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Maria says ...
The best tip for buying good stuff for less is shopping the 365 brand ALWAYS when available. From shampoo to laundry detergent to milk to bread. We love the 365 brand and even the kids are trained to reach for this brand before even looking at another. Prices are phenomenal and the taste is amazing.
10/07/2009 12:10:25 PM CDT
Aimee says ...
I find that it's easy to save money using coupons from the wholefoods newsletter, buying in season produce and bulk for things like rice. The price is never going to come all the way down to conventional shopping, but the cost on the body is less when you're doing away with high fructose corn syrup and nasty chemicals. The ABSOLUTE most helpful thing is making a menu for the week and shopping directly from the menu. If you go in without a plan, you always spend more! I used to let a lot of produce go to waste because I just bought too much...with the higher price of natural and organic, it forces me to just buy what I need...which is better for everyone
10/07/2009 12:10:36 PM CDT
Justine says ...
I, too, buy in the bulk section (which is great for saving the environment from the extra energy use it takes to package individual servings), and make almost all of our meals from scratch. I prepare several meals' worth of food at a time, so I stretch our dollar and my time. Soups are hearty and healthy, and you can make a little go a long way! I also make my own breakfast muesli (no prepackaged oatmeal for us), etc.
10/07/2009 12:11:09 PM CDT
Aileen says ...
The 365 brand is a great deal, so I try and buy that when possible, as opposed to a "brand name." I also think about portion sizes and what will actually be eaten before the food spoils. I only consider buying organic and natural an expensive practice if the food goes to waste. I also enjoy sampling food before purchasing, so that I know for sure that we will use and enjoy an item.
10/07/2009 12:11:15 PM CDT
Stephanie says ...
I'm very luck to live a couple blocks away to a Whole Foods that has a community center attached. I tend to go there on Saturday while running errands and will peruse the store for sales. Then I will go home and make a menu plan for the week based on what I saw on sale. It took a couple times of being at the store and saying "Oh, I wish I had brought the list of ingredients to make beef stew since stew meat is on sale!" but I finally figured out to scope out the deals ahead of time. If you're not lucky enough to have a Whole Foods that close, I would recommend visiting your favorite natural and organic brands' websites. Several of them offer coupons for their products which is like free money! :) And if you can't find coupons for your favorite brand name, definitely check out the 365 products available at Whole Foods. Always a great value and I have yet to be disappointed in any of them!
10/07/2009 12:12:25 PM CDT
katie says ...
We took our budget and cut it in half. I lost 40 pounds. And I eat three meals a day instead of 1. We buy mostly bulk. We Eat Food. Not so much. Mostly Plants. As Michael Pollan writes in Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food. We buy "whole foods," as much as we can: fruit, vegetables, grains, seeds, nuts, oil, agave, eggs. we try not to buy much processed food; maybe a jar of tomato sauce now an then, as long as its organic. i only spend $60 a week on food for 3 meals a day, seven days a week, for my husband and myself. We might eat out once, at a local food/vegetarian friendly place here in athens, ga. it's so simple and easy and delicious and healthy to really cook from scratch, and to eat seasonally when the produce price reflects its natural abundance. live and love the food you eat, yall!
10/07/2009 12:12:47 PM CDT
Wendy Vincent says ...
I pride myself on my ability to feed my family of four solely on "the Good Stuff" while paying "Less" than what I had been while shopping at the large stores where I spent "more" for the "not-so-good Stuff". The day before I head out to do my shopping, I sit down at my computer and download the weekly sales flyer from Whole Food's website. I also have in hand the current store flyer with TONS of coupons. In addition, I have signed up on various organic and natural brands' websites (like Mambo Sprouts and 7th generation) to receive e-mails about product specials and coupons that I print at home. With the sales flyer and coupons in hand, I make out my menu for the next few weeks based on the coupons I have and what's on sale for the week. I also utilize Whole Foods' web-site's recipe section where I can look up new recipes to make from ingredients that are on sale. I make my shopping list for what I need for my menu and stick to it! While shopping, I also choose the 365 brand which is a great value and just as good, if not better, than the leading brands. I also shop the bulk aisle which is another cost-saving and environmentally savvy way to get more for less ( both cost AND packaging).
10/07/2009 12:13:10 PM CDT
Taylor C says ...
College student? Vegetarian? Eat quinoa once a day to save money and get a complete source of protein.
10/07/2009 12:13:16 PM CDT
Kerry B says ...
I am allergic to gluten, soy and casein, and many alternative foods are very expensive. I try to order special/favorite items I can buy in bulk or case amounts at natural food stores or coops that will give me a discount for the bulk order. Flours, brown rice tortillas, things that will freeze well.
10/07/2009 12:13:41 PM CDT
Dawn says ...
I try to pick a couple recipes each week, preferably using the same "extras" - fresh parsley, cilantro, avocado, scallions etc. That way none of it goes to waste. If those fresh ingredients are only used for one recipe, I try to incorporate them into a pesto or dip that I can use for snacks. I try to cook those recipes over the weekend so I have good healthful meals ready. It keeps me from eating convenience foods which are more expensive. I also spend time every couple months cooking up a bunch of different beans to freeze and have on hand. It's cheaper than canned.
10/07/2009 12:14:13 PM CDT
Jeanette Trosell says ...
Coupons, coupons, coupons, sales. First thing I do when I walk into whole foods is go to the front desk & get the coupons.
10/07/2009 12:14:26 PM CDT
heidi says ...
here are three tips to get good stuff for less. It's easy as one two three. 1) look for weekly special. 2) buy 365 brand ( they are as good as other or better). 3) don't over load your frig, shop enough for five days. Eliminate spoilage. have fun bargain hunting and stay healthy.
10/07/2009 12:15:15 PM CDT
Ty says ...
I get the best quality items for the lowest possible price by comparing Whole Foods prices with Publix and also by getting larger quantities when items are on sale at a reduced price.
10/07/2009 12:15:25 PM CDT
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

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