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10 Simple Ways to Save

By Value Guru, December 29, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru
2012 is knocking on the door — are you primed for another year of great value at Whole Foods Market®? We are! Choices count and we’re here to help so you can choose good health and a healthy budget. Just follow these 10 tips for shopping in our stores and you can count on savings!

1. Shop the sales — Thousands of items are on sale in your store right now; when you walk in, just look for the sale signs and save! Like to plan in advance? Locate your local store and download their weekly sales flyer or sign up for the Whole Foods Market News email newsletter and get the specials delivered to your inbox a couple times a month.

2. Click for coupons — All of the coupons in The Whole Deal value guide are online, so you can print just what you need before every shopping trip. If you forget to click print before you split, no worries, you can always clip them from the printed value guide in all of our stores.

3. Go for 365 Everyday Value® — Our own brand helps you save every day; it’s the broadest selection of natural and organic products at the best prices. Interested in learning more? A few months ago the Senior Global Coordinator for our Exclusive and Store Brands wrote about their team’s commitment to quality and organics.

4. Get volume discounts — Did you know that discounted pricing on many items is available when you buy a full case or more? Get the details for your particular store at their customer service desk.

5. Plan before you shop — One of the tried and true ways to save is to “stick to your shopping list.” Sometimes that’s easier said than done, but we’ve tried to make it easier to do. You can set up and maintain your shopping lists right from our website, then print or share. Search our collection of thousands of recipes and automatically add the ingredients to your list with a click. Got an iPhone? Our recipe search and shopping lists are available on our free app. Plan your meals in advance with inspiration from our Whole Foods Market recipes email newsletter.

6. Choose “bang for your buck” foods — Get the most value from nutritious, whole foods: whole-grain foods, beans, lentils and fresh or frozen fruits and veggies. Eating whole, unprocessed foods is one of our four pillars of healthy eating, so you’ll be supporting your wellness and your wallet.

7. Bulk up — No, we’re not talking about buying huge amounts of stuff, like you do in some warehouse stores. In fact, it’s just the opposite. You buy only the amount you need at great prices from our bulk section. Choose from grains, cereals, beans and pasta along with nuts, dried fruits, snacks and dried herbs and spices. Take a look at our Bulk Basics guide for more on shopping in bulk!

8. Make big one-pot dishes — Cook these one-pot recipes on the weekend, then divide and freeze or store in your fridge for the week’s lunches and dinners. No need to visit the drive-thru when a healthier, home-cooked meal is waiting for you.

9. Love your leftovers — Beyond heat and eat, use leftover veggies, meats and cheeses in soups, pastas and rice dishes. Our free iPhone app lets you search for recipes according to the ingredients you have on hand or use the advanced recipe search feature on our website.

10. Get the inside scoop — Our team members know their departments inside and out so they can always point you to the best values.

There you have them — 10 simple ways to save when you shop in our stores. Now share your favorite money-saving shopping tip with us. We’d love to hear it!
Category: Value - Whole Deal




marilyn says ...
Love the ideas! Thanks!
12/29/2011 5:51:13 AM CST
Lea says ...
Black beans, brown rice, fire roasted canned tomatoes, and lentils are must haves for me.
12/29/2011 6:10:33 AM CST
Theresa says ...
The list you have prepared sounds perfect.....I think you read my mind
12/29/2011 6:26:04 AM CST
judy almeranti says ...
Great staples in my cupboard include: canned organic black beans, brown rice, peanut butter, tuna, artichoke hearts, spaghetti sauce, whole wheat pasta, navy beans, oats, sunflower seeds, walnuts, organic tomatoes, tamari, bulghur and corn chips.
12/29/2011 7:11:30 AM CST
Ilene says ...
Unable to add a comment to the Pantry Contest so I'm posting it here - We keep black beans, diced tomatoes and brown rice on hand all the time. Seems you can always pull something together with those three.
12/29/2011 7:25:24 AM CST
Larissa says ...
All my pantry items seem like key staples! We have ww pastry and all-purpose flour, cornmeal, canned beans, olives, tomato sauce, rolled oats, pasta, rice, dried beans and fruit, nuts, coconut milk, and more.
12/29/2011 7:45:41 AM CST
Steph P. says ...
Tomato sauce is my pantry staple. You can do so much... Meatballs, pasta, chicken, etc. When I want something sweeter I go for my kind bars or chocolate covered blueberries and pomegranates.
12/29/2011 8:03:19 AM CST
glenna says ...
black beans, brown rice,wheat flour, oats and grits,canned tomatoes,peanut butter. Good stuff.
12/29/2011 9:14:00 AM CST
Joel says ...
365 brands are great products!
12/29/2011 9:22:07 AM CST
Bobbie A says ...
Canned pumpkin: 3-4 cans. Good for making pumpkin biscuits, facial mask, vegan pumpkin pie, pumpkin body butter, pumpkin in oatmeal, pumpkin soup & numerous other uses. Fantastic pantry staple!
12/29/2011 9:45:23 AM CST
Lori Underwood says ...
I always have Red beans, stewed tomatoes, and rice noodles in my pantry.
12/29/2011 10:56:14 AM CST
Nicole Williams says ...
In an effort to save the environment and save your valued customers more money, please allow customers to use an electronic version of coupons via cell/smart phones. A lot of stores are allowing customers to do that. Thanks!
12/30/2011 1:30:20 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Nicole Yes! We are certainly headed in that direction. In fact, 2012 is going to be a year of major improvements in our mobile capabilities. For now, many of our stores are mobile capable at the register but some are not. Thank you for your vote of support in this and please stay tuned! We'll be fully mobile capable soon!
12/30/2011 3:38:13 PM CST
mandy says ...
I love that I can by bulk without the bulk. It helps keep down waste.
01/04/2012 3:53:46 PM CST
Raylene Dansby says ...
Never go to the store hungry, you will be encouraged to buy what ever and not on your list.
01/08/2012 11:30:43 AM CST
Jacqueline McGann says ...
Just went shopping last week, got so much for my money. Made Kale Soup, Chicken Soup, Hamburg Soup and today making 2 Cranberry Breads with fresh cranberries, Organic orange juice and lots of walnuts. I love cooking good hearty meals, freeze some, and have plenty for the month! Tomorrow will make a pasta dish with Kale, canned tomatoes, olives, cheese and Hot Chicken Italian Sausage! I find it isn't any more expensive to shop at Wholefoods, if you shop for sales, and fresh foods!
01/08/2012 11:32:21 AM CST
Emily @ Random Recycling says ...
The bulk section has been so great for making baby food for my little guy. I did not want to offer him the white rice cereal and instead gave him a mix of oatmeal, quinoa and barley, all found in the bulk section at great prices.
01/08/2012 7:49:13 PM CST
James MacIvor says ...
Thanks you for trying but your items are, for the most part, overpriced to begin with. Your $1.00 'off' coupons aren't really a discount for people on a budget. When you came to OKC people were expecting more of a COOP( that's cooperative) style shopping opportunity, and even your 'bulk' items are not priced to actually save much. And where's the wine and the beer? You could be actively lobbying against the archaic alcohol laws in Oklahoma which, if altered, would generate tons of money and make you look good ! But, I'm still VERY glad you're here ! : ) Keep Trying ! And Thank You !
01/09/2012 3:11:14 PM CST
Nancy says ...
I don't see anything about a senior discount day. New Seasons offers one so I shop there, but if you also have one I will start using your store. Thanks, Nancy
06/24/2014 5:54:52 PM CDT
Shaun Scott says ...
How do I find a list of the teas that you carry and their beneifits?
07/02/2014 12:08:18 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SHAUN - Since our products differ between stores, we do not have a list of all items we carry. Check with your local store or stop by and speak with a team member. They will be happy to show you the teas they have in stock and some keynotes about them!
07/02/2014 11:55:11 AM CDT
linda martinez says ...
what day is your senior discount day?
11/04/2014 7:29:08 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LINDA - Most of our stores do not offer a senior discount day but make sure to check with your local store as this would be a store decision if they did.
11/04/2014 1:51:28 PM CST
Laurie Baier says ...
A senior citizen discount would be really nice.
02/24/2015 9:51:17 AM CST
Lucy Garrick says ...
Do you offer discounts to senior citizens?
02/18/2016 6:24:24 PM CST