10 Hacks for Saving Money at Whole Foods
Sticking to a budget template to save more money without totally changing your lifestyle can be tricky, especially when you love that weekly manicure or have an addiction to Whole Foods Market (welcome to the club). Though it has a reputation for being a super expensive grocery store, there are actually a bunch of simple ways you can save money at WFM. Scroll on for 10 hacks that’ll help you score all of your fave healthy eats without completely breaking the bank.
1. Hit up the bulk bins and the salad bar. The bulk goods area can feel overwhelming, but it’s actually the BEST section of the store if you need small amounts of things like flour, nuts, spices and more. Just the same, you can use the salad bar to pick up a few small amounts instead of buying an entire head of lettuce or whole veggies. Especially if you’re usually cooking for one, you can definitely save money and avoid wasting food this way.
2. Combine your coupons. Check local sales flyers and online coupons before you head to the store or grab a printed copy of The Whole Deal as you walk in. Combine your Whole Foods store coupons with anything you find from a non-WFM manufacturer you love too — the store will let you stack savings!
3. Look for colored labels. Whole Foods actually makes it pretty easy to find the sale items — just look for yellow tags (usually with red writing over it). You might find sale items that haven’t been advertised elsewhere, so keep your eyes peeled for unexpected savings.
4. Don’t buy everything at Whole Foods. As easy and tempting as it may be, don’t do all of your shopping at Whole Foods. Snap up that gorgeous in-season produce, meat specials or WFM-only items you love — and head to a different grocery store for the basics, like frozen foods and dried or canned goods.
5. Consider the 365 brand. Whole Foods’ 365 brand can help make your trip more affordable, as it generally costs slightly less than some of the more fancy organic brands the store carries. Look for the logo, but spend a few seconds scanning prices just the same — 365 isn’t actually *always* the best value.
6. Power shop. Buying in bulk sure has its benefits when it comes to saving money. Love Lara Bars? Buy ‘em in cases and note the savings when you break down how much you would have paid for a single bar. If you love wine and live in a state where Whole Foods sells it, buy six bottles at a time to get 10 percent off. Stocking up is a serious way to save (without having to splurge on that Costco membership).
7. Keep up with your local store. You probably already use social media a ton in your daily life, so add your local Whole Foods store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay in the loop about surprise sales and deals. Many stores have regular, unadvertised one-day sales too. While the days vary, in-store customer service will clue you in on when they’re scheduled to happen, so you can plan your shopping trip accordingly. Cha-ching!
8. Ask about deli deals. Fun fact: You can ALWAYS ask your local butcher about specials that might not be shown front and center. Whether you’re after a particular cut of meat or willing to switch it up, you might score a great deal by simply asking if there are any current sales.
9. Be savvy with your containers. Did you know that you can bring your own containers for takeaway items? It’s totally true! Just be sure to have customer service weigh it before you head to the bulk section. Then stock up like usual, but feel great about being greener and avoiding that mac ‘n’ cheese (AKA dinner) spill in your purse. On the flip side, remember to bring back any bottles you take home when you buy milk or cream — the deposit can run up to $3 for each, which can totally add up over time.
10. Splurge wisely. It’s totally fine to loosen up the purse strings when it comes to an exclusive Whole Foods item you’ve been craving all week (kale salad, anyone?), so treat yourself to it without thinking twice. To save money, though, avoid off-season produce, pre-packaged containers of sliced fruit and expensive frozen meals like pizza that you can make just as well (and for much less) yourself.
How do you save money when shopping Whole Foods? Tweet us your tips @BritandCo!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)