Getting Cheap Groceries at Whole Foods: Top 7 Food Items

My top 7 favorite cheap food items at Whole Foods

First things first, I love Whole Foods. Shopping at this upscale supermarket feels more like an experience than a chore. Although I don’t shop there often, I look forward to my grocery runs and always leave inspired by some new and interesting products.

But Whole Foods is far from a discount grocery store. There is a price to pay for their organic fruits and vegetables, wide array of prepared foods, and other unique products.

But never fear, there are deals to be had at Whole Foods. And I’ve spend some time compiling my list of my 7 favorite budget-friendly foods for your reading pleasure. As always, please feel free to add your ideas below. I’d love to hear what some of your favorite products are.

#7: Bulk Spices

If need a small amount of a spice for a recipe and don’t want to buy a whole container, check out the bulk spices at Whole Foods. The bulk prices are usually much less per ounce than packaged spices.

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#6: Three-dollar items

If you’re looking to grab a quick meal, check out the $3 convenience items in the deli area. There are usually sandwiches and salads available, so it’s easy to make a mix-and-match meal for $6.

Three dollar items at Whole Foods

#5: Pita pockets = $2.69

This pita bread is delicious – and it’s a steal. I have used it as a crust for superfood pizza and bruschetta-style pita pizza. It’s also good with hummus, made into a pita sandwich, or made into homemade pita chips.

Buy pita bread at Whole Foods

#4: Roasted garlic from the salad bar = $7.99 per pound

This may seem like an odd item to include in this list, but hear me out. This roasted garlic is amaaazing. Use it as a pizza topping, in quiches, in soups, pureed with softened butter for a delicious spread, and to up the ante on pretty much any savory dish. I find it much easier to grab a small container of this roasted garlic at the salad bar than roasting my own at home. This is one time that I’m willing to pay for convenience.

Roasted garlic from the salad bar at Whole Foods

#3: Canned goods

On your next trip to Whole Foods, take a swing through the canned goods/pantry aisle. There are usually some good deals on canned tomatoes, vegetables, beans, peanut butter, and pasta.

Canned goods are usually a good deal at Whole Foods

#2: 365 Everyday Value products

The 365 Everyday Value products are the Whole Foods store brand products. The quality is great and the prices are usually reasonable. Check out the end caps for discounted items.

365 Organic products at Whole Foods

#1: Bulk section foods

Most Whole Foods stores have a plentiful bulk foods section. This is a great area to get bulk items – rice, lentils, beans, quinoa, pasta, popcorn, etc. – for a good price. Additionally, you control how much you buy, which is great if you only need a small amount of a particular item for a recipe.

The bulk section at Whole Foods is a great place to get deals on groceries

Other Cheap Grocery Items

There are certain food items that are cheap no matter where you shop. While you’re at Whole Foods, be on the lookout for:

  • Bananas
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Tortilla shells
  • Pasta

Shopping around is the best way to score great deals on groceries. Check out my other grocery store posts highlighting ALDI and Trader Joe’s. And don’t forget to add your own favorite products in the comments section below!

4 Responses to “Getting Cheap Groceries at Whole Foods: Top 7 Food Items”

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    Sonya — October 14, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing these deals. WeI love visiting both Trader Joes and Whole Foods whenever we are near these venues. In fact, last weekend, when we were in San Diego, we visited both and had a “feast for the senses” as we perused the aisles. Our daughter was elated to be back in the U S to experience the culinary experience. Keep up the reviews!

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    Heather Minicucci — November 9, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    I loved this post! They just opened a new Whole Foods Market near my house and this gives me new ideas about what to look for that’s healthy and not expensive.

    • Haley replied: — November 10th, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

      I hope this post helps! There are definitely deals at Whole Foods – you just have to dig a little deeper than many other grocery stores.

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    charlotte cannon — December 7, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    I’m learning to use this so please excuse errors. Love your blog! After Hurricane Katrina we lived in a primitive way but after they opened a grocery store we could get to,(not whole foods – they flooded too) I hit the salad bars – we couldn’t cook much cause of no electricity – these bars are great because you have no room to store produce. Lightweight stuff like spring greens and arugula cut back on costs perpound and sometimes you find premade salads that are not heavy like tabbouli. We got by for a long time on these and cheered when the store started
    making rotiserie chicken. Yesterday I bought spinach, spring greens, and a cherry tomato mix with spiced cheese. Gonna have a good meal today even tho I can cook now!

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