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Susan says ...
I get my best value by purchasing many of my fruits and veggies frozen...Since they are frozen right away at their peak, they often taste better and I don't have the waste I have when I buy fresh.
10/07/2009 12:44:23 PM CDT
amanda says ...
As a really poor college student who loves to eat healthy the things I have learned is to buy in bulk!! I will come shopping and spend a whole lot all at once and it will last all month most of the time. Also buy produce in season. If you buy berries while they are in season you can freeze them and use them at another time.Just making small changes you can save alot of money and still eat organic, healthy food.
10/07/2009 12:45:33 PM CDT
DAVID FRANKLIN says ...
First of all start with a list. Don't impulse shop. Buy produce that is on sale. Just make sure you know how to prepare the item, and that you and your family like the item. This way you get variety as well a better value. Don't buy processed foods. Stay away from convenient items. Take advantage of the recipes online and get better at cooking. Cooking for yourself is the only way to reduce cost.
10/07/2009 12:45:38 PM CDT
Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton says ...
I have a 4 pronged approach: 1 - I research specials and take advantage of them by buying plenty. I pour over the Whole Deal and check my stores weekly specials each week. 2 - Buy in bulk, even if things are not on special, generally buying in bulk is cheaper 3- For my favorite products and the items I buy regularly, I go to their websites and subscribe to any newsletter they may have. I also send requests for coupons and to be a product tester. This brings me a good supply of coupons for things I use all the time. 4 - When I buy more of something than I can use right away, I leave out what I will use and freeze the rest. You can freeze fruits, cheeses, meats and some vegetables right away, other things you need to blanch or prepare first. And a bonus, we shop on Saturdays and I always bring any family member at home with me. There are so many great samples that I do not have to feed them lunch after the trip (although a stop at the coffee bar seems to always get worked in)
10/07/2009 12:46:04 PM CDT
Idogcow says ...
Shop seasonal and don't buy more than you can use before it spoils.
10/07/2009 12:46:19 PM CDT
Meg says ...
It's All About the List!! #1 Bring it and stick too it. It takes about 20 minutes ahead of time, but the list gets you organized for the week and keeps you from buying extra items you don't need #4 Have two veggie/pasta nights on the list...veggie based meals with beans or pasta are just as nutritious as but cheaper than meat/seafood based dishes. 3-Have a quick meal on the list...you can often buy the large prepared meals (mac-n-cheese for example) and split them into one main dinner and side dishes for other nights. Having this prepared meal will also keep you from getting unhealthy, expensive take-out 4-For expensive items on your list that you will use time and again buy big...Olive Oil, Spices, nuts, rice...can all be bought in bulk at Whole Foods! Shop smart with your list and you can still enjoy high quality foods without busting your budget!
10/07/2009 12:49:40 PM CDT
Joanna says ...
I "get the good stuff for less" by planning ahead of time, and shopping with a list. That list will have ingredients for meals for the coming week, etc. so that I don't just let my stomach do the shopping in the store! I can stick to the list and know that I'm getting what I need, it's good quality, and I can spend what I planned to when I walked in.
10/07/2009 12:49:51 PM CDT
Jeanette Westhoff says ...
I buy at the local farmers market. It is fresh and the prices are great.
10/07/2009 12:52:31 PM CDT
Patricia says ...
I am committed to buying and using natural/organic products and I'm able to do so by maintaining a fully stocked pantry with the sale items. Whatever is on sale goes into the pantry and can be drawn upon for weeks, sometimes months. I supplement with fresh items as needed and find that it is a myth that "the good stuff" has to cost more. With a little organization, preplanning and flexibility, I find that I have a variety of delicious, healthful meals and on a budget no less!
10/07/2009 12:54:56 PM CDT
Juanita says ...
For fresh produce, I buy what's in season. When frozen fruits & vegetables are on sale, I stock up. I also buy beans, rice, & whole grains from the bins instead of pre-packaged ones. I also use plenty of coupons. Whenever I try a new item that I really like, I will either write or e-mail the company for coupons. The other thing that I now do is eat correct portions. I used to eat as much as I wanted, but since I have started controlling portions, I have begun to lose weight. The other thing that I do is eat mostly vegan and vegetarian meals--that way I save money as well.
10/07/2009 12:55:16 PM CDT
Margarita says ...
I buy what's in season. It tastes better, travelled less to get to me and is way cheaper.
10/07/2009 12:56:54 PM CDT
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

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