5 Ways to Save Money at Whole Foods

5 Ways to Save Money at Whole FoodsThe following post is sponsored by Whole Foods.
As always, all opinions are my own. For more information see my disclosures here.
 
There’s a misconception that shopping at Whole Foods is expensive.  While yes, a jar of raw pine nuts could cost you $30 a pound, there are many ways that you can save money at Whole Foods. I’m here to share with you a number of tips that I’ve recently learned that keep me stocked up on my favorite Whole Foods goodies without breaking the bank. 
 

1. Consider the 365 Brand

Whole Foods’ store brand, 365, has a plethora of products for amazing prices.You can get anything from cereal and pasta to shampoo and conditioner. Not all 365 products are organic however, so if that’s what you’re looking for, make sure to read the labels. 

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2. Take Advantage of Sales and Coupons 

Hot Deals: Every Wednesday, Whole Foods comes out with their new weekly Hot Deals. You can pick up a flyer in store, or sign up for the e-newsletter at WholeFoods.com. The flyer also includes the store’s highlighted “Big Deal.”
 
Weekend Deals: This sale runs Friday through Sunday and can be found in-store by looking for items with large yellow dots. Follow your store on Twitter and Facebook to find out more about these deals. 
 
Great Price Program: Look for items with orange price signs. These will be often price matched with competitors to offer the best deal on everyday staples.
 
Yellow Signs: Look for yellow signs when shopping, as these call out sale and deal items. 
 
Coupons: Bi-monthly coupon books called the “Whole Deal” are available in-store and online
 

3. Bring Your Own Bags

You won’t save a lot, but you’ll receive a 5 cent bag refund for simply bringing in your own shopping bags. You can use the refund for your order, or donate the savings to a local nonprofit community group. 

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4. Shop the Bulk Bins

I recently found the bulk department and it has changed my life. Let’s say you are making a recipe and only need a tablespoon of cumin. Why buy a whole container of it, when you can purchase your desired quantity from Whole Foods’ bulk department. You can also buy spices, coffee, peanut butter, tea and honey this way. 

5. Try Before You Buy

There’s been dozens of times when I buy a product at a conventional grocery store and end up disliking it. That’s money wasted. At Whole Foods, you can try any product you see in the store before purchasing it. Just ask a team member and they’ll happily open anything you’d like. (That includes ice cream!)

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4 Comments

  1. Bridgett
    June 15, 2015 / 8:13 am

    I love Whole Foods, we were just there on Saturday!

  2. June 15, 2015 / 11:57 am

    Hi Nicole! Good thing about living in San Francisco, is we’ve been required to bring our own bags for a while, so that’s something I’m totally used to. I don’t always shop at Whole Foods (but their sushi is THE BEST), but when I do, I tend to go for the 365 brand and am always happy with it! Great tips! It doesn’t have to be Whole Paycheck after all! 🙂

  3. June 15, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    I love the 365 brand! It really is a quality product. Keeping on the lookout for the coupons and sale items are definitely how I prefer to shop at WF. Good tips!

  4. Carol
    June 22, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    Another great savings potential is to join the Whole Foods Rewards Program!

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