Secrets to Saving Big at Whole Foods

If you like shopping at Whole Foods but don’t like their regular prices, you’ll love this post.

This post is all about my "secrets" to saving money on food at Whole Foods.

Coupons are all about manufacturer marketing. They want you to buy their products, so if you find a coupon in a store’s coupon book, there’s a very good chance that there’s also a manufacturer coupon somewhere else, AND the item will probably also be going on sale sometime before the coupon expires.

I find great deals on paleo foods at Whole Foods frequently. I also get items for free there frequently, too. This is because I shop the sales and buy there when it makes the most sense.

Frequent freebies with coupons there are items like coconut milk and juices.

I also like their bulk price on almond flour, and they sell my favorite brand of organic juice at a great price.

I don’t plan on making Whole Foods deals a regular feature because there are already other bloggers who do that. Even so, sales at Whole Foods are regional, and I’ve gone into the store for a deal I thought was for our region, but was not.

However, I will tell you about great deals at Whole Foods on paleo items in Phoenix that I know about.

So here are my secrets for saving BIG at Whole Foods:

First Tip:

Whole Foods has a coupon policy that states you can use a manufacturer coupon AND a store coupon one item. In coupon lingo, this is known as “stacking.”

Second Tip:

Pick up a couple of their coupon books when you enter the store and hold onto them. Part of the couponing game is to keep your coupons (hopefully organized) until a sale comes up. Since we don’t always know when the sale will happen, it’s good to be prepared. And, if the store runs out of coupon books, you’ll still have them in your binder.

Third Tip:

You can also subscribe to Whole Foods e-mails. They send out a link to print the new coupons each month. They are the same coupons as the coupons in the store coupon books.

It’s a good idea to print these to PDF and hold onto them on your computer. I’ve seen the stores run out of the coupon books well before the coupons expire, so if you have them saved you can print them out at home.

FYI: Normally, printing to PDF is not a good idea for manufacturer’s coupons because of coupon fraud issues and limits. However, to my knowledge, there are no limits on how many coupons you can use at Whole Foods.

That doesn’t mean you should clear the shelf, though. If you go into the store and try to use 100 store coupons they will probably place limits on how many items you can buy and you’ll probably get strange looks.

Fourth:

It’s been my experience that Whole Foods store brand products usually very good and the prices are affordable. Your mileage may vary.

Fifth:

If you check out with a bunch of coupons, there’s a very good chance that their register will catch on fire (just kidding!) because no one uses coupons there. Seriously, they will have to call a manager over to approve the transaction if you use a lot of coupons.

I once got a whole bunch of items for free there, and the cashier made a big deal out of it, yelling “She’s getting this for free!” and causing a big scene. It’s quite fun if you don’t mind the attention.

Six:

Ibotta works at Whole Foods!

Seven: Bonus tip! On Wednesdays their food bar is $2 off. I love their salad bar even more when I can save a couple of bucks.

Eight: Bonus tip 2! Whole Foods has case discounts. If you buy a case, it’s 10% off. Be sure to remind the cashier about the case discount so you get the 10% off.

I’ve only used this on juice and seen the discounts on wine, so be sure to ask if you want to buy a case of anything else. Also, I’m not sure if it has to be in the case or just the quantity, so ask someone.

Happy shopping at Whole Foods!