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Anne Falasco says ...
Get more for less - buy dried beans - they use less packaging than canned beans, more bang for your buck and taste 10xs better. Adding beans to your meals provides the nutrients and fiber - they can replace more expensive meats.
10/07/2009 12:35:06 PM CDT
Beckie Tetrault says ...
Choosing to eat vegetarian a few nights a week can save a lot on your grocery bill. By cutting back on how much meat you purchase, you can maximize the savings into more to spend on whole grains and organic fruits and veggies!
10/07/2009 12:36:26 PM CDT
Wendy says ...
Surprisingly, shopping MORE frequently can save money! Buy only the fresh produce that you are going to use in the next few days. You will waste less and have better quality. This will also enforce efficient meal planning so that if you stick to your pre-determined shopping list, you are guaranteed to spend less!
10/07/2009 12:36:57 PM CDT
Angela says ...
I buy fruits when on sale and stock up. I either freeze them or use my food dryer to preserve them
10/07/2009 12:37:23 PM CDT
Donna Marie says ...
As a single person, Whole Foods helps me afford natural and organic foods AND stay within my budget by offering custom portions in almost every department. For example, unlike traditional supermarkets that require you to buy a whole pound or more of meat and poultry, at whole foods I can buy one steak or one fish fillet which means no waste and it's always fresh. Also the bulk foods let me buy only the amount I need (no waste) and gives me the opportunity to try new things (variety in my diet). The Whole Deal value guide helps me stock up on my favorite non pershables and every weekend there are additional values in my local store.
10/07/2009 12:37:42 PM CDT
Robbyn says ...
I make it my personal goal to have quality AND quantity. I try to stock up on certain items when they are on-sale, especially all-natural and organic items. These items are great to stock up on when they are buy one, get one or have a special in-store coupon. Just decide what your product loyalties are and stick with them. It's easy to spend smart if you are purchasing items that have a heavy rotation on your shelves.
10/07/2009 12:37:43 PM CDT
Phyllis says ...
Like many here, I buy in bulk, but I am a single person, so sometimes that's not an option. If there is a certain jam, soup or frozen product I like, I go to the website for that product, and sign up for any newsletters/coupons that they send or have available. I think many companies are more green nowadays and only send the coupons on request or by email.
10/07/2009 12:37:48 PM CDT
Julie says ...
I like to buy the bulk steel cuts oats. I put them in the slow cooker at night and in the morning when I wake up they are done. I throw a little pasture butter and walnuts in there. The kids get raisins in there (also from the bulk bin). It feeds our whole family nutritionally, easily and cheaply.
10/07/2009 12:38:05 PM CDT
Jenny Lynn says ...
I get the most value out of my organic foods by buying the Wholefoods 365 brand. They are always more than $1 cheaper than the name brand organic goods, and usually have equal or more ounces per package - and they taste great! Buying foods in bulk also saves me a lot of money because I am not paying for the packaging, and I only get exactly what I need, preventing food from being wasted if me or my daughter cannot eat it fast enough. I also always bring my used bags back to the store because Whole Foods gives me 5 cents per bag that I bring! People spend a lot of time talking about how buying organic is so much more expensive, but it is just because they don't know how to really shop!
10/07/2009 12:40:47 PM CDT
N Smith says ...
This where I am at righ now. I decided that switching to organic whole foods is what I want for my family. I have been doing it a little at a time. It started with organic milk. Then I researched what produce is more important to eat organic than others. I am trying organic gardening. I also found a local source for eggs. I always start my weeks shopping at whole foods by shopping sales for meat and produce and then plan my meals from there. Their bulk bins help buy only what you need for recipes which helps to reduce a grocery bill.
10/07/2009 12:41:30 PM CDT
Kris says ...
I get the good stuff for less by buying in bulk, purchasing the lower-priced 365 everyday value brand itmes when possible, and using coupons.
10/07/2009 12:43:23 PM CDT
Stan says ...
Slowly decrease your fear of working with raw materials. Don't buy a can of beans. Buy the dried beans. Don't buy tortillas (only to throw out a few next week). Buy the flour, make a batch, and freeze the dough for fresh warm tortillas next time. Get basil, garlic and walnuts from bulk and make an ice tray of pesto to drop into pasta later. Sure, it's a time investment at first, but once routine it is all very efficient and economical. Buy strong flavors of higher quality, but purchase less quantity. Stronger flavors can be used sparingly and still have an impact. Cheeses are a good example. The WF cheese person will cut down a prewrapped hunk of pricier but more flavorful cheese for you. Bulk spices are a great deal too. Most of what you need is under $0.35 for a little half-scoop bag. The prepackaged 1oz.-and-up stuff will sit in your pantry forever losing flavor anyway, and probably get thrown out eventually. Two small trips per week is better than one large trip, because you can buy cheaper fresh items rather than longer lasting but more expensive prepackaged items. Local products are usually cheaper too (or should be), having little transportation overhead worked into the price. And they're usually fresher. Items locally in season are cheaper too. And if you like to cook it's fun to accept the challenge of leveraging that unique local ingredient into a new dish you've never attempted. It's a great way to increase your flavor-combining skills. IMHO
10/07/2009 12:43:43 PM CDT
Suzanne says ...
I love the bulk bins too.
10/07/2009 12:43:59 PM CDT
Susan says ...
I get my best value by purchasing many of my fruits and veggies frozen...Since they are frozen right away at their peak, they often taste better and I don't have the waste I have when I buy fresh.
10/07/2009 12:44:23 PM CDT
amanda says ...
As a really poor college student who loves to eat healthy the things I have learned is to buy in bulk!! I will come shopping and spend a whole lot all at once and it will last all month most of the time. Also buy produce in season. If you buy berries while they are in season you can freeze them and use them at another time.Just making small changes you can save alot of money and still eat organic, healthy food.
10/07/2009 12:45:33 PM CDT
DAVID FRANKLIN says ...
First of all start with a list. Don't impulse shop. Buy produce that is on sale. Just make sure you know how to prepare the item, and that you and your family like the item. This way you get variety as well a better value. Don't buy processed foods. Stay away from convenient items. Take advantage of the recipes online and get better at cooking. Cooking for yourself is the only way to reduce cost.
10/07/2009 12:45:38 PM CDT
Cheryl Fritsch-Middleton says ...
I have a 4 pronged approach: 1 - I research specials and take advantage of them by buying plenty. I pour over the Whole Deal and check my stores weekly specials each week. 2 - Buy in bulk, even if things are not on special, generally buying in bulk is cheaper 3- For my favorite products and the items I buy regularly, I go to their websites and subscribe to any newsletter they may have. I also send requests for coupons and to be a product tester. This brings me a good supply of coupons for things I use all the time. 4 - When I buy more of something than I can use right away, I leave out what I will use and freeze the rest. You can freeze fruits, cheeses, meats and some vegetables right away, other things you need to blanch or prepare first. And a bonus, we shop on Saturdays and I always bring any family member at home with me. There are so many great samples that I do not have to feed them lunch after the trip (although a stop at the coffee bar seems to always get worked in)
10/07/2009 12:46:04 PM CDT
Idogcow says ...
Shop seasonal and don't buy more than you can use before it spoils.
10/07/2009 12:46:19 PM CDT
Meg says ...
It's All About the List!! #1 Bring it and stick too it. It takes about 20 minutes ahead of time, but the list gets you organized for the week and keeps you from buying extra items you don't need #4 Have two veggie/pasta nights on the list...veggie based meals with beans or pasta are just as nutritious as but cheaper than meat/seafood based dishes. 3-Have a quick meal on the list...you can often buy the large prepared meals (mac-n-cheese for example) and split them into one main dinner and side dishes for other nights. Having this prepared meal will also keep you from getting unhealthy, expensive take-out 4-For expensive items on your list that you will use time and again buy big...Olive Oil, Spices, nuts, rice...can all be bought in bulk at Whole Foods! Shop smart with your list and you can still enjoy high quality foods without busting your budget!
10/07/2009 12:49:40 PM CDT
Joanna says ...
I "get the good stuff for less" by planning ahead of time, and shopping with a list. That list will have ingredients for meals for the coming week, etc. so that I don't just let my stomach do the shopping in the store! I can stick to the list and know that I'm getting what I need, it's good quality, and I can spend what I planned to when I walked in.
10/07/2009 12:49:51 PM CDT
Alice says ...
It's so easy to eat healthy on a limited budget! Skip packaged, processed foods as they are usually the most expensive AND the worst for you! Stick the stuff in the perimeter of the store and buy what's in season because there is an abundance of it so it is usually cheaper. Also, buying frozen veggies won't hurt your wallet either..and they are also a time saver. One last thing, buy the store brand. Most of the time other brands are pricier just because they are name brand stuff, but about 90% of the time is a similar, if not identical, product. Oh and one last tip! If you are want a healthy organic dessert, try to use frozen or fresh seasonal fruit as a sweet or bake everything from scracth. It is much cheaper than buying baked goods at the store!
10/07/2009 12:51:44 PM CDT
Jeanette Westhoff says ...
I buy at the local farmers market. It is fresh and the prices are great.
10/07/2009 12:52:31 PM CDT
Patricia says ...
I am committed to buying and using natural/organic products and I'm able to do so by maintaining a fully stocked pantry with the sale items. Whatever is on sale goes into the pantry and can be drawn upon for weeks, sometimes months. I supplement with fresh items as needed and find that it is a myth that "the good stuff" has to cost more. With a little organization, preplanning and flexibility, I find that I have a variety of delicious, healthful meals and on a budget no less!
10/07/2009 12:54:56 PM CDT
Juanita says ...
For fresh produce, I buy what's in season. When frozen fruits & vegetables are on sale, I stock up. I also buy beans, rice, & whole grains from the bins instead of pre-packaged ones. I also use plenty of coupons. Whenever I try a new item that I really like, I will either write or e-mail the company for coupons. The other thing that I now do is eat correct portions. I used to eat as much as I wanted, but since I have started controlling portions, I have begun to lose weight. The other thing that I do is eat mostly vegan and vegetarian meals--that way I save money as well.
10/07/2009 12:55:16 PM CDT
Margarita says ...
I buy what's in season. It tastes better, travelled less to get to me and is way cheaper.
10/07/2009 12:56:54 PM CDT

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