Building a Healthy Pantry for under $99

Post #2 (you can read on post #1 here)

It’s true, it can be done!  This is Part 2 of 3 fabulous things to know that Whole Foods Market can do for your family, budget and pantry that I recently discovered.

When I mention building your pantry I immediately think of things like grains, canned goods, spices, juices, water, etc. Items that have a long shelf life and items that you can build a healthy meal with.  We’ve moved so many times over the past 4 years and I understand the importance of  building and re-building a robust pantry  to keep our weekly costs down.

When I recently toured my local Whole Foods Market™, I was elated when she said “Frugal being the new black”.  And loved even more that this phrase came from their philosophy too.  We are all looking for ways to save money and as you know my new way of couponing has to be even more innovative than ever!  I learned so much and love how neatly packaged the whole process was to shop at Whole Foods.  If you read my first post you know that it felt like the first time I walked into this grocery store. I want to share with you some powerful yet simple tips you can do NOW to build your pantry for under $99.

Frugal Living Statistics:

A recent Harris Interactive® survey shows that more than 75 percent of shoppers have changed their cooking and eating habits due to the economy, with 57 percent reporting they eat dinner at home and eat out less often.

Ten Tips to Save Without Sacrificing in the Kitchen

  1. Learn to cook – cooking is good for the wallet and waistline.  Whole Foods Market offers “learn to cook” videos, in-store lessons and lots of great recipes. The one you’ll want to take particularly close attention to is: STOCK A HEALTHIER PANTRY!
  2. Choose the store brand for value and quality. Whole Foods Market has more than 2,000 exclusive and store brand products at great prices including items under our 365 Everyday Value™ and Whole Foods Market™ brands. And remember from my post yesterday that you can see where the 365 store brands are by the red signs.
  3. Buy in bulk – just buy what you need and reduce waste when it comes to grains, spices, herbs, nuts, flours.  Items in bulk are often cheaper by the ounce, too, because you’re not paying for the packaging.
  4. Buy and freeze meat and fish on sale – take advantage of sales and freeze in one-pound portions. Frozen in the seafood department, tasty, pre-marinated steaks and fillets that make restaurant-quality meals at a discount are now available.
  5. Stock a healthy pantry – Whole Foods Market recommends 23 pantry items that cost roughly $50 and make many different recipes.
  6. Shop in season for to support local producers. Seasonal shopping is sometimes the best way to try new fruits and veggies for your family.
  7. Buy frozen when produce is out-of-season – check out 365 Everyday Value frozen fruit and veggies.
  8. Look for sales and coupons – Whole Foods Market stores hold one-day and weekly sales and the Whole Deal value guide is chock full of coupons. Don’t forget about the cash register coupons that they so graciously have prepared (*check for store participation)
  9. Explore case discounts – you can save 10-20 percent on many foods and wine. Make sure to ask your store customer service if you have questions.
  10. Shop around – you might be surprised at food prices.  Whole Foods Market prices are quite competitive.  In fact, last year, a competitive pricing study found that a basket of popular grocery items from our stores cost $5.38 less when compared to other national supermarket chains.

Make sure to come back tomorrow to find out what to make with all these yummy suggestions as I’ll be sharing Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner options with all of your items you purchased here for your pantry!