On a Budget? How to Shop at Whole Foods without Breaking the Bank
8 Ways to Shop At Whole Foods on a Budget
Who doesn’t love Whole Foods? While in comparison to other grocery stores like Walmart, Whole Foods seems crazy expensive. With fresh, organic, quality items, it makes sense. But if you are foodie, you love shopping at Whole Foods. So how do we fix this? Today, we are sharing 8 different ways you can save money when shopping at Whole Foods so that you don’t break the bank. These tips can help you plan an effective budget for your groceries and benefit from the quality items on sale at Whole Foods.
1. Meal Plan According to Sales
Check with the Whole Foods ads to see what is on sale and when. Then meal planning accordingly. New sales at Whole Foods typically begin on Wednesdays. You can also call your local store and ask about any promotions or markdowns that were not featured in the ads.
2. Do you NEED to buy the item at Whole Foods?
While you are meal planning and making your shopping list, ask yourself this question: do I need to buy this at Whole Foods? Plan your shopping trips to and grocery budget on Whole Foods items that you actually need from Whole Foods. For example, cheese, meats, salad dressings, seafood, juice, jams. Are there products on your shopping list that you can get somewhere else for a better price and equal quality? Such as, cereal, bread, rice, pasta, cookies, crackers, and other basics (butter, milk, eggs, etc.)?
3. Use Your Amazon Prime Account
Whole Foods and Amazon Prime are the key to great savings. Amazon Prime members can link their account to the Whole Foods app. Then, at checkout, scan your Prime code and get an extra 10% off on most sale items. PLUS, Prime members get free local delivery from their Whole Foods with a $35 purchase. Team Fab uses this feature ALL THE TIME!
4. Sign Up for the Whole Foods newsletter
Stay in the know with a subscription to the Whole Foods’ newsletter. Be sure to also follow the company’s social media accounts (don’t forget your local store’s account). This way you can get updates and deal alerts right when they matter most.
5. Shop in bulk
Get pantry staples from the bulk section of Whole Foods. This way you can choose the exact amount you need. Plus, when you buy things in bulk, you can save a lot of money in the long run.
6. Buy Only Part of Fresh Vegetables or Fruits
Perhaps a meal you are planning to make needs only half of a certain vegetable (like a half head of cabbage). Instead of spending money on the entire vegetable, spend money on what you will actually need and use. Ask an employee to split the vegetable for you. Of course, this can only apply to certain goods.
7. Taste Test Often
I love shopping at Whole Foods because everything looks so good and fresh. But don’t risk spending your money on new items that you may not actually love. Whole Foods has a “try before you buy” policy that will allow you to taste test items like cheese or cookies. Ask for assistance on any items that spike your interest. This rule applies to items that are on the shelf and on a sample table.
8. Buy Store-Brand Items
You can save a lot of extra money when you buy items from Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value brand. Price compare this brand with other brands before you buy to ensure that you get the best deals.
If you put these tips into practice you will be surprised to find just how much you can buy and save at Whole Foods. What items do you like to buy at Whole Foods?
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