A few weeks ago Whole Foods Market sent me a $100 gift card and asked me to take their Value Challenge to feed my family for a week. I was, to say the least, skeptical. I didn't think I'd come anywhere close to feeding my family of 5 for a week- but several days later, after a pretty amazing shopping experience….I almost did it. Almost. I went a few dollars over (and I mean a few- the total for the groceries for 1 week was I think $108.xx but definitely under $110).
That's right- I shopped Whole Foods Market and took the Whole Foods Value Challenge and (almost) rocked it! HOW is it possible?
You have to be a smart shopper. First thing? Check the sales. Seriously. Shop the sales. Whole Foods Market even has these cool fliers found in a few different places in the store that give you menu ideas for your family in certain price amounts. They tell you what to buy. Now, if you are like me and hate planning meals— this is for you. Trust me.
The next thing you want to do is check around for some coupons. Manufacturer coupons, and store coupons. Whole Foods Market has a coupon booklet they put out every few months. They have extras by the customer service booth, and a few places around the store. At customer service, there's (at least at every Whole Foods Market I've been in) always a little basket with like coupons paper clipped together. All for the taking. (And the giving, so leave your extras).
Check Facebook. Erica, my guardian shopper, even told me that a staff member at her store finds amazing deals and coupons, which is how we came to enjoy so much Risotto from Whole Foods Market- for $0.49 each. COUPONS and sales, my friends. Even at Whole Foods Market. Ask the staff. Chances are, they work at Whole Foods Market because it jives with their lifestyle too- and most people try to be smart with money these days. I'm sure they'd be more than happy to give you tips and suggestions!
What kind of meals did we eat for this $108?
Dinner: Eggs, salsa, cheese omelets, fresh fruit on side, loaf of fresh bread ($1.49 with coupon!) 18 eggs cost me less than at my regular grocery store (sale)
Snacks: chips, salsa (weekly deal)
Dinner: Split chicken breasts marinated in 365 Italian Dressing, roasted potato, salad. (Cooked extra, saved for another night)
Dinner: Stuffed clams- $1/each. served with risotto ( $0.49 each) and some salad (spring mix was the same price for a huge plastic bin as my regular store has in non-organic bags
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