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Manuela says ...
Getting the good stuff for less is not too much of a challenge, although it does take planning. I always check out the sale flyer and plan my purchases ahead of time. I also try to use coupons whenever possible, although coupons for natural/organic foods are certainly limited. Stocking up on sale items (especially produce, meats, & fish that freeze well) can be both a money and time saver.
10/07/2009 3:38:33 PM CDT
Shawn says ...
Step 1: Use what you have in your freezer! It won't keep indefinitely and you'll need the space for... Step 2: Buy items that you use often when they're on sale. If you find a good sale on meat, buy enough for 2-3 meals and freeze what you won't use right away. Soups, stews, sauces and chilis can also be made more economically in large batches - so make a vat and freeze the excess for future meals. It may help to keep a "freezer inventory" on the door or a spreadsheet to reference at meal planning time. This will keep those bargains from going to waste.
10/07/2009 3:38:48 PM CDT
Megan says ...
I try and kill two birds with one quality stone - buy in bulk AND do a little conserving at the same time. Items like the 365 peanut butter and Alba body lotion go pretty quickly in my house, which could end up costing much more to stock-up on weekly, and creating more trash. But with the larger sizes of both of these, and so many more items, I end up buying them less frequently and reducing my waste at the same time. Using the grocery list and recipe app on wholefoods.com also enables me to plan my meals for the week and buy exactly what I need!
10/07/2009 3:39:35 PM CDT
Kate says ...
Buying the store brand, shopping the circular and planning meal ideas ahead of time!
10/07/2009 3:41:25 PM CDT
Alice says ...
We plan our meals, always try to combine sales with coupons, and stock up on fresh produce when it's on sale and freeze it ourselves. In the summer we have our CSA, and we go to u-pick farms for bulk produce, which we freeze for the winter.
10/07/2009 3:41:26 PM CDT
karen says ...
I use coupons for almost everything that I buy. During these hard economic times everyone wants to save. I usually food process, juice and use the microwave to cook and save time. The food comes out tasting delicious and saves on electricity. Cost cutting is my specialty and making good food is my passion. So, I've just figured a way to do both.
10/07/2009 3:43:07 PM CDT
Karen says ...
I have a recipe for my own Biscuit baking mix and my own coffee creamer. I can like putting in my own whole wheat flour and using fresh products for my flavored creamer. It takes very little time to make these products on my own, and with my husband newly diagnosed with diabetes and and pre-existing heart problems, I know that this is just a start to give us both great tasting, good-for-us kind of foods!
10/07/2009 3:43:14 PM CDT
mary says ...
Buying in bulk is great - saves money and packaging materials. We also prepare double batches of food on weekends, to freeze and use on busy evenings. We have started buying more local, in season produce - yum! Also, instead of having a "meat with two sides" kind of dinner, we are doing more multi-ingredent main courses, where meat, if an ingredient at all, is a much smaller fraction of the whole. We watch sales, markdowns, etc, and "stock up" on those things. Paying more attention to ingredients, sources, and prices, has added a bit of time to my weekly shopping ritual, but it has added a new element of adventure as well "how much can I get; what new things can I try; I'm still withing budget - yippee!!!!
10/07/2009 3:43:59 PM CDT
Jennifer Lockridge says ...
Bring your own bags - good for the environment, good for your wallet. I never waste WF delicious baked bread. We don't usually finish a baguette with dinner, but slice the rest on the diagonal and make french toast, crostini for bruschetta or homemade breadcrumbs or croutons.
10/07/2009 3:52:54 PM CDT
Dakota says ...
I follow much of what's already been said...buy from the bulk section, buy produce when it's cheap and in season and freeze the extra, buy the 365 brand, and use coupons. I contact manufacturers to see if they have coupons, watch out for booklets (like Mambo Sprouts and Whole Deal), and sign up for newsletters (including Whole Foods email!). I also stick to buying organic off the dirty dozen list. I can't afford to buy organic of everything, so the "cleaner" produce in my cart is grown conventionally.
10/07/2009 3:54:57 PM CDT
georgette says ...
first off I surround myself and household with roommates who appreciate quality food. as artists we are quite engaged in creative activities non stop. we need energy and good food. by creating meals for more than just one or two, it makes our food go a long way and there is less or nothing to throw out. makes the money more useful, and hence less waste. it's getting the good stuff for less for us! and on top of that filling our meals with mainly fruits, vegetables, and grains stretches the dollars a lot further as well, versus purchasing a lot of meats. meat is not an essential requirement, even though most of us love meat. :) we shop for one day or two days only at a time. keeps the food fresh, and keeps our appetites in love.
10/07/2009 3:56:42 PM CDT
Ace says ...
I usually buy store brands -- and at Whole Foods, that usually means ORGANIC. I buy enough to keep on hand in my cabinets. I also buy ALOT of rice and lentils -- I cook them with my (canned, usually) veggies, and some Olive Oil and herbs in a big pot -- this makes enough scrumptious meals that can be frozen ahead of time and re-heated when I need it. I buy the chicken thighs with skin, instead of skinless-- that's a savings in itself. I look for bargains in cheese - nothing that some expensive cheeses smell and taste alot ilke the much-less-expensive cheeses. I avoid expensive Salad bars, knowing I can make the same items for much much less. Cake mixes are also alot cheaper than already-made, and I can halve the ingredients to make less, and have more on hand the next time I want to bake. With the large selection of quality items at Whole Foods, it is easy to walk around, get an idea of what is there, and compare the prices -- comparison shopping means quality at affordable prices.
10/07/2009 3:56:55 PM CDT
deidre says ...
I think we all have the same idea's and are all wonderful ideas. I also Figure out what we are having for the next week with the adds that are out and make lists .. stick to the list and dont shop on a empty stomach my love is of farmers markets also .. I've been making jelly and jams at home and putting it up . I have a friend who has been doing the same and we swap .. I make my pepper jelly and she might make a raspberry one so now I have both instead of one and so does she .. I think freezing and canning are some of the lost arts we are returning to in the tough times and I love it!
10/07/2009 4:04:21 PM CDT
Lori says ...
I buy local and in season, cook and freeze quantities. Since I am single the cook ahead and freeze method is a huge budget saver! I also look for recipes with less ingredients that are more flavorful and nutritious, rather than complex recipes that require lots of ingredients.
10/07/2009 4:08:00 PM CDT
Karen says ...
To make my budget and time spread out a little more, I try to make a little extra twice a week and store them in the freezer. When I know I will have a busy day, I simply take out a casserole, place it in the refrigerator, so when I get home I can pop it in the oven. I know my casseroles aren't rich in fat, excess salt and preservatives. Also, another great time saver is the crock pot. I try to use this more often to save time and energy, and not heat up my home in the summer months. To me, it's the simple things that are forgotten that can really ease my budget.
10/07/2009 4:08:38 PM CDT
Alice says ...
I pick up any fruit that's on sale (like organic fuji apples), shop mainly 365 packaged products and also grab these cheap staples from my weekly list: Chickpeas Brown rice found in the bins Frozen edamame Frozen berries for my green smoothies kale boston lettuce (2 heads last me a week of salads) Eggs- so I can easily whip up an omelette with the week's leftovers. If you can steer clear from pre-packaged goods, you'll be good to go!
10/07/2009 4:12:58 PM CDT
beyond says ...
i buy many 365 products to get excellent value for money. i try to plan ahead. there's only two of us, so i choose large sizes for savings (and the environment), but then cook larger potions and spice up leftovers.
10/07/2009 4:13:21 PM CDT
Meredith Kimbrough says ...
A friend of mine and I going to start bulk shopping together so we can split the price. I also wait for sales on meats and them stock up so I can spend a little more on good produce.
10/07/2009 4:17:06 PM CDT
Shu-Huei Henrickson says ...
I follow 2 simple principles: 1. Make everything from scratch. Nothing processed. Not even cereal. 2. Keeping (1) in mind, then plan menu around items on sale.
10/07/2009 4:17:46 PM CDT
Barbara says ...
like most have said already, I buy in bulk, buy fresh produce in season and on sale. Plan meals around what's on sale this week, buy extra if something is a really good deal. If org. bananas are on sale, I buy a lot of them and freeze them (peel first). I also freeze other fruits to have on hand for smoothies which we have often for breakfast or snacks. I also cook up large pots of soups, beans, rice, or casseroles and freeze smaller portions that can be taken out and heated up for a quick, but wholesome meal. No need to sacrifice health when you don't have time to cook that way.
10/07/2009 4:19:18 PM CDT
AnnMarie Chapman says ...
I'm so glad you asked! With just my husband and I we had been averaging about a $70 grocery bill each week. He had come to Whole Foods with me a couple of times and said it was too expensive and that even though the items were undoubtedly better than what we had been getting at other grocery stores he said we would definitely blow our budget if we started shopping there on a regular basis. Well I've proved him WRONG! I've begun doing almost all of our shopping at Whole Foods now simply by changing the way we eat and shopping the sales. We now only eat meat once or twice a week instead of every night and I've begun cooking more vegetables, lentils, quinoa and grains. We are eating healthier and we are throwing away less, and best of all, we are getting the good stuff!
10/07/2009 4:19:46 PM CDT
Alli says ...
I love coupons. I always pick up the Whole Foods flyer, but I also subscribed to Mambo Sprouts, joined the Kashi social network, and surf the internet for other coupons and free samples. The best is when you can use a coupon on something that is already on sale. It takes a bit of effort, but it's worth it on staples like milk, eggs, and cereal.
10/07/2009 4:22:33 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
Great shoppers think alike! Love the ideas, and here is one more: My husband is a chef who is big on not wasting food. You'd be amazed at how much of a vegetable or fruit you lose by the way in which you cut it. Don't slice the top off of those strawberries! Just pull off the stem or cut in a circular motion around it. Same for tomatoes! Or, invest in a corer. Also, I don't take the skin off my carrots, and when I cut a bell pepper I cut very close to the stem and try to trim the pith closely. It also helps if you have a good set of sharp knives!
10/07/2009 4:46:12 PM CDT
Peggy says ...
I also buy in bulk, but my favorite thing is to stock up during sales and watch for coupons on the items I buy most in the Mamba Sprouts circular. I was able to purchase some things today that are normally $1.99 each for .75 each by using this method.
10/07/2009 4:47:30 PM CDT
Shannen Cowan says ...
I like to go to manufacture's websites and print off their coupons.
10/07/2009 4:48:46 PM CDT

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