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The Whole Deal™ on Mambo Sprouts

By Paige Brady, September 25, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady
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! From Georgia:
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.
From Karen:
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.
From Zoe:
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.
Category: Value - Whole Deal




zoe says ...
i am so thrilled (!!) to see my post made it on today's blog, but i was wondering how you contact us to mail us a gift card. is that something i was supposed to fill out on the form and missed it somehow?
09/25/2008 12:06:51 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
Hey Zoe, I usually email the winners the day we send the post live, so you'll be hearing from my shortly. :)
09/25/2008 12:08:44 PM CDT
lorrina says ...
I must say, when I shop at Whole Foods I feel confident knowing that the food is of superior quality. I don't have to worry about feeding my family cloned, antibiotic laden beef!It's worth the extra money for organic beef, chicken, ice cream, and etc. I also must compliment the bakery. The breads are truly deliscious and wholesome with much variety, from authentic Italian, French and Rosemary bread (which is out of this world!). The pumpkin muffins are the best I ever had and are addictive. I can't say enough about Whole Foods , everything is excellent!
09/25/2008 3:10:45 PM CDT
debbie says ...
Has anyone seen the Whole Foods magazine? it is amazing. I saw it in my store in Superior, CO - it has coupons and the best recipes I've ever seen. best of all its free - I didn't know it and saw it in a rack and was willing to pay for it. then I saw it was free!! its better than any magazine out there! thanks Whole Foods!!
09/26/2008 3:24:54 PM CDT
Pamela Corcoran says ...
Double Your Produce Dollars with Mixed Greens and Root Veggies Buy turnips, daikon, beets and double your produce value. The "tops" of each of these root veggies make delicious cooked greens and of course you have the "bottoms" for roasting, making kimchee or delicious veggie side dishes. Here's how~~~ Trim the "tops" as soon as you get home, wash and prep for easy steamed or sauteed greens. The "bottoms" aren't as perishable, but will be ready for your favorite treatment. We love the beautiful, fresh veggies available at Whole Foods in Devon, PA and time our trips around the twice weekly farmer's market held in the parking lot.
09/28/2008 6:41:59 PM CDT
Michelle says ...
I have three kids and we’re on a strict budget. So, money really counts, but no matter what, I always find a way to make a trip to Whole foods because the food is organic, fresher, and local. So, one way to stretch the dollar is to buy the fruits on sale (usually they are more ripe anyway) and not the pre-cut fruits. Yesterday, I bought a whole honeydew melon on sale, came home, cut it up and put it in containers so the kids can grab them anytime and snack on it. But if I bought the pre-cut fruit, the same amount of fruit would’ve cost triple. Another tip is freezing the portable yogurts and then cutting them in half to give to toddlers. That way, you don’t waste what your little one can’t finish.
09/29/2008 12:47:17 PM CDT
zoe says ...
Hey Winnie Hsia. I never received an email from you regarding the gift card and wanted to make sure I didn't miss it. Our spam filter has been going crazy lately and I have missed some other emails. Thanks!
09/30/2008 12:17:03 PM CDT
Victoria says ...
The last issue of the whole deal/Mambo Sprouts (August15-Sept 30) is great. Thanks for putting in something for meals for one. You even included an entire weeks shopping list. I modified it to be vegetarian friendly and its nice to have handy.
10/10/2008 1:43:08 PM CDT
Melanie says ...
Where do you get the mambo sprout coupons? Thanks
10/15/2008 3:40:53 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@Melanie They are available in all of our stores. If you don't see the display when you first walk in, just ask up at Customer Service and they will be more than happy to help you locate them! :)
10/15/2008 3:49:02 PM CDT
Tracy says ...
How do I get a Mambo Sprouts package with coupons for Whole Foods Store?
04/14/2009 2:48:39 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@Tracy Just pick up a copy of the Whole Deal newsletter in our stores for great coupons, budget friendly recipes and money-saving tips.
04/14/2009 3:02:06 PM CDT