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March 27th, 2011, 11:06 AM
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We eat mostly whole foods--organic and free range as often as possible. Whole Foods is my regular store (along with Trader Joe's and Costco). We buy all our bread products at Target, though--because they carry Oroweat which is my preferred corn syrup free brand. I was all but certain that I could never save money on food since we have these perimeters. Then I started looking! I found store coupons from Whole Foods on line (which were in the store, as well, but I didn't even know about them), I also found manufacturers coupons!

I printed and clipped coupons and went to Whole Foods. I went directly to the customer service desk and inquired about their policies. The super friendly manager assured me that I could use both manufacturer and store coupons. Then she showed me the in store papers, of which I could use as many as I wanted.

I took my coupons and selected the items on sale. I also saw some other sale items. The only items I purchased that are not generally on my list are the cheese sticks and the Newman O's.

This was my purchase for $28.61.



My only irritation was that Whole Foods doesn't print the previous prices of sale items. So you don't know how much you actually saved unless you remember the original prices.



The organic Poptarts are usually $3.49 and were on sale for $2.59. The insert had a coupon for $1.50/2. So, they were $3.58 for two! So I saved $3.40 on the second box. ($3.40 savings)

The Newman O's are regularly $3.99 and were on sale for $2.39. I had a coupon for $0.75 off. They were $1.64. ($2.35)

The Miur Glen tomatoes were on sale for 2/$3. They're usually $2.39 each. I had two store coupons for $1/1. It was $1 for two cans. ($3.68)

I also had a manufacturer coupon for $1/1. I used another insert coupon for $1/1 and purchased a $4.39 Miur Glen organic pasta sauce for $2.39. ($2)

I had 2 manufacturer $1/1 coupon for Organic Valley cream cheese. I purchased two on sale for $2.99, from $3.99. So it was $3.98 for two instead. So, pretty much B1G1! ($4)

I got the $1.99 whipping cream for $1.24 with a $.75/1. ($0.75)

String cheese was $5.99, and I used a $.75 coupon. (0.75)

I used 2 $1/1 coupons for 7th Generation detergent, making it $7.99 instead of $9.99. ($2)

This brought my total savings to $18.93.

Not bad considering this is my very first time using coupons for foods, and it's all organic, and it's all food we will use this week.

GO ME! GO ME!
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March 27th, 2011, 02:30 PM
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we eat mostly organic. I buy a lot of organic produce at Costco of all places!!! Our local market doubles coupons and has a good organic section, so i get things like the Muir Glen, etc there, because it is cheaper with a doubled coupon (75 cents = $1.50 off!!!). Also, Costco has organic pantry stuff too. I got a case of organic diced tomatoes for $7 something. I do not live near a whole foods or i would try to shop there, we do have a locally owned natural food store though.
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March 27th, 2011, 02:46 PM
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We shop at Costco for produce and ground beef and chickens. I have to buy other beef products and free range pork at Whole Foods, though. I stock my pantry with the cases of organic tomatoes, tomato paste, etc. I bought the fire-roasted tomatoes with the coupons because they add extra depth of flavor to Cuban style beans.

I paid separately for the $14 chateaubriand we are having for dinner tonight and a couple of other thing that were not on sale. I liked seeing the receipt like this! I'm a dork, I know.
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March 27th, 2011, 04:15 PM
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we are vegetarian, so that helps some with costs
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March 28th, 2011, 04:17 AM
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Great job! Have you checked Hotcouponworld to see if they do matchups for WF?
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March 28th, 2011, 08:41 AM
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we are vegetarian, so that helps some with costs
I'm lucky if I can slip a beans and cheese burrito night past the family once or twice a month--and I make some killer Cuban beans.
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March 28th, 2011, 11:34 PM
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That's great! It's exciting saving on things, especially things you would buy normally!

We eat a lot of organic things, but not everything. I always thought it was too expensive, but I stock up on things when I can get a really good deal.
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