Whole Foods Shopping Hacks

In our area, I have yet to find a grocery store with the same quality of freshness and selection that Whole Foods Market offers. With that said, it can be expensive to support our dietary needs and follow our budget. Bar none, food is our biggest bill every month after housing, which makes grocery shopping a little challenging. Over the years, I have learned a few tricks to shopping Whole Foods to hack the premium prices while still eating really well. 

SHOP ON SALE

As soon as we enter the produce section, I look for the yellow sale signs. Depending on what is priced lowest, we stock up on that item and change our weekly meal plan accordingly. One week, it was kale and chard, so we ate extra leafy greens, and the next week it was more starchy veggies like zucchini and broccoli. There are also regular sales on fish, meat, and pantry items, so make sure to keep an eye out for those too! 

LOOK FOR 365 BRAND

Whole Foods' in-store brand is 365, and it is usually the most economical choice. Our monthly staples include the orange oil counter cleaner, almond butter, sushi rice, green tea, and coconut oil. They also make 365 brand hair care, supplements, and much more. I've found the great price does not sacrifice quality, either. 

SHOP THE BULK SECTION

For nuts, spices, salt, and other dry goods, the bulk section is the place to go. Sometimes consumers forget that the price of the packaging adds to the cost of the good. I learned this lesson best after purchasing a spice jar of turmeric, for $3.99 about 2 months ago. When it was empty, I filled the exact same jar with turmeric from the bulk spice section for $0.80. Yes, 80 cents. So, keep your glass jars from condiments and snacks for future dry goods, honey, or nut butters. You can see how I organize my pantry with them here

DOWNLOAD THE APP

Whole Foods has a relatively new app that rings up a personal coupon code at the end of the sale for maximum savings. The coupon code is attached to your local store, and will track new sales and discounts every week. One week, I saved $5 off a $20 purchase of vegetables after using the app at checkout, which had me doing a happy dance when I glanced over the receipt at home. 

BRING YOUR BAGS

I save an average of 15 to 20 cents per week when I bring my bags, since Whole Foods will reimburse 5 cents per bag (check your local store to find out what you can save). 

RETURN GLASS BOTTLES

If you buy milk in glass jugs, chances are you have to pay a bottle deposit. When your jug is empty, return it to Whole Foods customer service to get cash back from your deposit cost, which is usually around $2.  

Know any other shopping hacks for Whole Foods that I missed? Share with me in the comments below!  

This post is not sponsored in any way, just my opinion for getting the most out of a Whole Foods shopping experience.  

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.