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Catherine G. says ...
Sign-up for the e-newsletters of natural and organic brands you love. They will frequently include coupons in newsletters or send them to you via US mail if you are registered on their site.
10/07/2009 12:57:12 PM CDT
Melissa says ...
The bulk section has some of the best prices for dry goods- cereal, beans, dried fruits, baking goods.....Making from scratch costs a whole lot less than buying prepared foods. The crockpot can be your friend if you feel you don't have time to fix from scratch. during farmers market season that is a great way to buy fresh veggies for a fraction of the cost of a grocer.
10/07/2009 12:58:33 PM CDT
Susan @ Organic Deals & Coupons says ...
I use coupons and sales to stock up on organic food. Even if I don't need the item right away or I already have some in the pantry, I will stock up when it's on sale and I have a coupon. That way, when I never run out of the item and have to pay full price for it in a pinch. I also grow a lot of fruits and vegetables in my own back yard. Can't get any more local than that. To get the seeds I need for planting, I simply take them out of organic fruits and vegetables I buy at the store. You can reuse plastic salad containers to start your seedlings inside.
10/07/2009 1:00:13 PM CDT
Nadine says ...
I look for sale items and then double/triple/quadruple up. Every now and then you can find mac & cheese, almond butter, blue tortilla chips, juice, even cheese, etc. at a savings of about 50%. That's when I'll buy a months' worth at a time.
10/07/2009 1:01:36 PM CDT
Kimberly Serpas says ...
Definitely grow as much as you can at home and use money saving coupons to get the "additions" that you need to make your meal complete!
10/07/2009 1:03:36 PM CDT
Brian says ...
I wait for the meats I really like to go on sale, then I buy as much of it as I can afford and then freeze the rest
10/07/2009 1:03:44 PM CDT
Pascal King- Elmer says ...
Stock up on the advertised 'Whole Deals'........use coupons, both Manufacturers and WF's......shop for 365 products!!
10/07/2009 1:04:21 PM CDT
ami says ...
there are a few things that i do.. i look on forums to find coupons. like slickdeals.net has awesome ideas of things that you can get for free. there are also several magaazines that you can get for free and survey places that are legit where you can try new groceries or make extra cash. sometimes you send away for the coupons and get them in the mail through email form and sometimes you print them. some times the coupons are for free products that are full size. also another tip.. if you like a company's products.. send them an email telling them that you like the products but don't ask for anything sometimes they will send you coupons for cents off or full sized products for free. it doesn't always work but if you are bored its worth a try. also another thing i like to do is make a big pot of soup on the weekends and save them in reusable mircowavable containers and i save so much money that way on lunches for work or even dinners if i don't feel like cooking. it's a great idea to make a large meal and section off portions.
10/07/2009 1:04:52 PM CDT
Ellen Cohen says ...
How do I save money? I shop at all the discount racks at all the stores I go to. I shop at Goodwill. I use coupons.
10/07/2009 1:05:20 PM CDT
Christina Richardson says ...
I LOVE WHOLE FOODS! I have 3 children so it is costly to eat right but SO worth it. I love everything about whole foods including the atmosphere. I know that sounds crazy but the people there are so nice and I feel relaxed in that store. I get the good stuff for less by hunting out the deals. I try really hard to buy only things that are onsale in conjuction with a coupon. It is time consuming but well worth it. I also buy in bulk and freeze a ton! I also plan meals out in advance so that I am not buying what I don't need. Again, time consuming but I have to work hard to stretch my dollar with a family of 5! If you are smart about it you can get some of the greatest stuff at WFs cheaper than the bigger chain stores. Gotta LOVE THAT!!!
10/07/2009 1:06:55 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
I just scanned the list of comments quickly, but I did not see anyone mention the 10% case discounts. This saves us a lot of money. Practically anything available at WFs can be purchased by the case. It does require more money up front, but savings over the long term. We try to stagger our case purchases to feel the impact less. Also, several have mentioned this, but cheaper protein sources like beans and eggs help. Also, we have staple produce that we buy every week that tends to be inexpensive, and we splurge on whatever seasonal fruit is on sale that week.
10/07/2009 1:07:41 PM CDT
Jesika says ...
Buying from the bulk aisle saves me tons in the long run. I only buy the bits I know I'll need for the week, and if I'm running a little low on funds I buy within my budget. It's so easy to customize! I've also taken to cooking a lot of veggie based dishes. Salads are fantastic, and it only takes a little bit of chicken or egg to turn it into a hearty meal. We make our own pita chips from cheap, day old pitas (toast 'em in the oven, yum!) and I make my own hummus, guacamole and aioli, which keeps us healthy and within our budget. We've also taken to cutting back on our portions. Our large italian families used to feed us large italian meals. We wanted to get in shape and do it right, so we started in the kitchen. It was a bit tricky at first, but in the long run we're healthier, happier, and our wallets are getting fatter ^_~
10/07/2009 1:08:27 PM CDT
Sarah says ...
I keep track of the stock of food that I have at home. Then, each week, when the store circulars or online sale pages come out, I go through them and make sure to buy any sale items that I use regularly, in large quantities. I also look for store brands, which, most of the time, are less expensive, and even cheaper when on sale.
10/07/2009 1:09:01 PM CDT
Jessica says ...
Settle for sales! If there is one thing I have learned when shopping around, it is to look for the sales and price compare among stores. Sometimes a true health market is the cheapest option for healthier purchases, and sometimes a generic store is the cheapest for generic items. But sales will always rule supreme, so make sure you check local listings and online to find sales and coupons and you can save tons of money!
10/07/2009 1:09:26 PM CDT
Meghan says ...
Careful weekly meal planning using seasonal ingredients has been a real money saver for us. We also tend towards simpler recipes that don't require a million ingredients and that make lots of food that can be frozen for use in later weeks, like homemade pizza crust and black bean burgers. We also buy quality ingredients in bulk for a real savings. A vegetarian diet with lots of beans and whole grains helps, too!
10/07/2009 1:09:36 PM CDT
Kelly Benson says ...
I get the good stuff for less by using "The Grocery Game" website to help me find the best deals and coupons. I also check Whole Deal for coupons and meal tips. Also since there's just two of us, I rely on the bulk foods section to get just enough of what we're going to eat instead of spending more and wasting a larger package.
10/07/2009 1:09:42 PM CDT
David Fitzgerald says ...
The best tips are to buy quality foods in bulk and freeze what you don't use immediately. I find that buying organic often gets you fresher food that lasts longer as well, compared to fruits and vegetables that are bought in a regular grocery store and flown in from all over the world. Don't shop when you are hungry. You will end up impulse buying much more than you need.
10/07/2009 1:09:46 PM CDT
Tracy says ...
Plan all of your meals. Base your meal plan on what's in season. Fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season are tastier, more nutritious and almost always less expensive than those that have been shipped in from far away (and better for the environment too). Use your meal plan to make your shopping list and stick to the list when shopping. Stick to the outside aisles of the store (produce, deli, dairy and dairy substitutes) for the bulk of your purchases. Select items from the center aisles sparingly. These aisles tend to have mostly convenience and processed foods that are more expensive and less nutritious. Wash, chop, and prepare your own food rather than buying foods that are pre-packaged this way. When preparing meals, make enough to freeze some leftovers in individual serving containers so that you will have your own frozen meals that can be used for easy work lunches or dinners when you don’t feel like cooking. Buy a reusable water bottle and use it. Buy gourmet coffee beans and grind and prepare your own to keep from buying coffee out. If you travel a lot (like I do) buy healthy, easy to transport food like trail mix, yogurt, protein bars, and fresh fruit to eat at the airport and on the plane. This will save a LOT of money over airport prices. When you want quick, convenient food select items from the food bars rather than going to a restaurant. This is much healthier and less expensive than a restaurant.
10/07/2009 1:11:30 PM CDT
Regi says ...
Lots of ways to save! 1) I make a meal plan every Sunday, and try to work things we already have and things I know are on sale into the meal plan. 2) Buy ingredients instead of items. We've saved a lot since I started cooking breads, baked goodies and pasta sauce from scratch. 3) The case discount is a big help on staple items! 4) The bulk section is fantastic - not just for grains, but also the herbs when you just need a little bit for a special recipe.
10/07/2009 1:16:27 PM CDT
Annmarie says ...
I try not only to buy in bulk and organic but to cook in bulk. On Sunday I cook with my daughter and make a big pot/pan or bowl of a main dish. We use some for dinner that night and freeze the rest so that we can warm it up during the week in a hurry. Instead of using a prepackaged meal we have our own organic, low sodium, home cooked meal. We both appreciate the meal more because of the chopping, slicing and dicing that we did to get to our delicious end product.
10/07/2009 1:18:55 PM CDT
LDY says ...
I find I don't have to compromise on the quality if I shop what's on sale (also gives me a chance to try new things); buy the 365 brand products (which are sometimes even better than the others); buying in bulk (only on items I use frequently); and finally, by having a shopping list. The last item may seem silly but I find I buy a lot less snacks and miscellaneous items when I go with a plan. I try to have my list seperated out into sections of the store so I am not going back and forth for items I overlooked on my list. This keeps me from walking by all those display shelves of stuff I don't have on my list. Of course, there is always exceptions to sticking to the list, but it really does help save!
10/07/2009 1:19:19 PM CDT
Kara Clark says ...
I buy the 365 brand and always look at the weekly sale flier. If meat is on sale, I buy more and freeze it for later use.
10/07/2009 1:19:40 PM CDT
Michelle says ...
I buy only in-season vegetables, and those I can, like butternut squash, I cut up and freeze so I can use them any time. I buy staples, and treats, when they are on sale in quantities that will last for a while. Then I meal plan with what I have on hand. This saves a lot of money and ensures my family always eats high quality, healthy meals.
10/07/2009 1:21:20 PM CDT
Charissa says ...
I love everything about Whole Foods - I buy in bulk where I can, I buy sale and store brand items as much as possible but perhaps for me most importantly is I go to the store a few times per week so I buy my fresh ingredients in small inexpensive amounts and have less waste that way!
10/07/2009 1:21:41 PM CDT
Kim says ...
Like everyone else, I shop sales, buy bulk and use coupons. I also buy potted herbs to add flavor to my cooking year round. One family favorite is my homemade pizza. I make the dough (which is also used for foccacia & bread sticks) using bulk flour, prepare a simple sauce with canned tomatoes, garlic and herbs, and top it off with onions, mushrooms, cheese and some fresh basil. The dough takes a few minutes to prepare and you can get a few interesting toppings from the salad bar.
10/07/2009 1:22:35 PM CDT

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