Some may think it’s impossible to save at Whole Foods, but I’m here to tell you with a little bit of effort savings are possible! How much you save is totally up to how extreme you want to go. Below are 6 ways to start raking in those savings babes! The first four are very easy and require hardly any work, meaning there’s no reason not to do them. The last two are for you over-achievers out there!
1. Sales Flyer
Whole Foods has a weekly sales flyer that you can find in the store, online or on the WF app. Weekly sales start and end on Wednesday. If you really want to hit all the sales, shop on Wednesdays when you can get items from last week’s and the new week’s sales flyer.
2. Whole Foods Coupons
Another item you can find in stores or on the WF app is Whole Foods Coupons. Using the app is one of the easiest ways to save! All you have to do is open your WF app and scan the barcode at the register and any coupon that can apply to your purchases will. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to select coupons you want to use so there’s not even a need to search through the coupons if you don’t want to. However, it is best practice to look at the coupons while making your grocery list so you can find savings. Just don’t get caught buying something you don’t really need because it’s on the sales flyer or has a coupon.
3. Case Discount
Do you buy protein bars or snacks every week? You may want to think about buying in case quantities to receive a 10% case discount. Every item in the store has a number on their shelf pricing that shows the case quantity. Below the price and barcode, on the shelf sticker, there is a small number on the left-hand side (check out the picture above). You will need to tell the cashier which items you have a case of, the Whole Foods cashier system doesn’t always recognize case quantities on its own.
Another easy way to earn some after purchase money back is Ibotta. You can find rebates for specific items at Whole Foods, then all you have to do is scan the item’s barcode and take a picture of your receipt to earn the savings. This is one of the only places you will usually find produce savings. Once you have $20 worth of rebates/savings you can cash out for different gift cards. Cashing out for a Whole Foods card is the best way to get your WF savings. I usually look at this after my shopping trip so I’m not tempted to buy things I don’t really need, however, it can be helpful to look in advance in case one brand of a product has a rebate. Join Ibotta NOW and start saving!
5. Manufacturer Coupons
Here’s where the extra work comes in. I’m not going to lie it’s hard to find manufacturer coupons to use at Whole Foods, but it’s not impossible! One of the best ways to find these coupons is to go to the manufactures website. For example, if you buy Lara Bars go to their website to see if they have any coupons available. You can also check coupons.com but you probably won’t find too many of the brands at Whole Foods on there. Remember if you find a manufacturer coupon you can use multiple coupons in one purchase if you have multiple items to apply them to. Again, try and be specific with you coupon searching and don’t just add something to your grocery list because you found a coupon. The only exception to that is if you can get it for free.
Lastly, for the major Whole Foods win you will want to combine all the skills you learned above to take home the biggest savings. This method is called staking and I have saved over $50 in one Whole Foods trip by doing this. How do you do it? First, you find items on sale using the sales flyer* (remember, items you need!). Then, you look for WF and manufacturer coupons for the items on sale. To sweeten the deal, if it’s an item you use or need enough of, buy a case to get a case discount. **Mind Blown** I know.
*For extra credit shop on Wednesdays to hit 2 weeks of sales flyers. This is the only day the sales overlap on.
Good luck babes! I hope you have some savings success! Please share if any of these methods were helpful or if you know other ways to save at Whole Paycheck, I mean Whole Foods.