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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
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
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

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