the portion sizes you eat less, lose weight, and save money by making your food last longer!).
10/08/2009 7:49:46 AM CDT
Katie says ...
In order to get good stuff for less I visit my local farmer's market. There you can buy great organic product that is in season for incredibly low prices and it never hurts to help your local farmers! For items I can not find at the market I stop by whole foods. I usually stick with store brand products because they are great products for reasonable prices. If I feel like venturing out and trying something new I compare the price per unit instead of the total price to get an accurate comparison. Happy Shopping!
10/08/2009 7:50:54 AM CDT
Kathy H says ...
I plan what we are eating for the week by what is on sale. I also tend to buy the things that we eat a lot of in the large size. I buy the fruit and veggies that are in season, much cheaper this way.
10/08/2009 8:02:48 AM CDT

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