How to Shop Smarter and Save Money at Whole Foods

I love shopping at Whole Foods. It’s the only nearby grocery store where I can get all the organic, high-quality produce and products I need all in one place—but Whole Foods can sometimes be known as “Whole Paycheck.” While Whole Foods has lowered a lot of their prices since they were bought by Amazon, their normal prices can still be considered higher than your standard grocery store. Fortunately, I have a few tips to help you save money at Whole Foods every time you shop there.

How to Shop Smarter and Save Money at Whole Foods

How to Save Money at Whole Foods - Strong with Purpose

I created this post because I believe everyone deserves to enjoy organic, high-quality foods at prices they can afford.

Eating organic foods can drastically improve your health and in turn can actually save you money on healthcare costs over the course of your lifetime.

For more information about why it’s so important to eat organic foods, read my post about The Problems with Pesticides.

I hope these tips help you save some cash while still enjoying the organic foods you love.

Make the Most of Cash Back

Get Extra Reimbursements through Ibotta

Use the Ibotta app to get cash back on select items that you can purchase at Whole Foods. Choose which reimbursements you want before you go shopping, then afterwards take a photo of your receipt and submit it through Ibotta. They also have reimbursements available for “any item” and “any brand” so you are not only limited to the specific products they offer through the app. The Ibotta app can be used at many different stores, not just Whole Foods, so you can use it to save on all your shopping. You can receive your cash back through your choice of PayPal, Venmo, or one of many available gift cards.

Double Up with Bonuses through Fetch

In addition to Ibotta, you can also scan your receipts using Fetch to earn points which can be redeemed for gift cards. Fetch works with all receipts, not just Whole Foods!

Make the Most of Cash Back Through Your Credit Card

Check out at Whole Foods using a credit card that gives you a high percentage of cash back on your purchase. Depending on your credit card, you can get 1-5% cash back on your purchases. If you’re in need of a good cash back credit card, my favorite is through Discover.

Bring Your Own Grocery Bags

Bring your own reusable grocery bags to use at Whole Foods. They give you a discount off your bill of 10 cents for each bag that you bring.

Use Alternate Options for Buying Certain Organic Items

Use an Alternate Option for Buying Organic Packaged Products

You can save a significant amount of money if you buy fewer packaged products at Whole Foods. You can find many of the same brands and products online at reliable online stores. These online stores also have their own sales and coupon codes available so you can save the most money possible on these products. A few of the best stores for buying organic packaged products online include Vitacost (my very favorite!), iHerb, Thrive Market, and Fresh Direct.

Save Even More When You Use Rakuten

Sign up for Rakuten and use it to click through when shopping on alternate websites. You can get extra rebates which gets deposited into your PayPal account. You can also use Rakuten to find out about the latest deals and coupon codes. You can use it to check out through many other websites to received additional cash back on all your online shopping.

Use an Alternate Option for Buying Organic Meats

I saved some money on organic meat by buying organic beef stew meat and ground beef in bulk from a local farmer delivered straight to my door. If you’re located in Michigan, I highly recommend checking out Michigan Farm to Family.

Use an Alternate Option for Buying Organic Vegetables

Whole Foods is my favorite place to get fresh organic vegetables during most seasons, but during the summer months I also like to support my local farmers, so I have a local community supported agriculture (CSA) that delivers organic vegetables to my house every other week. Click here to find a CSA in your local area.

Whole Foods is the best place to buy a large variety of high-quality organic vegetables, but you can save money by shopping around and purchasing other organic products at various grocery stores for slightly cheaper prices.

So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed these tips to save money at Whole Foods!

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