Wichita’s first Whole Foods Market opens Wednesday morning 8:40 a.m. with a “breaking bread” ceremony that will include Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, representatives from local charitable partners, and Whole Foods regional executives. The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening festivities, and then shop when the doors open at 9 a.m. They’ll have samples and promotions throughout the store, which is located at 13th and Webb Road in Wichita.
Last week I attended a blogger sneak peek and I was really impressed with the store. We’re definitely going to include Whole Foods in our shopping rotation. 🙂 During the tour, store executives shared some insider tips for frugally-minded folks who are new to the Whole Foods experience. If you’ve lived in an area with a Whole Foods Market (not to be confused with Wichita stores that previously had the same name but are owned by a different company), maybe you have some other pro tips for saving. Please share them with us!
Ways to Save Money at Whole Foods Market in Wichita
Insider tips for frugal people like us to save money at Whole Foods:
- The Whole Foods store brand is 365 Everyday Value, which you’ll find throughout the store. These are reasonably priced natural or organic versions of the products you might be used to buying at a regular grocery store.
- From time to time Whole Foods will have percent-off sales, and not only will your discount come off the lowest price, but you can use coupons if you have them. Check out all the printable Whole Foods coupons.
- Bargain shoppers will want to look for Low Price tags throughout the store. These tags make it easy to find the best deal.
- Another way to save will be in the bulk foods and spices. Rather than buying an entire bottle of a particular spice, for example, you can get just the amount you need for a recipe. This is also where you’ll stock up on rice, beans, and other bulk items.
- Show up for the deli specials like Chicken Wednesday or Pizza Friday, when you can take home a whole rotisserie chicken or freshly baked pizza at dollars-off the regular prices. ($8.99 gets you a rotisserie chicken for supper Wednesday and a large cheese pizza for Friday night.)
- If necessary, make use of the 100% refund policy, particularly on the beauty/body products. Try it, and if you don’t like it, you can return it – even if you lost your receipt. (I swear that’s what WF execs said. I’m not making it up. :))
- Get a 10% case discount. Any time you buy a whole case of something at Whole Foods, you’ll get a 10% discount, and this includes smallish “cases” like a whole box of snack/energy bars that are normally sold individually. But if you’re really stocking up – for a school or team function, for instance – be sure you pre-order so they have enough of the products on hand.
- Look for the bargain cases in the seafood department. You can’t miss them.
- Register for free store events and classes for kids and adults. (But don’t take all the spots in the upcoming hummus class. I want in on that one.)
I may have missed some ways to stretch your dollar at Whole Foods. If you have experience shopping at Whole Foods in another city, please feel free to leave a comment here sharing your tips.