Whole Foods on a Budget: Expert Tips on How to Save Money (and a giveaway!)

wholefoods giveawayEric and I were lucky to have Whole Foods come to our home and prepare a fantastic three-course-meal on a budget.

But the real purpose of our trip was to see how to actually save money and shop at Whole Foods on a budget.

Straight from the Whole Foods experts, here is what we learned on how to save money at Whole Foods.



Whole Foods on a Budget

Meal Plan Based on That Week’s Specials: So many times, I come up with my menu plan (menu planning, btw, is the best way to save money on groceries!) based on what I saw on Pinterest that week. This is the backwards way to do it.

The right way to save the most money is to actually base your menu around that week’s specials. For example, if salmon is on sale, you can make these awesome Honey-Lime Salmon Kebabs! If you don’t know what to cook, ask the employees…which brings me to…

Whole Value: Whole Foods is committed to providing the best value. When you shop at Whole Foods, feel free to talk to the employees and ask for help! Everybody is so nice and so very cool!

On our tour, we met the Whole Foods finalist for fishmonger in the world–yes, that’s an actual competition where they have to fillet a fish the fastest and cleanest. These people love to talk about food and they’d love to help you prepare a fabulous meal on a budget.

Cut the Cheese: Do you ever become overwhelmed by that large cheese selection? I know I do.

Eric and I discovered the $4 cheese bin a while ago, where you can get great pieces of cheese for under four bucks. But did you know, you can ask the cheese monger to cut any piece of cheese for you to fit into your budget? I have a feeling this will definitely be the most dangerous tip since everyone knows Eric and I fight over cheese. Seriously, you can create a really great cheese plate with about three different $4 selections of cheese. Heck, tell the cheese monger to select some cheeses for you!

whole foods cheese

One Size Does Not Fit All: As with the cheese, you can get a specific amount of anything, including fish, beef and chicken, just ask! If you only need a half pound, no need to pay for the whole pound, right?

Be a Wino: To go with that cheese plate, you can pick up some bottles of wine. And did you know that if you buy six bottles of wine, you get 20% off? That’s like having a $10 bottle of wine for $8!

Meal Plan with the Whole Deal: If you don’t know how to get started meal planning, check out The Whole Deal–your store’s local value guide, which comes filled with coupons, recipes, and an actual one-week meal plan based on specials that will be going on in your store!

whole foods tomatoesBuy what’s in season: Lucky for you, the store specials are often based on what’s in season. Chef Nick says that you’ll always find deals based on what’s in season, like tomatoes for $4.99 a pound, when they’re normally $5.99 or more. The day we went shopping, we got deals on corn, figs, and peaches, which all made in appearance on our menu.

Be adventurous: Of course, what’s on sale may not be something you’re comfortable trying.

Here’s a secret–I had never tried a fresh fig before in my life. It’s just not something I grew up with and had no idea how to actually prep it. Now that Chef Nick showed me how, I can actually prep them myself! If you don’t know how to cook something, ask the employees! Again, they love to help.

Chicken is Chicken: One of the favorite tips I learned was that the chicken at the butcher counter is $7.99, but the pre-packaged chicken right below the butcher counter is only $5.99, and guess what? It’s the same chicken!!

The only difference is that it is pre-packaged, which helps Whole Foods save time and money because they are not personally preparing an order for you. I had no idea it was the same.

whole foods chicken

Buy Frozen: If it’s not in season, buying it fresh will probably be expensive. So turn to the freezer for deals on out-of-season produce. Here’s a big tip about cooking from frozen–it’s best if you steam the food, not boil it. Boiling causes the extra water to affect the texture, whereas steaming actually helps bring out the flavor. That’s an expert tip right there.

Buy in Bulk: Buying in the bulk section saves you money because you’re not paying for the packaging. Whole Foods has a TON of bulk foods. Our local store has bulk honey in several different flavors, bulk soy sauce, a make-your-own-granola station… do you ever hate when a recipe calls for something obscure like pastry flour or some weird spice you will only use once? This is perfect to buy in bulk.

Bring in Your Bags: Not only are reusable bags great for the environment, but at Whole Foods, you’ll get rewarded between 5 and 10 cents for every bag you bring in. And if you’re one of those people that can never remember to bring them to the store–keep them in your trunk! That way you’ll never be without them 🙂

If you still feel overwhelmed by your local Whole Foods and just don’t see how it will ever fit into your budget, take a Value Tour. Every store offers shoppers a Value Tour, where you go around and learn about how to navigate your local store. I highly recommend it, even if you’ve been shopping at your local Whole Foods for a while, because you will most likely learn something new!

I was so, so impressed with Whole Foods and their staff of knowledgeable and passionate employees. You can really tell that everyone loves working there.

Every time Eric and I shop at Whole Foods, it feels like an experience. And I hope that you can join in and take part in the experience as well!

Whole Foods has graciously given me $25 gift cards to give out to FIVE lucky Newlyweds on a Budget readers.

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Winners will have 72 hours to respond once notified, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

I was not paid by Whole Foods for this post, but I did receive dinner and a week’s worth of groceries for free. However, Eric and I have been regular Whole Foods shoppers for a few years and opinions are entirely our own. We really do love Whole Foods. 

 

 

187 thoughts on “Whole Foods on a Budget: Expert Tips on How to Save Money (and a giveaway!)

  1. Sarah L
    July 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    My favorite tip is to buy in bulk. That way I can only get what I need.
    Thanks for the contest.

  2. Trisha McKee
    July 29, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Match up coupons and sales.

  3. kathy artis
    July 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    My tip is to do price matching

  4. Dave K
    July 29, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Thank You

  5. Tracy Jones
    July 29, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    The tips I like is, Meal Plan Based on That Week’s Specials.

  6. Linda G.
    July 29, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    My tip would be to buy in bulk and use coupons

  7. sue J.
    July 29, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I like being made aware of the “chicken is chicken” tip!

  8. Allison
    July 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    coupon clipping for us!

  9. Sheila Korman
    July 29, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Look for sales and bring your coupons!

  10. Buddy Garrett
    July 29, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Bring in Your Bags is my favorite. I would love to get paid for bringing in bags.

  11. AEKZ2
    July 29, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I like the tip that chicken is chicken. I love learning new ways to save money.

  12. Donna L
    July 29, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I take coupons and I look for sales.

  13. July 29, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    The cheese bites under $4. We usually just go to stock up on gluten free products but I’ll definitely be checking out these other deals. Thanks for the tips!

  14. Suzanne h
    July 29, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Never go to the store without a list.

  15. Jennifer R
    July 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    My favorite Whole Foods money-saving tip is to watch sales and match coupons.

  16. Jimmy
    July 29, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I use coupons and buy things when they are sale.

  17. Kate
    July 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    My favorite money-saving tip is to bring in your own bags.

  18. Elizabeth
    July 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Stick to your list, and shop around the perimeter of the store (produce and other staples) rather than the less-necessary stuff on the aisles!

  19. Theron Willis
    July 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I save money via bulk buying.

    Hope to win!

  20. stephanie rothe
    July 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I always try to find the best deals while shopping, so I go with a few different meal options in mind.

  21. Vicki D.
    July 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I use coupons a lot and I am happy that they take them.

  22. Sarah Hall
    July 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I love the fact that they take coupons.

  23. Michelle S
    July 29, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Go when there are specials and use coupons to match up with those specials.

  24. Seyma Shabbir
    July 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    They take coupons, both manufacurers and whole foods coupons. Also check to see what is on sale.

  25. Janet Woodling
    July 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I plan our weekly menu based on advertised specials and what is in season. I make a list and stick to it. No impulse buying.

  26. Francine Anchondo
    July 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    my favorite tip is Buy in Bulk.

  27. Candie L
    July 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    It is important to buy what is on sale and make your menus based on that. Thank you

  28. carolyn d
    July 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Always buy in season and stay away from prepared foods.
    Thanks!

  29. shaunie
    July 29, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Would have to say to purchase what is in season

  30. susan smoaks
    July 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

    i shop matching coupons up with the sales to maximize savings. i love whole foods.

  31. Alina Moore
    July 29, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Buy Frozen: If it’s not in season, buying it fresh will probably be expensive. So turn to the freezer for deals on out-of-season produce.

  32. Miki Baxter
    July 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

    See what’s on sale and create a menu accordingly!

  33. July 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Check out the sale flyer before you go and plan your meals accordingly. That way you can make a complete list and then just stick to the list!

  34. Stephanie Kilbourn
    July 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Watch for specials and use store and manufacturer’s coupons

  35. Serena Powell
    July 29, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Look around at the products that are on sale. They generally run specials every week.

  36. CJ Godfrey
    July 29, 2014 at 9:40 am

    My best tip is to use coupons and keep an eye out for sales.

  37. Joy Q
    July 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Buy produce that is in season and use coupons as much as possible.

  38. manda
    July 29, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Use coupons.

  39. Mary V
    July 29, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I plan my family meals for the week and cut out my coupons for the meals and make a list Thanks for the chance!

  40. Holly E
    July 29, 2014 at 6:13 am

    I love Whole Foods! I buy on sale and use coupons.

  41. Sue Ahn
    July 29, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I like the BUY FROZEN tip and how to steam food rather than boil. Retaining flavour and nutritional value is so important.

  42. July 28, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I buy the produce that’s in season, since it’s often on sale.

  43. Jill Myrick
    July 28, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    We always make a list and stick with it, clip coupons and eat before going grocery shopping.

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  44. Daniel M
    July 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Meal Plan Based on That Week’s Specials

  45. Katie J
    July 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Clipping coupons always helps me save a few bucks.

  46. Diane Baum
    July 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I love the tip of bringing your own bags, help the planet and your wallet.

  47. tina reynolds
    July 28, 2014 at 9:13 am

    My best tips bring your own bags and make a shopping list

  48. amanda whitley
    July 28, 2014 at 6:27 am

    my favorite tip is to Buy in Bulk.

  49. Eugenia Hall
    July 27, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Choose wisely, never buy anything there that you can get at a regular grocery store. Stick to the specialty and gourmet offerings.

  50. July 27, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I love that you get rewarded for bags that you bring in!

  51. Melissa
    July 27, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    i love the cheese tip the best! mmm cheese! 🙂 off to whole foods!

  52. Stephanie Douglas
    July 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    At Whole Foods, I usually shop sales and use coupons.

  53. Susan Smith
    July 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I like the tip buy in Bulk. I already do that and it really saves me money.

  54. Karen Drake
    July 27, 2014 at 11:02 am

    My favorite tip is the one about chicken, I love being able to buy in bulk too.

  55. July 27, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I need to start using reusable grocery bags. Thanks for the tips!

  56. Brittney House
    July 26, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I think you get more for your money when you buy in bulk.

  57. Michelle H.
    July 26, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I like the “chicken is chicken” tip.

  58. Robin
    July 26, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    My tip is to bring your own bag.

  59. July 25, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Whole foods is a little expensive in my area but when I do buy there I make sure to buy sale items.

  60. July 25, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I’ve never really shopped at Whole Foods, but reading this makes me think that maybe I could start.

  61. Denise S
    July 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

    My tip is to bring your own bags.

  62. Jessica Burke
    July 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I’ve never shopped at Whole Foods because I thought it was cost prohibitive but maybe it is worth a shot.

  63. Chic Southern Charm
    July 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I save money by buying what is on sale.

  64. Maryann
    July 23, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Menu planning based on the weeks’ sales and daily values is the best way to save at Whole Foods

  65. danielle Marie
    July 21, 2014 at 2:13 am

    have to go with bring in your bag.

  66. Melanie Montgomery
    July 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I didn’t know Icouldget20% off of 6 bottles of wine, what a great deal

  67. Denise Konkel
    July 20, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Buy in bulk!

  68. Alex T
    July 20, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I always try to buy the fresh fruits and veggies that are in season – they’re much cheaper!

  69. Debra Hall
    July 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    i have never been there ,but they are building one it opens next month

  70. July 20, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I always bring my own bags and shop the sales whenever possible.

  71. Michelle
    July 20, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Buy In bulk

  72. kellie rose wilson
    July 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Shop only sale items..you can get some great deals if you are looking at sale items only

  73. Anna E.
    July 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Taking the Green Bags along!!

  74. Justin S
    July 19, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Pick up the Whole Deal guide for coupons (or print online). Save it until the month following the edition (i.e. save August Whole Deal until September), the coupons don’t expire until the end of that following month. Within that following month sometimes those items will go on sale which you can combine the coupon with the sale price to save even more 🙂

  75. Valerie Taylor Mabrey
    July 18, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Go with a list and stay with what is on it. Also those samples can make you go off budget really easy.
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  76. Jessica H.
    July 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I love that one about the prepackaged versus not prepackaged. That is something I never really thought of!

  77. Rebecca Graham
    July 15, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I like the bring my own bags tip.

  78. Natalie Brown
    July 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Hello! My tip for shopping at Whole Foods is to look for fresh produce that is in season. It’s usually priced much less at that time. Thank-you!!

  79. alaine
    July 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I like bringing my own bags

  80. June Lisle
    July 15, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I guess I would say that my favorite money saving tip from the list is the Chicken is Chicken part. No need to spend more on the same thing.

  81. July 15, 2014 at 6:36 am

    I like that you can save buy purchasing pre-packaged foods … I hadn’t realized they did that!

  82. Denise C
    July 15, 2014 at 12:44 am

    The best Whole Foods tip I know is to study their ad to see what’s on sale before starting to shop. This store does not have the nickname Whole Paycheck for nothing! 😉

  83. Becca F
    July 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Bring in coupons. They will take one competitor coupon and one whole foods coupon together for the same products

  84. Zenetta
    July 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I always move things around in the meat department, I have found amazing deals just by looking under trays.

  85. Anna
    July 14, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I like the bulk bins. I really enjoy the fact that I can get a lot of different foods.

  86. Denise L
    July 14, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Triple dip = stack WF coupons with manufacturer coupons for items already on sale!

  87. July 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    here’s another tip if you’re having trouble coming up with a menu based on the specials. Use Whole Foods’ “Health Starts Here” recipe finder: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes

    you’ll not only find delish recipes with the high standards of Whole Foods, but they are healthy options too and usually not very difficult.

  88. July 14, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I don’t have any tips for shopping at Whole Foods! LOL I know, I’m the type to shy away and think everything there is expensive. When I do go I head towards whatever is on sale. I usually stick to Trader Joe’s since it’s smaller and I know my way around, but the Whole Foods hot food area and deli is the best!

  89. Tina Marie
    July 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    My favorite Whole Foods money-saving tip is to buy frozen. There is a lot of waste when things go bad in the refrigerator. Thanks for the giveaway!

  90. July 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    LOVE Whole Foods! I’m on a very tight food budget, but shop almost exclusively at WF. I think ppl think it’s so expensive (and some things are), but the sales and bulk items are great value and always reliable quality. So great!

    Julianne
    http://reallifesurreallife.blogspot.com

  91. Amy Pratt
    July 13, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I like the tip for bringing your own bags.

  92. July 13, 2014 at 6:55 am

    bringing my own bags.

  93. July 12, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    My favorite tip was the $4 cheeses. I will have to look for them the next time I visit Whole Foods!

  94. Susan DeVaux
    July 12, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    We use coupons!

  95. Jessica Rudnick
    July 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Whole Foods! One tip that I absolutely live by: Write out all of your recipes for the week. I always base them on the sales for that week and I only buy what is absolutely necessary to make those meals plus some kids food sale items! When I go in without a plan I always pay WAY too much! Now, I save over $100 per week by writing out what I need. I also don’t have any spoiled food in my fridge!

  96. Luna S
    July 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I enjoy bringing my own bags.

  97. Carolyn G
    July 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Buying in bulk saves money

  98. Leigh Anne Borders
    July 12, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    We do not shop when we are hungry. We plan our menu ahead and look at the sales too. That way when we get there, we know what we are getting.

  99. Sara Sullivan
    July 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I stick to my list! There are so many delicious little treats on every aisle!

  100. Kim Henrichs
    July 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I shop their sales and bring my own bags.
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  101. Mary Calabrese
    July 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I always buy in bulk when I can.

  102. July 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Buy in Bulk, I do this a lot, especially with dry foods and canned.

  103. crystal
    July 12, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Bringing in your own bag to safe money

  104. John Leahy
    July 12, 2014 at 11:24 am

    The pre-packaged chicken does save money, doesn’t it — and it’s fine! Definitely a good way to save.

  105. Laura J
    July 12, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I have not been to Whole Foods yet, but I have heard they a have really great selection! I would bring my own bags and try to buy in bulk and whats on sale! I try to check meat first…see whats on sale, and then menu plan around that!

  106. Lin Gorenkoff
    July 12, 2014 at 9:56 am

    The $4 cheese bin is a gem!

  107. Karen T Gonyea
    July 12, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Never shop on an empty stomach – you will always end up getting too much !!!

  108. July 12, 2014 at 6:38 am

    You have to shop their sales to save money. It’s hard to coupon there, unfortunately.

  109. July 12, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I love that I can use whole foods coupons and regular coupons to save $

  110. Catherine Shaw
    July 12, 2014 at 5:54 am

    I also think that buying in bulk is a great way to save.

  111. Cynthia C
    July 12, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Love the tip about the prepackaged chicken. I didn’t know it was the same!

  112. Dee
    July 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I used reusable bags and always get gets chopped salads with leftovers used for wraps from their salad bar.

  113. Nicki Joseph
    July 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I shop seasonally, especially for produce!

  114. Angela Bell
    July 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I love Whole Foods!

  115. Calli
    July 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    yes, I keep my reusable bags in my car so I never forget them!

  116. July 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I’ve never actually been into our nearest store. (oh no!)
    But I’m reading all the tips for when I do. 🙂

  117. Adrienne gordon
    July 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    always check out the sales.

  118. heather s
    July 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Buying in bulk saves money

  119. July 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    My tip is to use coupons.

  120. July 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    My favorite tip is to buy in bulk and bring my own bags.

  121. jeremy mclaughlin
    July 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Always check the sales before getting to the store.

  122. Jesse S
    July 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Check out the sales online before going in to save some cash!

  123. Candace B
    July 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    My tip is to watch for sales on items one typically uses. This is followed up with purchasing in bulk, which can lower the cost of everyday items tremendously.

  124. Gina M
    July 11, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I like buying from their bulk bins to save money.

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  125. Lea
    July 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Check the produce area first. Always a few great deals.

  126. Lauren S.
    July 11, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I love buying from the bulk bins…especially getting fresh-churned almond butter! It is MUCH cheaper, and tastes so much better without any added sugars or oil.

  127. July 11, 2014 at 8:47 am

    My favorite tip is to bring your own bags. It not only save money but saves the environment.

  128. darby
    July 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Always check the sales before you go!

  129. July 11, 2014 at 4:29 am

    How I miss Whole Foods! I used to go there all the time, but it did get pricey. Thank you for this post. Great tips! I will have to remember them for when I move back to the states.

  130. July 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I liked the tip about checking for specials. I know I should do this, but I really could be better about it!

  131. MomofTwoPreciousGirls
    July 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I had no idea you could ask for a tour of the store. Thanks for the tip about the bulk section. I was gifted a bread maker but have been overwhelmed by recipes bc of all the different types of flour called for. Now I can get just what I need to try a recipe and not have waste if we don’t like it!

  132. July 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I didn’t know you could ask to have cheese cut for you! Awesome tips!

  133. Danielle K
    July 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I subscribe to their email list so I know when they are having sales ahead of time!

  134. megan
    July 10, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Did not know u could get a tour of the store. Thanks for sharing!

  135. Allison Downes
    July 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Check their circular for coupons!

    Thanks for the nice giveaway.

  136. Elaine
    July 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Didn’t know it’s the same chicken in both places and I didn’t know you could ask the cheese counter to cut the pre packed cheeses as well! Wonderful tips!

  137. Katie
    July 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Stick to the grocery list to avoid buying the unnecessary

  138. HS
    July 10, 2014 at 10:28 am

    My favorite is to check the store circular for coupons.

  139. July 10, 2014 at 10:02 am

    These are some great tips! In the past year, a whole foods has opened up right by where I live/work, but I definitely don’t shop there much because of the fear of spending way too much money. I feel less intimidated now!

  140. Ashley S.
    July 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

    My fave tips are to shop the Whole Foods 365 Everyday line of products and the bulk food bins!

  141. July 10, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I had no idea that WF employees were so helpful! They have so many great ingredients there, I’m glad that they help us get the most of them!

  142. Marina
    July 10, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I love these tips. Didn’t know about the $4 cheese bin! Can’t wait to check it out.

  143. Elizabeth
    July 10, 2014 at 6:55 am

    A whole foods just opened up down the street and ive been worried about having to take out a second mortgage to pay for what is sure to turn into an addiction 🙂

  144. Tayloe Locke
    July 10, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Love these tips! I am a newlywed on a budget and will definitely start reading your blog!

  145. July 10, 2014 at 5:38 am

    I feel fortunate that I do not have a Whole Foods nearby. I think I could do some damage in that place!

  146. July 10, 2014 at 4:42 am

    My favorite whole foods tip is “chicken is chicken” that you shared. Crazy that there is a difference in price!

  147. Amy Maggini
    July 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I love Whole Foods, but we live about 45 minutes away. I had no idea about the tours!

  148. Tara Huff
    July 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Use their coupons!

  149. Erika W.
    July 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I was just there today and I definitely saved money by checking out their coupons online and by looking for sales in store!

  150. Lisa Beard
    July 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I love buying in bulk at Whole foods, and the $4 cheese bin!

  151. Latasha S
    July 9, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    365 Value Food Brand is less expensive, but high quality

  152. July 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I also believe this helps you to eat healthy and in term help to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  153. kelly mcgrew
    July 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    i like bringing the bags! you are helping the environment and also saving money!

  154. Thomas Murphy
    July 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I like the Bring in Your Bags tip.

  155. Melinda Littlejohn
    July 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I like to plan my groceries for the week around the sale items!

  156. Kayla Britt
    July 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    My favorite tip is to buy in bulk!

  157. Nate
    July 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I never go to Whole Foods since it’s too expensive. But I might try it if I win a gift card.

  158. July 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    That chicken thing is so random but actually makes total sense!

  159. July 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    There is a Whole Foods right across from where I live. It is awesome and torture at the same time. Thanks for all the tips, especially since we to call the place “Whole Paycheck”.

  160. July 9, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I like the Bring in Your Bags tips

  161. Rachel
    July 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I always have specific needs when I go to Whole Foods – like quality fish or meat or fun food like cheese and wine!

  162. Amanda Sakovitz
    July 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I like the buy frozen tip

  163. Rosie
    July 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I stay connected to their facebook page, and they announce specials! Also, I use their coupon booklet and look up their new weekly sales. I also try to find online coupons. I don’t have any one special way, just a combination.

  164. July 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I also use ibotta (a money saving app) to get good deals at Whole Foods!

  165. mona
    July 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Buying in bulk

  166. Laura R
    July 9, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I just got Cherry Lemonade there this past weekend thats delicious! I love shopping the meat dept for their specials

  167. Sarah S
    July 9, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Their cheese is my favorite! But, I go their so rarely because they seem so expensive

  168. Erin
    July 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I rarely go to Whole Foods (just because Fred Meyer is closer), but it is an experience when I do go there. I didn’t know about the chicken — so that’s my new favorite tip 🙂

  169. July 9, 2014 at 10:19 am

    These are all awesome tips! Fingers crossed I’m one of the winners 🙂

  170. Emily R
    July 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I love the tip about the prepackaged meat! I never would’ve known it’s the same!

  171. July 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I enjoyed this! I’ve never been to Whole Foods, but I’d love to try it.

  172. July 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Great giveaway – I love Whole Foods! 🙂 We’ve used the $4 cheese area a lot to try new things on a budget but still feel fancy on the weekends with our drinks/grapes/crackers. I did not know about the chicken, however, so that tip was great!

  173. Ali Forsberg
    July 9, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I liked the tip a lot about asking them to them cut up the cheese

  174. Elle
    July 9, 2014 at 9:08 am

    My favorite tip is to buy in bulk – I love the bulk section especially for grains and nuts.

  175. Lisa Brown
    July 9, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Buy sale and in bulk

  176. Adrienne Nevin
    July 9, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Im obsessed with Whole Foods!!! I love the tip about the chicken being the same! I guess I never thought about it, but it is the same meat… I’ll only buy prepackaged from now on!!

  177. July 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

    My favorite thing to do is get on the Whole Foods website to check out the sales flyer and see what is on special before I go. That way I can plan our meals for the week around what is on sale!

  178. Lindsay
    July 9, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Great post and great giveaway. I adore the bulk bins at WF!

  179. July 9, 2014 at 8:23 am

    My fav tip is to shop around the specials. I started a new meal plan and am eating a lot of chicken. I need to start looking at the adds to see which stores are offering the best prices. Basically, looking at those adds period is helpful and I usually just toss them.

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