Whole foods doesn’t have to be “Whole Paycheck!”

A few months ago, I went to Whole Foods to purchase a few vegetables and some cat food.  When I saw that my balance was less than $10, I joked with the cashier about how I should earn a reward for having the smallest balance at their store!

Because I have been getting the Meowmixers cat food from the store every week and it is in such close proximity to me, it is very hard for me to justify making another trip to another grocery store if I get their food and several essentials from Whole Foods on a weekly basis.  So I thought to myself,”Does Whole Foods HAVE to be Whole Paycheck?”  When I went on the tour that I blogged about in my last post, I decided to take this challenge more seriously.  I also want to be a true example of someone who benefits from the power of eating well sourced natural and organic food.  So, I have decided to add a post about saving money and shopping at Whole Foods!

Strategy session:

Phase I – Making the most out of your coupon book and sales.

It takes about 15 – 30 minutes for me to make my shopping list based on my needs and my coupons.  If you choose to coupon at Whole Foods, the coupon book will become your best friend.  I like to pick up one to put in my car and one to keep at home.

1) Take out your Whole Foods coupon book or open up the link on your computer. Also, take out any manufacturer’s coupons you might want to use.  I prefer the book because I am a very tactile person.

2) Go to the Whole Foods website and look for the website of your local store to see what is on sale.

3) Grab your computer or a pen and paper.  I prefer a pen and paper because I like to write my lists down.

4) Make your list and make sure that you write down which coupon you plan to use with it.

5) Enjoy a snack before you go shopping because shopping and couponing when you are hungry is the pits and might give way to impulse buying. I like to blend my Melaleuca GC Control Creme Brulee with water and drink it while I am planning my shopping list and organizing my coupons.

6) Before you run out to the store, organize your coupons in a neat pile so you can access them when it is time to check out.

Here is my pile of coupons and my shopping list ready to put in my purse for shopping:

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Phase II – Shopping

1) Stick to your list.

2) Make sure you have time to shop and check out so that the items in your cart will correspond correctly with the coupon deals and sales deals.

3) Enjoy yourself. Take time to enjoy trying new samples and sniffing their many essential oils and handmade soaps.

Here is my shopping list and the regular prices:

Suja Juice  –  8.99

1 can of Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes 2.19

1 can of Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chilies 1.99

Whole Paws Grain Free Cat Food .79 per can

Herbal St. John’s Wort 11.99

1 pound of Navel Oranges  .99 cents per lb (SALE!)

1/2 pound sweet brown rice from bulk  (I paid 2.17)

Brown Cow single serving Greek yogurt  1.00

1 Bunch of Red Swiss Chard  $2.00 for a bunch (2 for $4 special!)

1 bottle of Three Wishes wine  $3

Coconut Milk (unsweetened vanilla)  $3.99

2 pints of Coconut Milk Ice Cream 5.99 x 2 = $12.00

1 organic yellow onion     $1.77

1 Wellshire Farms Turkey Kielbasa   $5.99

Organic Valley Munster Cheese $5.99

1 bag of lentil beans – $2.39

Here are the coupons I had:

Organic Valley Cheese  $1.00 Off Whole Foods store coupon

Wellshire Farms Smoked Turkey Kielbasa $.50 off Whole foods store coupon

Muir Glen Canned Tomatoes $1.00 Off Two Cans Whole Foods store coupon

365 Dry Beans $.50 off one can Whole Foods store coupon

1 Voucher for a free single serving Greek yogurt

1 Suja Coupon – $1.00 off a bottle

Here was my subtotal before coupon savings:  $72.48

Here was my final price after coupon savings and the free $5.00 gift card from last week’s tour:  $60.39

Now, I understand that many of you don’t need ice cream, Suja juice or St. John’s Wort, so here is the adjusted cost of everything with coupon discounts included:  $28.61

I would love to hear about what you do to save money while shopping for toxin-free, pesticide-free food and household goods so feel free to comment!  Have a great week!

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