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.
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!
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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