Before I got married, I giggled hearing my mom and sister-in-law talking about the price of butter (it had gone over $2/lb!). I thought “Aren’t there more interesting things to talk about?” Now that I’ve been married over nine years and added two little food-munchers to the family, the price of butter and foodstuffs is more on my mind than before!

Menu planning and grocery shopping is something I’ve grown to love. It’s a challenge to feed my family within our budget! I don’t always make it (!!) but most of the time, we eat well and I stay on target.Feed a Family on $125

When Whole Foods Market asked me to step up to the Whole Foods Hacks challenge of creating a weekly menu (14 meals of any mix) with a budget of $125, shopping in my local Whole Foods Market store, I knew I had to take that on!

When we switched to organic and whole foods about six or seven years ago, the sticker shock was brutal! We transitioned item by item every few months to adjust our menu without adjusting our budget too much.

I often hear how expensive it is to eat organic (not gonna lie, depending on what you buy, you can blow your budget on products with the “organic” label!).

How to create a menu to feed a family (of 4!) on $125 per week (at Whole Foods, no less).

The Whole Foods Market Hacks program only asked me to account for 14 meals, but I ended up getting at least 18 meals with my purchases, and still had leftover food which we used for some simple lunches and dinners to round out the week! In retrospect, I see ways I could’ve saved money to buy even more food items – like not accidentally grabbing the jumbo (read: heavy and more expensive!) organic garnet sweet potatoes! I thought they were regular organic sweet potatoes… Whoops! but they were delicious!


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(click to view recipe for Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal at Kitchen Nostalgia’s site!)

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(click to view recipe for Quinoa Yogurt Parfait – the fruit is different but you get the idea)Feed a Family on $125

I have a lot of tips, but my first bit of advice is:

Get to know your store!Feed a Family on $125

I went on a Value Tour of our local Whole Foods Market for about an hour with the enthusiastic Katie Joy at my local store. Let me tell you – people that say you can’t save on organics haven’t heard of all the ways to save at Whole Foods!

  1. Pick up the Whole Foods flyer at the door – it’s full of coupons for everything from packaged dry goods, prepared foods, beverages, dairy, snacks and more. Or view and print the coupons from home!
  2. Stack manufacturer’s coupons with Whole Foods Market coupons! You have to know what brands Whole Foods carries to max out this savings, but you’ll figure that out quickly
  3. Follow your local Whole Foods Market on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – check which ones are available for your local store), because they’ll often announce one-day or Flash Sales via these outlets. I can’t believe I missed out on the 2 for $10 Rotissierre Chicken sale!
  4. Take advantage of bulk buys. Did you know (I didn’t!) if you buy a case of (almost) any item in the store, you get 10% off that whole case? By “case” I don’t mean you have to buy a palette! Say you love a certain brand of energy bar… instead of buying one from the box on the shelf, grab a full unopened box – that’s a “case,” – and you’ll get 10% off! (You can mix/match flavors to create a “full case” to get the discount). Please check with your local store for specific details on this discount!
  5. Pay attention to the signs. Yellow signs in the store flag the sales and specials, and are marked in the corner how long the sale lasts – 1 week, 2 week, etc, so you’ll know if you have time to take advantage in future weeks or if you should snap up the bargain right away.
  6. Save on meat. This is hard to do at ANY store, but did you know that most chicken at Whole Foods is 50 cents off per pound if you buy 3 or more pounds at a time?

Feed a Family on $125

Compare Apples to Apples…

Literally! I used to think it was cut-and-dried: Organic vs. Conventional. But many farmers grow food without pesticides and from heirloom or non-GMO seeds, but can’t afford the organic labeling. Whole Foods is committed to ensuring ALL food in their stores meets a high standard – organic AND conventional. EDITED: Even the conventional produce at Whole Foods must meet high standards.

I was pleased to find non-GMO corn on the cob from a local farm – Ferrari Farms. Although not organic, knowing it was non-GMO allowed our family to enjoy a treat we rarely eat! So check out what local farms are selling to your Whole Foods, and you may be pleasantly surprised! For more details on Whole Foods and GMOs, please read this article over at All Natural Savings blog!).

You Get What You Pay For

In two ways… let me explain.

Each Whole Foods sources ingredients and products from local growers, farmers, and artisans. That Whole Catch fish? Comes from Glouchester, Massachusetts, barely a couple hours away from me. NOT from who-knows-where-across-the-sea! I’ll pay a little extra for that. The truth is, sometimes the best food choices are a bit more expensive. Find ways to save money so you can splurge where it counts. (For me, that’s meat, dairy, and produce).

You also get what you pay for… literally, so if you’re on a budget, and can’t afford that big package of quinoa at $6.99, how about buying just a third of a pound at the bulk bins for just $2.38? Bulk bins help save you money overall, but especially if you want to add variety to your menu without going over budget week-by-week.

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NEW!! Click here to get the Spicy Lentil Spinach Wrap Recipe!

Okay but now for the good stuff. Let’s talk about food and…

How I fed my family (of 4) for under $125 at Whole Foods!

My TOTAL spent at Whole Foods the day I shopped was $134.67. In our state, we have to pay taxes on food items, so that was part of the overage. And, I did buy a HUGE bottle of organic olive oil we’ll use for probably two months because we were totally out of oil. I also had tons of leftovers (peanut butter, fruit spread, milk, cheese), so if I only factor in the cost of the food used in the meals, I spent a total of ….

$102.26!

Yes, I actually surprised myself when I crunched the numbers, because I was sure I would use up all the food and my full $125 budget to make these meals, but I really didn’t.

Here is my menu plan for the week, with the cost per meal. You can use this menu yourself or modify as needed! (view and print this menu PLUS a full shopping list!).

Feed a Family on $125

A little about this menu: it’s a mostly clean-eating menu plan, with a few “prepared food” items and kid-friendly choices mixed in… and is fairly typical of how we really, truly, actually eat in our home! *Pricing does not include staple items such as salt, pepper, basic spices, sweeteners – all of which would likely already be in your pantry, and in this menu plan were used sparingly.

My personal hacks for saving money on your weekly grocery trip:

Feed a Family on $125

Plan your menu in advance – avoids impulse buys. Whole Foods does have an in-store 4 Meals Under $10 each flyer that always gives me great ideas! And check out their budget-friendly meals online!

Get recipes, coupons and inspiration delivered right to your inbox with Whole Foods Market newsletters.

Leave a meal or two a bit flexible – Your menu should be more like an outline that you can modify on a fly a bit to take advantage of surprise sales and deals (for instance, a “burger night” would leave room to get in on a sale on seafood or pork burgers if it were priced better than the ground beef that week!).

Overlap ingredients – I purposefully planned meals to use several of the same ingredients. The whole roasted chicken made us three meals (roasted chicken, chicken soup, and then chicken pot pie – not on the menu here but we did eat it this week!). The fish made two meals (broiled and a rice bowl), and the sweet potatoes were both a side and a main dish wrap sandwich! Buying fewer items generally means you’ll save more in the long run.

Before you go, I’d love to share my two favorite recipes from this menu!

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Summery Tomato Salad – a favorite salad my Grandma Rinaldi used to make straight from her garden. It’s so easy, fast, and fresh, and to me, is the essence of summer! Pairs well with just about any lunch or dinner meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tomatoes – chopped
  • 1 large cucumber – chopped
  • 2 stalks celery – sliced
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 2-3 T red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon peel (fresh if you have it!)
  • Garlic powder to taste

Directions:

  1. Put all chopped vegetables in a salad bowl.
  2. Dress with oil and vinegar.
  3. Shake on some salt and pepper, lemon peel and garlic powder.
  4. Toss lightly (be careful of the tomatoes!).
  5. Let sit 5-10 minutes for flavors to meld.

Enjoy!

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Apricot-Mustard Glazed Pork – an easy dinner for year round with plenty of zing!

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 Pork chops (any variety)
  • 2 T Brown mustard
  • 2 T Apricot jam or any stone fruit jam or chutney
  • 2 t Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 T olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Whisk wet ingredient together until blended.
  2. Lay pork chops on a cookie sheet lined with foil.
  3. Brush thickly with the apricot-mustard glaze.
  4. Broil on high for 4 minutes per side (depends on thickness). Apply more glaze after flipping once.
  5. Enjoy! Great with rice or steamed vegetables!

Here’s a few more meals we enjoyed!

Feed a Family on $125 Click to view recipe for Wafflewich PBJ!Feed a Family on $125 Feed a Family on $125

 

I was compensated for recipe development and writing this post as part of my participation in a campaign with Whole Foods Market. I only work with brands that I love, and opinions I express are always my own.

Leave a Comment

  • Elsa December 26, 2016, 10:57 pm

    Thank you for writing about your experience. I’m trying to get my financial goals in order this week for next year’s budgeting. I am a HUGE food spender and one of my goals is to plan more, impulse (and restaurant) buy less, and waste less food to spoilage. It’s nice to read a meal budget that fits mine perfectly and with interesting ideas for meals.

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  • ann November 16, 2015, 2:39 pm

    Could you break down what amounts of produce and fruit ( in pounds) that you purchased for the week and the total dollars spent on produce and fruit ?
    The recipes are a help!

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  • Danijela April 5, 2015, 11:16 pm

    Thanks for this great informational write up. I wish my husband would eat these types of meals. I love Whole Foods and consider it as a treat to go to one because it’s 60 miles away.

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  • misty March 6, 2015, 12:27 am

    I would love to try this! is there any way you could provide all of the recipes? the shopping list is great, but I need the recipes!

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  • Hannah Regnell March 2, 2015, 5:53 pm

    This is amazing and can’t wait to try the menu. One question though, I can’t seem to find where the rest of the recipes are??

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  • Sugeyrie Santiago November 19, 2014, 6:45 pm

    This has to be the best article I’ve read. It’s perfectly put together and the information is simple and complete. All questions I would’ve had are answered. Thank you so much for posting this.

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  • Shelby November 5, 2014, 4:20 pm

    What is your recipe for the tilapia rice and bean bowl?

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  • Carrie October 5, 2014, 10:58 am

    Thank you! I am not the best shopper OR cook so I decided to learn by following your meal plan and shopping list. BUT I can not find the recipes for many of the meals. Where can I find these? Help!

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  • Carrie October 5, 2014, 10:58 am

    Thank you! I am not the best shopper OR cook so I decided to learn by following your meal plan and shopping list. BUT I can not find the recipes for many of the meals. Where can I find these? Help!

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  • Quon October 2, 2014, 10:50 am

    Thanks so much for this. I always cringe when my wife goes to Whole Foods, but these tips will make a huge difference!

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  • Quon October 2, 2014, 10:50 am

    Thanks so much for this. I always cringe when my wife goes to Whole Foods, but these tips will make a huge difference!

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  • RJ September 28, 2014, 11:51 pm

    Looking forward to trying these out!

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  • RJ September 28, 2014, 11:51 pm

    Looking forward to trying these out!

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  • Mark Miller September 27, 2014, 3:38 am

    Turn vegetarian and save even more!

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  • Mark Miller September 27, 2014, 3:38 am

    Turn vegetarian and save even more!

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  • Johnathan September 24, 2014, 4:30 pm

    Wow! Those are some great hacks! I can’t believe you made it for less than $125….and with 4 people!

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  • Johnathan September 24, 2014, 4:30 pm

    Wow! Those are some great hacks! I can’t believe you made it for less than $125….and with 4 people!

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  • Donna O'Neil September 23, 2014, 3:48 pm

    What a great post! We love Whole Foods.

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  • Donna O'Neil September 23, 2014, 3:48 pm

    What a great post! We love Whole Foods.

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  • Angela P. September 22, 2014, 11:55 pm

    I shop the sales and plan my meals around what’s on special.

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  • Angela P. September 22, 2014, 11:55 pm

    I shop the sales and plan my meals around what’s on special.

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  • Bryan E. September 22, 2014, 11:51 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway…we make good use of our freezer for meats & vegetables that are on sale !

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  • Bryan E. September 22, 2014, 11:51 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway…we make good use of our freezer for meats & vegetables that are on sale !

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  • Jenn September 22, 2014, 11:13 pm

    Love Whole Foods! One just opened in my town

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  • Jenn September 22, 2014, 11:13 pm

    Love Whole Foods! One just opened in my town

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  • Caroline G September 22, 2014, 11:06 pm

    When we’re on a tight budget, we repurpose leftovers into new meals or do meatless dishes like beans, rice, and cornbread or something similar.

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  • Caroline G September 22, 2014, 11:06 pm

    When we’re on a tight budget, we repurpose leftovers into new meals or do meatless dishes like beans, rice, and cornbread or something similar.

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  • Christian Alejandro September 22, 2014, 11:04 pm

    I look for some great deals and recruit my sister, who is a master at saving.

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  • Christian Alejandro September 22, 2014, 11:04 pm

    I look for some great deals and recruit my sister, who is a master at saving.

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  • Diana B September 22, 2014, 11:03 pm

    My hack is always checking the discounted meat section. At my grocery store it is usually stuff that is within a few days of it sale by date, but if you are planning on cooking that night or freezing it you can get a really great discount on expensive cuts of meat.

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  • Diana B September 22, 2014, 11:03 pm

    My hack is always checking the discounted meat section. At my grocery store it is usually stuff that is within a few days of it sale by date, but if you are planning on cooking that night or freezing it you can get a really great discount on expensive cuts of meat.

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  • Carolyn Daley September 22, 2014, 10:58 pm

    My hack by combining coupons with the weekly sales. Sometimes I bring the Publix ad to the Walmart Neighborhood Market to match BOGO sales at the Walmart price to help maximize savings.

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  • Carolyn Daley September 22, 2014, 10:58 pm

    My hack by combining coupons with the weekly sales. Sometimes I bring the Publix ad to the Walmart Neighborhood Market to match BOGO sales at the Walmart price to help maximize savings.

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  • Lily Ivey September 22, 2014, 10:46 pm

    I’m horrible at keeping our grocery shopping on a budget. This is something I’m working on though so appreciate the great tips!

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  • Lily Ivey September 22, 2014, 10:46 pm

    I’m horrible at keeping our grocery shopping on a budget. This is something I’m working on though so appreciate the great tips!

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  • N Bear September 22, 2014, 10:40 pm

    I shop at Safeway because it is just down the street. I always check their Just 4 U app because I can get some really good deals added straight to my member card. No coupon clipping required.

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  • N Bear September 22, 2014, 10:40 pm

    I shop at Safeway because it is just down the street. I always check their Just 4 U app because I can get some really good deals added straight to my member card. No coupon clipping required.

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  • ET Pruitt September 22, 2014, 10:19 pm

    I do most of my grocery shopping at stores where I can stack coupons.

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  • ET Pruitt September 22, 2014, 10:19 pm

    I do most of my grocery shopping at stores where I can stack coupons.

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  • Elizabeth September 22, 2014, 9:39 pm

    WF does have some great deals. One time I purchased organic raisins for something like 1.36 a pound. Granted, I did buy 30 pounds, but there are six in my family so it went fast.

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  • Elizabeth September 22, 2014, 9:39 pm

    WF does have some great deals. One time I purchased organic raisins for something like 1.36 a pound. Granted, I did buy 30 pounds, but there are six in my family so it went fast.

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  • Brittany Sims Chelette September 22, 2014, 9:20 pm

    We meal plan! We go in with a premade list of both the items categorized by sections (dairy, produce, etc) and by meal (spaghetti: noodles, etc) so that everything is easy to find AND we know what each item will be used for in case we see a sale and want to swap out an item

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  • Brittany Sims Chelette September 22, 2014, 9:20 pm

    We meal plan! We go in with a premade list of both the items categorized by sections (dairy, produce, etc) and by meal (spaghetti: noodles, etc) so that everything is easy to find AND we know what each item will be used for in case we see a sale and want to swap out an item

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  • Lauren N September 22, 2014, 9:19 pm

    I save a bundle by shopping on day when I can leave the kids behind! Great great post!

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  • Lauren N September 22, 2014, 9:19 pm

    I save a bundle by shopping on day when I can leave the kids behind! Great great post!

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  • Regena McConnell September 22, 2014, 9:02 pm

    A couple of folks I know have been posting some interesting recipes on Facebook of late. I have taken several of them and hacked them to make them organic or more natural. They have all worked out well! I have particularly enjoyed hacking dry soup mixes; condensed, canned soups; and dressing mixes to make them healthier for recipes!

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  • Regena McConnell September 22, 2014, 9:02 pm

    A couple of folks I know have been posting some interesting recipes on Facebook of late. I have taken several of them and hacked them to make them organic or more natural. They have all worked out well! I have particularly enjoyed hacking dry soup mixes; condensed, canned soups; and dressing mixes to make them healthier for recipes!

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  • Miz Vickik September 22, 2014, 8:48 pm

    I look for the scratch and dent cans!

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  • Miz Vickik September 22, 2014, 8:48 pm

    I look for the scratch and dent cans!

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  • Jessica H September 22, 2014, 8:47 pm

    I search the ads and then STICK TO A LIST!

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  • Jessica H September 22, 2014, 8:47 pm

    I search the ads and then STICK TO A LIST!

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  • tim September 22, 2014, 8:45 pm

    I try never to shop while I am hungry since I will then buy anything. I also try to stick to my list only.

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  • tim September 22, 2014, 8:45 pm

    I try never to shop while I am hungry since I will then buy anything. I also try to stick to my list only.

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  • Jackie September 22, 2014, 8:38 pm

    krazycouponlady.com. It’s an awesome website, and you can actually search for the things that are already on your grocery list, so it takes the time out of looking for relevant coupons. I love it, and always go to the site after I check my local circulars.

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  • Jackie September 22, 2014, 8:38 pm

    krazycouponlady.com. It’s an awesome website, and you can actually search for the things that are already on your grocery list, so it takes the time out of looking for relevant coupons. I love it, and always go to the site after I check my local circulars.

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  • Angela W September 22, 2014, 8:33 pm

    I use coupons and buy sale items and freeze them

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  • Angela W September 22, 2014, 8:33 pm

    I use coupons and buy sale items and freeze them

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  • Julie L September 22, 2014, 8:32 pm

    It’s as simple as just shopping the sales and coming up with a menu that matches them!

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  • Julie L September 22, 2014, 8:32 pm

    It’s as simple as just shopping the sales and coming up with a menu that matches them!

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  • Kaitlin September 22, 2014, 8:30 pm

    My go to hack is definitely coupons! I also buy larger quantities of meats and freeze it.

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  • Kaitlin September 22, 2014, 8:30 pm

    My go to hack is definitely coupons! I also buy larger quantities of meats and freeze it.

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  • Beth Rees September 22, 2014, 8:25 pm

    My weekly budget does depend on the week. I buy a ton in bulk and freeze it. This way I might spend $150 one week but then only $50 another week feeding a family of 5. Shopping sales and shopping for what you will been instead of what you are using right now (if it is on sale) works for us

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  • Beth Rees September 22, 2014, 8:25 pm

    My weekly budget does depend on the week. I buy a ton in bulk and freeze it. This way I might spend $150 one week but then only $50 another week feeding a family of 5. Shopping sales and shopping for what you will been instead of what you are using right now (if it is on sale) works for us

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  • Lilia Kharabora September 22, 2014, 8:23 pm

    For me its all about having a plan as well as coupons!! Thanks for this awesome post and inspiration. 🙂

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  • Lilia Kharabora September 22, 2014, 8:23 pm

    For me its all about having a plan as well as coupons!! Thanks for this awesome post and inspiration. 🙂

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  • Leanna Morris September 22, 2014, 8:11 pm

    The recipes sound great. Am going to have to give them a try!
    I clip coupons and price/ad match as much as possible to say locally.

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  • Leanna Morris September 22, 2014, 8:11 pm

    The recipes sound great. Am going to have to give them a try!
    I clip coupons and price/ad match as much as possible to say locally.

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  • Violeta gill September 22, 2014, 8:00 pm

    For me it is clipping coupons and price matching before I go shopping. So know if the big items I buy at Sam’s or Costco is really a deal.

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  • Violeta gill September 22, 2014, 8:00 pm

    For me it is clipping coupons and price matching before I go shopping. So know if the big items I buy at Sam’s or Costco is really a deal.

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  • Alisha Breithaupt September 22, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Buy larger packages of meat and divide them up into smaller packages myself.

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  • Alisha Breithaupt September 22, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Buy larger packages of meat and divide them up into smaller packages myself.

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  • denise September 22, 2014, 7:11 pm

    Never go to the store hungry and stack coupons.

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  • denise September 22, 2014, 7:11 pm

    Never go to the store hungry and stack coupons.

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  • Kimberly September 22, 2014, 7:08 pm

    If I’m really trying to stick to a budget, I go by myself and leave the kids and my husband at home. They always seem to find stuff we “need”.

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  • Kimberly September 22, 2014, 7:08 pm

    If I’m really trying to stick to a budget, I go by myself and leave the kids and my husband at home. They always seem to find stuff we “need”.

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  • Jessica September 22, 2014, 7:03 pm

    I buy things on sale and freeze it in our extra freezer till we need it.

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  • Jessica September 22, 2014, 7:03 pm

    I buy things on sale and freeze it in our extra freezer till we need it.

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  • Karen September 22, 2014, 6:59 pm

    Being that we are on a super tight budget I have to compare shop, shop sales, and make a list and not go off of that list.

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  • Karen September 22, 2014, 6:59 pm

    Being that we are on a super tight budget I have to compare shop, shop sales, and make a list and not go off of that list.

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  • Nellie Curry September 22, 2014, 6:43 pm

    Look for B1G1’s and use coupons

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  • Nellie Curry September 22, 2014, 6:43 pm

    Look for B1G1’s and use coupons

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  • Sparki Hansen September 22, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Yeah, that’s pretty much impossible with a teenage boy and two tween girls having growth spurts in my house. Could you do five adult portions per meal on $125 a week? Highly doubtful!

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  • Sparki Hansen September 22, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Yeah, that’s pretty much impossible with a teenage boy and two tween girls having growth spurts in my house. Could you do five adult portions per meal on $125 a week? Highly doubtful!

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  • Stacy Hancock September 22, 2014, 5:43 pm

    i plan freezer meals and make a menu from that, usually trying to double or triple it with vegetables and beans to help stretch everything.

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  • Stacy Hancock September 22, 2014, 5:43 pm

    i plan freezer meals and make a menu from that, usually trying to double or triple it with vegetables and beans to help stretch everything.

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  • Heather September 22, 2014, 5:40 pm

    Look for Buy One Get One’s.

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  • Heather September 22, 2014, 5:40 pm

    Look for Buy One Get One’s.

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  • Birdie Skolfield September 22, 2014, 4:46 pm

    make a list & don’t go to the store hungry

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  • Birdie Skolfield September 22, 2014, 4:46 pm

    make a list & don’t go to the store hungry

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  • Kayla September 22, 2014, 4:36 pm

    My personal hack for saving my budget while grocery shopping is overlapping products between meals and planning ahead for the entire week before shopping!

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  • Kayla September 22, 2014, 4:36 pm

    My personal hack for saving my budget while grocery shopping is overlapping products between meals and planning ahead for the entire week before shopping!

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  • Heather B. September 22, 2014, 4:35 pm

    I love Whole Foods! Of course, the other day I spent way too much. I could use these hacks! One tip I found the other day was on Amazon.com, I was able to use their coupons and got an extra 20% for subscribing to over 5 items in one delivery. I was able to get amazing deals on Annie’s snacks and Zoe Organic Olive Oil, Larabars, and Kind bars. It is definitely worth searching and scouring their site! Oh, and an awesome deal on Seventh Generation Dish Soap, $2.00 a bottle.

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  • Heather B. September 22, 2014, 4:35 pm

    I love Whole Foods! Of course, the other day I spent way too much. I could use these hacks! One tip I found the other day was on Amazon.com, I was able to use their coupons and got an extra 20% for subscribing to over 5 items in one delivery. I was able to get amazing deals on Annie’s snacks and Zoe Organic Olive Oil, Larabars, and Kind bars. It is definitely worth searching and scouring their site! Oh, and an awesome deal on Seventh Generation Dish Soap, $2.00 a bottle.

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  • Linda S. September 22, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Shopping seasonal produce on sale.

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  • Linda S. September 22, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Shopping seasonal produce on sale.

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  • shelly September 22, 2014, 3:57 pm

    we take the time to check out sales & match up coupons to maximize savings

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  • shelly September 22, 2014, 3:57 pm

    we take the time to check out sales & match up coupons to maximize savings

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  • Jessica September 22, 2014, 3:39 pm

    I love the bulk section for grains, nuts, beans and lentils. It’s usually cheaper than the package and I can buy just the amount I need. Great tips!

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  • Jessica September 22, 2014, 3:39 pm

    I love the bulk section for grains, nuts, beans and lentils. It’s usually cheaper than the package and I can buy just the amount I need. Great tips!

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  • Zarah Miaral September 22, 2014, 3:37 pm

    coupons!

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  • Zarah Miaral September 22, 2014, 3:37 pm

    coupons!

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  • Kenny September 22, 2014, 2:34 pm

    I buy in bulk at Sams or Costco and freeze what I won’t be using!

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  • Kenny September 22, 2014, 2:34 pm

    I buy in bulk at Sams or Costco and freeze what I won’t be using!

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  • Christie September 22, 2014, 2:11 pm

    I mostly shop at Whole Foods using their yellow sale signs. I also price shop between three grocery stores and know which items are cheapest at which stores (organic whole milk is always cheaper at Whole Foods!).

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  • Christie September 22, 2014, 2:11 pm

    I mostly shop at Whole Foods using their yellow sale signs. I also price shop between three grocery stores and know which items are cheapest at which stores (organic whole milk is always cheaper at Whole Foods!).

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  • Kelly Goode September 22, 2014, 11:43 am

    Need more ideas like this.

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  • Kelly Goode September 22, 2014, 11:43 am

    Need more ideas like this.

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  • Mindy DeLisi September 22, 2014, 11:25 am

    Sales and coupons!! That’s how you have to shop! 🙂

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  • Mindy DeLisi September 22, 2014, 11:25 am

    Sales and coupons!! That’s how you have to shop! 🙂

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  • Autumn B. September 22, 2014, 10:51 am

    I look for the clearance stickers!

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  • Autumn B. September 22, 2014, 10:51 am

    I look for the clearance stickers!

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  • Tiffany S September 22, 2014, 10:22 am

    My personal budget hack is buying in bulk!

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  • Tiffany S September 22, 2014, 10:22 am

    My personal budget hack is buying in bulk!

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  • betsy September 22, 2014, 10:17 am

    I love the bulk bins at WF. My kids eat larger portions than shown here, but I can still find good deals, and I still work within a (somewhat larger) budget.

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  • betsy September 22, 2014, 10:17 am

    I love the bulk bins at WF. My kids eat larger portions than shown here, but I can still find good deals, and I still work within a (somewhat larger) budget.

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  • msrobin September 22, 2014, 10:10 am

    I make a menu for two weeks. It is always challenging due to multiple food allergies in the family. I purchase staples in bulk and freeze them in freezer bags. Two of the best items in my kitchen are the Vitamix (so much cheaper to make smoothies than to purchase them) and the pressure cooker. I will pressure cook beans once/week and store them in cup size containers in the fridge or freezer. So much cheaper than the canned beans!

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  • msrobin September 22, 2014, 10:10 am

    I make a menu for two weeks. It is always challenging due to multiple food allergies in the family. I purchase staples in bulk and freeze them in freezer bags. Two of the best items in my kitchen are the Vitamix (so much cheaper to make smoothies than to purchase them) and the pressure cooker. I will pressure cook beans once/week and store them in cup size containers in the fridge or freezer. So much cheaper than the canned beans!

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  • Sarah Jestings September 22, 2014, 9:47 am

    My personal hack is buying ingredients and cooking from scratch. For example dried beans will go a lot further than one can of beans for about the same cost.

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  • Sarah Jestings September 22, 2014, 9:47 am

    My personal hack is buying ingredients and cooking from scratch. For example dried beans will go a lot further than one can of beans for about the same cost.

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  • cynthia Painter September 22, 2014, 9:08 am

    I try to use coupons when I can but I also look at marked down produce and meats near expire dates.

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  • cynthia Painter September 22, 2014, 9:08 am

    I try to use coupons when I can but I also look at marked down produce and meats near expire dates.

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  • Jennifer September 22, 2014, 8:44 am

    Would you share the Tilapia Rice and Bean Bowl recipe? I need to eat more fish, and that sounds like a great way to do it!

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  • Jennifer September 22, 2014, 8:44 am

    Would you share the Tilapia Rice and Bean Bowl recipe? I need to eat more fish, and that sounds like a great way to do it!

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  • Melissa September 22, 2014, 7:49 am

    i always look for all of the sales and good deals! 🙂

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  • Melissa September 22, 2014, 7:49 am

    i always look for all of the sales and good deals! 🙂

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  • Liz N September 22, 2014, 5:35 am

    Have a list. Use coupons. Get the store’s app – because they often have special coupons and deals!

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  • Liz N September 22, 2014, 5:35 am

    Have a list. Use coupons. Get the store’s app – because they often have special coupons and deals!

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  • Shannon September 22, 2014, 2:33 am

    I don’t have anything original, just checking sales and making a list.

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  • Shannon September 22, 2014, 2:33 am

    I don’t have anything original, just checking sales and making a list.

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  • Samii Meyer September 22, 2014, 1:59 am

    I try to use coupons and store sales together whenever possible.

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  • Samii Meyer September 22, 2014, 1:59 am

    I try to use coupons and store sales together whenever possible.

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  • Camilla Hudson September 22, 2014, 1:31 am

    I do most of the things mentioned here – plan meals in advance, check for sales, use coupons (both store and manufacturer, which can usually be stacked at most retailers, including Whole Foods), buy in bulk and larger quantities (which can be shared with a friend if a larger size/package is too much for me alone), look for locally produced options. I also go to farmer’s markets regularly, which gives me the very best produce at the very best prices.

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  • Camilla Hudson September 22, 2014, 1:31 am

    I do most of the things mentioned here – plan meals in advance, check for sales, use coupons (both store and manufacturer, which can usually be stacked at most retailers, including Whole Foods), buy in bulk and larger quantities (which can be shared with a friend if a larger size/package is too much for me alone), look for locally produced options. I also go to farmer’s markets regularly, which gives me the very best produce at the very best prices.

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  • Stephanie Galbraith September 22, 2014, 12:58 am

    My personal hack is to watch for deals.

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  • Stephanie Galbraith September 22, 2014, 12:58 am

    My personal hack is to watch for deals.

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  • Jimmy September 22, 2014, 12:42 am

    I buy things when they are on sale and when I have a coupon. That way, I get double the savings.

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  • Jimmy September 22, 2014, 12:42 am

    I buy things when they are on sale and when I have a coupon. That way, I get double the savings.

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  • Lee Mckoen September 21, 2014, 11:17 pm

    I always make a list and stay away from processed foods

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  • Lee Mckoen September 21, 2014, 11:17 pm

    I always make a list and stay away from processed foods

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  • MARIA simon September 21, 2014, 11:07 pm

    I price match and use coupons

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  • MARIA simon September 21, 2014, 11:07 pm

    I price match and use coupons

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  • Jamie C September 21, 2014, 10:46 pm

    I always shop with a list! Would love the gift card, thanks for the chance to win!

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  • Jamie C September 21, 2014, 10:46 pm

    I always shop with a list! Would love the gift card, thanks for the chance to win!

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  • Laurie Emerson September 21, 2014, 10:44 pm

    I always make sure I bring my coupons and a list. I try to stick to my list and not go down any aisles which might tempt me to go off the list. I also always look for any good bulk sales.

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  • Laurie Emerson September 21, 2014, 10:44 pm

    I always make sure I bring my coupons and a list. I try to stick to my list and not go down any aisles which might tempt me to go off the list. I also always look for any good bulk sales.

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  • Angie September 21, 2014, 10:26 pm

    I wish I had a hack – but this intrigues me as we are trying to eat more clean, non-gmo foods. I eat a gluten free diet and I’m looking into switching my whole family to gluten free as well.

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  • Angie September 21, 2014, 10:26 pm

    I wish I had a hack – but this intrigues me as we are trying to eat more clean, non-gmo foods. I eat a gluten free diet and I’m looking into switching my whole family to gluten free as well.

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  • JoAnna Carpentier September 21, 2014, 8:57 pm

    I like to make meals that make great leftovers. So I will have dinner and then lunch to bring to work the next day!

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  • JoAnna Carpentier September 21, 2014, 8:57 pm

    I like to make meals that make great leftovers. So I will have dinner and then lunch to bring to work the next day!

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  • BJMarley September 21, 2014, 8:44 pm

    When there is a good sale on things we always use, I try to stock pile enough for 6 weeks so I have enough to last till the next sale.

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  • BJMarley September 21, 2014, 8:44 pm

    When there is a good sale on things we always use, I try to stock pile enough for 6 weeks so I have enough to last till the next sale.

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  • Sarah Z September 21, 2014, 8:01 pm

    I try to shop at Costco and the farmers market for fresh produce!

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  • Sarah Z September 21, 2014, 8:01 pm

    I try to shop at Costco and the farmers market for fresh produce!

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  • Lauren September 21, 2014, 6:06 pm

    I enjoy shopping on the weekends when the stores are offering free samples! The rule is to never shop hungry but on the weekends I do 😉

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  • Lauren September 21, 2014, 6:06 pm

    I enjoy shopping on the weekends when the stores are offering free samples! The rule is to never shop hungry but on the weekends I do 😉

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  • Francine Anchondo September 21, 2014, 4:30 pm

    I match up coupons with sale and look at clearance items.

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  • Francine Anchondo September 21, 2014, 4:30 pm

    I match up coupons with sale and look at clearance items.

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  • susan smoaks September 21, 2014, 4:16 pm

    i match up coupons with sales to get the best prices on groceries for my family

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  • susan smoaks September 21, 2014, 4:16 pm

    i match up coupons with sales to get the best prices on groceries for my family

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  • Debra Hall September 21, 2014, 3:55 pm

    sale items and coupons

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  • Debra Hall September 21, 2014, 3:55 pm

    sale items and coupons

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  • Jennifer J September 21, 2014, 3:33 pm

    I like to make a weekly menu around what is on sale at my store. I buy only what we need for the week, so we don’t waste food.

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  • Jennifer J September 21, 2014, 3:33 pm

    I like to make a weekly menu around what is on sale at my store. I buy only what we need for the week, so we don’t waste food.

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  • Michelle September 21, 2014, 3:15 pm

    I’m grateful for coming across this blog as we have just started our transition over to all organic and Whole Foods is our main store to shop at.

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    • Michelle September 21, 2014, 3:23 pm

      Oh…and to save money I made a spread sheet of the prices in all the stores so I know where the cheapest place to get them is. 😉

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  • Michelle September 21, 2014, 3:15 pm

    I’m grateful for coming across this blog as we have just started our transition over to all organic and Whole Foods is our main store to shop at.

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    • Michelle September 21, 2014, 3:23 pm

      Oh…and to save money I made a spread sheet of the prices in all the stores so I know where the cheapest place to get them is. 😉

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  • Rachel September 21, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Weekly sales!

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  • Rachel September 21, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Weekly sales!

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  • Erin Seto September 21, 2014, 2:37 pm

    This sounds amazing!

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  • Erin Seto September 21, 2014, 2:37 pm

    This sounds amazing!

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  • Carol September 21, 2014, 2:23 pm

    I enjoy good ideas for whole food meals. Thanks. I wish I had a Whole Foods closer to me.

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  • Carol September 21, 2014, 2:23 pm

    I enjoy good ideas for whole food meals. Thanks. I wish I had a Whole Foods closer to me.

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  • Theresa D September 21, 2014, 12:13 pm

    I make a lot of casseroles that use less meat but are still healthy and filling.

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  • Theresa D September 21, 2014, 12:13 pm

    I make a lot of casseroles that use less meat but are still healthy and filling.

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  • Jessica September 21, 2014, 12:10 pm

    This was helpful, thank you! I had no idea about the 10% case discount and I am going to check out the whole foods budget friendly recipes link now.

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  • Jessica September 21, 2014, 12:10 pm

    This was helpful, thank you! I had no idea about the 10% case discount and I am going to check out the whole foods budget friendly recipes link now.

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  • Angelia September 21, 2014, 11:55 am

    I love this! I am working on a project with a very similar budget for my clients right now. Great job!

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  • Angelia September 21, 2014, 11:55 am

    I love this! I am working on a project with a very similar budget for my clients right now. Great job!

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  • Theresa Walker September 21, 2014, 8:49 am

    I love using coupons while I shop, so that’s good to hear that Whole Foods accepts them too!!

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  • Theresa Walker September 21, 2014, 8:49 am

    I love using coupons while I shop, so that’s good to hear that Whole Foods accepts them too!!

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  • Sheri September 21, 2014, 7:49 am

    We can usually pull this off with a few meat-free meals.

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  • Sheri September 21, 2014, 7:49 am

    We can usually pull this off with a few meat-free meals.

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  • danielle Marie September 21, 2014, 5:35 am

    shop sales and make sure you have tons of freezer space. you can always freeze.

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  • danielle Marie September 21, 2014, 5:35 am

    shop sales and make sure you have tons of freezer space. you can always freeze.

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  • Christina G. September 21, 2014, 2:19 am

    My personal hack for grocery shopping on a budget is to keep a price book. Every week, I track sales for commonly used products. That way I know when a sale is really a sale.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Christina G. September 21, 2014, 2:19 am

    My personal hack for grocery shopping on a budget is to keep a price book. Every week, I track sales for commonly used products. That way I know when a sale is really a sale.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Brittney House September 21, 2014, 1:05 am

    I price match and use coupons.

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  • Brittney House September 21, 2014, 1:05 am

    I price match and use coupons.

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  • Chrysa September 21, 2014, 12:09 am

    I cook from scratch as much as possible. It’s much cheaper!

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  • Chrysa September 21, 2014, 12:09 am

    I cook from scratch as much as possible. It’s much cheaper!

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  • Karen September 20, 2014, 9:46 pm

    My personal grocery shopping budget hack… Plan meals around weekly sales and stick to the grocery list!

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  • Karen September 20, 2014, 9:46 pm

    My personal grocery shopping budget hack… Plan meals around weekly sales and stick to the grocery list!

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  • Daniel M September 20, 2014, 9:44 pm

    coupons and sales

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  • Daniel M September 20, 2014, 9:44 pm

    coupons and sales

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  • Joyce September 20, 2014, 9:27 pm

    Great tips. Thank you!

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  • Joyce September 20, 2014, 9:27 pm

    Great tips. Thank you!

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  • Maria September 20, 2014, 9:23 pm

    Most stores mark their meat down when it is getting close to the expiration date, I always buy it then and freeze it for use during times when nothing is marked down!

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  • Maria September 20, 2014, 9:23 pm

    Most stores mark their meat down when it is getting close to the expiration date, I always buy it then and freeze it for use during times when nothing is marked down!

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  • Maria September 20, 2014, 9:19 pm

    Thank you so much!! A whole foods just opened on my town and in so excited but I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to afford it! This really helps!

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  • Maria September 20, 2014, 9:19 pm

    Thank you so much!! A whole foods just opened on my town and in so excited but I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to afford it! This really helps!

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  • Jill Myrick September 20, 2014, 8:41 pm

    I always use coupons and buy meats and other items when on sale in bulk.
    I divide and vacuum seal and freeze in individual meal portions.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  • Jill Myrick September 20, 2014, 8:41 pm

    I always use coupons and buy meats and other items when on sale in bulk.
    I divide and vacuum seal and freeze in individual meal portions.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  • Victoria September 20, 2014, 8:22 pm

    Daily and weekly deal, coupons.

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  • Victoria September 20, 2014, 8:22 pm

    Daily and weekly deal, coupons.

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  • Amy Wood September 20, 2014, 8:14 pm

    Whole Foods just came to our market. These are great tips! My personal “hack” is buying in bulk and really comparing items to see what the actual cost is per ounce, etc. Often times, an item sitting on the shelf right next to the one I thought I was going to be is a bit cheaper when looking at ounce to ounce.

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  • Amy Wood September 20, 2014, 8:14 pm

    Whole Foods just came to our market. These are great tips! My personal “hack” is buying in bulk and really comparing items to see what the actual cost is per ounce, etc. Often times, an item sitting on the shelf right next to the one I thought I was going to be is a bit cheaper when looking at ounce to ounce.

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  • Shari Z September 20, 2014, 7:03 pm

    Know your store and your coupons!

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  • Shari Z September 20, 2014, 7:03 pm

    Know your store and your coupons!

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  • Kat September 20, 2014, 6:56 pm

    Love your ideas! Planning ahead is key!

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  • Kat September 20, 2014, 6:56 pm

    Love your ideas! Planning ahead is key!

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  • Shelly September 20, 2014, 6:47 pm

    Use coupons

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  • Shelly September 20, 2014, 6:47 pm

    Use coupons

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  • Shelly September 20, 2014, 6:46 pm

    Stick to your list and use coupons.

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  • Shelly September 20, 2014, 6:46 pm

    Stick to your list and use coupons.

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  • Jessica September 20, 2014, 6:19 pm

    This is really helpful!

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  • Jessica September 20, 2014, 6:19 pm

    This is really helpful!

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  • Erica B. September 20, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Use coupons.

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  • Erica B. September 20, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Use coupons.

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  • Amanda P September 20, 2014, 5:20 pm

    Wow! Definite food for thought.

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  • Amanda P September 20, 2014, 5:20 pm

    Wow! Definite food for thought.

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  • Jessica Buller September 20, 2014, 4:58 pm

    I save us money by buying simple, unprocessed ingredients in bulk on sale. I’ll freeze the meat and extra produce for use later. We recently got a whole foods in town and I’ve not been there yet as I’m never on that side of town. I should go and check it out! Thanks for the recipes and the giveaway!

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  • Jessica Buller September 20, 2014, 4:58 pm

    I save us money by buying simple, unprocessed ingredients in bulk on sale. I’ll freeze the meat and extra produce for use later. We recently got a whole foods in town and I’ve not been there yet as I’m never on that side of town. I should go and check it out! Thanks for the recipes and the giveaway!

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  • Robin September 20, 2014, 2:52 pm

    I try to stick to my shopping list and always have coupons for items on my list.

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  • Robin September 20, 2014, 2:52 pm

    I try to stick to my shopping list and always have coupons for items on my list.

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  • Tammy September 20, 2014, 2:48 pm

    I’ll have to try some of those recipes. I also shop the clearance rack, you can get some amazing bargains there!

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  • Tammy September 20, 2014, 2:48 pm

    I’ll have to try some of those recipes. I also shop the clearance rack, you can get some amazing bargains there!

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  • Carey Blaney September 20, 2014, 2:43 pm

    Great tips Thank you!

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  • Carey Blaney September 20, 2014, 2:43 pm

    Great tips Thank you!

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  • tina reynolds September 20, 2014, 2:09 pm

    Always shop with a list and coupons

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  • tina reynolds September 20, 2014, 2:09 pm

    Always shop with a list and coupons

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  • Sheila September 20, 2014, 11:51 am

    Thanks for all the recipe ideas. I especially like the wraps. I am slowly learning it is not that expensive to eat healthy when you plan and shop smart.

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  • Sheila September 20, 2014, 11:51 am

    Thanks for all the recipe ideas. I especially like the wraps. I am slowly learning it is not that expensive to eat healthy when you plan and shop smart.

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  • Aylon Pesso September 20, 2014, 10:12 am

    Great tips!

    My favorite grocery hack is buying large cuts of meat:
    Throw a pork shoulder in the slow cooker for 8-12 hours for melting pulled pork.
    Slice up a roast to make delicious thick steaks!

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  • Aylon Pesso September 20, 2014, 10:12 am

    Great tips!

    My favorite grocery hack is buying large cuts of meat:
    Throw a pork shoulder in the slow cooker for 8-12 hours for melting pulled pork.
    Slice up a roast to make delicious thick steaks!

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  • Sharon September 20, 2014, 9:35 am

    Plantain chips in the bulk section FTW!

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  • Sharon September 20, 2014, 9:35 am

    Plantain chips in the bulk section FTW!

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  • Christy September 20, 2014, 9:26 am

    buy meat in bulk when it goes on sale. go home and divide into 1-lb portions.

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  • Christy September 20, 2014, 9:26 am

    buy meat in bulk when it goes on sale. go home and divide into 1-lb portions.

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  • Theresa September 20, 2014, 1:59 am

    My biggest hack is to make a list and stick with it. Those impulse items sure can add up and kill a budget!

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  • Theresa September 20, 2014, 1:59 am

    My biggest hack is to make a list and stick with it. Those impulse items sure can add up and kill a budget!

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  • Brandy September 20, 2014, 1:17 am

    My biggest way to save money is just avoiding processed foods as much as possible. That “shop the perimeter of the store” advice is one my mom used years ago, and it still holds true for me.

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  • Brandy September 20, 2014, 1:17 am

    My biggest way to save money is just avoiding processed foods as much as possible. That “shop the perimeter of the store” advice is one my mom used years ago, and it still holds true for me.

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  • janna johnson September 20, 2014, 12:42 am

    use coupons when items are already on sale.

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  • janna johnson September 20, 2014, 12:42 am

    use coupons when items are already on sale.

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  • Khadijah September 19, 2014, 11:31 pm

    Use coupons and buy fruits and veggies from the farmer’s market

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  • Khadijah September 19, 2014, 11:31 pm

    Use coupons and buy fruits and veggies from the farmer’s market

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  • paisley September 19, 2014, 8:04 pm

    My hack is ibotta app on my phone.

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  • paisley September 19, 2014, 8:04 pm

    My hack is ibotta app on my phone.

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  • Adrianna September 19, 2014, 7:51 pm

    My hack: We stay away from processed foods, filling up on carrots and hummus is always cheaper (and healthier) than filling up on chips and cookies.

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  • Adrianna September 19, 2014, 7:51 pm

    My hack: We stay away from processed foods, filling up on carrots and hummus is always cheaper (and healthier) than filling up on chips and cookies.

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  • Sarah J September 19, 2014, 6:59 pm

    My hack is to get to know the people behind the counter. They are very helpful and can tell you what the best deal is, let you sample items and sometimes we get things for free.

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  • Sarah J September 19, 2014, 6:59 pm

    My hack is to get to know the people behind the counter. They are very helpful and can tell you what the best deal is, let you sample items and sometimes we get things for free.

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  • Rachel September 19, 2014, 6:57 pm

    Helpful post. Thanks!

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  • Rachel September 19, 2014, 6:57 pm

    Helpful post. Thanks!

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  • Molly McDonald September 19, 2014, 6:31 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I shop at WF regularly and I always looking to save money. I eat a Paleo diet so it can be difficult to keep the budget down!

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  • Molly McDonald September 19, 2014, 6:31 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I shop at WF regularly and I always looking to save money. I eat a Paleo diet so it can be difficult to keep the budget down!

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  • Rebecca September 19, 2014, 5:27 pm

    Coupons!

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  • Rebecca September 19, 2014, 5:27 pm

    Coupons!

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  • Alex Greene September 19, 2014, 5:22 pm

    I find that Costco is a far better alternative for buying high quality organic & conventional food in bulk. It’s far far cheaper. There are a few items that I pick up at Whole Foods every once in a while that I can’t find anywhere else, but that’s about it.

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  • Alex Greene September 19, 2014, 5:22 pm

    I find that Costco is a far better alternative for buying high quality organic & conventional food in bulk. It’s far far cheaper. There are a few items that I pick up at Whole Foods every once in a while that I can’t find anywhere else, but that’s about it.

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  • susan September 19, 2014, 5:09 pm

    thanks for the yummy recipes!

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  • susan September 19, 2014, 5:09 pm

    thanks for the yummy recipes!

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  • Chau September 19, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Buy from bulk bins, use the case discount, and use coupons as much as you can.

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  • Chau September 19, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Buy from bulk bins, use the case discount, and use coupons as much as you can.

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  • Kurt September 19, 2014, 3:52 pm

    Thanks for these tips!

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  • Kurt September 19, 2014, 3:52 pm

    Thanks for these tips!

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  • Natalie September 19, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Definitely buying what you need from the bulk bins instead of buying entire packages (when you can).

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  • Natalie September 19, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Definitely buying what you need from the bulk bins instead of buying entire packages (when you can).

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  • Tyneisha Fondren September 19, 2014, 1:56 pm

    Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach, use coupons, and stick to your list!

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  • Tyneisha Fondren September 19, 2014, 1:56 pm

    Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach, use coupons, and stick to your list!

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  • Lisa Gaines September 19, 2014, 11:37 am

    This is great! So glad to happen upon this article! I am trying to budget my food expenses for my family (3 of us at home and a son that is in college 20 minutes away and drops in from time to time for a home cooked meal.) I’ve always been “afraid” of Whole Foods. It seems so foreign to me compared to the store I usually shop in.

    Do individual WF Markets do Value Tours in-store, or was that just a term you used for familiarizing yourself with the store on one’s own? Thanks again!

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  • Lisa Gaines September 19, 2014, 11:37 am

    This is great! So glad to happen upon this article! I am trying to budget my food expenses for my family (3 of us at home and a son that is in college 20 minutes away and drops in from time to time for a home cooked meal.) I’ve always been “afraid” of Whole Foods. It seems so foreign to me compared to the store I usually shop in.

    Do individual WF Markets do Value Tours in-store, or was that just a term you used for familiarizing yourself with the store on one’s own? Thanks again!

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  • Brenna Kater, Oceanskater September 19, 2014, 9:40 am

    I stack coupons too. Love this post!

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  • Brenna Kater, Oceanskater September 19, 2014, 9:40 am

    I stack coupons too. Love this post!

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  • Deb C September 19, 2014, 2:48 am

    One way is to buy less processed foods and buy things like dried beans that are hearty and economical.

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  • Deb C September 19, 2014, 2:48 am

    One way is to buy less processed foods and buy things like dried beans that are hearty and economical.

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  • Mihaela Day September 19, 2014, 12:47 am

    I buy in bulk and use coupons a lot also 🙂

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  • Mihaela Day September 19, 2014, 12:47 am

    I buy in bulk and use coupons a lot also 🙂

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  • Kat September 18, 2014, 9:54 pm

    WF is a drive for me, so if I go there (once or twice a year) I make sure it is a week that is filled with sales and coupons with items I use.

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  • Kat September 18, 2014, 9:54 pm

    WF is a drive for me, so if I go there (once or twice a year) I make sure it is a week that is filled with sales and coupons with items I use.

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  • Naina September 18, 2014, 9:48 pm

    Buy manufacturer coupons on Ebay!

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  • Naina September 18, 2014, 9:48 pm

    Buy manufacturer coupons on Ebay!

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  • Mary Elizabeth September 18, 2014, 9:39 pm

    Thanks for these ideas! I want to try! I only shop at Whole Foods and would love to have more ways to save! I always go for the cheaper “365” WF brand organic food – cheaper than name-brand organics at the other grocery stores! And I agree that a sticking to a list helps a lot!

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  • Mary Elizabeth September 18, 2014, 9:39 pm

    Thanks for these ideas! I want to try! I only shop at Whole Foods and would love to have more ways to save! I always go for the cheaper “365” WF brand organic food – cheaper than name-brand organics at the other grocery stores! And I agree that a sticking to a list helps a lot!

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  • Natalie September 18, 2014, 7:13 pm

    I love Whole Foods…thanks for guidance in shopping!

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  • Natalie September 18, 2014, 7:13 pm

    I love Whole Foods…thanks for guidance in shopping!

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  • Jen September 18, 2014, 6:25 pm

    My personal “hack” for grocery shopping on a budget is to buy bulk spices. If a recipe calls for spices that I don’t currently have in my spice cabinet, I used to buy an entire container of the spice. Now, I buy a few teaspoons of a certain spice, and I save a lot more that way.

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    • Gertrude Stubbs September 18, 2014, 7:58 pm

      Great idea!

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  • Jen September 18, 2014, 6:25 pm

    My personal “hack” for grocery shopping on a budget is to buy bulk spices. If a recipe calls for spices that I don’t currently have in my spice cabinet, I used to buy an entire container of the spice. Now, I buy a few teaspoons of a certain spice, and I save a lot more that way.

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    • Gertrude Stubbs September 18, 2014, 7:58 pm

      Great idea!

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  • Jen @ Lita's World September 18, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Great post!!! Thanks for the inspiration. It definitely is worth the little extra time to view the sales flyer. I get lazy sometimes, but your post provides motivation!!

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  • Jen @ Lita's World September 18, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Great post!!! Thanks for the inspiration. It definitely is worth the little extra time to view the sales flyer. I get lazy sometimes, but your post provides motivation!!

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  • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:15 pm

    I can see that your food selections are not all organic and therefore not better than your average supermarket. Buying organic foods would certainly be a problem in trying to keep to $125 a week. Food labeled “Natural” means almost nothing.

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  • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:15 pm

    I can see that your food selections are not all organic and therefore not better than your average supermarket. Buying organic foods would certainly be a problem in trying to keep to $125 a week. Food labeled “Natural” means almost nothing.

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  • Keara B. September 18, 2014, 5:03 pm

    I always check for coupons before I shop, and I’m not afraid of store brands! Plus, if you’re buying fresh food, check the discount section for things that are expiring. As long as you’ll eat them soon, it’s a great deal. 🙂

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  • Keara B. September 18, 2014, 5:03 pm

    I always check for coupons before I shop, and I’m not afraid of store brands! Plus, if you’re buying fresh food, check the discount section for things that are expiring. As long as you’ll eat them soon, it’s a great deal. 🙂

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  • Hola September 18, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Wow thanks for the great ideas and motivation!

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  • Hola September 18, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Wow thanks for the great ideas and motivation!

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  • Tracy Gehlbach September 18, 2014, 3:34 pm

    Don’t be afraid to shop store brands and look for sales. I also do the same thing like with a chicken and try to make multiple meals out of the one item.

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  • Tracy Gehlbach September 18, 2014, 3:34 pm

    Don’t be afraid to shop store brands and look for sales. I also do the same thing like with a chicken and try to make multiple meals out of the one item.

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  • rust September 18, 2014, 3:03 pm

    Use store brands and shop sales. Stack your coupons and make sure to look for combine-able store coupons too.

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  • rust September 18, 2014, 3:03 pm

    Use store brands and shop sales. Stack your coupons and make sure to look for combine-able store coupons too.

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  • Saver Sara September 18, 2014, 2:00 pm

    I match coupons and ad deals.

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  • Saver Sara September 18, 2014, 2:00 pm

    I match coupons and ad deals.

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  • Lindsay September 18, 2014, 1:22 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever spent under $200, time to rethink my shopping, although we are gluten/dairy/soy free so some of the alternatives do cost a bit more…..

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  • Lindsay September 18, 2014, 1:22 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever spent under $200, time to rethink my shopping, although we are gluten/dairy/soy free so some of the alternatives do cost a bit more…..

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  • Stacy September 18, 2014, 1:05 pm

    I always try to stack sales with coupons and stock up when the price is low so that I don’t have to pay full price when I “need” an item.

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  • Stacy September 18, 2014, 1:05 pm

    I always try to stack sales with coupons and stock up when the price is low so that I don’t have to pay full price when I “need” an item.

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  • Jamie Canter September 18, 2014, 11:32 am

    Wow – I didn’t think it was really possible to eat on $125 at Whole Foods. Loved all your tips!!

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  • Jamie Canter September 18, 2014, 11:32 am

    Wow – I didn’t think it was really possible to eat on $125 at Whole Foods. Loved all your tips!!

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  • Sumati September 18, 2014, 11:29 am

    Love this!!!

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  • Sumati September 18, 2014, 11:29 am

    Love this!!!

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  • Erika W. September 18, 2014, 11:22 am

    I always look at ads, use coupons for products and stock up when I find good sales.

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  • Erika W. September 18, 2014, 11:22 am

    I always look at ads, use coupons for products and stock up when I find good sales.

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  • Lauren September 18, 2014, 11:21 am

    This is awesome! Thank you!

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  • Lauren September 18, 2014, 11:21 am

    This is awesome! Thank you!

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  • Kelsey September 18, 2014, 10:03 am

    Love it!! This will even work in my house with all the food allergies!!

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  • Kelsey September 18, 2014, 10:03 am

    Love it!! This will even work in my house with all the food allergies!!

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  • Caley September 18, 2014, 9:25 am

    Thanks! Having to be gluten-free and choosing to be organic definitely inflated our food budget a lot. I’ll take all the advice I can get. 🙂

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  • Caley September 18, 2014, 9:25 am

    Thanks! Having to be gluten-free and choosing to be organic definitely inflated our food budget a lot. I’ll take all the advice I can get. 🙂

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  • Courtney D September 18, 2014, 9:15 am

    I always meal plan based on store flyers, and always go with a list. We’ve cut out ask red meat and pork and only eat the other meats a couple times a week, which helps reduce the price. Thanks for these tips!!

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  • Courtney D September 18, 2014, 9:15 am

    I always meal plan based on store flyers, and always go with a list. We’ve cut out ask red meat and pork and only eat the other meats a couple times a week, which helps reduce the price. Thanks for these tips!!

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  • susan September 18, 2014, 7:10 am

    Great post- I spend so much $ at my Whole Foods! Would love to save a bit!

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  • susan September 18, 2014, 7:10 am

    Great post- I spend so much $ at my Whole Foods! Would love to save a bit!

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  • jane September 18, 2014, 6:43 am

    my husband and I are working on eating healthier so I appreciate the meals you have shown. Versatile and looks easy to follow, also thank you for all the wonderful tricks to healthier eating and saving money.

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  • jane September 18, 2014, 6:43 am

    my husband and I are working on eating healthier so I appreciate the meals you have shown. Versatile and looks easy to follow, also thank you for all the wonderful tricks to healthier eating and saving money.

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  • Rebecca September 18, 2014, 6:29 am

    I love using coupons and taking advantage of sales in the store!

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  • Rebecca September 18, 2014, 6:29 am

    I love using coupons and taking advantage of sales in the store!

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  • Sarah Jane September 18, 2014, 12:44 am

    I have never been to Whole Foods since it’s not in a convenient location to me. I shop at an local to me organic store, and use their bulk bins ALL THE TIME.

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  • Sarah Jane September 18, 2014, 12:44 am

    I have never been to Whole Foods since it’s not in a convenient location to me. I shop at an local to me organic store, and use their bulk bins ALL THE TIME.

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  • Tabitha September 18, 2014, 12:26 am

    I tend to plan my meals around store sales and occasionally some coupons I have on hand. I am bad about keeping up with coupons.

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  • Tabitha September 18, 2014, 12:26 am

    I tend to plan my meals around store sales and occasionally some coupons I have on hand. I am bad about keeping up with coupons.

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  • Tabitha B September 18, 2014, 12:23 am

    I have been to my local Whole Foods Market but got quite the sticker shock when I went in there and ended not buying anything. I think I will go with some of your tips and try to get some meals for my family from there.

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  • Tabitha B September 18, 2014, 12:23 am

    I have been to my local Whole Foods Market but got quite the sticker shock when I went in there and ended not buying anything. I think I will go with some of your tips and try to get some meals for my family from there.

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  • CKennelly September 18, 2014, 12:02 am

    I think it’s a bit deceiving to say you’re feeding a family of 4 for a week with just $125 when you only had to come up with enough for two meals/day. I suppose many people eat out frequently, but we don’t even average eating out once per week, so we’d need 20 meals/week rather than 14. Unless you got enough from several of those recipes that you had leftovers to cover the other meals? Nonetheless…thanks for the tips on how to save! Every little bit helps!

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    • kawista9 September 18, 2014, 9:24 pm

      She did say that she squeezed in 18 meals and still had food left over…

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  • CKennelly September 18, 2014, 12:02 am

    I think it’s a bit deceiving to say you’re feeding a family of 4 for a week with just $125 when you only had to come up with enough for two meals/day. I suppose many people eat out frequently, but we don’t even average eating out once per week, so we’d need 20 meals/week rather than 14. Unless you got enough from several of those recipes that you had leftovers to cover the other meals? Nonetheless…thanks for the tips on how to save! Every little bit helps!

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    • kawista9 September 18, 2014, 9:24 pm

      She did say that she squeezed in 18 meals and still had food left over…

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  • Shelley Natalie September 17, 2014, 11:19 pm

    coupons and store brands!

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  • Shelley Natalie September 17, 2014, 11:19 pm

    coupons and store brands!

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  • HS September 17, 2014, 10:42 pm

    I buy store brands to save.

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  • HS September 17, 2014, 10:42 pm

    I buy store brands to save.

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  • sarah September 17, 2014, 10:22 pm

    I love taking advantage of Whole Foods’ bulk selection. You can make a big batch of lentils and quinoa to make a variety of meals throughout the week for SUPER cheap! It also saves on time when you cook ahead for those on tight schedules.

    Top that off with some fresh veggies and the protein of choice (watch for one day sales) and you’re all set!

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  • sarah September 17, 2014, 10:22 pm

    I love taking advantage of Whole Foods’ bulk selection. You can make a big batch of lentils and quinoa to make a variety of meals throughout the week for SUPER cheap! It also saves on time when you cook ahead for those on tight schedules.

    Top that off with some fresh veggies and the protein of choice (watch for one day sales) and you’re all set!

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  • Janice Cooper September 17, 2014, 10:18 pm

    Clip coupons online, use rewards card for discounts and use ads.

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  • Janice Cooper September 17, 2014, 10:18 pm

    Clip coupons online, use rewards card for discounts and use ads.

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  • Lisa September 17, 2014, 9:34 pm

    My personal hack is planning out my meals in advance, always using up food that I already have at home, and then planning out (and sticking) to my list that way. I also do not let anything go to waste, so if I can’t use something then and there, I try to make something to freeze for later.

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  • Lisa September 17, 2014, 9:34 pm

    My personal hack is planning out my meals in advance, always using up food that I already have at home, and then planning out (and sticking) to my list that way. I also do not let anything go to waste, so if I can’t use something then and there, I try to make something to freeze for later.

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  • Elizabeth Lamontagne September 17, 2014, 8:56 pm

    I wait for sales and then buy in bulk at the best price!

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  • Elizabeth Lamontagne September 17, 2014, 8:56 pm

    I wait for sales and then buy in bulk at the best price!

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  • Kimberly September 17, 2014, 8:53 pm

    Great ideas. I wish there was one closer to me!

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  • Kimberly September 17, 2014, 8:53 pm

    Great ideas. I wish there was one closer to me!

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  • Jessica D September 17, 2014, 7:43 pm

    Great post! I’ve been looking into shopping in more natural and whole food stores, but was worried about the cost of doing so. While we’re only a family of 2 (plus pets), this info is still SUPER useful (and may even mean I can trim my grocery bill more!)

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:19 pm

      Food labeled “Natural” means almost nothing. If you want to eat healthy, make sure your food is non-GMO, organic, or grown by farmers you have investigated.

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  • Jessica D September 17, 2014, 7:43 pm

    Great post! I’ve been looking into shopping in more natural and whole food stores, but was worried about the cost of doing so. While we’re only a family of 2 (plus pets), this info is still SUPER useful (and may even mean I can trim my grocery bill more!)

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:19 pm

      Food labeled “Natural” means almost nothing. If you want to eat healthy, make sure your food is non-GMO, organic, or grown by farmers you have investigated.

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  • Kathy September 17, 2014, 6:54 pm

    sticking to the list has definitely helped our shopping trips the most!

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  • Kathy September 17, 2014, 6:54 pm

    sticking to the list has definitely helped our shopping trips the most!

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  • Taryn September 17, 2014, 5:30 pm

    You would love the Favado app. It lists all sale items at most stores (Whole Foods included!) plus any coupons that exist for that item. It also allows you to put items on your “list” for easy organization. It’s also great for comparing sales.

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  • Taryn September 17, 2014, 5:30 pm

    You would love the Favado app. It lists all sale items at most stores (Whole Foods included!) plus any coupons that exist for that item. It also allows you to put items on your “list” for easy organization. It’s also great for comparing sales.

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  • ALi September 17, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Definitely stick to a list !!! Great post

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  • ALi September 17, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Definitely stick to a list !!! Great post

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  • Anna Shaw September 17, 2014, 4:10 pm

    Great suggestions! Personal shopping hack – buying store brand for most things. Products are usually just as good (if not the exact same) and are cheaper. As you mentioned, also helps to buy things that can be used in several different recipes/meals.

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  • Anna Shaw September 17, 2014, 4:10 pm

    Great suggestions! Personal shopping hack – buying store brand for most things. Products are usually just as good (if not the exact same) and are cheaper. As you mentioned, also helps to buy things that can be used in several different recipes/meals.

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  • candace September 17, 2014, 3:52 pm

    this post was so helpful with a whole foods opening up locally next week!

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  • candace September 17, 2014, 3:52 pm

    this post was so helpful with a whole foods opening up locally next week!

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  • Melissa September 17, 2014, 3:34 pm

    This is great! Sometimes I walk around Whole Foods just looking at the pretty produce and stuff, but that’s it. It feels too expensive to really shop there. Your post has me rethinking this idea. I think I can shop there within budget. 🙂

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  • Melissa September 17, 2014, 3:34 pm

    This is great! Sometimes I walk around Whole Foods just looking at the pretty produce and stuff, but that’s it. It feels too expensive to really shop there. Your post has me rethinking this idea. I think I can shop there within budget. 🙂

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  • Cynthia Dixon September 17, 2014, 2:25 pm

    What a great job you did at feeding your family on a budget and preparing healthy foods. Planning meals and working to stay within your budget takes a lot of commitment, because it’s so easy to just pick up something off the shelf. Guess it’s also a matter of priority and necessity. Those two things really make the difference in how you approach grocery shopping.

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  • Cynthia Dixon September 17, 2014, 2:25 pm

    What a great job you did at feeding your family on a budget and preparing healthy foods. Planning meals and working to stay within your budget takes a lot of commitment, because it’s so easy to just pick up something off the shelf. Guess it’s also a matter of priority and necessity. Those two things really make the difference in how you approach grocery shopping.

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  • Dessa E. September 17, 2014, 2:12 pm

    Grocery Budget Hack-shop with a preplanned (but flexible) meal list and keep a running tab of every. single. item. that goes in your cart. Then you know exacrly how much wiggle room you have for a better cut of meat or your chocolate stash. 🙂

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  • Dessa E. September 17, 2014, 2:12 pm

    Grocery Budget Hack-shop with a preplanned (but flexible) meal list and keep a running tab of every. single. item. that goes in your cart. Then you know exacrly how much wiggle room you have for a better cut of meat or your chocolate stash. 🙂

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  • Christina m Oddy September 17, 2014, 2:06 pm

    double up store with manufacturing coupons!

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  • Christina m Oddy September 17, 2014, 2:06 pm

    double up store with manufacturing coupons!

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  • Debbie Hagins September 17, 2014, 12:49 pm

    love the smell of the store when you walk in, so fresh and clean, just makes me smile thinking about my next visit!!
    Didn’t know about the discounts mentioned above, great info!

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  • Debbie Hagins September 17, 2014, 12:49 pm

    love the smell of the store when you walk in, so fresh and clean, just makes me smile thinking about my next visit!!
    Didn’t know about the discounts mentioned above, great info!

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  • tiphany Zellers September 17, 2014, 11:31 am

    there is a bulk party every time I go!

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  • tiphany Zellers September 17, 2014, 11:31 am

    there is a bulk party every time I go!

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  • Sarah September 17, 2014, 11:18 am

    Just found out I have to start a gluten-free and mostly sugar free diet. It’s a bit overwhelming. Got some great tips from reading this on how to plan meals.

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  • Sarah September 17, 2014, 11:18 am

    Just found out I have to start a gluten-free and mostly sugar free diet. It’s a bit overwhelming. Got some great tips from reading this on how to plan meals.

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  • Diana Penwell September 17, 2014, 10:43 am

    Love Whole Foods store. Thanks for the tips!

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  • Diana Penwell September 17, 2014, 10:43 am

    Love Whole Foods store. Thanks for the tips!

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  • April September 17, 2014, 10:40 am

    Great article. Meal planning ahead of time with a sale flier in hand is a budget maker!

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  • April September 17, 2014, 10:40 am

    Great article. Meal planning ahead of time with a sale flier in hand is a budget maker!

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  • Kellie Rose Wilson September 17, 2014, 10:25 am

    Wait for sales. Whole Foods often has good ones!

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  • Kellie Rose Wilson September 17, 2014, 10:25 am

    Wait for sales. Whole Foods often has good ones!

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  • marlene September 17, 2014, 10:14 am

    Interesting blog…..I probably spend $125.00 a day living in Hong Kong as an-ex pat for food AND I am careful…..and I cook at ‘home’ 75% of the time ! Good Luck but a night out a month for a pizza would be good therapy for you…..you deserve it !

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  • marlene September 17, 2014, 10:14 am

    Interesting blog…..I probably spend $125.00 a day living in Hong Kong as an-ex pat for food AND I am careful…..and I cook at ‘home’ 75% of the time ! Good Luck but a night out a month for a pizza would be good therapy for you…..you deserve it !

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  • ML September 17, 2014, 10:05 am

    We’ve recently gone the natural/clean/organic route, so thanks for the tips!

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  • ML September 17, 2014, 10:05 am

    We’ve recently gone the natural/clean/organic route, so thanks for the tips!

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  • Rachel Miller September 17, 2014, 9:56 am

    I review sale flyers and plan meals according to sales and whats in the pantry. Matching up coupons helps a lot also 🙂

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  • Rachel Miller September 17, 2014, 9:56 am

    I review sale flyers and plan meals according to sales and whats in the pantry. Matching up coupons helps a lot also 🙂

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  • LACIE GAINES September 17, 2014, 9:42 am

    Thank you for sharing this!! I will try this out! WE spend like $200 or more every week at whole foods and it is breaking us! But we want to eat better! We could definitely use a gift card!!

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  • LACIE GAINES September 17, 2014, 9:42 am

    Thank you for sharing this!! I will try this out! WE spend like $200 or more every week at whole foods and it is breaking us! But we want to eat better! We could definitely use a gift card!!

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  • Dee September 17, 2014, 9:38 am

    My grocery shopping hack is to buy in bulk for non-produce items and to use coupons and bogo deals! 🙂

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  • Dee September 17, 2014, 9:38 am

    My grocery shopping hack is to buy in bulk for non-produce items and to use coupons and bogo deals! 🙂

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  • Sarah Hayes September 17, 2014, 9:30 am

    we make a list and stick to it. we buy items that can be used for a few different meals and have the most nutrients so we can buy less

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  • Sarah Hayes September 17, 2014, 9:30 am

    we make a list and stick to it. we buy items that can be used for a few different meals and have the most nutrients so we can buy less

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  • Pamela Gammill September 17, 2014, 6:30 am

    I love Whole Foods for their products and their customer service. I loved your post for giving me new ways to save. I didn’t know about the bulk buy discount or that you could stack a manufacturer’s coupon with their store coupons. Thanks for sharing your tips on saving.

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  • Pamela Gammill September 17, 2014, 6:30 am

    I love Whole Foods for their products and their customer service. I loved your post for giving me new ways to save. I didn’t know about the bulk buy discount or that you could stack a manufacturer’s coupon with their store coupons. Thanks for sharing your tips on saving.

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  • Jennifer W. September 17, 2014, 5:31 am

    Could you share more of your recipes from this meal plan? With lots of allergies, we have a hard time finding yummy recipes, and these look good!

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  • Jennifer W. September 17, 2014, 5:31 am

    Could you share more of your recipes from this meal plan? With lots of allergies, we have a hard time finding yummy recipes, and these look good!

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  • Jennifer W. September 17, 2014, 5:19 am

    I buy in bulk as much as possible. With our large family, that’s not a problem, but I’d do it regardless. Having a large freezer helps.

    I also keep an eye out for Whole Foods coupons for items we use. I found that you can use 1 of their store coupons for multiple items–just let them know, and they’ll write the quantity of items purchased on the receipt, and give you a discount off of all of them.

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  • Jennifer W. September 17, 2014, 5:19 am

    I buy in bulk as much as possible. With our large family, that’s not a problem, but I’d do it regardless. Having a large freezer helps.

    I also keep an eye out for Whole Foods coupons for items we use. I found that you can use 1 of their store coupons for multiple items–just let them know, and they’ll write the quantity of items purchased on the receipt, and give you a discount off of all of them.

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  • FalonJoMama September 17, 2014, 4:46 am

    Don’t buy organic or non-gmo foods at conventional grocery stores. Whole Foods is more of a drive for me, and it ALWAYS costs way more if I’m lazy or in a rush and just go to whichever store is nearest. The only way I’m able to shop for and feed my family of four with life-threatening food allergies and stick to a budget is if I shop at Whole Foods and my local farm.

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  • FalonJoMama September 17, 2014, 4:46 am

    Don’t buy organic or non-gmo foods at conventional grocery stores. Whole Foods is more of a drive for me, and it ALWAYS costs way more if I’m lazy or in a rush and just go to whichever store is nearest. The only way I’m able to shop for and feed my family of four with life-threatening food allergies and stick to a budget is if I shop at Whole Foods and my local farm.

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  • shirley September 17, 2014, 12:45 am

    Plan out a list with coupons and sales, and stick to it.

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  • shirley September 17, 2014, 12:45 am

    Plan out a list with coupons and sales, and stick to it.

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  • Rebecca Scott September 16, 2014, 11:49 pm

    Plan your menu around what’s on sale and/or stock up on items that are on sale that you know you will use later (especially if you have coupons to stack with the sale!)

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  • Rebecca Scott September 16, 2014, 11:49 pm

    Plan your menu around what’s on sale and/or stock up on items that are on sale that you know you will use later (especially if you have coupons to stack with the sale!)

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  • Brenda L September 16, 2014, 11:26 pm

    I use the Whole Foods coupons stacked with manufacturer’s coupons, too.

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  • Brenda L September 16, 2014, 11:26 pm

    I use the Whole Foods coupons stacked with manufacturer’s coupons, too.

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  • Suzanne September 16, 2014, 11:14 pm

    I check out the weekly ads before making my menu for the week. I try to plan around the sales.

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  • Suzanne September 16, 2014, 11:14 pm

    I check out the weekly ads before making my menu for the week. I try to plan around the sales.

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  • Liz L. September 16, 2014, 10:59 pm

    Try to check what is on sale for the week and produce that is in season. I love Whole Foods & this article is awesome. Even feeding one (like myself.) Thanks!

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  • Liz L. September 16, 2014, 10:59 pm

    Try to check what is on sale for the week and produce that is in season. I love Whole Foods & this article is awesome. Even feeding one (like myself.) Thanks!

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  • Allison September 16, 2014, 10:33 pm

    Great tips! I try to look for produce under $1.99 per pound and always try to buy the Whole Foods brand products for a less expensive choice.

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  • Allison September 16, 2014, 10:33 pm

    Great tips! I try to look for produce under $1.99 per pound and always try to buy the Whole Foods brand products for a less expensive choice.

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  • Jenna September 16, 2014, 10:25 pm

    Great article!

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  • Jenna September 16, 2014, 10:25 pm

    Great article!

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  • Brittany September 16, 2014, 8:59 pm

    coupons, local sales, and dried beans vs. canned beans

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  • Brittany September 16, 2014, 8:59 pm

    coupons, local sales, and dried beans vs. canned beans

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  • Heather Dawn September 16, 2014, 8:47 pm

    I stick to my grocery list ams I use coupons!

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  • Heather Dawn September 16, 2014, 8:47 pm

    I stick to my grocery list ams I use coupons!

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  • Courtney September 16, 2014, 8:42 pm

    I need more hacks. I have not been a good budget food spender in recent years. I’m too lazy for coupons but let me tell you that I love your tips. Over 3lbs at the meat counter? Why don’t they advertise that?! Love the bulk aisle and my goal this year is to do more of that!

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  • Courtney September 16, 2014, 8:42 pm

    I need more hacks. I have not been a good budget food spender in recent years. I’m too lazy for coupons but let me tell you that I love your tips. Over 3lbs at the meat counter? Why don’t they advertise that?! Love the bulk aisle and my goal this year is to do more of that!

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  • ellen casper September 16, 2014, 8:13 pm

    I use coupons, mobile apps and stock up when there are sales

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  • ellen casper September 16, 2014, 8:13 pm

    I use coupons, mobile apps and stock up when there are sales

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  • karen hiebert September 16, 2014, 7:23 pm

    I always try to stack coupons w/sales/giftcards/cartwheel.

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  • karen hiebert September 16, 2014, 7:23 pm

    I always try to stack coupons w/sales/giftcards/cartwheel.

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  • Ambitious in LA September 16, 2014, 7:15 pm

    My favorite hack/strategy is menu planning ahead…. it really does help to eliminate unwanted purchases and food waste.

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  • Ambitious in LA September 16, 2014, 7:15 pm

    My favorite hack/strategy is menu planning ahead…. it really does help to eliminate unwanted purchases and food waste.

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  • Christie Anne September 16, 2014, 7:11 pm

    I buy meat when it’s on sale and freeze it.

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  • Christie Anne September 16, 2014, 7:11 pm

    I buy meat when it’s on sale and freeze it.

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  • Jan September 16, 2014, 6:57 pm

    My favorite hack – buy generics/store brand!

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  • Jan September 16, 2014, 6:57 pm

    My favorite hack – buy generics/store brand!

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  • Michaela September 16, 2014, 6:46 pm

    love whole foods…. great article

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  • Michaela September 16, 2014, 6:46 pm

    love whole foods…. great article

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  • jeff s September 16, 2014, 6:40 pm

    unfortunately Walmart~

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:25 pm

      Jeff, why is it “unfortunate?” I would say you are fortunate if you can find organic food at Walmart. Much better than buying “Natural” food at Whole Foods. The “Natural” label means almost nothing.

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  • jeff s September 16, 2014, 6:40 pm

    unfortunately Walmart~

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:25 pm

      Jeff, why is it “unfortunate?” I would say you are fortunate if you can find organic food at Walmart. Much better than buying “Natural” food at Whole Foods. The “Natural” label means almost nothing.

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  • Bethany September 16, 2014, 6:28 pm

    My favorite “hack” at the grocery store is store rewards cards and stacking coupon on top of discounts!

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  • Bethany September 16, 2014, 6:28 pm

    My favorite “hack” at the grocery store is store rewards cards and stacking coupon on top of discounts!

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  • Shawna September 16, 2014, 6:25 pm

    I love Whole Foods. I quite often purchase their frozen organic vegetables. I have twin girls who will eat their frozen broccoli for breakfast because they love it so much. I’ve even had other children, who have visited, tell their parents how much they love “my” broccoli. Their parents are surprised when I tell them “No, I didn’t put cheese on it and I only seasoned it with himalayan salt”.

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  • Shawna September 16, 2014, 6:25 pm

    I love Whole Foods. I quite often purchase their frozen organic vegetables. I have twin girls who will eat their frozen broccoli for breakfast because they love it so much. I’ve even had other children, who have visited, tell their parents how much they love “my” broccoli. Their parents are surprised when I tell them “No, I didn’t put cheese on it and I only seasoned it with himalayan salt”.

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  • Abby September 16, 2014, 6:23 pm

    I am a bulk bin queen. I love having those essentials on hand. You can always make something. Just add some fresh veggies and your good to go.
    Thank you for the other tips. they will be handy!

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  • Abby September 16, 2014, 6:23 pm

    I am a bulk bin queen. I love having those essentials on hand. You can always make something. Just add some fresh veggies and your good to go.
    Thank you for the other tips. they will be handy!

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  • Melissa Barrett September 16, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Having planned leftovers and using less meat in dishes.

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  • Melissa Barrett September 16, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Having planned leftovers and using less meat in dishes.

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  • Rochelle September 16, 2014, 6:18 pm

    My favorite is the bulk section! I save a ton buying not only bulk grains etc. but bulk honey, agave and peanut butter!

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  • Rochelle September 16, 2014, 6:18 pm

    My favorite is the bulk section! I save a ton buying not only bulk grains etc. but bulk honey, agave and peanut butter!

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  • Lindsay September 16, 2014, 6:12 pm

    Never thought you could spend that type of money and feed a family for a week! I’m going to try this!

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  • Lindsay September 16, 2014, 6:12 pm

    Never thought you could spend that type of money and feed a family for a week! I’m going to try this!

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  • donna September 16, 2014, 6:02 pm

    wish I had $125 a week to shop with!!! I feed my family of four on $125 if that a month because I just don’t have it!!! try doing that!!!! who has $500 a month to spend on food?? I know I don’t

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  • donna September 16, 2014, 6:02 pm

    wish I had $125 a week to shop with!!! I feed my family of four on $125 if that a month because I just don’t have it!!! try doing that!!!! who has $500 a month to spend on food?? I know I don’t

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  • Stephanie September 16, 2014, 5:35 pm

    Love this Blog post! Will try it myself. Thanks!

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  • Stephanie September 16, 2014, 5:35 pm

    Love this Blog post! Will try it myself. Thanks!

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  • Caitlin September 16, 2014, 4:50 pm

    Did someone from Whole Foods tell you that the produce is non-GMO? All of the 365 product lines are non-GMO, but all other conventional items may or may not be GMO. If the item doesnt have the non-GMO verified seal, they dont make any claims. In the Midwest, there are plenty of GMO items in the produce section (zucchini, bell peppers, corn), maybe it is different in your area?

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:31 pm

      Some people think that just because they buy their food at Whole Foods, that it is better. There is plenty of GMO in the WF stores in Los Angeles too. You would have to know the farmer to know what the quality of the food is without a verification label. Some people still think that the “Natural” label is an indication of the purity or cleanness of the food.

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  • Caitlin September 16, 2014, 4:50 pm

    Did someone from Whole Foods tell you that the produce is non-GMO? All of the 365 product lines are non-GMO, but all other conventional items may or may not be GMO. If the item doesnt have the non-GMO verified seal, they dont make any claims. In the Midwest, there are plenty of GMO items in the produce section (zucchini, bell peppers, corn), maybe it is different in your area?

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:31 pm

      Some people think that just because they buy their food at Whole Foods, that it is better. There is plenty of GMO in the WF stores in Los Angeles too. You would have to know the farmer to know what the quality of the food is without a verification label. Some people still think that the “Natural” label is an indication of the purity or cleanness of the food.

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  • Beth S September 16, 2014, 4:46 pm

    I work next to a Whole Foods so I grab some fruit or prepared food there, but I think I will have to start spending a bit more time looking around. I didn’t realize that so much of their food was so well priced! Thanks for the tips.

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    • Beth S September 16, 2014, 4:48 pm

      Forgot to include a tip for saving $$ – my favorite is stacking store coupons + manufacturer’s coupons! 🙂

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  • Beth S September 16, 2014, 4:46 pm

    I work next to a Whole Foods so I grab some fruit or prepared food there, but I think I will have to start spending a bit more time looking around. I didn’t realize that so much of their food was so well priced! Thanks for the tips.

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    • Beth S September 16, 2014, 4:48 pm

      Forgot to include a tip for saving $$ – my favorite is stacking store coupons + manufacturer’s coupons! 🙂

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  • Lisa September 16, 2014, 4:42 pm

    Thank you for this post! I shop at Whole Foods regularly and while I do bust the budget a lot there, it’s because they have so many fun, new, and yummy things that are hard to resist! Plus, I usually can’t leave without getting lunch! I do find it difficult to convince people that you can afford to shop there. I’ve long since stopped shopping at other stores because I can’t get quality “off-brand” items that aren’t full of junk! Your post gives me inspiration to come up with my own meal plan budget challenge! Thank you!

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  • Lisa September 16, 2014, 4:42 pm

    Thank you for this post! I shop at Whole Foods regularly and while I do bust the budget a lot there, it’s because they have so many fun, new, and yummy things that are hard to resist! Plus, I usually can’t leave without getting lunch! I do find it difficult to convince people that you can afford to shop there. I’ve long since stopped shopping at other stores because I can’t get quality “off-brand” items that aren’t full of junk! Your post gives me inspiration to come up with my own meal plan budget challenge! Thank you!

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  • Pam Aks September 16, 2014, 4:34 pm

    I haven’t shopped at whole foods much. I’ve been a bit apprehensive but happy to see I don’t have to sacrifice money for health! Thank you for this article! I would love a chance to win one of the gift cards!

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  • Pam Aks September 16, 2014, 4:34 pm

    I haven’t shopped at whole foods much. I’ve been a bit apprehensive but happy to see I don’t have to sacrifice money for health! Thank you for this article! I would love a chance to win one of the gift cards!

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  • Ann September 16, 2014, 4:31 pm

    Love it! Thanks for the ideas.

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  • Ann September 16, 2014, 4:31 pm

    Love it! Thanks for the ideas.

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  • John September 16, 2014, 4:24 pm

    I feed my family of four on $75 a week by shopping at a regular, non-overpriced grocery store, and we eat perfectly healthy meals full of fresh veggies and fruits.

    Whole Foods is a massive ripoff.

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:36 pm

      John I agree that WF’s is a major ripoff on most of their items. But for some people, I guess they don’t have alternative choices for organic produce, like Trader Joe’s and sometimes major chain grocery stores have good sales. It is too bad that the produce we eat now-a-days isn’t the same as our grandparents grew.

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  • John September 16, 2014, 4:24 pm

    I feed my family of four on $75 a week by shopping at a regular, non-overpriced grocery store, and we eat perfectly healthy meals full of fresh veggies and fruits.

    Whole Foods is a massive ripoff.

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:36 pm

      John I agree that WF’s is a major ripoff on most of their items. But for some people, I guess they don’t have alternative choices for organic produce, like Trader Joe’s and sometimes major chain grocery stores have good sales. It is too bad that the produce we eat now-a-days isn’t the same as our grandparents grew.

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  • Heidi September 16, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Definitely love to meal plan! WF just does such a great job marketing those snacks and ‘deals you can’t resist.’ It makes it so hard sometimes to not cave.

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  • Heidi September 16, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Definitely love to meal plan! WF just does such a great job marketing those snacks and ‘deals you can’t resist.’ It makes it so hard sometimes to not cave.

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  • Angie September 16, 2014, 4:06 pm

    I find coupons to match what’s already on sale and if it’s something I use on a regular basis I will clear the shelf if I have enough coupons!

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  • Angie September 16, 2014, 4:06 pm

    I find coupons to match what’s already on sale and if it’s something I use on a regular basis I will clear the shelf if I have enough coupons!

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  • Aja September 16, 2014, 3:50 pm

    Woo

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  • Aja September 16, 2014, 3:50 pm

    Woo

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  • Christina Anne September 16, 2014, 3:48 pm

    I try to utilize recipes with food in my pantry and use coupons. If I see a sale on a staple that I always buy, I really stock up.
    annejk112233 at yahoo dot com

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  • Christina Anne September 16, 2014, 3:48 pm

    I try to utilize recipes with food in my pantry and use coupons. If I see a sale on a staple that I always buy, I really stock up.
    annejk112233 at yahoo dot com

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  • Kari September 16, 2014, 3:43 pm

    Love buying frozen vegetables and proteins, comes in handy when take out menus look like more fun than whats fresh!

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  • Kari September 16, 2014, 3:43 pm

    Love buying frozen vegetables and proteins, comes in handy when take out menus look like more fun than whats fresh!

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  • Melissa S September 16, 2014, 3:36 pm

    Making cheap meals that make enough food for at least two meals for my family.

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  • Melissa S September 16, 2014, 3:36 pm

    Making cheap meals that make enough food for at least two meals for my family.

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  • Stephen Johnson September 16, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Our Whole Foods here in Ft. Collins, CO, just opened a paleo snack bar.
    Great for those of us on restrictive diets!

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  • Stephen Johnson September 16, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Our Whole Foods here in Ft. Collins, CO, just opened a paleo snack bar.
    Great for those of us on restrictive diets!

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  • JessM September 16, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Thanks so much for all of the great tips! I use coupons as much as possible and try to stick to my list.

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  • JessM September 16, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Thanks so much for all of the great tips! I use coupons as much as possible and try to stick to my list.

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  • Stacey September 16, 2014, 3:20 pm

    I price match whenever possible.

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  • Stacey September 16, 2014, 3:20 pm

    I price match whenever possible.

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  • Ij September 16, 2014, 3:09 pm

    I like to use Southern Savers to know the sale cycles and find coupons for products I frequently use.

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  • Ij September 16, 2014, 3:09 pm

    I like to use Southern Savers to know the sale cycles and find coupons for products I frequently use.

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  • Caroline September 16, 2014, 3:07 pm

    I work for Whole Foods Market. I think it’s important to let you know that while WFM does strive for the highest quality products, conventional and organic, it is not true that our conventional produce is non-GMO. Some of it may be but there is no way of knowing unless the produce buyer has knowledge about the specific farm from which it came. I’m sorry if a team member gave you information stating otherwise.
    The company has gone to great lengths to educate its employees about GMOs and how to avoid them when shopping at our stores. We are currently working toward providing GMO labeling on all of our products but until the verification project is complete you can only be sure your purchases are non-GMO if they are labeled organic or with our Non-GMO Project Verified seal.
    We have had some bad press regarding this matter due to misinformed team members sharing incorrect information with concerned parties and we hope to educate our consumers so that they can make informed decisions about the products they are buying at our stores.

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:40 pm

      Caroline, thank you for being honest. So many people have no idea what you’re talking about and think just because WF sells it, it is better for some reason. I hope when the change is made that it will include supplements as well.

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  • Caroline September 16, 2014, 3:07 pm

    I work for Whole Foods Market. I think it’s important to let you know that while WFM does strive for the highest quality products, conventional and organic, it is not true that our conventional produce is non-GMO. Some of it may be but there is no way of knowing unless the produce buyer has knowledge about the specific farm from which it came. I’m sorry if a team member gave you information stating otherwise.
    The company has gone to great lengths to educate its employees about GMOs and how to avoid them when shopping at our stores. We are currently working toward providing GMO labeling on all of our products but until the verification project is complete you can only be sure your purchases are non-GMO if they are labeled organic or with our Non-GMO Project Verified seal.
    We have had some bad press regarding this matter due to misinformed team members sharing incorrect information with concerned parties and we hope to educate our consumers so that they can make informed decisions about the products they are buying at our stores.

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:40 pm

      Caroline, thank you for being honest. So many people have no idea what you’re talking about and think just because WF sells it, it is better for some reason. I hope when the change is made that it will include supplements as well.

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  • Laura September 16, 2014, 3:02 pm

    I usually cook more for dinner and bring leftovers for lunch. Also I started making my own bread: it’s delicious, cheaper and I can make it with the ingredients I want!

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  • Laura September 16, 2014, 3:02 pm

    I usually cook more for dinner and bring leftovers for lunch. Also I started making my own bread: it’s delicious, cheaper and I can make it with the ingredients I want!

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  • Rachel September 16, 2014, 2:24 pm

    I work full-time and (sadly) haven’t been able to get my act together to bring my lunch. BUT I’ve found that the WF salad bar is by far the best deal in town. If you load up on heavy pastas, etc. it gets expensive, but when I make myself a huge salad of fresh lettuces and veggies, it often still comes in under $5!

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  • Rachel September 16, 2014, 2:24 pm

    I work full-time and (sadly) haven’t been able to get my act together to bring my lunch. BUT I’ve found that the WF salad bar is by far the best deal in town. If you load up on heavy pastas, etc. it gets expensive, but when I make myself a huge salad of fresh lettuces and veggies, it often still comes in under $5!

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  • Lauren September 16, 2014, 2:10 pm

    I look for buy one get one deals and stock up on items I would normally buy. That…or just go in and have as many samples as possible as a mid day meal. lol. 😉

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  • Lauren September 16, 2014, 2:10 pm

    I look for buy one get one deals and stock up on items I would normally buy. That…or just go in and have as many samples as possible as a mid day meal. lol. 😉

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  • Sunayana September 16, 2014, 2:05 pm

    I use a lot of lentils and beans and find that buying dried over canned really does save money! If you plan ahead and soak beans overnight, they don’t take very long to cook, and you can infuse flavors and spices while cooking them!

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  • Sunayana September 16, 2014, 2:05 pm

    I use a lot of lentils and beans and find that buying dried over canned really does save money! If you plan ahead and soak beans overnight, they don’t take very long to cook, and you can infuse flavors and spices while cooking them!

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  • Lou September 16, 2014, 2:01 pm

    I save the coupons that are in the monthly Whole Foods catalogs. Most don’t expire until a month or two later.

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  • Lou September 16, 2014, 2:01 pm

    I save the coupons that are in the monthly Whole Foods catalogs. Most don’t expire until a month or two later.

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  • raluca berger September 16, 2014, 1:55 pm

    just use coupons when I can and stock up on fruits and veggies 🙂

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  • raluca berger September 16, 2014, 1:55 pm

    just use coupons when I can and stock up on fruits and veggies 🙂

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  • pam September 16, 2014, 1:48 pm

    Buying foods that are versatile, so that I can use them for more than one meal.

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  • pam September 16, 2014, 1:48 pm

    Buying foods that are versatile, so that I can use them for more than one meal.

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  • Melissa September 16, 2014, 1:47 pm

    I always buy the organic garbanzo beans in bulk. A few scoops in a bag is enough to make hummus, chickpeas salad and a soup for fractions of what canned beans do (even when they are on sale)

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  • Melissa September 16, 2014, 1:47 pm

    I always buy the organic garbanzo beans in bulk. A few scoops in a bag is enough to make hummus, chickpeas salad and a soup for fractions of what canned beans do (even when they are on sale)

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  • Kristin Pinyan September 16, 2014, 1:45 pm

    I’m a big fan of the bulk section at Whole Foods, though I’ve found that, surprisingly, it isn’t always the best value! I use tons of almonds every week (I make my own almond milk and almond butter at home), so I started evaluating prices more carefully. I realized that the pre-packaged 1 lb bags of almonds are actually cheaper than the same product in the bulk section. Learning this has saved me a lot of money!

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  • Kristin Pinyan September 16, 2014, 1:45 pm

    I’m a big fan of the bulk section at Whole Foods, though I’ve found that, surprisingly, it isn’t always the best value! I use tons of almonds every week (I make my own almond milk and almond butter at home), so I started evaluating prices more carefully. I realized that the pre-packaged 1 lb bags of almonds are actually cheaper than the same product in the bulk section. Learning this has saved me a lot of money!

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  • Joanna Berger September 16, 2014, 1:43 pm

    These recipes look awesome! Thanks for the tips.

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  • Joanna Berger September 16, 2014, 1:43 pm

    These recipes look awesome! Thanks for the tips.

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  • Rox Shinobi September 16, 2014, 1:29 pm

    thank you for all the little info bits! I didnt know you could save 50 cents per lb by buying more than 3 lbs , I normally buy about 4 or 5 to span a couple meals. this was very informational, I’ll definitely walk into a whole foods now!

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    • Julie Kieras September 16, 2014, 1:31 pm

      @Lorena Keech – I know I was so surprised to find that out because we always try to buy meats in bulk!

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  • Rox Shinobi September 16, 2014, 1:29 pm

    thank you for all the little info bits! I didnt know you could save 50 cents per lb by buying more than 3 lbs , I normally buy about 4 or 5 to span a couple meals. this was very informational, I’ll definitely walk into a whole foods now!

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    • Julie Kieras September 16, 2014, 1:31 pm

      @Lorena Keech – I know I was so surprised to find that out because we always try to buy meats in bulk!

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  • Lorena Keech September 16, 2014, 1:29 pm

    When something is on sale that we use often, say canned beans for example, I stockpile. Then if the weather is bad or we just don’t have the “oomph” to shop, we have ingredients on hand we can use in a variety of recipes.

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  • Lorena Keech September 16, 2014, 1:29 pm

    When something is on sale that we use often, say canned beans for example, I stockpile. Then if the weather is bad or we just don’t have the “oomph” to shop, we have ingredients on hand we can use in a variety of recipes.

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  • Ashley C. September 16, 2014, 1:26 pm

    That pumpkin baked oatmeal looks great!! I love that you were able to make this work for $125 per week! I really need to look into doing the same.

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  • Ashley C. September 16, 2014, 1:26 pm

    That pumpkin baked oatmeal looks great!! I love that you were able to make this work for $125 per week! I really need to look into doing the same.

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  • Natosha B September 16, 2014, 1:21 pm

    My personal shopping hack is to NEVER go to the grocery store hungry and ALWAYS go with a plan. Otherwise, I overspend and underbuy.

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  • Natosha B September 16, 2014, 1:21 pm

    My personal shopping hack is to NEVER go to the grocery store hungry and ALWAYS go with a plan. Otherwise, I overspend and underbuy.

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  • Tabitha M. September 16, 2014, 1:20 pm

    I save by buying their 365 brand.

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  • Tabitha M. September 16, 2014, 1:20 pm

    I save by buying their 365 brand.

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  • Tabatha C September 16, 2014, 1:11 pm

    So many great tips! We compare costs between the bulk items or already packaged to see where we can pinch a few pennies. Also, we save money by purchasing their 365 brand of Almond milk, and a few other staple items.

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  • Tabatha C September 16, 2014, 1:11 pm

    So many great tips! We compare costs between the bulk items or already packaged to see where we can pinch a few pennies. Also, we save money by purchasing their 365 brand of Almond milk, and a few other staple items.

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  • Katie September 16, 2014, 1:11 pm

    Love all of these ideas!

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  • Katie September 16, 2014, 1:11 pm

    Love all of these ideas!

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  • Elizabeth C. September 16, 2014, 1:07 pm

    Great tips and recipes. Thanks!

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  • Elizabeth C. September 16, 2014, 1:07 pm

    Great tips and recipes. Thanks!

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  • Julie Kronberg September 16, 2014, 1:06 pm

    The pumpkin baked oatmeal looks delicious. Would love the recipe!

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  • Julie Kronberg September 16, 2014, 1:06 pm

    The pumpkin baked oatmeal looks delicious. Would love the recipe!

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  • alma September 16, 2014, 1:04 pm

    meal planning is the best way to keep on budget for me. I only buy what we need and what we will eat.

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  • alma September 16, 2014, 1:04 pm

    meal planning is the best way to keep on budget for me. I only buy what we need and what we will eat.

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  • Jeanie September 16, 2014, 12:56 pm

    Lots of great ideas -thank you 🙂

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  • Jeanie September 16, 2014, 12:56 pm

    Lots of great ideas -thank you 🙂

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  • Mary Beth Keane September 16, 2014, 12:53 pm

    I love the fish at whole foods. It is so fresh and they give you ideas on how to cook it. The meat specials are incredible and so delicious. I don’t shop every week so I do buy in bulk and that saves me money!

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  • Mary Beth Keane September 16, 2014, 12:53 pm

    I love the fish at whole foods. It is so fresh and they give you ideas on how to cook it. The meat specials are incredible and so delicious. I don’t shop every week so I do buy in bulk and that saves me money!

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  • Kelly B September 16, 2014, 12:50 pm

    A budget hack for Whole Foods? Buy only what you need. Need a couple of cups of rice or flour? A tsp of spice? The bulk department. Need 2 strips of bacon for a recipe? Meat department. They’ll even half loaves of bread for you. Also things like olive oil are way cheaper at Whole Foods then regular grocery stores.

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  • Kelly B September 16, 2014, 12:50 pm

    A budget hack for Whole Foods? Buy only what you need. Need a couple of cups of rice or flour? A tsp of spice? The bulk department. Need 2 strips of bacon for a recipe? Meat department. They’ll even half loaves of bread for you. Also things like olive oil are way cheaper at Whole Foods then regular grocery stores.

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  • Kate September 16, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Meal planning is key – finding recipes with few ingredients keeps it clean and inexpensive

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  • Kate September 16, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Meal planning is key – finding recipes with few ingredients keeps it clean and inexpensive

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  • Allie @ The Practically Green Mom September 16, 2014, 12:45 pm

    I make a meal plan and grocery list, and I stick to it! I really try to avoid impulse buys, and use coupons whenever I can. I do most of the shopping at our local grocery store, but I love Whole Foods for the larger selection of organic produce!

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  • Allie @ The Practically Green Mom September 16, 2014, 12:45 pm

    I make a meal plan and grocery list, and I stick to it! I really try to avoid impulse buys, and use coupons whenever I can. I do most of the shopping at our local grocery store, but I love Whole Foods for the larger selection of organic produce!

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  • Laura P. September 16, 2014, 12:40 pm

    Wow…that’s easy! Mine is: Keep A List at all times on your kitchen counter for your grocery shopping. I’d be lost without mine 🙂

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  • Laura P. September 16, 2014, 12:40 pm

    Wow…that’s easy! Mine is: Keep A List at all times on your kitchen counter for your grocery shopping. I’d be lost without mine 🙂

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  • Jennifer Dale September 16, 2014, 12:40 pm

    Great tips!

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  • Jennifer Dale September 16, 2014, 12:40 pm

    Great tips!

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  • Terri David September 16, 2014, 12:39 pm

    Stick to whole foods mostly, processed foods are a lot more expensive. I make my own hummus, salads, frozen dinners, etc. Sales and coupons help a lot too. I

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  • Terri David September 16, 2014, 12:39 pm

    Stick to whole foods mostly, processed foods are a lot more expensive. I make my own hummus, salads, frozen dinners, etc. Sales and coupons help a lot too. I

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  • lori September 16, 2014, 12:39 pm

    Such great info. Learning eating cleaner is not impossible.

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  • lori September 16, 2014, 12:39 pm

    Such great info. Learning eating cleaner is not impossible.

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  • Jennifer I. September 16, 2014, 12:35 pm

    Awesome! I use a grocery list and do my best to stick to it to keep within my budget. I also always pick up the flyers at Whole Foods and use their coupons and buy sale items.

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  • Jennifer I. September 16, 2014, 12:35 pm

    Awesome! I use a grocery list and do my best to stick to it to keep within my budget. I also always pick up the flyers at Whole Foods and use their coupons and buy sale items.

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  • Monica September 16, 2014, 12:35 pm

    Print coupons before leaving home and compile shopping list before you go. Stick to your list!!!

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  • Monica September 16, 2014, 12:35 pm

    Print coupons before leaving home and compile shopping list before you go. Stick to your list!!!

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  • Dana September 16, 2014, 12:29 pm

    We always plan a menu and grocery list and stick to it! We rarely make impulse buys at the store. We’re good at watching for sales and matching coupons. You’ve just inspired me to give Whole Foods another go!

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  • Dana September 16, 2014, 12:29 pm

    We always plan a menu and grocery list and stick to it! We rarely make impulse buys at the store. We’re good at watching for sales and matching coupons. You’ve just inspired me to give Whole Foods another go!

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  • Nicole G. September 16, 2014, 12:28 pm

    I’m now only about 30 minutes away from a Whole Foods (as opposed to over an hour and a half at our old home!), so I’m *hoping* to plan an occasional trip there for some organic pantry staples!!

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  • Nicole G. September 16, 2014, 12:28 pm

    I’m now only about 30 minutes away from a Whole Foods (as opposed to over an hour and a half at our old home!), so I’m *hoping* to plan an occasional trip there for some organic pantry staples!!

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  • Vix September 16, 2014, 12:28 pm

    My hack is actually to use my Whole Foods’ personal shopping service! I make a list, email it to them, and they bring it out to my car! It prevents impulse buys and keeps me away from all the extra wine and cheese! 😉

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  • Vix September 16, 2014, 12:28 pm

    My hack is actually to use my Whole Foods’ personal shopping service! I make a list, email it to them, and they bring it out to my car! It prevents impulse buys and keeps me away from all the extra wine and cheese! 😉

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  • Jackie September 16, 2014, 12:26 pm

    This was great.

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  • Jackie September 16, 2014, 12:26 pm

    This was great.

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  • manda September 16, 2014, 12:25 pm

    I love coupons.

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  • manda September 16, 2014, 12:25 pm

    I love coupons.

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  • Jennifer September 16, 2014, 10:43 am

    I love the 365 brand at Whole Foods. It is also good to watch how products cycle and how often they go on sale so I know how often I need to stock up on my favorite products. I love the bulk section, although my urban Whole Foods is really small so theirs isn’t as large as those in the burbs….which make me excited just thinking of them 🙂 Also, knowing the prices of similar or substitute products at my local co-op or Trader Joe’s helps me decide if the item at Whole Foods is a good deal or if I just need to buy it when I am at a different store.

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:46 pm

      I’ve never found a product cheaper at WF’s than Trader Joe’s. I only go to WF’s if I need an item that TJ’s doesn’t have.

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  • Jennifer September 16, 2014, 10:43 am

    I love the 365 brand at Whole Foods. It is also good to watch how products cycle and how often they go on sale so I know how often I need to stock up on my favorite products. I love the bulk section, although my urban Whole Foods is really small so theirs isn’t as large as those in the burbs….which make me excited just thinking of them 🙂 Also, knowing the prices of similar or substitute products at my local co-op or Trader Joe’s helps me decide if the item at Whole Foods is a good deal or if I just need to buy it when I am at a different store.

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:46 pm

      I’ve never found a product cheaper at WF’s than Trader Joe’s. I only go to WF’s if I need an item that TJ’s doesn’t have.

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  • Anna September 16, 2014, 9:09 am

    Every time I try shopping in Whole foods I end up spending too much money. I try to be careful and buy only the 365 brand (which is generally cheaper), and I get things on sale. I also (as ironic as it sounds) try to avoid organic produce unless there is a sale on it BUT still, unfortunately, the experience is always stressful. I went yesterday inspired by this blog, and ended up spending 100 dollars, for the week for two people. And yes, I planned ahead and had recipes in mind.

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:50 pm

      I don’t understand paying WF’s more for the same item you can get at a major chain for less? The only reason I would go to WF’s is for an item I can’t get somewhere else. If I wasn’t buying organic, which I rarely do, I would only go to a WF’s for an item that I had to have that wasn’t available somewhere else.

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  • Anna September 16, 2014, 9:09 am

    Every time I try shopping in Whole foods I end up spending too much money. I try to be careful and buy only the 365 brand (which is generally cheaper), and I get things on sale. I also (as ironic as it sounds) try to avoid organic produce unless there is a sale on it BUT still, unfortunately, the experience is always stressful. I went yesterday inspired by this blog, and ended up spending 100 dollars, for the week for two people. And yes, I planned ahead and had recipes in mind.

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    • Janet September 18, 2014, 5:50 pm

      I don’t understand paying WF’s more for the same item you can get at a major chain for less? The only reason I would go to WF’s is for an item I can’t get somewhere else. If I wasn’t buying organic, which I rarely do, I would only go to a WF’s for an item that I had to have that wasn’t available somewhere else.

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  • megan tilley September 16, 2014, 2:46 am

    we use coupons and pair them with sales!

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  • megan tilley September 16, 2014, 2:46 am

    we use coupons and pair them with sales!

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  • KP September 15, 2014, 10:02 pm

    Nothing special but always watch for sales and bulk buy

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  • KP September 15, 2014, 10:02 pm

    Nothing special but always watch for sales and bulk buy

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  • Tashlyn Webber September 15, 2014, 9:30 pm

    Coupons!

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  • Tashlyn Webber September 15, 2014, 9:30 pm

    Coupons!

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  • Jessica Mueller September 15, 2014, 9:26 pm

    Meal planning, buying seasonal foods and coupons!

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  • Jessica Mueller September 15, 2014, 9:26 pm

    Meal planning, buying seasonal foods and coupons!

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  • Kristen September 15, 2014, 8:58 pm

    I love that Whole Foods allows coupon stacking! I check out what coupons they have before they go and match them up with ones I have or can get.

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  • Kristen September 15, 2014, 8:58 pm

    I love that Whole Foods allows coupon stacking! I check out what coupons they have before they go and match them up with ones I have or can get.

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  • Thuy Vu September 15, 2014, 7:09 pm

    I don’t have the time to coupon so I just buy in bulk and divide everything for different days to use.

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  • Thuy Vu September 15, 2014, 7:09 pm

    I don’t have the time to coupon so I just buy in bulk and divide everything for different days to use.

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  • Jennifer T September 15, 2014, 4:50 pm

    I guess my “hack” would be, every once in a while I just don’t go! I challenge myself to use up all of the odds and ends in my freezer and pantry and usually I have plenty of food for my family for the week, I just have to be creative. Or I’ll go and just get a couple of perishable things, challenging myself to only spend $20!

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  • Jennifer T September 15, 2014, 4:50 pm

    I guess my “hack” would be, every once in a while I just don’t go! I challenge myself to use up all of the odds and ends in my freezer and pantry and usually I have plenty of food for my family for the week, I just have to be creative. Or I’ll go and just get a couple of perishable things, challenging myself to only spend $20!

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  • James September 15, 2014, 10:21 am

    Meal planning is key.

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  • James September 15, 2014, 10:21 am

    Meal planning is key.

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  • Trisha W. September 15, 2014, 9:37 am

    It’s not a hack but I check prices when shopping. Bigger isn’t always cheaper.

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  • Trisha W. September 15, 2014, 9:37 am

    It’s not a hack but I check prices when shopping. Bigger isn’t always cheaper.

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  • Priscilla S. September 15, 2014, 6:30 am

    I always use coupons, shop sales and stick to my shopping list.

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  • Priscilla S. September 15, 2014, 6:30 am

    I always use coupons, shop sales and stick to my shopping list.

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  • soha molina September 14, 2014, 10:38 pm

    I use coupons.

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  • soha molina September 14, 2014, 10:38 pm

    I use coupons.

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  • Allicia September 14, 2014, 9:32 pm

    I shop a lot at Target, so I try to pair coupons with cartwheel.

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  • Allicia September 14, 2014, 9:32 pm

    I shop a lot at Target, so I try to pair coupons with cartwheel.

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  • Dana September 14, 2014, 7:27 pm

    i plan ahead for my meals-it really does help with waste too

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  • Dana September 14, 2014, 7:27 pm

    i plan ahead for my meals-it really does help with waste too

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  • Raven September 14, 2014, 11:23 am

    Thanks for the great post! We just watched Fed Up and now I’m determined to get my family eating healthier.

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  • Raven September 14, 2014, 11:23 am

    Thanks for the great post! We just watched Fed Up and now I’m determined to get my family eating healthier.

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  • janetfaye September 14, 2014, 6:16 am

    I comparison shop, use coupons and shop the marked down items.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  • janetfaye September 14, 2014, 6:16 am

    I comparison shop, use coupons and shop the marked down items.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  • Tabathia B September 14, 2014, 12:04 am

    I load coupons on my rewards card

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  • Tabathia B September 14, 2014, 12:04 am

    I load coupons on my rewards card

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  • meredith September 13, 2014, 8:33 am

    I try to use coupons as much as I can

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  • meredith September 13, 2014, 8:33 am

    I try to use coupons as much as I can

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  • Amanda September 13, 2014, 7:30 am

    I try to use one item multiple times; so like buy a big bag of zucchini and use them for breakfast/lunch/dinner throughout the week. Saves me from creating something brand new every night.

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  • Amanda September 13, 2014, 7:30 am

    I try to use one item multiple times; so like buy a big bag of zucchini and use them for breakfast/lunch/dinner throughout the week. Saves me from creating something brand new every night.

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  • Michelle September 13, 2014, 3:26 am

    I use lots of coupons.

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  • Michelle September 13, 2014, 3:26 am

    I use lots of coupons.

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  • sarah k September 12, 2014, 11:38 pm

    I wait to get some products until they are on a buy get one free sale then pair that with any coupons I have, but only for items I would get anyway. Also don’t shop when hungry, I’ve learned the hard way 🙂

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  • sarah k September 12, 2014, 11:38 pm

    I wait to get some products until they are on a buy get one free sale then pair that with any coupons I have, but only for items I would get anyway. Also don’t shop when hungry, I’ve learned the hard way 🙂

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  • Lauren D. September 12, 2014, 7:43 pm

    I try to avoid processed foods when possible and then I have more to spend on quality meats and produce.

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  • Lauren D. September 12, 2014, 7:43 pm

    I try to avoid processed foods when possible and then I have more to spend on quality meats and produce.

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  • crystal September 12, 2014, 7:25 pm

    I use all kinds of coupons and look for sales.

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  • crystal September 12, 2014, 7:25 pm

    I use all kinds of coupons and look for sales.

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  • michelle k. September 12, 2014, 7:04 pm

    I buy the generic brands a lot

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  • michelle k. September 12, 2014, 7:04 pm

    I buy the generic brands a lot

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  • Caroline Wampler September 12, 2014, 6:37 pm

    I get the Whole Foods e-newsletter and check it for their weekly sales!

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  • Caroline Wampler September 12, 2014, 6:37 pm

    I get the Whole Foods e-newsletter and check it for their weekly sales!

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  • Tina M September 12, 2014, 6:01 pm

    I use coupons all the time.

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  • Tina M September 12, 2014, 6:01 pm

    I use coupons all the time.

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  • KristenP September 12, 2014, 5:30 pm

    Taking advantage of flash sales, especially the meat ones, is really helpful. I’m always keeping my eye on my local WF FB page!

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  • KristenP September 12, 2014, 5:30 pm

    Taking advantage of flash sales, especially the meat ones, is really helpful. I’m always keeping my eye on my local WF FB page!

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  • jenn gannetto September 12, 2014, 5:28 pm

    i shop weekly so that i can catch most sales.

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  • jenn gannetto September 12, 2014, 5:28 pm

    i shop weekly so that i can catch most sales.

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  • Becca September 12, 2014, 4:01 pm

    I have apps for most stores on my phone and download extra coupons to save extra money! I just picked up some free Pesto last week which was awesome!

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  • Becca September 12, 2014, 4:01 pm

    I have apps for most stores on my phone and download extra coupons to save extra money! I just picked up some free Pesto last week which was awesome!

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  • Natalie September 12, 2014, 3:57 pm

    I use coupons and stack them with a good sale. I also stock up on nonperishables when they go on sale.

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  • Natalie September 12, 2014, 3:57 pm

    I use coupons and stack them with a good sale. I also stock up on nonperishables when they go on sale.

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  • Patricia Wojnar Crowley September 12, 2014, 11:04 am

    I plan meals for the week based on sales and use coupons whenever I can!

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  • Patricia Wojnar Crowley September 12, 2014, 11:04 am

    I plan meals for the week based on sales and use coupons whenever I can!

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  • Kelly D September 12, 2014, 8:16 am

    I buy extra when I find a good deal and combine my coupons with sales.

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  • Kelly D September 12, 2014, 8:16 am

    I buy extra when I find a good deal and combine my coupons with sales.

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  • Kim Keithline September 12, 2014, 6:29 am

    Lots of coupons, planning and all the new cash back apps are my saviors

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  • Kim Keithline September 12, 2014, 6:29 am

    Lots of coupons, planning and all the new cash back apps are my saviors

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  • Linda Meyers-Gabbard September 12, 2014, 3:48 am

    I use coupons and buy store brands when possible.

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  • Linda Meyers-Gabbard September 12, 2014, 3:48 am

    I use coupons and buy store brands when possible.

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  • Valerie Taylor Mabrey September 12, 2014, 12:09 am

    Coupons and cash back cards help soooo much.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  • Valerie Taylor Mabrey September 12, 2014, 12:09 am

    Coupons and cash back cards help soooo much.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  • Alison James September 11, 2014, 11:34 pm

    i shop the bulk isle as my hack

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  • Alison James September 11, 2014, 11:34 pm

    i shop the bulk isle as my hack

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  • Sarah O. September 11, 2014, 10:57 pm

    I take advantage of coupons – but only if I was already going to buy the thing in the first place. I don’t go out of my way for a “great deal” – I’d save more money by just not buying the thing at all.

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  • Sarah O. September 11, 2014, 10:57 pm

    I take advantage of coupons – but only if I was already going to buy the thing in the first place. I don’t go out of my way for a “great deal” – I’d save more money by just not buying the thing at all.

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  • Sara Sharp September 11, 2014, 8:58 pm

    I am an extreme couponer!

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  • Sara Sharp September 11, 2014, 8:58 pm

    I am an extreme couponer!

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  • Jennifer H. September 11, 2014, 8:31 pm

    My tip — shop the perimeter of the store. That’s where the fresh food and dairy is kept. It’s the packaged, processed food that costs the most.

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  • Jennifer H. September 11, 2014, 8:31 pm

    My tip — shop the perimeter of the store. That’s where the fresh food and dairy is kept. It’s the packaged, processed food that costs the most.

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  • Nicole September 11, 2014, 6:32 pm

    My personal “hack” for grocery shopping on a budget is shop sales, use store rewards cards when possible, use coupons, and look for reduce markdowns on items they are clearing out, are local grocery store always has items like this.

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  • Nicole September 11, 2014, 6:32 pm

    My personal “hack” for grocery shopping on a budget is shop sales, use store rewards cards when possible, use coupons, and look for reduce markdowns on items they are clearing out, are local grocery store always has items like this.

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  • Tara September 11, 2014, 6:18 pm

    I use coupons and stock up when things are on sale!

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  • Tara September 11, 2014, 6:18 pm

    I use coupons and stock up when things are on sale!

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  • CR WIlliams September 11, 2014, 5:52 pm

    To be honest I don’t have any and I don’t have any tips.

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  • CR WIlliams September 11, 2014, 5:52 pm

    To be honest I don’t have any and I don’t have any tips.

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  • Amanda Hendricks-Selby September 11, 2014, 4:25 pm

    the grocery store I go to has a coupon bin. People can put coupons in that they won’t use for people to take. Pretty awesome

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  • Amanda Hendricks-Selby September 11, 2014, 4:25 pm

    the grocery store I go to has a coupon bin. People can put coupons in that they won’t use for people to take. Pretty awesome

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  • Thomas Murphy September 11, 2014, 4:20 pm

    I use lots of coupons and shop sales.

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  • Thomas Murphy September 11, 2014, 4:20 pm

    I use lots of coupons and shop sales.

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  • Elena September 11, 2014, 3:53 pm

    I use coupons and shop for items on sale

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  • Elena September 11, 2014, 3:53 pm

    I use coupons and shop for items on sale

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  • Elle September 11, 2014, 3:52 pm

    I always look at the sales for the week and match those sale items up with existing coupons.

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  • Elle September 11, 2014, 3:52 pm

    I always look at the sales for the week and match those sale items up with existing coupons.

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  • Amanda Sakovitz September 11, 2014, 3:37 pm

    I combine coupons with sale items.

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  • Amanda Sakovitz September 11, 2014, 3:37 pm

    I combine coupons with sale items.

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  • Lisa Brown September 11, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Shopping sales, discounts, close outs, coupons.

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  • Lisa Brown September 11, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Shopping sales, discounts, close outs, coupons.

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  • mona September 11, 2014, 3:31 pm

    where there is a sale

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  • mona September 11, 2014, 3:31 pm

    where there is a sale

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  • Jessica H. September 11, 2014, 3:22 pm

    I try to shop where I have a discount card, and I always look for coupons!

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  • Jessica H. September 11, 2014, 3:22 pm

    I try to shop where I have a discount card, and I always look for coupons!

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  • Kris I. September 11, 2014, 2:31 pm

    I always buy things on sale and try to match coupons with the sales price!

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  • Kris I. September 11, 2014, 2:31 pm

    I always buy things on sale and try to match coupons with the sales price!

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  • Debbi Wellenstein September 11, 2014, 1:33 pm

    I try not to get caught up with prepared foods, and instead try to make most meals from scratch.

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  • Debbi Wellenstein September 11, 2014, 1:33 pm

    I try not to get caught up with prepared foods, and instead try to make most meals from scratch.

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  • Amy Pratt September 11, 2014, 9:36 am

    I always eat before I go to the store. Otherwise I buy a lot of unnecessary stuff.

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  • Amy Pratt September 11, 2014, 9:36 am

    I always eat before I go to the store. Otherwise I buy a lot of unnecessary stuff.

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  • Fiona N September 11, 2014, 8:22 am

    I make a list and just buy something that on sale!
    Thank You for the great giveaway!

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  • Fiona N September 11, 2014, 8:22 am

    I make a list and just buy something that on sale!
    Thank You for the great giveaway!

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  • Cynthia C September 11, 2014, 7:53 am

    I look for inexpensive proteins like eggs and chicken to build my meals around.

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  • Cynthia C September 11, 2014, 7:53 am

    I look for inexpensive proteins like eggs and chicken to build my meals around.

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  • Terry September 11, 2014, 1:39 am

    Do not go hungry and make a list.

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  • Terry September 11, 2014, 1:39 am

    Do not go hungry and make a list.

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  • Chelsey September 11, 2014, 1:27 am

    I love to find a good price on food!

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  • Chelsey September 11, 2014, 1:27 am

    I love to find a good price on food!

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  • Nina H September 11, 2014, 12:00 am

    We try to buy in bulk when things are on sale

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  • Nina H September 11, 2014, 12:00 am

    We try to buy in bulk when things are on sale

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  • rich m September 10, 2014, 8:58 pm

    Mine is going in with a list and not getting anything else! No impulse buys :).

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  • rich m September 10, 2014, 8:58 pm

    Mine is going in with a list and not getting anything else! No impulse buys :).

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  • HilLesha September 10, 2014, 7:42 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for good sales. I also try to use coupons whenever possible.

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  • HilLesha September 10, 2014, 7:42 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for good sales. I also try to use coupons whenever possible.

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  • Lori September 10, 2014, 7:18 pm

    The number one thing I do to keep my budget in check is to take a list to the grocery store. This helps stop the side purchases that I don’t really need.

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  • Lori September 10, 2014, 7:18 pm

    The number one thing I do to keep my budget in check is to take a list to the grocery store. This helps stop the side purchases that I don’t really need.

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  • Denise S September 10, 2014, 7:02 pm

    I use coupons and buy store brands frequently.

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  • Denise S September 10, 2014, 7:02 pm

    I use coupons and buy store brands frequently.

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  • heather s September 10, 2014, 5:56 pm

    I try to plan meals and use coupons

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  • heather s September 10, 2014, 5:56 pm

    I try to plan meals and use coupons

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  • Adrienne gordon September 10, 2014, 4:53 pm

    I stock up on meats and freeze them in a second freezer.

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  • Adrienne gordon September 10, 2014, 4:53 pm

    I stock up on meats and freeze them in a second freezer.

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  • Olga F. September 10, 2014, 8:25 am

    I stock up on items when they are on sale and use coupons as much as possible.

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  • Olga F. September 10, 2014, 8:25 am

    I stock up on items when they are on sale and use coupons as much as possible.

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  • Marianne Adler September 9, 2014, 10:37 pm

    Awesome ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Marianne Adler September 9, 2014, 10:37 pm

    Awesome ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Katy September 9, 2014, 7:24 pm

    This is SUCH a great post–so many things I didn’t know! Thank you!

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    • Katy September 9, 2014, 7:26 pm

      I buy what’s on sale vs. what I planned (brown rice for quinoa, etc.)

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  • Katy September 9, 2014, 7:24 pm

    This is SUCH a great post–so many things I didn’t know! Thank you!

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    • Katy September 9, 2014, 7:26 pm

      I buy what’s on sale vs. what I planned (brown rice for quinoa, etc.)

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  • leslie September 9, 2014, 4:50 pm

    I love it!
    Where can I find that pumpkin granola recipe?? It’s not clear where it is…
    thanks!

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  • leslie September 9, 2014, 4:50 pm

    I love it!
    Where can I find that pumpkin granola recipe?? It’s not clear where it is…
    thanks!

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  • Kelly Driscoll September 9, 2014, 3:43 pm

    I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

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  • Kelly Driscoll September 9, 2014, 3:43 pm

    I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

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  • Jessica September 9, 2014, 3:40 pm

    This is great! I’m a mom to 5 young kids and am looking for a better, healthier way to start us all on!

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  • Jessica September 9, 2014, 3:40 pm

    This is great! I’m a mom to 5 young kids and am looking for a better, healthier way to start us all on!

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  • Donna September 9, 2014, 3:37 pm

    I didn’t know you could get the flyers via email. That helps me plan before I get to the store. Thanks!

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  • Donna September 9, 2014, 3:37 pm

    I didn’t know you could get the flyers via email. That helps me plan before I get to the store. Thanks!

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  • Jaime September 9, 2014, 3:23 pm

    I make sure to have coupons for every grocery shop.

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  • Jaime September 9, 2014, 3:23 pm

    I make sure to have coupons for every grocery shop.

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  • Eileen hamilton September 9, 2014, 2:02 pm

    I think meal planning can make a huge difference in your budget and you did fantastic.

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  • Eileen hamilton September 9, 2014, 2:02 pm

    I think meal planning can make a huge difference in your budget and you did fantastic.

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  • Liz September 9, 2014, 12:48 pm

    Love the perspective. I need to get back to recipe planning.

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  • Liz September 9, 2014, 12:48 pm

    Love the perspective. I need to get back to recipe planning.

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  • Natalie September 9, 2014, 12:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! It’s one of the biggest problems I have with shopping there. And I am TERRIBLE at meal planning so I need all the help I can get. These recipes look great.

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  • Natalie September 9, 2014, 12:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! It’s one of the biggest problems I have with shopping there. And I am TERRIBLE at meal planning so I need all the help I can get. These recipes look great.

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  • Tawna September 9, 2014, 11:45 am

    meal plan!!!!!!!

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  • Tawna September 9, 2014, 11:45 am

    meal plan!!!!!!!

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  • Denise L September 9, 2014, 11:17 am

    I buy only the organic items that make sense. I use the dirty dozen/clean 15 to decide what I really NEED to buy organic. I go conventional with other produce. I also always shop sales. We eat what is on sale from week to week.

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  • Denise L September 9, 2014, 11:17 am

    I buy only the organic items that make sense. I use the dirty dozen/clean 15 to decide what I really NEED to buy organic. I go conventional with other produce. I also always shop sales. We eat what is on sale from week to week.

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  • alison September 9, 2014, 11:11 am

    Thanks for the tips! Cant wait to try some of the meals.

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  • alison September 9, 2014, 11:11 am

    Thanks for the tips! Cant wait to try some of the meals.

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  • Jennifer T September 9, 2014, 10:32 am

    I have managed to switch my shopping so that each trip is used to stock up on sale items to maintain a pantry with specific items that I can modify for use in many meals. Having staples I can count on makes meal planning easier and adding seasonal and specialty items dresses up and balances out meals.

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  • Jennifer T September 9, 2014, 10:32 am

    I have managed to switch my shopping so that each trip is used to stock up on sale items to maintain a pantry with specific items that I can modify for use in many meals. Having staples I can count on makes meal planning easier and adding seasonal and specialty items dresses up and balances out meals.

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  • abbie September 9, 2014, 8:25 am

    This article was so informative and just what I needed to read!!

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  • abbie September 9, 2014, 8:25 am

    This article was so informative and just what I needed to read!!

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  • suzanne r September 9, 2014, 6:22 am

    Your recipes looked healthy and yummy!

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  • suzanne r September 9, 2014, 6:22 am

    Your recipes looked healthy and yummy!

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  • Cindy Graf Jolly September 9, 2014, 5:23 am

    You did a good job but I have a hard time with denying deserts and treats. How much did you spend for those. I would like to cut back.

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  • Cindy Graf Jolly September 9, 2014, 5:23 am

    You did a good job but I have a hard time with denying deserts and treats. How much did you spend for those. I would like to cut back.

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  • kristine September 8, 2014, 10:04 pm

    I love whole foods

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  • kristine September 8, 2014, 10:04 pm

    I love whole foods

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  • Sabrina Radke September 8, 2014, 8:32 pm

    I really try to match up coupons to the weekly ads to save even more money on our weekly grocery trips!

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  • Sabrina Radke September 8, 2014, 8:32 pm

    I really try to match up coupons to the weekly ads to save even more money on our weekly grocery trips!

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  • Tanya Phillips September 8, 2014, 7:36 pm

    We just started shopping at Whole Foods 2 months ago. I like to check the weekly flyer, and love checking out the yellow signs. Hubby didn’t want to go shopping, and now his favorite store is Whole Foods! Thanks for the great tips 🙂

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  • Tanya Phillips September 8, 2014, 7:36 pm

    We just started shopping at Whole Foods 2 months ago. I like to check the weekly flyer, and love checking out the yellow signs. Hubby didn’t want to go shopping, and now his favorite store is Whole Foods! Thanks for the great tips 🙂

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  • Sherryl September 8, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Loved your post! I will be attending a class at the end of this month at Whole Foods to learn how to shop the store without killing our budget. I can’t wait to go!

    Meal planning is definitely a great budget stretcher – couldn’t agree with you more on that point. We have a very strict budget for groceries, but I have found that finding an extra $20 can usually net me three weeks worth of meals (including snacks!). I make lots from scratch, so it takes planning and time, but is absolutely worth it.

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  • Sherryl September 8, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Loved your post! I will be attending a class at the end of this month at Whole Foods to learn how to shop the store without killing our budget. I can’t wait to go!

    Meal planning is definitely a great budget stretcher – couldn’t agree with you more on that point. We have a very strict budget for groceries, but I have found that finding an extra $20 can usually net me three weeks worth of meals (including snacks!). I make lots from scratch, so it takes planning and time, but is absolutely worth it.

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  • Starla B September 8, 2014, 6:44 pm

    Wow, what an informing awesome post. I will have to definitely check out my local Whole Foods. I usually just try and meal plan my weeks out, and I always get the sales paper! It really does help!

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  • Starla B September 8, 2014, 6:44 pm

    Wow, what an informing awesome post. I will have to definitely check out my local Whole Foods. I usually just try and meal plan my weeks out, and I always get the sales paper! It really does help!

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  • Donna L September 8, 2014, 6:35 pm

    I look at the stores sales ads online and I use coupons. I also buy in bulk items that are on sale.

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  • Donna L September 8, 2014, 6:35 pm

    I look at the stores sales ads online and I use coupons. I also buy in bulk items that are on sale.

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  • candice September 8, 2014, 6:09 pm

    we shop whole foods regularly and i, like you, always grab their sales/coupon flyer at the door. also, bring bags and save 5 cents off for each bag you bring. i also buy a lot of the 365 brand, 365 days a year, the price is the same!

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  • candice September 8, 2014, 6:09 pm

    we shop whole foods regularly and i, like you, always grab their sales/coupon flyer at the door. also, bring bags and save 5 cents off for each bag you bring. i also buy a lot of the 365 brand, 365 days a year, the price is the same!

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  • Liz September 8, 2014, 5:16 pm

    Gotta try this. New Whole foods just opened less than 1/2 mile away.

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  • Liz September 8, 2014, 5:16 pm

    Gotta try this. New Whole foods just opened less than 1/2 mile away.

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  • Tanya September 8, 2014, 4:29 pm

    Thanks for this post. I learned so much. I shop at Whole Foods quite a bit and never knew about the case discounts, chicken discounts or about their conventional vs organic fruits and veggies.

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  • Tanya September 8, 2014, 4:29 pm

    Thanks for this post. I learned so much. I shop at Whole Foods quite a bit and never knew about the case discounts, chicken discounts or about their conventional vs organic fruits and veggies.

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  • Tina W September 8, 2014, 3:46 pm

    Plan your menu based on the deals, instead of trying to find deals that fit your menu!
    And be flexible in case a clearance deal pops up at the last second!

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  • Tina W September 8, 2014, 3:46 pm

    Plan your menu based on the deals, instead of trying to find deals that fit your menu!
    And be flexible in case a clearance deal pops up at the last second!

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  • Hannah K September 8, 2014, 3:22 pm

    I do most of my shopping with a meal plan and a shopping list. That way I know exactly how much I need and what I need for the week. I also check my pantry and fridge before I leave so I know what we already have back stock of. I have a tendency to go through the isles and think that we need something when in fact we have 4 of them already at home in the pantry.

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  • Hannah K September 8, 2014, 3:22 pm

    I do most of my shopping with a meal plan and a shopping list. That way I know exactly how much I need and what I need for the week. I also check my pantry and fridge before I leave so I know what we already have back stock of. I have a tendency to go through the isles and think that we need something when in fact we have 4 of them already at home in the pantry.

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  • julie September 8, 2014, 3:19 pm

    I always use coupons-whole foods is great because you can use a wf coupon plus a manufacturer coupon. Plus now if you buy mulitple of a product you only need to clip one wf coupon and it will apply to all purchased!

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  • julie September 8, 2014, 3:19 pm

    I always use coupons-whole foods is great because you can use a wf coupon plus a manufacturer coupon. Plus now if you buy mulitple of a product you only need to clip one wf coupon and it will apply to all purchased!

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  • Kyna September 8, 2014, 3:14 pm

    I like to buy the clearance veggies. If it has a only a few days before the past due date, I can get up to 1. 50 up to 2.00 dollars off. In my area many organic greens are always on sale. I usually use them up the night I get them or a few nights after.

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  • Kyna September 8, 2014, 3:14 pm

    I like to buy the clearance veggies. If it has a only a few days before the past due date, I can get up to 1. 50 up to 2.00 dollars off. In my area many organic greens are always on sale. I usually use them up the night I get them or a few nights after.

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  • Rosie September 8, 2014, 3:10 pm

    I shop at Whole Foods Market as it is right near me. I like to compare flyers, and I’m often pleasantly surprised that many items at Whole Foods are less expensive than at the other stores. I shop their sales, and also use their coupons. As you probably know, the sale items often also have a coupon from their own booklet. I also adore their flash sales! I eat less meat and concentrate on dishes with beans, grains, lentils, tofu, cheese.

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  • Rosie September 8, 2014, 3:10 pm

    I shop at Whole Foods Market as it is right near me. I like to compare flyers, and I’m often pleasantly surprised that many items at Whole Foods are less expensive than at the other stores. I shop their sales, and also use their coupons. As you probably know, the sale items often also have a coupon from their own booklet. I also adore their flash sales! I eat less meat and concentrate on dishes with beans, grains, lentils, tofu, cheese.

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  • Ashlee September 8, 2014, 2:34 pm

    I have no hacks, I’m here to learn!

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  • Ashlee September 8, 2014, 2:34 pm

    I have no hacks, I’m here to learn!

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  • Jenni L. September 8, 2014, 2:21 pm

    My favorite hack is- I always buy the whole chicken and that way I get stock, enough chicken for a couple meals and I don’t pay for the “convenience” of just breasts/thighs.

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  • Jenni L. September 8, 2014, 2:21 pm

    My favorite hack is- I always buy the whole chicken and that way I get stock, enough chicken for a couple meals and I don’t pay for the “convenience” of just breasts/thighs.

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  • Kristen September 8, 2014, 2:19 pm

    My “hack” for Whole Foods is going shopping without the kids! That gives me enough time to calmly search for the yellow signs!

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  • Kristen September 8, 2014, 2:19 pm

    My “hack” for Whole Foods is going shopping without the kids! That gives me enough time to calmly search for the yellow signs!

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  • Meg September 8, 2014, 1:58 pm

    Cuisine du marché – the menu is what’s in season and on special. I honestly don’t see how people who shop and cook for a month do it!

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  • Meg September 8, 2014, 1:58 pm

    Cuisine du marché – the menu is what’s in season and on special. I honestly don’t see how people who shop and cook for a month do it!

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  • KL September 8, 2014, 1:40 pm

    Wish Whole Foods was closer to me. First one just opened in NH but it is still 45 min away 🙁 Still love these ideas. Thanks! And recipes look awesome too!

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  • KL September 8, 2014, 1:40 pm

    Wish Whole Foods was closer to me. First one just opened in NH but it is still 45 min away 🙁 Still love these ideas. Thanks! And recipes look awesome too!

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  • Can Cunha September 8, 2014, 1:17 pm

    We like to shop with cash so we can stay on the budget we have set. And avoid the snack isles while shopping hungry!

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  • Can Cunha September 8, 2014, 1:17 pm

    We like to shop with cash so we can stay on the budget we have set. And avoid the snack isles while shopping hungry!

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  • Danielle September 8, 2014, 1:03 pm

    I do a meal plan and most of my shopping just once a month. It saves money to not go to the grocery store often!

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  • Danielle September 8, 2014, 1:03 pm

    I do a meal plan and most of my shopping just once a month. It saves money to not go to the grocery store often!

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  • Anita September 8, 2014, 12:59 pm

    What awesome tips! I had no idea about the conventional produce.

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  • Anita September 8, 2014, 12:59 pm

    What awesome tips! I had no idea about the conventional produce.

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  • Jennifer September 8, 2014, 12:52 pm

    We are in the same neck of the woods 🙂 I’m loving that Whole Foods is open around here now and I too have been surprised at how well I can do there based on how expensive it can be to eat organic. We rely a lot on what’s on sale. Loving it so far! I would love to see some more recipes from this meal plan btw 🙂 Thx for sharing!

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  • Jennifer September 8, 2014, 12:52 pm

    We are in the same neck of the woods 🙂 I’m loving that Whole Foods is open around here now and I too have been surprised at how well I can do there based on how expensive it can be to eat organic. We rely a lot on what’s on sale. Loving it so far! I would love to see some more recipes from this meal plan btw 🙂 Thx for sharing!

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  • Cathy September 8, 2014, 12:42 pm

    I try to buy in bulk on things where it makes a real difference in price. For example, the 25 lb bag of unbleached organic flour (or a side of beef).

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  • Cathy September 8, 2014, 12:42 pm

    I try to buy in bulk on things where it makes a real difference in price. For example, the 25 lb bag of unbleached organic flour (or a side of beef).

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  • Tippi September 8, 2014, 12:42 pm

    Great post! I’m a bad impulse shopper so I have to make a list and then I allow myself two impulse items to try to get control of it!

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  • Tippi September 8, 2014, 12:42 pm

    Great post! I’m a bad impulse shopper so I have to make a list and then I allow myself two impulse items to try to get control of it!

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  • Beverly September 8, 2014, 12:36 pm

    I had a surprise this weekend. I do once-a-month cooking so that I don’t have to plan/cook meals every day. This weekend was my big cooking weekend this month. I thought I’d save a little money by buying as much as I could from another local store with the thought that this other store would be cheaper. NOT SO! I checked the price of several of the items I had bough at the other store with the prices at Whole Foods, and I would have saved $10 if I had bought them at Whole Foods. And the chicken — the value pack of the Whole Foods 365 organic chicken breasts were almost HALF the price of organic chicken at the other store (that wasn’t included in the $10 I already mentioned I could have saved). Wow! What an eye-opener!

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  • Beverly September 8, 2014, 12:36 pm

    I had a surprise this weekend. I do once-a-month cooking so that I don’t have to plan/cook meals every day. This weekend was my big cooking weekend this month. I thought I’d save a little money by buying as much as I could from another local store with the thought that this other store would be cheaper. NOT SO! I checked the price of several of the items I had bough at the other store with the prices at Whole Foods, and I would have saved $10 if I had bought them at Whole Foods. And the chicken — the value pack of the Whole Foods 365 organic chicken breasts were almost HALF the price of organic chicken at the other store (that wasn’t included in the $10 I already mentioned I could have saved). Wow! What an eye-opener!

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  • Kimberly September 8, 2014, 12:35 pm

    My “hack” is always buying organic from the store brand – either 365, Nature’s Promise (Stop & Shop), etc. Love that it is healthy but generally very reasonable.

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  • Kimberly September 8, 2014, 12:35 pm

    My “hack” is always buying organic from the store brand – either 365, Nature’s Promise (Stop & Shop), etc. Love that it is healthy but generally very reasonable.

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  • Katherine September 8, 2014, 12:29 pm

    This is AWESOME and so helpful! Great job meeting the challenge!

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  • Katherine September 8, 2014, 12:29 pm

    This is AWESOME and so helpful! Great job meeting the challenge!

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  • Laura September 8, 2014, 12:27 pm

    My hack isn’t really a hack….just using coupons and weekly ads!

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  • Laura September 8, 2014, 12:27 pm

    My hack isn’t really a hack….just using coupons and weekly ads!

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  • Lynn B September 8, 2014, 11:56 am

    I try to stock up on dry goods when they are on sale. I know that they go on sale approximately every 6 weeks so if I can afford it and have the storage space I try to buy enough for 6 weeks when it’s on a good sale.

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  • Lynn B September 8, 2014, 11:56 am

    I try to stock up on dry goods when they are on sale. I know that they go on sale approximately every 6 weeks so if I can afford it and have the storage space I try to buy enough for 6 weeks when it’s on a good sale.

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  • Renee B. September 8, 2014, 11:43 am

    I look for coupons and buy the store brands

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  • Renee B. September 8, 2014, 11:43 am

    I look for coupons and buy the store brands

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  • Seyma Shabbir September 8, 2014, 11:27 am

    I use coupons, even at Whole Foods. I also plan by meals around the sales.

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  • Seyma Shabbir September 8, 2014, 11:27 am

    I use coupons, even at Whole Foods. I also plan by meals around the sales.

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  • Deborah September 8, 2014, 11:14 am

    Awesome post! I linked to it on my blog. 🙂

    Planning to try out some of these recipes — especially the Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal!

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  • Deborah September 8, 2014, 11:14 am

    Awesome post! I linked to it on my blog. 🙂

    Planning to try out some of these recipes — especially the Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal!

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  • Deborah A. September 8, 2014, 11:00 am

    I love this! There are some great tips. I don’t live near a whole foods, but a lot of your ideas can be used in every day shopping. I love the recipes. Mmm! Come cook for me and my family please. 🙂

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  • Deborah A. September 8, 2014, 11:00 am

    I love this! There are some great tips. I don’t live near a whole foods, but a lot of your ideas can be used in every day shopping. I love the recipes. Mmm! Come cook for me and my family please. 🙂

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  • diane September 8, 2014, 10:53 am

    I adore Whole Foods but don’t go often because I can’t seem to stay within budget! I must admit…I have expensive taste in food and fresh salmon and locally raised bacon aren’t cheap. This is an awesome challenge though and I would honestly love to try it in my own house…I will have to leave the credit card at home and only take cash…force be to skip those expensive treats I always buy myself!

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  • diane September 8, 2014, 10:53 am

    I adore Whole Foods but don’t go often because I can’t seem to stay within budget! I must admit…I have expensive taste in food and fresh salmon and locally raised bacon aren’t cheap. This is an awesome challenge though and I would honestly love to try it in my own house…I will have to leave the credit card at home and only take cash…force be to skip those expensive treats I always buy myself!

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  • Anne Perry September 8, 2014, 10:24 am

    We buy so much organic fruit. Shopping at the farmer’s market helps.

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  • Anne Perry September 8, 2014, 10:24 am

    We buy so much organic fruit. Shopping at the farmer’s market helps.

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  • Nicole Pyle September 8, 2014, 10:14 am

    My personal hack it to get things I can make multiple meals with. For example, a carton of eggs and a bag of potatoes can make an awesome egg casserole, and still have room for more meals!

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  • Nicole Pyle September 8, 2014, 10:14 am

    My personal hack it to get things I can make multiple meals with. For example, a carton of eggs and a bag of potatoes can make an awesome egg casserole, and still have room for more meals!

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  • Sheila K. September 8, 2014, 9:50 am

    I plan out meals very carefully, making sure that I use everything that I buy and clip, clip, clip those coupons.

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  • Sheila K. September 8, 2014, 9:50 am

    I plan out meals very carefully, making sure that I use everything that I buy and clip, clip, clip those coupons.

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  • Jessica Beard September 8, 2014, 9:20 am

    I shop the grocery ads and use coupons.

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  • Jessica Beard September 8, 2014, 9:20 am

    I shop the grocery ads and use coupons.

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  • Jenn September 8, 2014, 9:20 am

    Great tips! I find buying organic meat and dairy are the most expensive products to buy vs conventional, but also the the most important to me.

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  • Jenn September 8, 2014, 9:20 am

    Great tips! I find buying organic meat and dairy are the most expensive products to buy vs conventional, but also the the most important to me.

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