Whole Foods Market is a popular chain of natural and organic grocery stores, and is now a part of Amazon Prime! We make it easy to save big on all your organic groceries at Whole Foods with sales and coupons, whether you're shopping in-store or opting for delivery. From Thanksgiving dinner savings to plant-based diet foods, bakery treats, and even the Whole Foods 365 brand, we're sharing all of our fave finds right here. Keep on reading as we're also sharing all the best Whole Foods Market shopping tips.
Have a Whole Foods Market nearby?Who doesn't love saving big on groceries! Whether you're a regular at Whole Foods OR have never stepped foot inside their doors (no judgment!), check out these practical tips for ways to save on your next trip at this popular & healthy grocery store (and you won't be calling it "Whole Paycheck" anymore 😉).
1. Get exclusive discounts at Whole Foods with Amazon Prime.Good news for Amazon Prime members! If you didn't already know, Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market back in 2017 and has since dropped prices by about 5%. Even better, if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can save an extra 10% on all of the store's sale items and take advantage of additional discounts/promos at stores nationwide.
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. Download a cashback app, like Ibotta or Drop.Unfortunately, Whole Foods Market no longer offers store coupons or rewards.😩 However, one way to spend less money out of pocket is to take advantage of cashback apps, such as Ibotta or Drop. Just purchase qualifying items and submit your receipt(s) to earn cashback. Even sweeter, you can submit to more than one rebate site with the purchase of just one item!
3. BYOB - Bring your own bags to Whole Foods.It doesn't get more simple than this — consider bringing your own shopping bags for a 10¢ credit for every reusable bag you use!
4. 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.
COVID-19 update: Keep in mind that sampling programs have been temporarily suspended due to coronavirus. Check with your local store for updates on when this policy will resume. You can find out more about their COVID-19 response on their website.Even if you can't score food samples at this time, you still might be able to pick up a few packaged freebies. While shopping, be sure to watch for the free samples around the store in the various departments, such as free packets of beauty and skincare samples.
5. Check out the food bars at Whole Foods.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.
You won't want to miss the hot foods section either. Picking up a quick dinner on the go is so easy and you know it will be fresh and delicious!
COVID-19 update: This is another area that has been closed due to coronavirus, but we're hoping that as we progress through this pandemic, the hot bar and salad bars will reopen so we can start enjoying our favorite ready-to-go meal options again!
6. Ask the Whole Foods 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, marinate, 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 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!
7. Buy the value packs in the refrigerated meat section.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!
8. Make note of the Whole Foods 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 a receipt within 90 days of purchase. They do not offer returns or exchanges for health and beauty products, electronics, and other items, without proof of purchase.
COVID-19 update: We hate to say it, but this policy is also currently suspended due to coronavirus. Currently, all sales are final unless there was a quality issue at the time of purchase.
9. Follow your local Whole Foods 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.
If you're shopping at Whole Foods, you've got to get these potato chips that taste like deli sandwiches!
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