Whole Foods Market is a popular grocery shopping option, especially for those who prefer more organic food choices.  Here are 5 tips that will help improve your shopping experience:

Whole Foods Market Shopping Tips

1. Sample Before You Buy

With so many new products on the market, wouldn’t it be nice if you could sample something before you buy it? Thankfully, Whole Foods has a “try before you buy” policy. All you have to do is ask an employee and they will let you try almost any item in the store! If you’re lucky, they might even let you take the full product home as a further gesture of goodwill.

2. Buy In Bulk

If you have items that you use regularly, opt for the case and you could get a 10 percent discount! Ask an employee about items you’re thinking of stocking up on first. The employee will be able to confirm the discount and will most likely offer to bring the case to the register for you.

3. Get Items Hand-Cut

Let’s say you have a recipe that calls for half a head of purple cabbage, but you only see full heads of cabbage at your local Whole Foods. Do you buy the entire head of cabbage and let half of it go to waste? Of course not! Just ask a team member to hand-cut the cabbage for you! As a general rule of thumb, you can ask an associate to hand-cut items at the meat, seafood and cheese counters.

4. Don’t Forget The Salad Bar

Your local Whole Foods Market salad bar has a wide array of items to choose from. Look past the prepared items and you will see a wide selection of plain ingredients like cherry tomatoes, sliced onions, bell peppers and celery. This section of the salad bar can be a great help when you only need small quantities of specific items.

5. Digital Coupons

Chances are you don’t have the time, patience or desire to sit and clip coupons. Instead, give the Whole Foods Market mobile app a try. In addition to displaying what’s on sale at your local store, the app will also provide digital coupons that will save you money. Things like $5 off fresh meat or $5 off $25 of produce.

History Fun Fact

Now that you’ve read our 5 Whole Foods Market shopping tips, you deserve a fun fact! Whole Foods Market started in 1978 under the cheeky name of SaferWay in Austin, Texas.  Founders John Mackey and Renee Lawson wanted to differentiate their natural food store from popular grocery chain Safeway. In 1980, SaferWay and Clarksville Natural Grocery merged, forming Whole Foods Market. Today there are stores throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.