Practical Ways to Save at Whole Foods Market
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Have a Whole Foods Market nearby?
Whether you’re a regular at Whole Foods Market OR have never stepped foot inside their doors, check out these practical tips for ways to save…
1. Get exclusive discounts with Amazon Prime.
Good news for Amazon Prime members!
Because Whole Foods Market was acquired by Amazon in 2017, Amazon Prime members can now get an additional 10% off ALL Whole Foods Market sale items plus weekly deep discounts at ALL stores nationwide – including Whole Foods Market 365 stores.
While shopping in-store, you’ll want to look for items that are tagged with yellow or blue stickers. The yellow tags will qualify for an additional 10% off at checkout (excluding alcohol). The blue tagged items have special pricing exclusively for Amazon Prime members.
To receive these exclusive deals and savings in-store, just download the Whole Foods Market app, sign in with your Amazon account, and then scan the app’s Prime Code at checkout. If you’d rather, you can instead use your phone number to save at checkout. Visit Amazon for more details.
2. Stack manufacturer coupons with sales.
Unfortunately, Whole Foods Market no longer offers store coupons or rewards. 😩 However, one way to spend less money out of pocket is to stack Whole Foods sale prices (which are 10% off for Prime members) and specially priced items with manufacturer’s coupons (details here)!
Another 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 the purchase of just one item!
3. Sign up for their newsletter.
Get on the list! Whenever you sign up for the Whole Foods newsletter (via your Amazon Prime account – see below), you’ll receive special offers, seasonal recipes, coupons, in-store events, tips, and information in your inbox about events happening in your area.
To subscribe to Whole Foods Market emails, head to Amazon.com and log in to your account. You’ll be able to sign up for the Whole Foods Market and/or 365 email newsletters.
4. BYOB – Bring Your Own Bags.
5. Take advantage of the 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)!
6. Don’t be shy to ask for samples.
If you can’t make up your mind or just don’t want to spend $5 on a new snack you’re not sure about, don’t be shy about asking to sample items. If you want to sample a product like a unique cheese, sparkling beverage (not including alcohol) or even chocolate, 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.
And who doesn’t love FREE samples!? While shopping, be sure to watch for the free samples around the store in the various departments, such as free beauty packets, food samples, and more.
7. Check out the Salad & Olive Bars.
If you just need a small number of veggies to make a pizza or stir-fry for dinner, be sure to check the salad bar area first – all ingredients are pre-washed, pre-chopped and often organic. However, at $8.99/lb, be sure to choose your items wisely, as heavier foods cause the price to rise quickly.
Plus, if you purchase one pound or more from the $10.99/lb Olive Bar, you’ll save $1 off per pound!
8. Ask the Meat Department for help.
Be sure to take advantage of the services at the butcher shop if you’re planning to buy 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!
9. Buy 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!
10. 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.
11. 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. If you are unsatisfied with a Private Label product due to unusual taste or consistency, you can return it to your local Whole Foods Market for a full refund or exchange.
Also, Whole Foods Market guarantees 100% satisfaction and will refund or exchange ANY product when accompanied by proof of purchase within 30 days of purchase. They do not offer returns or exchanges for products purchased in their Health & Beauty departments without proof of purchase.
12. 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, like Twitter and Facebook. They will often announce daily specials that are specific to that Whole Food location. You can also download the Whole Foods mobile app 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.