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Nancy says ...
Love freezing portions using my Foodsaver!
10/07/2009 2:20:53 PM CDT
Blakely Sullivan says ...
I try to buy the whole, unprocessed, unpackaged version of a product. For example, buying whole, dry beans from the bulk bin is super cheap! Only a few pennies for a cup of cooked beans. And if you make them in the pressure cooker they only take a few minutes. This way I can buy healthy, organic food and still save money!
10/07/2009 2:23:54 PM CDT
Wendy Keegan says ...
Use Mambo Sprouts coupons at Whole Foods to get the good foods that are healthy. Look on line also for coupons from companies that sell the products you use. Get on a mailing list and you will continue getting coupons to save money on food that do not make you compromise.
10/07/2009 2:26:42 PM CDT
Brett says ...
Only buy what you plan on consuming. Do not buy something just becuase it's on sale, unless you can freeze or store it away for future use. When my family switched to buying primarily organic and natural food, we discovered that we were buying way too much produce and throwing some food away before the next shopping trip. Now when we shop, we only buy what we plan on eating over the next 5-10 days. Also, try to avoid buying convenience items, like pre-cut fruits, vegetables or prepared meals. Buy in bulk when possible, and after you unload the groceries at home prepare your food items for consumption. For example, a whole pineapple is only $3 or $4. We usually buy one, cut it up into bite sized pieces, and store in tupperware for easy access. If you bought the same quantity prepared, it would easily cost 2x or 3x more.
10/07/2009 2:29:07 PM CDT
Blossom Dawes says ...
I count on Whole Foods for many items we use all the time at great prices- seriously! The 365 brand coffee, cat food, tortillas, bags of organic potatoes, tofu, toilet paper, and soy milk are examples of products whose quality I love and the prices are amazing. I honestly can't buy these things for less without compromising quality. Thank you! Blossom Dawess
10/07/2009 2:29:38 PM CDT
Jenn Goldstein says ...
Buy a Vacuum sealer so you can buy fresh sale items in bulk , not just frozen and packaged goods. Items such as cold cuts, cheese, fruits and veggies will last longer in the fridge when Vacuum sealed. I make homemade sauce about once a month in bulk and than freeze in smaller containers so I can have cheap yet delicious sauce all month long!! Much cheaper than jarred and it's a quick easy dinner in the middle of the week :-)
10/07/2009 2:29:41 PM CDT
Angela says ...
My husband and I are buying for a 4yr old and 6mo old in addition to us. Everything we consume is WFM. Household products, produce, formula, EVERYTHING. We are not wealthy, but choose to make our health, which is mostly vegetarian, vegan, and RAW, our number one priority. Best Tip: I have a spreadsheet of every single item we buy and the price. I make a shopping list ahead of time, a MUST, and determine the total in advance. I am usually within $3. Since WFM has a lot of fun stuff that is easy to throw in the cart, I know I have to omit something from my list if I want to add something spontaneous and be close to my estamited total. It's like a game and always works. Please pick me, so I can have $50 extra for all the great spontaneous shopping I'd love to do. You have so much I want to experiment with =) Just kidding....I know it is random. Have a happy day...
10/07/2009 2:29:59 PM CDT
Kelsey Peterson says ...
Buy in bulk and buy the store brand. You usually pay more money for a brand name when you can buy the same organic can of peas buying the 365 brand. I wish I could afford to buy organic all the time and I wish I lived closer to a Whole Foods! My favorite grocery store! They need to open a store in KCMO. I went to the Whole Foods in Saint Louis and it was amazing, had a great wine selection!
10/07/2009 2:31:00 PM CDT
Cynthia Leathers says ...
We shop at Whole Foods Chelsea here in NYC. We plan our menus around the organic & fresh food items in the weekly sales circular. It's always a fun and interesting challenge to create recipes & menus based on what's on sale for the week! We supplement the sales items with the 365 Everyday items (like olive oils, butter, milk, bread, cheeses, etc.) We also only eat local produce in-season (always cheaper). This means that during our local NY/NJ blueberry season, we stock up on them & freeze them in a large container for use in muffins, pies, cereal, etc. all through the year. I only wish Whole Foods Chelsea would start having the Bulk Bins I see in other Whole Foods stores - then my organic shopping would be SO much easier!
10/07/2009 2:32:21 PM CDT
Marisa M. says ...
Be flexible with your meal planning and buy produce that is in season in your local community. This will encourage you to try new foods and learn new recipes, while simultaneously lowering your grocery bill. Best of all it is good for the environment!
10/07/2009 2:34:13 PM CDT
Mary-Ann Johnson says ...
In addition to buying in bulk, shopping the sales, and buying the generic brand, I keep an eye out for coupons on the net, in magazines and newspapers, and I go to the store with a plan and a budget. Ideally, I would love all the food I eat to be Organic and Natural, but I aim to have at least 70% of my foods Organic or Natural, to fit my budget. (On conventional foods, I read labels, and I am cautious to avoid harmful or mysterious ingredients like corn syrup or aluminum in my food.) I also buy more whole foods (pardon the pun) and make my own sweet snacks and frozen meals at home. I really save (both money and my health) by not purchasing giant packages of cookies, microwave entrees and other snack-type foods, and I eat less of them to boot, because I don't always have time to bake and my meals are more filling and contain no fillers or preservatives. I usually compare the per ounce price on the shelf tag to be sure it's the best deal, even if it is on sale. This is what I do for great value. :)
10/07/2009 2:34:55 PM CDT
Catherine says ...
Try stocking up on your non-perishables when you can catch them on sale. Also, check for managers specials on items that are soon to expire. You can also subscribe to company websites where you can get great coupons on natural and organic items.
10/07/2009 2:37:01 PM CDT
Deana Braganca says ...
Whole Foods is a place I truly enjoy to shop, and although I'm not made of money, I can afford it based on some of these tips, and get better quality, too: Buy bulk grains and beans and incorporated into meals. These are very inexpensive and very healthy. Purchase seasonal produce, and whenever possible, local produce, because it cuts down on pollution. Stock up on items on sale that you are able to use before they go bad, especially items that freeze well. Make a list and stick to it. Plan weekly dinners in advance. I love Whole Foods, and it's worth it to shop there, because the quality is incredible, and there are always great deals there.
10/07/2009 2:37:06 PM CDT
Karin says ...
The number one thing I do to save money is cook from scratch. Even when I make my favorite simple breakfast, yogurt and fruit, I never buy the small containers of yogurt with fruit already in them. I buy the large size container of plain yogurt (big savings right there), cut up some fruit, and add a little agave nectar for sweetness. The same principle applies to my other meals. I also love the 365 Everyday brand and I've been trying more and more of that brand's items.
10/07/2009 2:37:14 PM CDT
Brooke Szczepanski says ...
Buy in season! That saves you money to start. In-season, local vegetables and fruits are fresher, healthier, and cheaper than veggies or fruits shipped from across the country, or from other countries, out-of-season. I love that Whole Foods works with local producers to provide buyers a great selection of local products that are cheaper, better-tasting, and keep more of the money we spend circulating within our community--and more of it in our own pockets!
10/07/2009 2:42:57 PM CDT
Jessica says ...
I buy in bulk and make my own stuff instead of buying prepackaged items. I watch ads for produce and meat sales. I leave meats out of meal that don't need them to still be good to use them for a different meal that might call for a meat main.
10/07/2009 2:44:59 PM CDT
Christy Taylor says ...
I like buying things that have been discontinued, for some reason or another, & trying to find things on sale, I buy in bulk when I can, & break it down when I get home. I also buy things that are organic, although it is hard to find things 'cheap', one of our sons can't have wheat, yeast, dairy, artificial colors or flavors, so it is hard to find things that I can use, that are already prepared, so I have to buy fruits & veggies, & make them from scratch, & also, rice, & millet, & whatever else I can find along those lines.... We just discovered Whole Foods, like a month ago, so I am just in love with the store!!!!
10/07/2009 2:45:35 PM CDT
Michelle Smith says ...
Backyard chickens are a great way to save money and eat healthier, sustainable food. The eggs are SOO yummy and the kids love having chicken pets to take care of. Also, I find I eat less when I eat food that is richer in nutrients, organic veggies, grass fed meats. Junk food is surprisingly expensive and addictive.
10/07/2009 2:45:51 PM CDT
Robin OSullivan says ...
I've become more creative with recipes that incorporate inexpensive ingredients, like dried beans and lentils. By adding interesting spices and sauces, I can feed our family for less without making meals seem boring!
10/07/2009 2:49:06 PM CDT
Sheridan Phillips says ...
I really appreciate the specials in the circular and the coupons in the zine! That's where I begin my shopping list...and my list has shifted noticeably. On it goes only what is absolutely essential, must buys to get through the week and replacement of organic bulk items. I might have a few notes on possibles - friends may come for drinks...what is fresh/interesting/shelf stable that could make an instant party? 365 goat cheese is a staple as are 365 Entertainment crackers. Often, there is a wine special to consider. Then, with the basics taken care of, WholeFoods has more than enough temptation to make for a week of great eating - a splurge on crab cakes or lamb chops; 365 organic quinoa with black beans or the brown rice with sardines Portuguese-style make great budget meals; organic spinach added to organic soup or eggs is quick. I enjoy a return to the produce dept. to select a fruit or two - the organic figs are a favorite - and to decide on a bouquet or a few stems for the table. Buying closely for a week rather than shopping for a month means a lower bill and more enjoyable meals. And it all fits into my two bags.
10/07/2009 2:50:10 PM CDT
William says ...
In budget shopping without sacrificing food quality, I consider the following about each product. - Cost per serving and serving size - Anticipated consumption time vs. expiration date - Versatility - Specific quality components sacrificed with price reduction - Alternatives With this system, I tend to remain satisfied with each grocery shopping experience in all respects.
10/07/2009 2:51:43 PM CDT
Danielle says ...
I double-up on coupons! I scour the internet and various printed papers for coupons, and then I pair them with items already on sale. I also try to buy most produce that is in-season to reduce costs.
10/07/2009 2:57:56 PM CDT
Charles C. says ...
Certified organic just means that the company has paid to certify that they meet a minimum standard. We love going to the Farmers Market and finding local produce. Its fresh, it supports local economy, it has a small environmental footprint AND you can establish a relationship with the farmers, which allows you to get a better feel for what you are buying.
10/07/2009 2:59:21 PM CDT
Aaron Hines says ...
I get the good stuff for less by purchasing discounted fresh bagged veggies like carrots and snap peas. In particular, when the vegetables are close to their "use by" date the store often marks the products down in price. Nothing is wrong with those vegetables. I can eat them that day or the next while helping the store deplete their inventory. It prevents waste and saves money!
10/07/2009 3:03:29 PM CDT
Gal Witmer says ...
We make the most of our budget by purchasing mostly whole foods, very little in a can, jar or box. Bulk as well does make a big difference. We also buy what is in season and most available at that time. It is usually what is on sale. I have been surprised how well you can feed your family and stick to my eco-principles and be very budget minded.
10/07/2009 3:05:08 PM CDT

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