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Stephanie says ...
I shop the sales and clip coupons...and when there is a coupon for a sale item the savings are even better:)
10/07/2009 12:16:14 PM CDT
Anna says ...
I get the good stuff by buying the "family sized" packages of chicken breast and ground beef as well as getting anything I can in the bulk food section (rice, sugar, nuts, dried fruits, etc.) Whole organic carrots are great, too. A little more work but worth it for the value and taste! When buying bananas they don't necessarily have to be organic as their rind is thick enough to protect the fruit and you can save a few cents by going with "regular" bananas. The large boxes of baby mixed greens and spinach are a more economical value as well! Happy shopping everyone!
10/07/2009 12:16:47 PM CDT
Heather Jones says ...
I get good stuff for less by buying in bulk with friends from local farms; We know and see the farms where we are getting the food and splitting with friends means nothing spoils and we all get a good deal. :)
10/07/2009 12:17:02 PM CDT
Crystal W. says ...
I love the "Bits and Pieces" basket in the cheese department at Whole Foods, it's the perfect way to experiment with rare varieties without investing too much.
10/07/2009 12:17:59 PM CDT
Rochelle says ...
I save money by shopping with friends. We each plan out our weekly meals and when we shop we buy items in bulk and split it in 4. There may be items I don't need that week, but I always contribute to the shopping pot and try to use that leftovers in next weeks menu.
10/07/2009 12:18:36 PM CDT
elizabeth says ...
shopping with coupons definitely help! and also buy the 365 brand instead of others, its cheaper and the same compared with other brands.
10/07/2009 12:18:59 PM CDT
Cynthia says ...
I look for what's on sale, plan meals around that. Look for prints coupons when I can get them. Also I buy store brand organic lines. Mainly we keep things simple with other non food purchased items because I'd rather skimp on the designer in season items then have to skimp on my organic produce!
10/07/2009 12:19:07 PM CDT
greenbean says ...
buy in bulk. and the bulk section is also great for many items like oatmeal! combine store coupons with manufacturers coupons. whole foods included! plan shopping list and meals around what's on sale eat local. good deals to be had farmer's markets! combine store sales, especially BOGO, with coupons. awesome deals to be had!
10/07/2009 12:21:17 PM CDT
Christy says ...
I always check out the whole deal for coupons, stop at the service desk at whole foods for coupons, buy in bulk for the discount whole foods offers, buy cases for the discount whole foods offers, buy what I need for example if I need half a pineapple I ask a produce team member and they will take care of it same with cheese!!, go to my favorite products web sites for coupons, sign up for mambo sprouts printable natural coupons, bring my own bags, sign up for value tours!, buy 365 products (they taste just the same or even better) ( I learned that from the whole food brand wars class)try a sample before buying if you are unsure....and when in doubt on how to save ask someone from whole foods, their customer services is the BEST anywhere!
10/07/2009 12:22:32 PM CDT
Megan says ...
I get the good stuff as much as I can on a budget but one thing I make sure of is that I buy my kids organic and natural snacks. With a growing 3 yr. old and 6 yr. old who love to snack I don't have to feel bad about their snacks. I buy them organic yogurt, chips, fruits, cookies, snack crackers and even fruit snacks. In doing this I have noticed that my kids now prefer "healthy snacks" and food. I believe paying a few cents more is definitely worth the long term reward.
10/07/2009 12:23:21 PM CDT
Nadja says ...
We shop with coupons- Mambo sprouts, the Whole Deal, the Blue Sky Guide, online coupons from brands like Kashi.com- and we build our meals and menus around what we can get with coupons. We save anywhere between $40-50 each trip, and we get to be creative for how we use our goods. We also buy only what we know we will use with the coupons- so we avoid a lot of the health and beauty coupons, etc.
10/07/2009 12:23:58 PM CDT
Carol S. says ...
Wonderfully so, and more often than not, whenever I shop at WFs, most of the items I need are on sale, or short-time lower priced. This past weekend was a prime example - I use Follow Your Heart Omega 3 Mayo(purple label), and 2 pints are selling for $6, making the two pts 69 cents less than the quart size - yay! Further, what really compliments my visit(s) is that while cruising the aisles finding what I need(and I DO check all of aisles), I continue to discover deals on other personal staples and favorites which allows me to have a larger selection for meals, etc., during the course of the next week than I originally planned for(how cool is that??). PLUS, I can even get a couple of extra treats(bakery or deli) because I'm not going above my budget!! - it's kind of like Christmas, in that, surprises are every where in the store - one just need to seek and find!
10/07/2009 12:25:04 PM CDT
Lidia Seebeck says ...
My value tip is simple, although it does require an investment... get a deep freezer. Sometimes you can find these at second hand, saving even more. It does not take long to recoup the cost of the deep freeze in savings. For instance, butter freezes well, so buy it when it's on sale and use it when it's expensive or your budget won't stretch. Bell peppers in summer are generally less expensive-- buy them on sale, cut them up into strips or cubes, and freeze for winter. Learn how to freeze and dehydrate foods. With a dehydrator (or a solar dehydrator!) you can make your own sun-dried tomatoes. I then pulverize them in a blender, add dried onion, garlic, parsley, basil, oregano, marjoram, salt, and pepper, and have a winter dried soup mix. Rehydrate for a really quick meal!
10/07/2009 12:25:09 PM CDT
Jason says ...
I usually attempt to use fruits and veg that are in season because there is more of it, it is fresher, and it is usually cheaper (due to how much they have). Another thing I do is plan out my weekly meals and do most of my cooking once or twice a week so we're not tempted to run out and buy other snacks or "quick" meals.
10/07/2009 12:25:27 PM CDT
mcoker says ...
When my budget is tight (and even when it's not) I buy mainly in bulk. Mix bulk dried fruits and grains for cereal, bulk salt/sugar, etc. And I love the 365 brand, and opt for it over major brands when I'm trying to save money. Actually, I opt for 365 most of the time, except when it's not available for a certain product. It's a great brand.
10/07/2009 12:26:10 PM CDT
Sarah G says ...
I plan my meals around what is on sale that week, and I combine sale prices with coupons to score even better deals! I've written to many of the organic companies (Horizon, Stonyfield, Colemans, etc), and they have generously sent me coupons whenever I've requested. Some companies (such as Kashi) offer you coupons for free items, if you promise to review their product once you eat it. Coupons are the best way to eat well on a limited budget!
10/07/2009 12:27:28 PM CDT
Oscar Feliciano says ...
Clip those coupons, buy store-brand (LOVE the 365-branded items), buy from the bulk aisle, and bring a reusable bag or two to save at the register.
10/07/2009 12:28:07 PM CDT
Sarah says ...
I stock up on my favorite products when they're on sale....like Ineeka tea is $3 off right now!
10/07/2009 12:28:55 PM CDT
Michelle says ...
I miss some of the good stuff! Bring back Sunspire caramel & pecan chocolates that you had in the bulk section. #5494?? (5493?). WF ceased carrying them nationally.
10/07/2009 12:29:05 PM CDT
Karrel Bell says ...
We get the weekly email of sales and if an item that we frequently use is on sale we buy it in bulk (case). It saves us money in the long run and you get a bulk (case) discount to boot!
10/07/2009 12:29:35 PM CDT
Danielle says ...
I buy as few pre-packaged items as possible. The bulk foods section in my whole foods is incredible with everything from dried fruits and nuts to rice, pasta, desserts and even spices. I also buy all of my produce in moderation (just what I need for the next few days) and leafy veggies come from the bins, not in packaged containers. This helps my bank account and also the environment. There is nothing more frustrating than all of that unnecessary packaging.
10/07/2009 12:30:03 PM CDT
Rebekah says ...
I'm on a very tight budget so getting to shop organic is a luxury right now. I make sure to always try and buy good quality produce and I look up new recipes to try and find several ways to use whatever I buy. I also try and buy produce that is on sale so I am getting a great deal that can be used for several meals!
10/07/2009 12:30:47 PM CDT
aaron says ...
the best way to save money for us is to shop with recipes in mind. we only buy food that we know we are going to use. and for snacks we buy bulk nuts, dried fruit and granola for trail mix. it goes a long way and is much cheaper that way
10/07/2009 12:31:48 PM CDT
Amy Blue says ...
I love the bulk section- rice, nuts, oatmeal. I save by purchasing a lot of the stuff in the bulk section. Also, I am very fortunate to live near a whole foods so I never buy too much at one time so I eliminate waste.
10/07/2009 12:33:03 PM CDT
Judy says ...
I save on groceries by cooking from scratch as much as possible and taking advantage of sale items each week. I also stick with 365 brand items for the most part. Ironically, the economic downturn has made me a better cook because we eat less processed foods. I use more fresh herbs for example and add more of my own flair than making things from a package. I have found that my family has eaten healthier in this time of budget crunching more than ever before!
10/07/2009 12:33:34 PM CDT

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