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Aug 08 2017
5 months ago
12:52 PM MST

17 Practical Ways to Save at Whole Foods Market

Aug 08, 2017 @ 12:52 PM MST
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Do you enjoy shopping at Whole Foods Market? Amazon recently announced that they are acquiring Whole Foods Market (they’ll close the transaction during the second half of 2017), which may mean lower grocery prices. Until then, whether you’re a regular Whole Foods Market shopper OR have never step foot inside their doors, be sure to check out these practical tips for ways to save…

1.) Sign Up for their Newsletter

Get on the list! Whenever you sign up for the Whole Foods newsletter, you’ll receive special offers, seasonal recipes, coupons, tips and information in your inbox about events happening in your area!

2.) Pick Up The Whole Deal Coupon Booklet

Before shopping, be sure to pick up a copy of The Whole Deal coupon booklet at the front of the store to find current sales and store coupons that you can apply to your purchase. These coupons are also available online so you can print them at home if you prefer. Note that Whole Foods coupons are available for two months, but valid for three months – so consider grabbing a few flyers.

3.) Stack Store Coupons with Manufacturer’s Coupons

One way to spend less money out of pocket is to stack Whole Foods store coupons with manufacturer’s coupons during a sale! According to their official coupon policy, you are allowed to stack coupons and can even use a coupon for the full price item on a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale.

  • A store coupon and a manufacturer coupon can be combined on one item
  • When the value of the coupon exceeds the value of the product no cash back is given.
  • Coupons are never doubled or tripled.
  • All types of coupons are accepted with the exception of those that are obviously photocopied.
  • Competitor coupons are not accepted with the exception of Michigan stores.
  • Case discounts can be combined with coupons.
  • There is a limit of one Whole Deal coupon per purchase of specified product(s) per individual.
  • If there is a BOGO FREE promo, one coupon can be used for the full price item.

4.) Download the Whole Foods App

Be sure to download the Whole Foods App before shopping as you’ll find exclusive digital coupons, local store information and sales—all within the app. Previous coupons have included $5 off $25+ purchase of Fresh or Frozen Meat and Poultry from Meat Department, $1 Off 5 Avocados & more!

5.) BYOB – Bring Your Own Bags

Consider bringing your own shopping bags for a 10¢ credit for every reusable bag you use! Select stores may even offer a 20¢ credit per bag whenever you shop on Earth Day in April.

6.) Take Advantage of Whole Foods Kids’ Club

Make shopping with the kids easier! Every time you bring your kids with you to the store, you can stop by the Customer Service and pick up a Kids’ Club Coupon valid for a complimentary 100% Organic apple fruit leather or package of natural animal crackers (snacks may vary from store to store)!

They also offer Kids’ Club Cooking Classes, Art Activities, and other educational workshops on a monthly basis. Check out their In-Store Events Calendar for a list of upcoming events for the month.

7.) Only Buy What You Need

If you’re not wanting to purchase an entire loaf of bread whenever you only need half of a loaf (or squash, cabbage, etc), Whole Foods will will hand-cut it for you right in the store and you’ll pay just for what you need. Although this will vary by foods (they probably won’t let you buy half a banana or apple), the cheese, meat, and seafood counters will also let you buy exactly the amount you want.

If you need only half a cabbage, sandwich, chunk of cheese, fish fillet, loaf of fresh bread, etc. we’re happy to provide just the half you need.

8.) Save When You Buy in Bulk

Whole Foods automatically gives a 10% discount on almost anything that you purchase by the case, from lunchbox beverages to wine and even snacks for the football team. You can also save an additional 10% off bulk foods with your purchase of 25 lbs or more. If you’re buying something you use often and will purchase again, consider saving by purchasing the case.

Also, the bulk bins are usually a lot cheaper than the pre-packaged versions as you’re not paying for the fancy labels and you can buy exactly as much as you need. Because you’re not paying for the packaging (or a full package), you save on a variety of grains, flours, pasta, soup mixes, beans, cereals, trail mixes, nut butters, sweeteners, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, salts, coffees and more!

9.) Try Before You Buy – Ask for Samples!

If you can’t make up your mind or just don’t want to spend $5 on a new flavor of soda, don’t be shy about asking to sample items. If you want to sample a product like a unique cheese, sparkling beverage or even chocolate (not including alcohol), team members are allowed to let you try it. Employees will open the package for you and share the rest as samples with other customers.

Who doesn’t love FREE samples!? While shopping, be sure to watch for all the FREE samples around the store in the various departments, such as FREE beauty packets, food samples and more.

10.) Check out the Salad Bar BUT Choose Items Wisely

If you’re just needing a small amount of veggies to make a pizza or stir-fry for dinner, be sure to check the salad bar first – all ingredients are pre-washed, pre-chopped and often organic. However, at $8.99/lb, be sure to choose your items wisely as certain foods can cause the price to rise quickly.

11.) Ask the Meat Department for Help

Be sure to take advantage of the services at the butcher shop if you’re planning on buying meat! They will shuck, dry rub, marinade, peel, fillet, cube and even cut up your meat for FREE, so if you’re in a hurry and don’t want to mess with meat when you get home, just stop by the butcher shop.

Also, if you’re looking to make a homemade stock or broth, you may be able to ask your meat and seafood departments for leftover bones or shells, which some locations can give to customers for FREE. If not, participating Whole Foods butcher and seafood counters sell inexpensive, pre-packaged bones and shells for a fraction of the cost of a steak or a whole fish. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

12.) Buy the Meat Value Packs

In the meat and seafood departments, you can always count on high standards for the quality and sourcing of everything from fresh ground beef to frozen gluten-free chicken nuggets. When shopping in these departments, look for the value packs to get fish and meat at a better price.

Also, look for budget-friendly pricing on lesser-known cuts such as boneless sirloin, flat iron steak or skirt steak. You can even ask the butcher to cut up your value pack meats how you’d like.

13.) Shop the 365 Everyday Value products

Are there some items you always try to buy organic? From peanut butter and cereal to frozen veggies and shampoo, it’s easy to find hundreds of affordable organics with the 365 Everyday Value line. However, be sure to compare the prices with name-brands to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

If you buy a lot of supplements, be sure to ask a cashier at your store if they have a supplement punch card program. Whenever you purchase $100 worth of 365 supplements, you’ll get $10 off of your next purchase. Be sure to ask your cashier if they don’t hand over a card with your qualifying purchase.

14.) Take Advantage of Cash Back Rebates

A great way to save and possibly get items for FREE at Whole Foods is with cash back apps, such as Ibotta, Checkout51 and BerryCart! Just purchase qualifying items and submit your receipt(s) to earn cash back. Even sweeter, you can submit to more than one rebate site with purchase of just one item!

15.) Bring Back Glass Milk Containers

If you purchase milk in glass containers, don’t forget to take advantage of Whole Foods bottle deposit where you can return the glass bottles at customer service to receive a voucher for up to $3. You can also recycle your bottles, cans, batteries, cork, #5 plastics and other items at your local Whole Foods.

16.) Make Note of their Return Policy

Whole Foods has a great return policy and fantastic customer service, so don’t hesitate to return items that you don’t like. Also, if you purchase an item and they went bad really quickly after you bought them, most stores will allow you to bring them in and exchange them (i.e. moldy strawberries, etc).

…we go to extraordinary lengths to satisfy and delight our customers. We want to meet or exceed their expectations on every shopping trip. We know that by doing so we turn customers into advocates for Whole Foods Market. We guarantee our customers 100% product satisfaction or their money will be refunded.

17.) Follow Your Local Store on Social Media

To stay in the loop about your local store’s sales and events, be sure to follow them on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. They will often announce daily specials that are specific to that Whole Food location. You can also subscribe to the Whole Foods newsletter (see #1 above) or download the Whole Foods mobile app (see #3 above) to stay informed of the weekly sales.

Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.

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