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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
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
Anne Falasco says ...
Get more for less - buy dried beans - they use less packaging than canned beans, more bang for your buck and taste 10xs better. Adding beans to your meals provides the nutrients and fiber - they can replace more expensive meats.
10/07/2009 12:35:06 PM CDT
Beckie Tetrault says ...
Choosing to eat vegetarian a few nights a week can save a lot on your grocery bill. By cutting back on how much meat you purchase, you can maximize the savings into more to spend on whole grains and organic fruits and veggies!
10/07/2009 12:36:26 PM CDT
Wendy says ...
Surprisingly, shopping MORE frequently can save money! Buy only the fresh produce that you are going to use in the next few days. You will waste less and have better quality. This will also enforce efficient meal planning so that if you stick to your pre-determined shopping list, you are guaranteed to spend less!
10/07/2009 12:36:57 PM CDT
Angela says ...
I buy fruits when on sale and stock up. I either freeze them or use my food dryer to preserve them
10/07/2009 12:37:23 PM CDT
Donna Marie says ...
As a single person, Whole Foods helps me afford natural and organic foods AND stay within my budget by offering custom portions in almost every department. For example, unlike traditional supermarkets that require you to buy a whole pound or more of meat and poultry, at whole foods I can buy one steak or one fish fillet which means no waste and it's always fresh. Also the bulk foods let me buy only the amount I need (no waste) and gives me the opportunity to try new things (variety in my diet). The Whole Deal value guide helps me stock up on my favorite non pershables and every weekend there are additional values in my local store.
10/07/2009 12:37:42 PM CDT
Robbyn says ...
I make it my personal goal to have quality AND quantity. I try to stock up on certain items when they are on-sale, especially all-natural and organic items. These items are great to stock up on when they are buy one, get one or have a special in-store coupon. Just decide what your product loyalties are and stick with them. It's easy to spend smart if you are purchasing items that have a heavy rotation on your shelves.
10/07/2009 12:37:43 PM CDT
Phyllis says ...
Like many here, I buy in bulk, but I am a single person, so sometimes that's not an option. If there is a certain jam, soup or frozen product I like, I go to the website for that product, and sign up for any newsletters/coupons that they send or have available. I think many companies are more green nowadays and only send the coupons on request or by email.
10/07/2009 12:37:48 PM CDT
Julie says ...
I like to buy the bulk steel cuts oats. I put them in the slow cooker at night and in the morning when I wake up they are done. I throw a little pasture butter and walnuts in there. The kids get raisins in there (also from the bulk bin). It feeds our whole family nutritionally, easily and cheaply.
10/07/2009 12:38:05 PM CDT
Jenny Lynn says ...
I get the most value out of my organic foods by buying the Wholefoods 365 brand. They are always more than $1 cheaper than the name brand organic goods, and usually have equal or more ounces per package - and they taste great! Buying foods in bulk also saves me a lot of money because I am not paying for the packaging, and I only get exactly what I need, preventing food from being wasted if me or my daughter cannot eat it fast enough. I also always bring my used bags back to the store because Whole Foods gives me 5 cents per bag that I bring! People spend a lot of time talking about how buying organic is so much more expensive, but it is just because they don't know how to really shop!
10/07/2009 12:40:47 PM CDT
N Smith says ...
This where I am at righ now. I decided that switching to organic whole foods is what I want for my family. I have been doing it a little at a time. It started with organic milk. Then I researched what produce is more important to eat organic than others. I am trying organic gardening. I also found a local source for eggs. I always start my weeks shopping at whole foods by shopping sales for meat and produce and then plan my meals from there. Their bulk bins help buy only what you need for recipes which helps to reduce a grocery bill.
10/07/2009 12:41:30 PM CDT
Kris says ...
I get the good stuff for less by buying in bulk, purchasing the lower-priced 365 everyday value brand itmes when possible, and using coupons.
10/07/2009 12:43:23 PM CDT
Stan says ...
Slowly decrease your fear of working with raw materials. Don't buy a can of beans. Buy the dried beans. Don't buy tortillas (only to throw out a few next week). Buy the flour, make a batch, and freeze the dough for fresh warm tortillas next time. Get basil, garlic and walnuts from bulk and make an ice tray of pesto to drop into pasta later. Sure, it's a time investment at first, but once routine it is all very efficient and economical. Buy strong flavors of higher quality, but purchase less quantity. Stronger flavors can be used sparingly and still have an impact. Cheeses are a good example. The WF cheese person will cut down a prewrapped hunk of pricier but more flavorful cheese for you. Bulk spices are a great deal too. Most of what you need is under $0.35 for a little half-scoop bag. The prepackaged 1oz.-and-up stuff will sit in your pantry forever losing flavor anyway, and probably get thrown out eventually. Two small trips per week is better than one large trip, because you can buy cheaper fresh items rather than longer lasting but more expensive prepackaged items. Local products are usually cheaper too (or should be), having little transportation overhead worked into the price. And they're usually fresher. Items locally in season are cheaper too. And if you like to cook it's fun to accept the challenge of leveraging that unique local ingredient into a new dish you've never attempted. It's a great way to increase your flavor-combining skills. IMHO
10/07/2009 12:43:43 PM CDT
Suzanne says ...
I love the bulk bins too.
10/07/2009 12:43:59 PM CDT

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