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How to Save Money at Whole Foods

Unless you only eat out or you live on a homestead, a trip to the supermarket is one of life’s necessities. There are so many different chains of supermarkets, from Costco and Wegmans to Trader Joes and Publix, and most people seem to have fairly strong opinions about where they shop and where they do not.

Like many of the big brands, Whole Foods Market definitely has its own loyal fan base, inevitably a mix of those who seek out their local Whole Foods deliberately and those who simply go because it is the store that is most conveniently located.

Either way, if you shop at Whole Foods, you may be all too aware that sometimes it’s hard to shop economically at this particular chain. Whole Foods has a lot to offer in terms of local, organic and sustainable grocery store options, but who doesn’t like to save money when they can? From clipping coupons to shopping online and simply being more aware, it is easier than you may think to save some precious pennies at Whole Foods. So read on to learn some easy tips that will definitely help you save money at Whole Foods.

Avoid Pre-Cut Fruit and Vegetables
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Avoid Pre-Cut Fruit and Vegetables

This first tip isn’t Whole Foods-specific; rather, it’s something one should do wherever they shop. But it is called Whole Foods, right? Stick to whole fruits and vegetables and prep them at home. Sure, it may take a bit longer, but do you really want to pay that higher price tag simply for convenience? Remember you are paying more for the labor that has gone in to slicing and dicing that produce, so save some money and just do it yourself!

Become an Amazon Prime Member
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Become an Amazon Prime Member

This may be a case of spending money to save money, but it can really help. If you use Amazon Prime for entertainment, free shipping and other Amazon-related perks, I makes sense to use it at Whole Foods as well. Amazon Prime members just have to download the Whole Foods app and log in to gain access to a barcode. At the register, the barcode gets scanned and you may receive a discount on any Prime members-only sales.

Bring Your Own Reusable Bag
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Bring Your Own Reusable Bag

Bring your own bag to Whole Foods and you get a 10-cent refund for every bag that you use! It’s better for the environment and your wallet.

Buy in Bulk
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Buy in Bulk

Check the prices per unit and figure out if buying in bulk can save you money. It is great for buying just the right amount of something. If you only need a handful of dried fruit or a scoop of oatmeal, buy from the bulk section and only pay for what you need. Buying spices from the bulk section is also great for that reason. Who needs jars and jars of different spices going stale when you only need a pinch of this and a spoonful of that now and then?

Buy Frozen Fish
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Buy Frozen Fish

A lot of the fish that you see behind the fish counter has been previously frozen anyway, so always double-check the freezer section and compare the price of frozen fish. It’s likely to be considerably cheaper, and it’s practically the same thing anyway!

Buy Things by the Case
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Buy Things by the Case

If you use a lot of something, buy an entire case at a time. When you do, you’ll get a 10 percent discount on the item.

Check Out the Whole Foods Website
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Check Out the Whole Foods Website

Though the Whole Foods newsletter is not currently available, the Whole Foods website is a great resource to consult before a big shopping trip. They list their current sales, which change frequently, so make sure you know what’s on sale and write your shopping list accordingly.

Compare Prices of 365 Products
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Compare Prices of 365 Products

Whole Foods’ in-store brand 365 is another great way to save money. Many of their items are as good as brand-name products and are often much more competitively priced. Always compare prices between different brands so you can be sure of getting the best deal.

Download the Whole Foods App
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Download the Whole Foods App

Like perusing the Whole Foods website, downloading the app can help you shop smarter and save money. As well as the money-saving barcode for Prime users, the app provides detailed and accurate information about what is currently on sale, information which can and should be used when planning out upcoming meals and shopping lists.

Follow Your Local Store on Instagram
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Follow Your Local Store on Instagram

Did you know that almost all Whole Foods stores have their very own Instagram account? Follow your local Whole Foods and you may find out about specific in-store events or sales that might not be listed on their website.

Look Out for Weekend Deals
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Look Out for Weekend Deals

Though it is specific to individual stores, many Whole Foods locations have weekend sales to help make the weekend even better, so be sure to ask about any in-store sales at your local store.

Look Out for Yellow and Red Labels in the Store
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Look Out for Yellow and Red Labels in the Store

Scan the shelves for yellow or red labels, which indicate sale and clearance items.

Return Glass Milk Jugs
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Return Glass Milk Jugs

If you buy milk that comes in glass bottles, you can return them and receive a small refund. If you go through more than a few bottles a month, those small amounts of change can really add up!

Shop Online
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Shop Online

In you are a Prime member, shopping online can really help save money. Simply being able to look through your cart before spending money might help you avoid those last-minute impulse purchases that are so frequent when roaming up and down colorful supermarket aisles.

Use Manufacturer Coupons and Store Coupons
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Use Manufacturer Coupons and Store Coupons

As well as their own in-store sales and discounts, Whole Foods accepts manufacturer coupons, and they can be combined with in-store coupons to really up the savings. If clipping coupons isn’t really your style, there are still plenty of other ways to save money at the supermarket!

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