Shopping for healthy food shouldn’t be a “guilty pleasure.” But when it comes to trying to save money at Whole Foods, that’s often how it feels.
Fortunately, there are ways to cut down that number at the end of your grocery receipt. Besides staying away from the salad bar, that is. (Because we all know what happens when you walk over to the mac n’ cheese on an empty stomach!)
Download the Whole Foods App
This is probably the easiest way to save money at Whole Foods. If you download the store’s app, you’ll get a digital barcode that the cashier will scan at checkout. That barcode applies any current deals to your purchase. The Whole Foods app also offers digital coupons, weekly specials, and just generally keeps you in the loop with the events at your local store.
Use Your Amazon Prime Membership
Since acquiring Whole Foods, Amazon’s been trying to find ways to retain customers and increase the store’s consumer base. A part of that strategy has been offering deals to Whole Foods shoppers. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll get 3% cashback on your purchases. If you’re an Amazon Prime member who pays with their Amazon Prime Visa, you’ll get 5% back.
Other perks of shopping at Whole Foods with a prime membership? You’ll get free two-hour delivery at select locations. You may be eligible to receive other discounts and rewards as well.
Check Sales Flyers for Weekly Deals
Whole Foods has a weekly sales flyer that’s available online. This flyer keeps customers in the loop with deals across chain, as well as any special offers at your local store. Remember that the sales cycle usually begins on Wednesday, so you should check the flyer weekly before your shop. Whole Foods also occasionally has Friday sales and holiday sales to keep an eye on. And markdowns on produce and meat will begin on the weekend.
Besides the sales flyers, you can stay in the loop with money saving options at Whole Foods with their weekly newsletters. They send them out several times a week, and they’re almost always chock-full of info, tips, and news about deals.
Ask for Sales in Store
This one sounds old fashioned, but it’s honestly still one of the most useful ways to find out about sales anywhere. All you have to do is ask! The next time you’re in a Whole Foods store, simply inquire as to whether or not they have any sales going on. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised!
Ask About Free Treats for Kids
If you’re a parent, this is definitely something you need to know about. When you get to your local store, ask the service desk about the opportunity to join the Whole Kids Club. Every time you go to the store with your kids, they’ll get a free treat. Whole Kids Club also features kids’ classes and healthy activities with local vendors.
You may not realize this. But Whole Foods does actually have coupons available to their customers. You can use a coupon app or do some searching online to find them. And the best part is that Whole Foods isn’t against stacking. You can actually use more than one when you check out to save more money on your next grocery trip.
Use Discount Apps
There are several shopping apps that will let you earn rewards when you go to chain grocery stores. These are essentially “cash back” apps, and typical honor deals with brand-name items. You can also sometimes find apps that will give you cash back on staple food items, like bread, eggs, and milk.
Get a Deli Punch Card (And a Supplement One, Too)
What’s the only thing better than a huge afternoon sandwich at the Whole Foods deli? A free one! If you get their punch card, you’ll get every eleventh sandwich free. Those punch cards also apply to the health and supplement sections at tons of local Whole Foods stores.
Many of the deli vendors at Whole Foods offer punch cards. Buy 10 sandwiches, get your 11th free. There are also punch cards available in the health and supplement section of many Whole Foods Market stores. The customer service desk of your local Whole Foods is happy to share the punch card options available at your store.
Return Your Milk Jugs
If you buy glass milk jugs and Whole Foods, you’ll receive a small refund each time you return the empty jug to the store. You probably didn’t know this… But a bottle deposit is automatically added to your purchase at check out. Returning these glass bottles not only helps daily farmers to reuse them, they’ll also help you earn cash back.
No matter how you slice it, a trip to Whole Foods is almost always more expensive than your average supermarket. If you shop at the store, you’ll undoubtedly find the best prices when you shop Whole Foods’ store brand – the 365 products. They’re good quality, and noticeably cheaper than other items in the store.
And Buy Seasonal
This is the law of supply and demand. When an item isn’t in season, it’s rare. That makes it more expensive. If you buy seasonal, you’ll usually be able to save more money. Always purchase items during the season that they’re the freshest.
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