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Samantha says ...
I only buy food that is on sale. You can always find something that is marked down or advertised for the week, and shopping this way inherently adds variety to your menu.
10/07/2009 4:54:58 PM CDT
Stacy Reis says ...
I try to buy what is on sale and seasonal. Rather than buying packaged pre made foods I make homemade with good quality ingredients. I will make, say a large casserole or Giant spicy turkey or chicken chili and freeze it in serving sizes. Then make various items such as use the chili for burritos too. I roast large beets and make them into my own picked or cold or hot. Cook all the rice then freeze it for your own rice in an instant! Fresh Veggie stews or soups. If you can buy it frozen, you can freeze your own too!
10/07/2009 5:10:26 PM CDT
Crystal says ...
In addition to planning meals around in-season produce and store specials, I try to add flavor with small amounts of high-flavor foods, such as herbs, sesame oil, or feta or parmesan, while stretching meals with inexpensive ingredients like rice, pasta or potato. And to cut our grocery bill *and* get my family to eat a little healthier, I generally halve the meat and double the veggies in our favorite one-dish recipes.
10/07/2009 5:16:31 PM CDT
Tammy Mulhearn says ...
When I'm trying out a new recipe with an ingredient that I don't normally use, I get the good stuff for less by buying only the amount that I need from the bulk spices or grains. I can always buy more if I like it.
10/07/2009 6:31:27 PM CDT
john chowanec says ...
buy bulks items and always use coupons when possible. it pays to buy an extra sunday newspaper if the coupons you need are in it. don't forget to ask your family and friends for their coupons, most people throw them out!
10/07/2009 6:31:54 PM CDT
Tiffany says ...
Honestly people - don't be scared of dry beans. They are so much cheaper than the canned equivalent and if you just invest the short amount of time to prepare them - you can make giant pots and freeze them in little containers - the same size as....you guessed it a can. For a fraction of the price you can't pass up this important way to get your protein and nutrients! Plus beans are totally flexible and can be used in all kinds of dishes!
10/07/2009 8:24:25 PM CDT
Denise Musser says ...
I make gluten free muffins, almond meal,2cups, gluten free baking mix, bobs red mill, 1 cup, 2 eggs, 1 small container of blue agave nectar, 4 large bananas, dried flaked unsweetened coconut, 1 cup, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup canola oil, 1 tbsp vanilla. Bake at 400 for 20 mins or less, check oven temp. delcious, finally a gluten free muffin that looks and tastes like a regular muffin, really yummy, I bake these and serve them to my clients at my Nail Spa in Vista, Calif.
10/07/2009 8:28:14 PM CDT
Heather McClees says ...
One tip I have found to be helpful in buying organic products for less is to buy the brands that aren't located on the eye-level shelves. Often, if you look on the lower or bottom shelves there are many organic products for a much lower price. Also, in the produce section, buy organic products that are on sales that week. Take advanatage of sales, stock up and freeze what you can, ensuring yourself a savings all year long!
10/07/2009 8:12:28 PM CDT
Barry says ...
Last week while visiting Washington DC and staying Alexandria VA my girlfriend and I discovered the prepared foods at the Whole Foods Market. Every night we picked up our selection and enjoyed them in the hotel room. It was an excellent value for very well prepared meals. We even took some on our flight home. So while everyone else was eating pretzels, we were enjoying Brie and fresh bread. After arriving home we were excited to learn on the Internet that there was a Whole Foods Market near us. We are planning a picnic tomorrow and guess where we are going for our supplies. Thank you Whole Foods Market.
10/07/2009 8:22:07 PM CDT
lin woods says ...
I use the "ad-match" method to get best price on items that I purchase at Wal-Mart. I make a list of "specials" at other stores (all kinds - pharmacies, chain drug stores, Big Lots, Fred's, etc) and take it with me to Wal-Mart along with the ads. This saves me money, gets me the best price available in my area, and I don't have to visit several stores to take advantage of their "specials".
10/07/2009 8:55:45 PM CDT
Sharon says ...
I buy the "good stuff" for less by: I buy produce that is in season- this way its fresh, mostly on sale & I reduce the time & money spent to ship this veggies/fruits to my store. I make a weekly meal plan ( brkfast, lunch, dinner): This way, when I go to the store, I know what to look for, I don't start putting everything that looks "good" in my cart & save money bc I get only what I need. I also get the bread & such from the bakery section of the whole foods instead of buying a name brand. Its cheaper & its made fresh. I also shop sales but I limit myself on 2 items each time so I dont splurge yet get to treat myself. Its tough but well worth it.
10/07/2009 9:16:00 PM CDT
Alex McCoy says ...
Our family does most of its shopping at Whole Foods much to my delight! However, breakfast is not always a priority with my family due to the time crunch. I try to always have protein bars available, but they are SO expensive. This past week our favorite brand was on sale so I brought two cases. Not only were they on sale AND I saved another 10% for buying in case lots, but there was a coupon in the Whole Foods sale booklet so I saved another $1.00. This made the price well below the superstores' and grocery stores' prices.
10/07/2009 11:24:11 PM CDT
alison Lyon says ...
I always look at the clearance area of the grocery store. there is a chain here in nc that carries alot of organic items and good for me not alot of the main stream public is into it so they always have prices slashed 50% on organic and natural products that didn't sell well or being discontinued. and also going to big lots...I know a weird place to look right? but I have found that checking out their food selection you can find great prices on organic and natural products due to close out... but when I see it I buy it all for it won't always be there the next time around. all these savings helps me go to whole foods to buy all my meats,fruits,vegs and anything thing else I can't find for I know whole foods is a place I know I can trust with the rest!
10/08/2009 4:09:47 AM CDT
Y.H. says ...
If you stock up and buy a lot of one item (for example, a dozen jars of baby food), it's worth asking if the store offers a discount on a case. The policy might vary by individual store (as I've gotten a discount at one Whole Foods market but not another, both in the same local area), but it can definitely get you the good stuff for less!
10/08/2009 5:53:35 AM CDT
Kristie says ...
My home has only two people and we live in an apartment with no room for an extra freezer, so buying in bulk and buying extra to freeze don't work for me (sadly). I stretch my dollar by meal planning in advance (and use the circular in my meal planning), by being adaptable on the brands I use (the same types of things tend to be on the circulars, so by being open-minded about brands I can save more regularly as opposed to waiting for the brand I like), and by making sure I stick to the portion size on packages (this may seem like a no-brainer, but I know a lot of people who really don't pay attention to portion sizes - by sticking with the portion sizes you eat less, lose weight, and save money by making your food last longer!).
10/08/2009 7:49:46 AM CDT
Kathy H says ...
I plan what we are eating for the week by what is on sale. I also tend to buy the things that we eat a lot of in the large size. I buy the fruit and veggies that are in season, much cheaper this way.
10/08/2009 8:02:48 AM CDT
Sarah says ...
In terms of saving money especially at Whole Foods, I always try and buy their 365 brand - the quality and taste are great and I have never been dissatisfied. I also hate wasted food. I hate throwing things out because we didn't eat them. I try to only buy what we're definitely going to eat - esp in terms of fresh produce and breads. I think a lot of people waste money because they throw a lot of stuff out that hasn't been eaten and has gone bad. I also buy a larger size of something, esp if it's on sale. I don't go out of my way to do so unless something is truly worth it (figure out the unit costs, etc). Sometimes, bigger isn't better.
10/08/2009 8:05:27 AM CDT
Amy says ...
I try to catch things on special and stock the pantry. I also try to buy what I can at the Farmer's Market if possible.
10/08/2009 8:24:08 AM CDT
Mariah says ...
I always try to buy whats in season that way you can get the "good stuff" at such a better price then if you were to buy it off season. By buying whats in season you can purchase more and freeze for a later use.
10/08/2009 8:25:36 AM CDT
sara loud says ...
I plan our week based on what's on sale and stick to it!
10/08/2009 2:12:04 PM CDT
Stefanie Schmidt says ...
I get the best value by buying my favorite organic fruits on sale and freezing them. They last a long time when frozen and I can enjoy fresh fruit all year long with savings. I also shop store ads and buy my favorite natural products in bulk when they go on sale. My biggest way to save without compromising brand names is I will buy one box of my favorite brand natural cereal, and one box of generic cereal and mix them both together. This way I save on cereal, and still get the great taste I love at a great price.
10/08/2009 2:28:44 PM CDT
Katie says ...
I make sure to plan my meals and make a list before I go to the store to try to limit my splurges on unnecessary items. I also like playing a budget game with myself each week to see if I can get more for my money than I did the week before. Although I know how important it is to try to stick to all foods that are organic/natural, I have found that some weeks I just can't afford that option. So I started researching which foods are most beneficial in the natural/organic form and that way I can try to get the most bang for my buck.
10/08/2009 3:02:36 PM CDT
Keri says ...
There are so many ways to save on natural and organic, GOOD QUALITY food! I think one of the greatest ways I have found to save is what I call, "meager-mailing." This is where you go to company websites that you know you would like a product from, and request some free samples or coupons! I have found that it never hurts to ask, and surprisingly I have been fortunate enough to receive a lot of response! Yay for coupons! Yay for saving $$!
10/08/2009 3:15:49 PM CDT
B.A. Rosenblum says ...
I save money by watching for specials on my local Whole Foods Twitter feed. Evanston South in that house, yo!
10/08/2009 5:02:43 PM CDT
Gina says ...
I get the good stuff for less by planning ahead and being conscious of what I already have in my pantry. I start by looking at the sales flyer and Whole Deal newsletter to see what is on sale and/or has coupons. Then, I plan meals for the week to incorporate ways of cross-utilizing products. Leftover grilled snapper from last night might become tomorrow's fish tacos. Likewise, I cook extra grains, so extra quinoa from dinner works great for a rice/veggie salad that I can take for lunch (one of my favs is a SW salad, with quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, spices....yummy!) I love the bulk aisle, because I can purchase small quantities (what we can use for the week) and not have a lot of extras cluttering my shelves. Having an organized refrigerator also helps me know what I have available and what needs to be used first. I freeze foods that I feel I won't use, such as beans, veggie broth, and canned tomatoes, and go to Wholefoods.com when I need a good recipe idea for an item that needs to be used fast. The extra time involved in planning ahead is worth the reward of nutritious foods (and not having to read every label!)
10/08/2009 4:27:26 PM CDT

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