On Monday, I asked you all to take a guess at how much I spent at Whole Foods recently. The retail value on the 12 items I purchased was just over $33.
My total out of pocket, before taxes, was $1.21!
Congrats to Caroline S, who I think came the closest with her guess of $1.56. Send me an email, Caroline, and I will mail you a coupon for one free Earth Balance product!
I want to reiterate that while I find it fun to play this little “game” with y’all, I am so not doing it to brag (hopefully you realize that, though!). I am doing it to show you that you, too, can shop at seemingly “overpriced” stores like Whole Foods and save 30%, 50%, even 90% on your groceries.
Now, this trip was a straight-up coupon run. I didn’t buy anything that didn’t have a coupon – or two – for. And in fact, everything but the soy products were completely free. Plus, I got “overage” on a number of products, when the value of my coupons was greater than the value of the item. (Note that not all cashiers will ring it up this way; many will adjust the value of your coupons “down” to equal the value of the items purchased. It’s one of those YMMV situations at Whole Foods.)
Want to learn more about saving big bucks at Whole Foods? Check out my post from earlier this week with 6 Ways to Save at Whole Foods.
Oh, and a commenter asked how I got those awesome Earth’s Balance coupons. I just wrote and asked! If there are products you love – like I looooove those Buttery Sticks — write to the company and let them know. Also let them know you are looking for a coupon source – in my experience, 9 out of 10 companies will be happy to send you a high value coupon (or ten). Here are a few more tips on how to get coupons straight from the source.
So, now it’s your turn to wow us with your low, low totals. How’d you do this week at the stores?