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The Whole Deal™

By Paige Brady, June 19, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady
With gas prices averaging over $4 a gallon and other economic challenges causing many to talk about belt tightening, Whole Foods Market wanted to create a way for you to share tips with each other about smart shopping. We know that you make decisions every day about how to stretch your grocery dollar so you don't have to trade quality for value. So, we've set up a page called "The Whole Deal™ where you can swap budget tips with like-minded Whole Foods Market customers and team members. Sure, we know that some people are going to choose to cut back on their shopping with us. And we also know there are many thrifty folks who are committed to natural and organic foods and who will gladly share their insight from years of experience. Once a week, we'll choose the best of the best customer tips from all of the comments on The Whole Deal™ to feature on Whole Story - and we'll send those customers a $25 gift card. To get us started, here's a great tip from Rachael, a long-time team member. (Don't you know that our team members are going to have some great tips to share?!)
Plan your meals ahead of time, make a shopping list and stick to it. That way you avoid expensive impulse buys. I try to allow myself one special treat when I do a big shopping trip - some fancy cheese, a special bottle of wine, or a nice body care product, but I decide ahead of time what I am going to buy so I don't get carried away or faint from sticker shock at the checkout. There are great deals on staple items at Whole Foods Market, but it's usually those super-unique and irresistible items that make the grocery bill high - so, as difficult as it may be, use your will power! — Rachael, Team Member
Okay, now it's your turn. Please post your tip on The Whole Deal™.
Category: Value - Whole Deal

 

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billy bob says ...
good stuff
06/19/2008 1:29:06 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
If you posted a comment to this blog entry that was a tip, I've moved it to the Real Deal. You can see yours and other people's tips here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/socialmedia/realdeal
06/19/2008 4:05:54 PM CDT
Michele Kimberlin says ...
We (my husband and myself) consider ourselves thankful, grateful and fortunate practing "Green" days twice weekly. My Homemaker position includes local errand walking thus alowing for decrease in carbon footprint not contributing to Global warming. We live on a one household income, therefore not living beyond our means spending excessively, too.
06/19/2008 7:34:01 PM CDT
Daniel says ...
Lots and LOTS of great tips there! When I get done reading through them (and making notes about some of them!) I'll add my favorite tip (unless someone has beaten me to it!)
06/19/2008 8:13:12 PM CDT
Melinda says ...
Whole Foods Farm – the Real Deal? Here is a “Real Deal” tip for Whole Foods. Today I visited my local Whole Foods in Raleigh, North Carolina and noticed a small garden growing in the parking lot. This got me thinking that Whole Foods should get in to the local organic farming business. There are a number of Development Supported Agriculture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_Supported_Agriculture) projects appearing throughout the country. From urban agriculture to vertical farming, the local farm revolution is underway – shattering all preconceived definitions of a farm. Whole Foods could add green roofs to their stores – using that space to grow food and reduce stormwater runoff all in one. With the demand for local organic food so high, why not expand the Whole Foods brand to include actual farms? A year ago I would not have written this post. But now, with gas quickly climbing towards $4.50 per gallon and yet another salmonella scare sweeping the nation, local farms seem like a good bet for any business model.
06/29/2008 3:33:08 PM CDT