How to shop at Whole Foods Market on a budget

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So…..Whole Foods makes me happy. I don’t know if it’s because it’s the kind of store where I can walk in and find so many things that I can actually eat or if it’s just pretty and shiny and full of natural goodness. I will admit they’re not perfect, but I’m still a happy customer.

What doesn’t make me happy is the price tag. I have been willing to pay a premium for healthy food all of my life but now that I’m having a baby, things are going to have to change because I’ll be on a strict budget. I will no longer have the luxury of getting a $12 salad for lunch whenever I want because if it’s between diapers and a salad, guess who will win? I’m not going to lie, it can be more expensive to buy organic, but it doesn’t have to be and it also depends on what you’re buying.

I’ve done so much research on how to stretch my dollar at Whole Foods and here’s what I came up with:

1. Look for the coupon and “weekly buys” newspaper right inside the door as you walk in or by the bathrooms and bulletin board area. It will show you what’s on sale and give you tips to shop. You can also view and print these coupons from home by clicking: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/coupons

2. Follow your local Whole Foods Market on social media! This is a huge trick Iearned and it’s how I found out they were having a 40% discount sale on my favorite natural skincare line. They’ll post about what deals they have going on. Sometimes you have to follow the Whole Foods Market for your region if your actual city doesn’t have an account.

3. BUY IN BULK. I learned this and it really saves me money! Everything in dry goods that you like should always be checked in the bulk food aisle to see if it’s available there because it will be dollars cheaper- no lie! Also, if you buy a product by the case, you’ll also usually receive a 10-15% discount.

4. Go to the salad bar on WEDNESDAYS. It’s discounted. This made me so happy when I found this out.

5. If you’re buying meat, the more you buy, the bigger the discounts so just freeze the meats you won’t be using right away and save some cash.

6. Yellow signs in the store signal sales and how long the sales are good for. That way you can plan ahead.

7. Whole Foods has high standards for it’s non-organic, conventional foods too. Sometimes farmer’s are organic but they just can’t afford the organic label so feel better that you’re probably still getting a good product.

Whole Foods has committed that by 2018 all labels in the store will have to be up front about whether or not the food item contains GMOs. This should be standard.

I hope this helps you all! Happy Shopping.

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