8 Ways to Save Money at Whole Foods
Whole Foods is jokingly referred to as Whole Paycheck, but that doesn’t mean it has to claim all of yours. Here’s how to save big on everything you buy at Whole Foods.
Get the Whole Foods Market App: It’s available as a free download, and makes it easy to see what’s on sale. Better still: it includes digital coupons that you can use to save even more. Just scan one bar code at the register, and it’ll automatically apply all of your coupons. Easy!
Use Cashback Apps: Save money on milk, bread, produce, and other items that are hard to find coupons for by downloading the ibotta and Checkout51 apps. These apps allow you to select offers that you’re interested in taking advantage of, then reward you with cashback when you submit a photo of your receipt to show proof of purchase. You can cash out your earnings for a gift card, or a deposit to your PayPal account (ibotta also offers Venmo payouts).
Pro tip: Checkout51 updates their offers every Thursday morning.
Shop on Wednesdays: The new weekly sales ad drops every Wednesday. So, if you make a point of shopping on the first day of the sale, you’ll increase your chance of finding everything in stock. This is especially important if you like to buy in bulk. Wait until later in the week, and you may not be able to buy as much as you planned to.
Pro tip: Whole Foods sometimes does special one-day-only sales. Sign up for their newsletter, so you don’t miss out on any hot deals.
Stack Coupons and Sales: Want to go home with bag after bag of freebies and cheapies? Then, you need to master the fine art of stacking deals. Any time you see an item on sale that you’d like to buy, challenge yourself to find a coupon for that same item. Most stores will allow you to stack a sale with a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon, so you have the potential to triple stack your savings. Add cashback apps into the mix, and you could even achieve the occasional quadruple stack.
Sounds time-consuming? It doesn’t have to be. Just find a couple bloggers who post Whole Foods deals, and they’ll do all the work for you. Hip2Save.com is a good blog to follow. Sometimes they even post moneymaker deals. Imagine getting paid to take something home from Whole Foods?
Save More with Prime: Now that Whole Foods is owned by Amazon, you can use your Prime membership to save even more at Whole Foods! Members get an extra 10% off hundreds of sales items each week (just look for the yellow sale signs throughout the store), and can also take advantage of exclusive Prime Member Deals. To get started, just download the Whole Foods Market app, or link your Amazon account to your phone number. When you scan the app, or enter your phone number, at checkout, the register will automatically deduct your savings.
Pro tip: You may also be able to use your Prime membership to get free two-hour delivery from your Whole Foods. This service is currently only available in select cities. See if yours is one of them!
Earn Cash Back on All Your Purchases: Want to get even more out of your Prime membership? Use an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card to pay for your Whole Foods purchases, and you’ll earn 5% back every time you shop. Just make sure you pay your balance off in full each month, so it really is saving you money.
Pro tip: Pay for your purchases with your rewards card. Then, submit your eligible receipts to Ibotta or Checkout51 to earn even more cashback. It’s perfectly fine to double dip.
Pay with Gift Cards
If you shop at Whole Foods on a regular basis, consider purchasing discounted Whole Foods gift cards online. You can often pick them up on websites, like Gift Card Granny for 4-6% off of their face value. That’s like creating your own sale.
Bring Your Own Bags: Forgo their paper bags in favor of bringing your own. You’ll score a 10-cent discount for every reusable bag that you bring with you. That may not sound like much, but week-over-week it adds up.