Shopping tips

Shopping at Whole Foods Market on a budget

Lately I have started doing my weekly grocery shopping at Whole foods mostly because they have a great selection of organic goods and I really trust their meat department. A lot of people shy away from Whole foods because they think its very expensive which to an extent is true, however I have discovered the secrets to shopping at Whole foods on a budget.
See below for what I got at my last shopping trip.

 

This week my 5 biggest scores in the produce department were a 2lb bag of organic carrots for $1.78, bunch of organic collard greens for $1.47, green beans .71 cents and a head of broccoli for $1.49. I also got a fresh cilantro, parsley, 2 avocado’s , 5 plum tomatoes, 3 large yellow onions, large parsnip, bunch of scallions, 31/2 lb box of tangerines, 2 corn cobs all for a total of $28.59 . Although this total may seem high to others, bear in mind these are organic guilt free vegetables.

 

 

Next, I headed to the Meat department where I even got better deals. About 1.5 lb of chicken drumsticks for $3.46, a lb of ground sirloin for $6.99 and a pack of organic chicken legs for $4.27 – Total $14,72

 

 

I recently discovered the bulk spice section and here I save loads of money. I bought some ground cardamon, Muchi curry powder and dried oregano all for only $2.50. Spices lose their punch with time so this will last me about a month and I can go back for a new fresh batch the next month.

 

 

I was most excited about the basil plant that I got on sale for $1.99! I love fresh herbs however they get bad really quick and end get up getting tossed in the trash most of the time. Buying potted herbs saves money since the plant will last longer than the packaged herbs.
After adding a few other basics like whole grain bread, eggs and a large can on organic crushed tomatoes my total came up to $53.78. Not bad for Whole foods right!
With the pantry staples that I buy from B’Js monthly plus my weekly shopping at Whole foods the menu this week is:
– Shepherds pie with green beans
-Macaroni cheese with barbecue chicken legs and sauteed collard greens.
-Chicken curry with Basmati rice and honey glazed carrots
-Hearty 3 bean vegetable chili
Tips on buying at Whole foods on a budget.
1. Start by following Whole foods social networks e.g Twitter, Facebook and sign up to receive their newsletters – By doing this you will find out what is on sale and get coupons before heading out to the store.
2. Just like other grocery stores, whole foods also has a value brand called everyday 365. The Whole foods value brand carries a lot of organic goods and the quality is just as good as name brand goods.
3. Shop at their bulk bin section – This is major money saver at Whole foods. You can buy things like organic rice, oatmeal, beans, couscous and lots more for under $3 a pound. They also have bulk spices and dried fruit.
4. Stay away from the beauty, home and snack isles as they are very expensive. I tend to get most of my groceries from the produce and butchers department. Here something is always on sale.
Please note my shopping list fits a weekly menu for two people.

 

How to be a Savvy shopper

Shopping is one of my favorite things to do and I know a lot of women can agree with me on this.There is something to be said for the thrill that comes with finding the perfect fitting dress or coat for a fraction of the price.As a shopaholic its important for me to get value for my money.I came across a book called the Shopping bags written by Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic.This book is has some great tips on shopping and I thought I should sahre some with you:

  • Don’t fall prey to salespeople : That lovely and extremely helpful salesperson is there for one reason, which is to sell as much product as possible.They will do whatever it takes to make a sale, even if it means telling you that purple dress will be great with that mustard jacket (trust me I have worked in retail). A good tip is to commit to a budget before you go shopping and when you are feeling pressured to overspend just remind yourself to stick to the budget.
  • Look out for fakes:Here is what to look for to spot a fake or knock off. Labels that are glued on are definitely fake, the real ones are sewed on. Also, true designer handbags are often lined with leather. Finally, pay close attention to the brand logo, sometimes knockoffs imitate logos of high end brands with slight alterations e.g Carter instead of Cartier.
  • Follow the seven day rule: The seven day rule helps to curb impulse buying. If you see something that you love but don’t really need,walk away. If its still on our mind a week later, you were meant to be together.
  • Know what you need: Key questions are quality, features, materials and workmanship. Brand names cost more but that is not always a bad thing. Big companies often have solid reputations and they stand by their products. Paying more for peace of mind is worth it. Added features can increase the price so remember what you really need the product for. If the product is made of good quality materials that usually means it will last longer.
  • Get on the sample sale circuit: Sample sales are a great way to get designer items for less. Samples are garments that were used by designers to showcase a new line. Inquire with any independently owned clothing store or local designer to get into the circuit. Another good tip is to find out if your favorite stores offer sale adjustments.That means if you pay full price for something that goes on sale a week later,you get a refund or credit for the discounted amount.
  • Dont be a sucked into pretty packaging: Tests have shown that some types of products just arent worth paying more for. If you know what to look for on the label you can get the alternatives at lower prices for everyday items like cleaning products and shampoos.These products have active ingredients that are essentially the same, so why pay more for a pretty bottle.
  • Wear comfortable clothes: Serious shoppers know the benefit of being comfortable when shopping. OK, I am not saying wear sweats and snickers,some cute ballet flats or comfy wedges will do the trick.

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