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Lisa Hejny says ...
I match sales with coupons to get the lowest possible price, and it helps me feed my family of two on only $50 a week.
10/07/2009 1:23:13 PM CDT
Jackie says ...
I definitely do a combination of a lot of the things other people have said: Make a list and stick to it, Use coupons from the newsletter, Check the store for specials, and Buy the 365 brand. I also keep in mind the things I still have at home, so I don't accidentally buy too much of something. Because I'm only cooking for one, I tend to make 2-3 portions at once and refrigerate or freeze the extra portions to eat later. Lastly I take advantage of interesting deals- a Whole Foods in Austin had a promotion that if you bought a pound of organic sliced turkey, you'd get a half pound of cheese, a loaf of bread and 5 small apples for free. I had lunch for a whole week that way- at $2 per lunch!
10/07/2009 1:25:21 PM CDT
Mia says ...
1. Homemade snacks - granola bars, cookies, crackers, etc. are all super-expensive compared to buying the individual ingredients and whipping up a batch at home. Find a recipe, make a huge batch, and stick baked/homemade goods in the freezer for prolonged storage. 2. Shop seasonally and rely on high-quality canned/jarred items - heirloom tomatoes are great in summer, but during the rest of the year, I buy organic canned tomatoes. Same goes with other foods: fresh berries in summer, frozen in winter; fresh artichokes in spring; marinated artichoke hearts during the rest of the year. Canned/frozen fish is also a great money-saver. High-quality canned tuna and sardines are healthy, delicious, and incredibly inexpensive.
10/07/2009 1:26:55 PM CDT
kate townsend says ...
i LOVEthe 365 frozen stuff. for a quick an easy dinner, i buy a 365 cheese pizza and top it with the 365 "stoplight peppers" (red, green and yellow bell peppers already diced), easy and pretty healthy. in addition, we make breakfast smoothies using frozen mangos, blueberries and raspberries...the bags last usually a week and i add only fresh earth bananas, 365 orange juice and some greek yogurt. my daughter and i love them!
10/07/2009 1:29:01 PM CDT
Elizabeth Quigley says ...
Hello, I cook from scratch and buy in bulk.The best way i have cut our food bill and still feed my family real food is I have pared down the list of products we use. I have a standard list of basics I buy every month. These are things I use for baking and my scratch cooking. I buy them once a month. Then weekly I buy fresh foods. Blessings, Elizabeth
10/07/2009 1:29:54 PM CDT
Holly says ...
I get the good stuff for less by simply looking at the very top and bottom shelves at the grocery store. You will be able to find the exact same organic item like pasta or sun-dried tomatoes for a lot less. Often times the store brand or a smaller company's items are placed there. You can save as much as $2-3 by simply looking up... or down! I always leave Whole Foods with a full cart and never spend over $50- including meat.
10/07/2009 1:30:42 PM CDT
Kristen says ...
I spend under $100/week at whole foods for a family of 4! (3 year old and 8 month old) Since I make all my younger son's baby food, I buy a about half of the organic veggies frozen. You save a lot this way, and I don't have to make it all at once. I always stick to the perimeter of the store. Produce, fish/meats/poultry, bakery. I ALWAYS buy what's on sale in the weekly flyers. Whatever is on sale is what's for dinner that week!
10/07/2009 1:30:47 PM CDT
Tessa says ...
Taking the time to look at what's on sale and then plan your weekly meals accordingly. Stocking up on panty items or things that can be frozen when on sale also helps.
10/07/2009 1:31:28 PM CDT
Tessa says ...
Taking the time to look at what’s on sale and then plan your weekly meals accordingly. Stocking up on pantry items or things that can be frozen when on sale also helps.
10/07/2009 1:32:35 PM CDT
Jill says ...
I like to buy Organic 365 products, as they are typically cheaper than some other brands. I also base my produce shopping on the sales, you can easily come up with receipes for the week based on what you are buying on sale. Don't look at the unit prices; look at the price per ounces. This will tell you which comparable product is cheaper per ounce!
10/07/2009 1:34:24 PM CDT
Caroline says ...
I have to drive and hour to get to the nearest Whole Foods. I try to make sure that I'm doing other things in Nashville in order to save money on gas. Having a son with celiac brings challenges, especially since the rest of us do not have it. So with the gluten-free list in hand (and a notebook), I went to Whole Foods to price shop and use my coupons. Two of which I printed offline and then I used the coupons in the store newsletter. I spent 3 hours, writing down prices and comparing using the coupons, verses not using them. I also pointed out to the employee in the gluten-free section that one of their specials is gluten-free and it isn't marked with a gluten-free sticker! Plus I had a coupon for that too! The Think Thin bars are 10 for $10, and my son loves those! Also, the gluten-free pretzels, $1.00 off coupon for those, too. Then as I was still standing in the gluten-free section trying to match up my 10 page list with the items on the shelf, one of the employees and I started talking and I she gave me a box of 365 bread mix flour so I could compare it to one of the others. We were discussing which one tastes better and I said, I don't know, I've never made them at the same time. Guess I will now! Used the coupon for the Van's products for gluten-free french toast sticks. Used the coupon for he Glutino barbeque chicken pizza. Used the coupon for the Gluten-Free Pantry all purpose flour. Used the coupon for vitamin water. I think that's about it. Oh, I forgot to mention that I drove to Nashville for a focus group, so I was able to use that money ($40) to buy the food!
10/07/2009 1:37:16 PM CDT
Amy Murphy says ...
I go where the best coupon policies are! If you stack store coupons with manufacturer's coupons AND a sale, you can get great stuff for pennies or free! I haven't paid over $1 for a Kashi Product in months, and a week ago I was able to get 4 Kid's Cliff Bars for $.29 each because I hit a sale with just the right coupons. It's totally doable to eat well for less. You just have to be savvy about it.
10/07/2009 1:37:56 PM CDT
Rachel Roberts says ...
The best way to save money on organic food, is to buy it from a farmers market or grow your own!
10/07/2009 1:48:18 PM CDT
Jennifer Trently says ...
One of the ways I eat healthy and save money at the same time to make my own baking mix that I can use for pancakes and coffee cake etc. I buy all of the dry ingredients in bulk and then make up my own baking mix and then whenever I want to whip something up all I have to do is add eggs and milk plus I use whole wheat flour combined with regular flour and soy flour in my dry ingredients to make all of my baking healthier.
10/07/2009 1:50:58 PM CDT
Jackie says ...
Even in a down economy, I don't compromise on eating good, healthy food; I just eat smarter and eat less. My boyfriend and I started to make weekly menu's on the weekends for the upcoming week and take into account nights we might come home late from work, nights we have plans, and think of meals that fit accordingly (i.e. - A large pot of chili could be made early in the week and heated for dinner on nights you're out late or just don't feel like cooking). That way, we only shop once a week for all items needed throughout the week, instead of take multiple trips to the store during the week. This streamlines dinner time and opens up your evenings too so you don't spend it stressing over what to prepare the moment you get home. I'm also a big fan of buying from bulk bins and rely on pantry staples like pasta and crushed tomatoes on nights I am out of culinary inspiration.
10/07/2009 1:51:29 PM CDT
may says ...
Waste not, want not. Store properly the food stuff purchased so your money doesn't go down the drain as it were. Wrap and store properly cooked food for use in wonderful left-over unique recipes. I have a relative from PEI who is such a fabulous cook that her left-over meals make any celebrity chef's creations pale in comparison with her meals. She always takes special care when storing cooked or uncooked food. Make use of sales. Consider buying a freezer.
10/07/2009 1:53:23 PM CDT
Jamie says ...
We are a single income family. We look at shopping at Whole Foods as an investment in our health. I buy as many 365 brand items as possible to save $. Also, I buy what is on sale each week. Whole Foods does a good job at having a variety of items on sale, especially in the seafood and meat department. Thanks for being so "right on" Whole Foods!!!!
10/07/2009 1:53:50 PM CDT
Deborah Carapella says ...
I want to do the best I can for my family. Since I started shopping at Whole Food's I can see a difference in all of us. I am enjoying the taste of the produce. Amazing how much different it tastes WITHOUT all the pesticides! I know I still have a long way to go, but we are slowly making changes for better health, and my job of buying and preparing the food they eat is the key. Now to get my husband to love the taste of soy and tofu! =)
10/07/2009 1:54:53 PM CDT
Monte says ...
I shop from a list and plan my meals. Then compare prices while shopping off of my list. The 365 brands and bulk items help on the budget. Planning, being aware of cost vs price and sticking to a list works for me.
10/07/2009 2:01:39 PM CDT
Ginger says ...
I love the bulk section! Nice glass jars in my pantry (also, some cleaned and reused food jars!) filled with high quality products not only saves me money, but makes me feel like the chefs on the food network!
10/07/2009 2:10:28 PM CDT
kate says ...
I always hit up Whole Foods weekend deals and use my great coupons from Mambo Sprouts. As I write this, I'm enjoying some country choice organics iced oatmeal coupons I purchased on sale with a coupon at Whole Foods :-D!
10/07/2009 2:12:43 PM CDT
Natalie Howard says ...
I stock up on sale items. When I find a grocery item on sale I buy it in bulk. I bring the item home and distribute it into smaller containers (plastic wrap, aluminum foil, zip top freezer bags and plastic reusable storage containers). Most everything can be frozen. I also rinse and reuse the zip top bags.
10/07/2009 2:13:36 PM CDT
JenniferJ says ...
My best tip is something I learned from reading a coupon column in the newspaper -- the stores put things on sale about every 12 weeks. So if you can, buy enough of the sale item to last you for 3 months, so you can again snag a good price. I did this on Back To Nature macaroni mixes recently, and it has worked great. We are slowly eating down our supply and keeping our eyes out for the next sale! -- Jen
10/07/2009 2:16:38 PM CDT
Kazuko Ono says ...
Good Stuff for Less~ *First of all buying from the bulk sections prove to be a better buy. *Avoid pre packaged, pre-prepared foods. *Always check the flyers, coupons, and sale announcements for local sales within the stores you shop. *Keep a creative and open mind. *Occassionaly, check websites ( WholeFoods, and other organic farming sites) We need to keep ourselves educated on both the farming and selling of our foods. Become active by contributing to these sites. How we spend our money and how we are informed effects our shopping and cooking. *I love to bake and cook. Casserols, stews, and soups are less expensive and one can source many cultures, thereby adding a large variety of flavors for less expense, with a "home-cooked" essence that cannot be found anywhere else but "home". *Support your local farmers and grocers who cater to your preference. You will have an impact on the quality of foods and how foods are raised. Get to know your grocerer. I visit Whole Foods 3xs per week, also other local grocerers because they carry the products I need and the price is RIGHT!
10/07/2009 2:18:51 PM CDT
Brian says ...
Love the bulk and watch for the sale items. I also try and use the coupons in the Whole Foods publication they have in-store. Even use Mambo Sprouts.
10/07/2009 2:19:32 PM CDT

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