Now Whole Foods is not only preparing for an Amazon-driven future of automation but also one in which it will capture new customers by offering the best products at the best prices.
Today, we give you some practical Whole Foods money saving tips to make your next trip a very successful one in the savings department.
Let’s start shopping:
1. Budget Before You Go
Creating a shopping list and budgeting before you head out to Whole Foods will prevent you from overspending. If you are a health junkie, it is very easy to go overboard when inside a Whole Foods. Take an inventory of what you already have and stick to items within you can afford when creating your list.
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3. Download the App
On your IOS or Android phone, download the Whole Foods app to get free coupons and recipes. You can also add your shopping list to the app and even have deliveries ordered via Instacart. Always can your app’s barcode at the register to make use of any coupons.
4. Find Out What’s On Sale
It’s always good to check what’s on sale before even creating your shopping list. Depending on the season or time of year, many items, like fresh produce might be on sale, as Whole Foods tries to move product for new stock. New weekly sales typically begin on Wednesdays. Some stores also celebrate national holidays such as Pi Day and National Cookie Day with special discounts.
5. Look for Unadvertised Sales
As you browse the aisles of Whole Foods, you might notice yellow or red sales stickers on a lot of shelves. This indicates a Whole Foods Clearance Item. Take advantage of them! Many of these sales are not advertised and may be put up at last minute to help move an item that is selling slowly or to prepare for new inventory.
6. Become an Amazon Prime Member
In the event of you having been hiding under a rock somewhere for the past few months, Amazon now owns Whole Foods. This means a lot of item prices will be lowered over time and you will be offered much more conveniences through Amazon Prime and Whole Foods membership programs.
This is a short excerpt of what is said on the Amazon/Whole Foods page on Amazon.com.
So, if you are an avid Whole Foods shopper, there is a lot to be excited about. Learn more here.
7. Bring Your Own Bags & Containers
When you bring your own bags, you aren’t just cutting down on waste but you’re also cutting cost. Aldi is a big proponent of this policy. At Whole Foods, you may be offered between a 5 to 10 cent discount on your transaction – depending on the store, for bringing your own bag. Of course, this does not seem like a lot, but it adds up over time, plus fewer bags for you to store at home. Ask if they do this at your local store.
8. Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk whether as a businessman or the average consumer always saves you money. Purchase items like beverages or nuts in large quantities to keep prices down. Buying “3 for $6” will always save you more money than buying “1 for $4.”
Plus, most packaged items at Whole Foods by the case can be bought for 10% off.
Some locations also offer discounts on meat, when you buy 3 or more pounds. Stock up and freeze it. Always ask at your local store to see if they have these discounts.
9. Do a Taste Test
According to an employee, Whole Foods has a very generous “Try before you buy” or sampling policy. This includes but is not limited to anything fresh from the produce section or any packaged foods within the center aisles of the store. Now that is something that no sensible shopper can pass up.
How many times have you bought a product and brought it home just to find out how horrible it is? This solves that problem.
10. Buy Store-Branded Items
Store brands anywhere are always going to be cheaper than big name CPG brands, and Whole Food’s 365 brand is no different. Always compare prices of other manufacturers to Whole Food’s brand, and chances are it will be a few cents or maybe even dollars cheaper.
Plus, these items are more likely to have more sales and discounts attached.
11. Buy Frozen Meats & Fish
Unless you live right by the sea or a river, chances are you are paying a lot of money for fish. Even the seafood you buy labeled as “fresh” at your Whole Foods in NYC or Chicago, was frozen in transport to reach its destination.
Therefore, save yourself some money by buying frozen fish and meat, don’t pay Whole Foods more for simply thawing your fish and selling it a premium price as “fresh.”
12. Follow Your Local Store on Social Media
Follow your local Whole Foods on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Many times, businesses send out important event and sales news to their local audience before making it public on their website or in flyers. They might even have discounts that are only available if you follow on social media.
Find your store here and start following.
Whole Foods Money Saving Tips Summary
Whole Foods is often considered as the store for bougie, upper-middle-class millennials who have big paychecks or looking to gain social validation, but these Whole Foods money saving tips highlight that Whole Foods is a retailer like any other, trying to score sales while offering the best food at the best prices.
If you are Whole Foods/Amazon fan or looking to join the flock, these shopping tips will be very helpful on your next visit.