Yes, it’s our weekly post with customer tips about saving while shopping at Whole Foods Market. Some of these tips talk about coupons and our Mambo Sprouts coupon booklets. Here’s a reminder that the Mambo Sprouts coupons are now in our quarterly Whole Deal booklet. Look for new ones hitting our stores next week!
Here are the picks of the week from our great customer tips. Got a tip of your own? Post it on the Whole Deal page. If your tip is chosen to feature here on Whole Story, you’ll receive a $25 gift card!
Before Whole Foods opened in Naples, I was concerned that it would be too expensive for everyday shopping. I was so surprised when I found that buying my weekly basics actually cost less then at competing chains. I decided to price more elaborate menus and again found the prices to be more favorable. The secret: Whole Foods own brand name products are better and better priced than recognized name brands. The chicken broth, and pasta are just 2 examples. Then there are the great sales … daily! Today I bought a 2.5 pound sirloin tip roast, 5 pounds of russet potatoes, and 2.5 pounds of vine ripened tomatoes for about $20.00!! Where in the world can you shop like that? Over the weekend, I made risotto pasta with organic asparagus with a side of sauteed organic carrots - total cost to serve 6 people - $12 (includes pasta, chicken broth, organic onions, garlic, carrots, asparagus). Recipes from NYTimes Mark Bittman - my fav! Conclusion: Fabulous foods at fabulous prices at Whole Foods.
We like to shop at Whole Foods once a week. I always make a shopping list and try to stick with it. That way I don’t spend money on impulse buying. I really like the bulk section. Not only can you save a lot of money, but you can also save on packaging by reusing your plastic bags or brining reusable produce bags. Buying WF store brand, 365 Everyday Value, also is great way of saving money.
I like to collect coupons. A great way of getting coupons for organic and natural foods is the Mambo Sprout coupon booklet, which Whole Foods distributes about 4 times a year. You can find printable coupons online. My favorite is Organic Valley who always have great coupons on their web site. I occasionally write to the companies that make my favorite organic foods and ask for coupons.
I find that great way to save money and stay healthy is to eat homemade foods. My husband and I try not to eat out more than once a week, and we both bring our own lunches to work. Whatever we can’t eat while it is fresh, we freeze. In that way no food is wasted.
It is really easy to get great, affordable food at Whole Foods. All you really need to do is become familiar with the prices of the items you regularly buy at the regular grocery store or discount mart and compare with Whole Foods. I am often shocked to realize that one item I may be buying at the regular grocery store is cheaper (and often a much better quality version) at Whole Foods. The things that have pleasantly surprised me lately are the whole wheat organic noodles, which are about $0.50 less than they are at the local discounted natural food warehouse. The same is true with the peanut butter and edamame. My latest great find is the soy hot dogs and soy butter that i have been buying at the large discount store are $1 to $1.50 cheaper at whole foods! Comparison shopping saves me about $10-$15 a week on a measely $50 weekly grocery budget.