July 16, 2010

Finding Deals at Whole Foods (and a Giveaway!)

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Last week BabyGirl and I went shopping at Whole Foods. Actually, I had to return the growing collection of glass milk bottles I was storing in the garage. And since you pay a deposit for them, I found out that I has $18 worth of glass I’d been saving! WooHoo – making money AND recycling. Now who can’t get in to that.

So, we’re at Whole Food and BabyGirl needs to try all the samples to determine if we should buy something. Great idea! Why? Because we did end up buying a few things because she tried it, liked it and said she’d eat it if I bought it. And what mom will deny that? My child wants to eat healthy food. Uh, no brainer! So in to the cart it goes.

As a couponer, I took in my coupon file because I was looking for a few specific items that are no often found at the regular grocery store or are often beyond my self-imposed budget. One thing you don’t find at regular stores is Organic chocolate. I had printed off a coupon for $1 off any Dagoba chocolate bar. And I knew Whole Foods carried them. And they were on sale! Score! Nearly free generous bar of ORGANIC chocolate. Priorities, I have my priorities!

Next on my list was Seventh Generation dryer sheets. If you’ve never tried these, they are awesome! And Whole Foods is the only place that consistently carries them (that I’ve found locally). And, again, I had a coupon. And, again, it was a double score because they were on sale! Yay, static-free clothes without all the gunky chemicals.

We did our rounds and picked up a few other things and made our way back to the fresh-made foods area. BabyGirl was given samples of cheese and meats and orange chicken, a piece of pizza, some caprese salad, soup and a cookie. I was impressed she ate all of these. I was equally impressed at how generous each of the employees was toward their young shopper.

I took note of a few summer deals not only for myself, but also to pass along to my readers. Now through September 10th, Whole Foods is celebrating summer and finding ways to help us put together quick meals and easy ways to watch our budget while still having wholesome foods. Every day is a different deal.

Monday: 12 oz House Drip Coffee and Breakfast Pastry for $2.
Tuesday: $3 off 16oz bag Whole Catch Frozen Cooked Shrimp, $2.99/pound Pork Sausages
Wednesday: $5.99/pound hot and cold food bars (regular $7.99)
Thursday: $2 off any custom made sandwich from 2pm-10pm
Friday: Buy any 2 Whole Hot Pizzas, get the third free

For a long time I felt that shopping at Whole Foods would be beyond reach due to my self-imposed budgeting, couponing and general frugalness. I’ve learned, though, that Whole Foods can be part of my family’s health eating but watching their sales and combining coupons, just like all the other stores! If you think Whole Foods can’t fit your budget, I urge you to take a stroll through the store. There are weekly sales, monthly deals as well as a variety of organic coupon sources.

At the end of my shopping trip, I was able to save about 25% with combining sales and coupons. Maybe not my target of 65%, but definitely something to be proud of since this was a last minute shopping trip!

Giveaway Info:

So why do you care that I was saving money at Whole Foods?  Because you too could be saving money at Whole Foods! Whole Foods will give ONE reader a $10 gift card so you can see how you can find deals too.  Leave a comment telling me how you think you’ll save while shopping at Whole Foods.  It’s that easy!  Entries are open until 11:59pm PST on 7/23/10. Winner will be notified by email so please make sure you use a valid email address. I will use Random.org to select the winner.

Disclosure: I received a $10 Gift Card from Whole Foods to use for my shopping trip. My savings did not include this gift card, because I wanted to present an accurate picture of how you could really save while shopping at Whole Foods. I was not required to blog about my trip or say anything specific about the store. These words represent my opinion and my feelings about Whole Foods. Whole Foods will send ONE reader a $10 gift card.

Sara

{ 23 comments }

Christy July 16, 2010 at 7:01 am

I save $$$ by buying non-refrigerated produce at Whole Foods. Things like oranges and grapefruit last longer if I buy them from there — and the other grocery stores often have things that get moldy after a short while. I might pay more, but I think I save in the long run.

Amy @ Dealusional July 16, 2010 at 7:08 am

Whole Foods is one of the few places that carries Sunbutter and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. While coupons for both of these are rare, I’m just happy to be able to buy some things that I can eat 🙂

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang July 16, 2010 at 7:20 am

Whole Foods is one of my favorite last minute lunch places ~ there is one right across from my work ~ I love grabbing a healthy meal and reading in their sweet cafe!

Shelly @ Coupon Teacher July 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

I would print some organic coupons!

lis piq July 16, 2010 at 10:38 am

I love to shop with the whole foods coupon specials and manufacters coupons.

Kelly Malloy July 17, 2010 at 7:54 am

We love buying our fresh fruits and veggies at Whole Foods because they last longer. I also scour the net for printable coupons on my favorite items before I go.

RunToTheFinish July 18, 2010 at 7:44 am

I am always finding new things at WF, it would be fun to have $10 to play with and buy those things!!!

Jen L. July 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

Whole Foods is the only place in town that carries the soy yogurt I like! I
get coupons from the Silk website.

Leslie, aka Menu Maker Mom July 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

I love shopping Whole Foods! I live in a rural community and while my stores do carry SOME organics, they don’t carry the meat I want or a wide variety of organic dairy. When I shop at Whole Foods, I take mfr coupons printed from the internet. Helps me save!

TracyC July 19, 2010 at 8:30 am

I would save by trying something new. I have been to a WF, but that was many years ago…possibly as long as five years ago, and with it so close it may be worth another look-see.

Carrie July 19, 2010 at 8:40 am

the only things i think are really well price at whole foods are fresh cut flowers and organic produce but i’d love to pick up some of both of those.

Melanie July 20, 2010 at 9:43 am

We SAVE our health! We buy organic veggies and meats there along with little man’s formula and cereal! We love love Whole Foods!

Laura July 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

I find that Whole Foods’ store brand items are a DEAL. Great quality.

Nicole July 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

Since Whole Foods supports local produce, I’m not paying shipping costs for organic foods like I often do at the major grocery stores. I found peaches there recently for cheaper than anywhere else; they were local, organic, and DELICIOUS.

Brenda @ PeekatMyPaper July 21, 2010 at 10:48 am

I like some of their pre-made dinner meals!
Thanks for the chance to win.
brenda

Katherine C. July 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

I will save money by buying their great produce!

Jessica July 22, 2010 at 6:02 am

I save by stocking up on fresh produce and canning!

Mariah July 22, 2010 at 8:02 am

I like to shop their bulk section, including the bulk spices. I think you can get a better deal that way than buying those items prepackaged. 🙂

Christina S July 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

I would save by stocking up on some dry beans in bulk.

Julie R July 22, 2010 at 8:45 am

I love Whole Foods, we have food allergies and going to Whole Foods is fun! I currently have some coupons that I would use for some specialty products …

Monica Rathmann July 22, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Love Whole Foods! They always have the best deals on organic chicken breasts.

Terri July 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I love to buy in the bulk section. I buy various types of flour and grains and beans. I also love the bulk herbs section which is great for those things that are often unavailable or expensive in the stores. I would love to win a gift card. It’s about time for me to make a trip.

Tiffany July 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I have been able to save at Whole Foods but getting cheap soymilk there by combining coupons and sales! You can really save a wholefoods!

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