Whole Foods is a wonderful store filled with a variety of delicious, fresh foods of all sorts. But that variety comes at a high cost– at least it may seem that way at first.
The prices of certain items in Whole Foods can be staggering. With ostrich eggs for $39.99 and some bottles of cooking oils for $25.99, as Slate.com reports, some of the prices at Whole Foods can be enough to scare folks away.
Is there really no way to shop at Whole Foods without breaking the bank?
Of course there is! Here are four ways to save money while shopping at Whole Foods.
Make Your Own
One of the nicest things at Whole Foods is their prepared foods section. While some of their items are reasonable prices, some of them fall into the stuff-that-could-break-a-budget category.
For example, small containers of freshly made guacamole are sold for $5.00 and fresh cold pressed juice is $9.99.
Instead of paying these high prices, simply make your own.
Whole Foods uses their own produce to make these items, so you know that what you make will be very similar, if not identical, to what they sell.
Buy Sale Items
As seasons change, Whole Foods makes it a point to offer seasonal items at lower prices, at the beginning of seasons, and for holidays.
For instance, before the 4th of July celebration gets underway, Whole Foods offers grill meats at reduced costs.
Around Saint Valentine’s Day, Whole Foods offers lower prices on steaks and lobster tails, two staples of Valentine’s dinner.
When fall rolls around, hit Whole Foods early for Halloween candy available at prices lower than they will be later in the season.
As spring arrives, visit Whole Foods early to stock up on sunscreen at a reduced cost.
Also keep an eye on Whole Food’s website for up-to-date sales information, and to learn about upcoming events that give patrons a chance to taste new foods.
Bring Your Own Mugs and Bags
An easy and eco-friendly way to save money while shopping at Whole Foods is to bring your own mugs and bags.
If you plan to purchase a coffee to enhance your shopping experience, bring your mug and enjoy a discount, because you will be charged as refilling your coffee, rather than purchasing a new one.
And when you bring your own bags to Whole Foods, you are rewarded with a $0.10 credit. You may either put this credit toward your total, or you may donate it to a charity of your choice (one that has partnered with them).
Find Items in Your Price Range
One of the nicest things about Whole Foods is that they have such a large selection. Not just of different products, but of the same product.
For instance, when looking for staples such as ketchup or salad dressings, Whole Foods has entire shelves devoted to these items.
The prices of these items vary greatly. So if you go to find ketchup and the first one that you see is $15.00, don’t let that scare you away! Continue browsing their offerings and find one that works for you and your budget.
So the next time you visit Whole Foods, save money by making your own juices and dips, purchasing sale items, and taking advantage of lower prices by bringing your own bags and mugs.
What are your favorite ways to save money at Whole Foods?
For additional ideas about saving money at Whole Foods, visit The Washingtonian.