Whole Value: Get In On These Whole Foods Market Hacks

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Cooking a simple and delicious (and Instagram-ready!) meal shouldn’t cost a fortune — including at Whole Foods Market. This food lover’s destination (where else can you find chef-prepared meals, sustainable seafood and grind-your-own nut butter?) is home to serious savings. Just ask the five food bloggers who took on the Whole Foods Market Hacks challenge (#WFMHacks):

Shop for 14 meals with just $125, without skimping on quality or flavor. Want to see if they made it under budget? Spoiler alert: They did. Big time.

For the #WFMHacks challenge, bloggers from Just a Taste, Happy Strong Home, Big Girls Small Kitchen, Sodium Girl and Peanut Butter Fingers made 14 amazing meals, each from $125 worth of groceries — Sodium Girl even came in under $100! And we’re not talking skimpy suppers, either. (See: make-it-tonight dishes like vegetarian okonomiyaki with spicy mayo and roasted chicken with roasted roots and herbed couscous).

Here are some of their best hacks for whole savings:

Buy only what you need. Need just a cup of quinoa or handful of dried apricots? Bulk bin = best friend. But did you know you can also ask for custom quantities of produce and meat? If you only need half of that massive cabbage, Whole Foods Market will divide it! Game Changer!

Don’t dismiss the freezer. While it’s important to shop seasonally, it’s not always possible. Whole Foods Market sells a variety of organic fruits and vegetables and sustainably caught and responsibly farmed seafood—all frozen at the peak of freshness.

There’s value with the butcher. Humanely raised meat is worth a few more cents, but that doesn’t mean you need to empty your wallet. All of Whole Foods Market’s offerings meet strict animal welfare standards, so you can rest easy with whatever you buy. Keep your eye out for weekly specials, value packs and promotional pricing and look for lesser-known cuts like flank or skirt steak that offer big flavor at a great value price. When those chicken thighs go on sale, buy extra to portion out and freeze. Or, talk to the butcher — they’ll be able to point out the best deals in the meat case for any occasion, anytime.

Check out the Whole Deal. The Whole Deal value guide comes out in print and online about every two months and offers seasonal deals that will help shoppers save on average $45 per issue.

We like value! But we also like values – Whole Foods Market is committed to responsibly sourced produce, high quality meat without antibiotics or added growth hormones, and sustainable seafood, while also focusing on local sourcing when possible and passing on savings to shoppers. We might pay a little more for that kind of assurance … but we’re glad we don’t have to!

We were pleasantly surprised by how many ways there were to save at Whole Foods Market, whether you’re clipping coupons or shopping the store’s 365 Everyday Value® line — featuring more than 3,000 natural, organic offerings. To make it easier, you can also get special offers and news via email.