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Latoya Ayala says ...
One thing that I like to do is contact the manufacturer's directly to see if they offer coupons. Or, if there is a way I can sign up for a newsletter to receive notice about sales or coupons. I also try to scan the aisles for store coupons and make meals with those items on sale. It's all about being creative and eating healthy at the same time.
10/07/2009 12:00:39 PM CDT
Leah says ...
Lindsey, could you provide a sample shopping list? as for how I save money, ditto with the others. And we are eating meat hardly at all, so that helps. Making soups at this time of year good stuff=less needed in soup)and adding potatoes (good stuff=a bag of potatoes goes a long way) to the menu helps tremendously.
10/07/2009 12:01:31 PM CDT
maggie dillard says ...
instead of buying prepackaged food, which is usually more expensive, (soup, pasta, sauce, waffles, etc.) we pre make everything ourselves. So I will make a big batch of soup and then freeze it into serving portions. this really saves time and money. buying a whole organic chicken, baking it, then eating it and using the left overs to make stock for soup is incredibly cheap and healthy! Same goes for lasagnas, making your own pasta. Then dry the noodles or preassemble pasta dishes and freeze them. Have a waffle party and make enough waffles for a month. Then freeze them and you have a fast healthy breakfast for cheaper and healthier than premade waffles or pancakes.
10/07/2009 12:01:43 PM CDT
Alicia says ...
> Meal-planning after the current sales are published > Making a list and sticking to it > Doing my shopping for longer periods of time (1-2 weeks) (if I shopped every day, with an average of $25-35 per visit, I'd spend about $50 more per week than I do lump-sum on a single shopping trip - and I purchase more impulse items when I shop more frequently) > Because I eat gluten-free and soy-free, it's really tempting to get pre-prepared convenience foods that cater to my diet rather than cooking from scratch. But it is so much cheaper to make a big pot of soup and freeze some for later than it is to buy frozen dinners. > I buy produce from the local farmer's market rather than grocery stores or Whole Foods.
10/07/2009 12:02:04 PM CDT
John Steen says ...
I eat lunch at Whole Foods most everyday and do most of my shopping there because I "choose" to be healthy and eat quality, healthy foods. I haven't had a cold in almost 2 years because I eat power foods that "feed" my body NOT my hunger pains. I eat at the salad bar most everyday. What I do is fill the entire carton, it usually costs me about $12-$13. I always eat spinach with lots of other veggies and quinoa or brown rice. I only eat half of it and will save it for either dinner or lunch the next day. So it only costs me between $6-7 a day for lunch/dinner, which is really inexpensive, when you think about what you might pay in a restaurant. I live alone and have tried to buy all the salad stuff, but it's too much for one person and it usually goes bad, so eating out is a better choice for me, financially and health-wise. Again, by getting 2 meals out of the salad only costs me about $6-7 a meal and all the health benefits. Now that IS the best healthcare money can buy! Thanks~
10/07/2009 12:02:50 PM CDT
Monica says ...
I get the good stuff for less by using the coupons that are available. I don't shop in bulk anymore, it may be shortsighted but I tend to spend less monthly when I shop for the week instead of figuring I'm shopping for the month... Also, at the end of summer when the fresh fruits are on sale, I buy a bunch, bring them home and puree them to freeze for later.
10/07/2009 12:03:05 PM CDT
Hadda says ...
I love Whole Foods but some of the brands are a bit pricey. So what I do is buy the same items I love from Whole Foods in their 365 Everyday brand which is cheaper. There's usually not muc a difference in products and sometimes the 365 Everyday has a better quality.
10/07/2009 12:03:32 PM CDT
Robin says ...
I 3rd buying in bulk. It saves so much money! I also have found that planning meals ahead and only purchasing enough of the fresh fruit/veges for two or three days saves a lot of money as you don't throw it out if it goes bad . Whole Foods has plenty of items to choose from that are low priced and healthy. Just keep me away from the hot foods section and I can get out of there without spending my "Whole Paycheck" ;).
10/07/2009 12:03:33 PM CDT
Dana Marie says ...
I try to plan my shopping around the Whole Deals flyer, weekly deals and weekend steals. Forecasting meals before going to the store helps prevent impulse shopping, and gives a sense of accomplishment. Utilizing the sampling opts that WHole FOods generously offers helps me sample different brands before committing to an expensive purchase. It also gives me the opportunity to look into the company more for ethical history, and potential direct manufacture saving offerings. AS with any endeavor, knowledge is power and grocery shopping is no exception. Whole foods can help!
10/07/2009 12:03:37 PM CDT
Sabrina says ...
My partner and I love the bulk peanut butter but we have found we save a lot of we plan our meals ahead of time and then shop for what we might need for those meals. We try and use a lot of ingredients we already have in our kitchen and mix those with fresh produce, meats other items from our local Whole Foods. I also have to say that I'm a huge fan of the 365 line of products, if you compare them to products in other stores, they are usually better in value and in price.
10/07/2009 12:03:42 PM CDT
Jessica says ...
I get the good stuff for less by doing several things. I look for coupons on through the flyers at Whole Foods and on the internet on things I know I need and am going to get. I also like to buy in bulk when I can...it might be more dollars initially but in the long run you have a lot of product at a great price when you break it down. And I buy the 365 brand as much as a can - great products and value! These are the ways I get the good stuff for less!
10/07/2009 12:05:27 PM CDT
Tammi says ...
I try to plan all of my meals a couple weeks in advance. I check the ads for all the stores to see what is on sale and plan around that. Plus I look for coupons online and in the newspaper.
10/07/2009 12:06:05 PM CDT
Claudia says ...
I get the good prices and same quality buying organic whole food brand products, like soy milk, brown rice, olive oil, crackers,etc.
10/07/2009 12:06:20 PM CDT
Asmar Eyvazova says ...
i save on cooking a lot and not buying already cooked, ready food. I buy organic milk and make my own yogurt, the amount of yogurt would have cost a lot more if I kept buying organic yogurt in a container. Also I use the brochure that comes every month for the best deals that Whole Foods offers.
10/07/2009 12:06:24 PM CDT
Kirsten says ...
I too buy things in bulk. Even though it may be expensive, I always look at the price per ounce and compare it to the smaller sizes. And in the long run I do save a lot of money. I store things like flour, pasta, grains/rice and dried beans in airtight containers in my pantry. Which makes them last longer.
10/07/2009 12:07:04 PM CDT
Sara Brooks says ...
I LOVE the prepared foods. I know it might not seem like a good deal at first, but if you really purchased all the ingredients that it took to make the crab cakes, chicken salad, etc. etc. and then spent the time to actually make it; there's no questions that you're getting the good stuff for less. My husband and I work full time and with two kids it's tough to eat healthy on the run when you don't have time to prepare meals every night. This way we all get healthy meals and our time is preserved for spending quality time with our kids.
10/07/2009 12:07:15 PM CDT
Jenna M. Guasco says ...
Budgets are tough! Especially when you're feeding an entire family. The best things I've tried and stuck with on a regular basis have helped me achieve a perfect balance in my checkbook as well as my loved one's stomachs! -Make a List- if you know exactly what you're going to the store to buy, you spend less time roaming. Stick to what's on your list and you'll be out the door with little to no "fluff" in your cart. -Plan your meals- If you plan out your meals it's easier to see what you're overspending on. -Clipping coupons- This one is tricky if you buy single items. Check the coupons to make sure you don't have to buy 4 of something to get $0.05 off! -Leave your children at home- That product placing story where they say they put the most colorful foods at a child's eye level...IT'S TRUE! You'll end up spending more than what's on that list! -Buy in bulk if needed- Buy things in bulk that you or your family go through on an everyday basis. It's likely to be cheaper upfront and in the long run. Hope this little tidbit helps everyone trim the fat off of your grocery bill!
10/07/2009 12:07:51 PM CDT
christie @ honoring health says ...
To save less money, we eat more beans and eggs and always make use of leftovers. We also buy certain items that we use often in bulk to save even more. But the number one tip that I have is to shop with a list and stick to it!
10/07/2009 12:08:12 PM CDT
Stephanie says ...
Early in the year, I sign up for a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). I like Delvin Farms. You will find alot of their veggies on the Whole Foods shelves too. Yes, you put up a pretty hefty chunk of money up front but it is TOTALLY worth it. Last year, my husband and I opted for a half share delivered every other week. We loved it so much this year we committed to a full share (full bushel) every week and split it with another couple. Not only is is local, organic and really tasty but it forces us to try new things that I wouldn't have gone to the store to purchase. My family now as a few new favorites because of the CSA. And I freeze items that we can't use immediately. So when we shop at Whole Foods we spend considerably less on our produce all summer long.
10/07/2009 12:08:14 PM CDT
Terry says ...
I try to take advantage of produce that's in season because it's cheaper. WF often has local varieties and I frequent the farmer's market for others. I also make bulk recipes using these ingredients and freeze for later.
10/07/2009 12:08:15 PM CDT
Colette says ...
We use the 365 brand as uch as possible and we have 1 a from scratch soup once a week and one batch is two full meals for my husband myself and our 2 toddlers with a salad and a loaf of homemade bread. So I only have to buy the ingredients for soup 2 weeks out of the month. We also do one meatless meal aside from the soup(witch is mostly meat free.
10/07/2009 12:09:22 PM CDT
Marcie says ...
Well, I wrote about this very subject recently. Mostly involves choosing the 365 brand at Whole Foods :-) http://feedingblackmail.blogspot.com/2009/08/think-organic-eco-friendly-are-always.html
10/07/2009 12:09:23 PM CDT
Dana says ...
To save money, my mom always taught me to cook large amounts & freeze stuff for later...that way I don't get sick of eating the same stuff every night, but I still save money in the long run. Also, I buy from farmer's markets when I can...I get really good deals on fresh produce, dairy, and sometimes meat that way. I have a garden, too. It isn't really large, but it provides me with herbs for seasoning & some vegetables. I also have fig & pear trees, which are wonderful. I just pick what I want to eat, and I can also store fruit for later.
10/07/2009 12:09:34 PM CDT
Erin F says ...
Although buying in bulk saves a lot of money, sometimes it still takes a hit on your budget if you only have money to shop week to week. My family members and I will tag team sales, coupons, buy-one-get-ones, etc. We will shop together and split items! It works great, and also helps us waste less food!
10/07/2009 12:09:55 PM CDT
Bill M. says ...
Here's a little "jingle" type saying I've always said in my head: "Living 'healthy, wealthy, and wise' all comes down to PORTION SIZE!" :) Trying to remember that not only when preparing food but when BUYING food is a great way to eat better and it really makes the shopper stop and actually read the labels of what they are buying.........or in this case, ME! :) We all know to look for "calorie counts", "carb counts", "cholest. counts" etc........but SERVING SIZE is the key to being healthy, and getting a bigger bang for your buck! :) Bill M. (dfwbill71) Dallas, TX P.S....WHOLE FOODS ROCKS! :)
10/07/2009 12:10:12 PM CDT

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