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misterchimpy 3,646 July 16, 2008 at 06:30 PM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (3)
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Yes, I know you don't necessarily associate Whole Foods and Slickdeals, but I actually live a few blocks away from one(in the same shopping center as a CVS, lol), and I frequently stop in on the way back from the gym. No, they don't double coupons, and you usually can't get the outrageous deals that you can get at CVS or a conventional supermarket for that matter, but you can frequently get decent deals, not to mention lots of free samplesyummy And their '365' house brand is usually comparably priced to Trader Joe's, and cheaper than a comparable supermarket item. And maybe it's the economy, but I have noticed them getting considerably cheaper on some advertised items as of late.

Sales for Whole Foods stores are regional, although they seem to have some national deals on grocery items(canned and packaged foods). Sales tend to run on 2 and 4 week cycles, and new cycles tend to start on Wednesdays. They also tend to have regional sales, that run on the weekends or may also run on 2 week cycles(the "Madness" sales in the Northeast) that tend to feature regional deals like produce, meat, prepared food, bakery etc.

Your best bet to find out what's on sale at your local store, is to go to your store's website, which is located at www.wholefoodsmarket.com. Enter your zip code up top, and pick your store. In addition to the sales circular, there is often a calendar of store events, a twitter feed or facebook page.
One aspect of Whole Foods is that the stores tend to have a lot more "events" than a conventional supermarket. These can be promotions, contests,
sampling events, cooking classes. If your store calendar isn't posted online, there is always one at the store entrance. And while many of these promos are not worth a separate trip(though I have gotten some nice sample packs at times), if you are going to the store anyway, why not go when they are giving something away?

Whole Foods also distributes a coupon book in store, called "The Whole Deal". These are store coupons and are will NOT scan at other retailers, despite the bar codes. You should be able to combine them with a manufacturer coupon, but YMMV.

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Yeah I don't know, I've never tried that at Whole Foods! I have some Stonyfield coupons as well, and I didn't even think of that. But I would guess it's gonna be a big YMMV, they still look at me strangely at the local store when I give them their own coupons, ha, so I would guess that they might challenge you on 2 different coupons for the same item

And it really isn't much trouble maintaining the thread, but I appreciate all your nice comments! Smilie Basically, the store is on my walk home from the gym and in a shopping center with a CVS, so I usually stop in anyway. I used to never shop there very much, but I started noticing a few months ago that they started to have much better deals, at least on some items. So it takes only a few minutes, and they usually have some tasty free samples! drool

But it's definitely annoying that they don't put out a conventional circular like most other supermarkets. Maybe if business stays bad enough, they will start doing it!
I was going to add that, it was the first time I used coupons there and the cashier had to call over the supervisor twice... very silly!

Cool, well, I do just like to let people know they are appreciated as often as is true! Wink

Oh, speaking of samples...they had some strange purple corn juice.it scared me!! I made myself try it. ewe!! Yucky!
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I started shopping at whole foods recently. I only went in because of a $20 gift card someone sent me, and only for eggs, but they have some nice stuff there!

Their soups are delicious.

And we tried a soy lo mein or something like that sample, it was extremely tasty! I have never eaten soy stuff in my life, but I will now!
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Just a thought for a healthy, reasonable lunch at Whole Foods...

I used to always get their soup for lunch at $2.29 a cup, but when they increased the price to $2.99 and the selection/quality of the soups went down, I stopped getting it. Now I often get a piece of rotisserie chicken and a salad.

In the rotisserie chicken warmer, the store near where I work offers individual leg quarters seasoned with lemon pepper or herbs or plain. The prices vary from $1.50 to $2.00. I also get a little side salad from the salad bar with baby spinach, shredded carrorts, shredded zuchinni and a little balsamic dressing for about $1 to $1.50. There salad bar is $7.99/lb, so I try to go for the stuff that is lightest in weight and healthiest (no mayo laden cold salads).

Total:
1.80 Chicken
1.10 Salad
.20 Whole Grain crackers (near the soup bar)
= $3.10 plus tax
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Just a thought for a healthy, reasonable lunch at Whole Foods...

I used to always get their soup for lunch at $2.29 a cup, but when they increased the price to $2.99 and the selection/quality of the soups went down, I stopped getting it. Now I often get a piece of rotisserie chicken and a salad.

In the rotisserie chicken warmer, the store near where I work offers individual leg quarters seasoned with lemon pepper or herbs or plain. The prices vary from $1.50 to $2.00. I also get a little side salad from the salad bar with baby spinach, shredded carrorts, shredded zuchinni and a little balsamic dressing for about $1 to $1.50. There salad bar is $7.99/lb, so I try to go for the stuff that is lightest in weight and healthiest (no mayo laden cold salads).

Total:
1.80 Chicken
1.10 Salad
.20 Whole Grain crackers (near the soup bar)
= $3.10 plus tax
I agree w/you on the heavy salad stuff...plus it's kinda gross to me anyway, regardless of $$.

If I understand your post properly though, that's ONLY 2 OUNCES of salad (for easy math roughly $8 pound, 16 ounces in a pound = .50/ounce). If it works for you that's good. But it ain't gonna work for husband nor me.

BTW - if you have a BajaFresh nearby, black bean & rice platter for ~1.60 + $1.00 for grilled veggies, all you want fresh salsas + comp corn chips. Fills hubby up, it's more than I can eat + they have receipt coupon survey for $2 off if you spend $5.00
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Oh, speaking of samples...they had some strange purple corn juice.it scared me!! I made myself try it. ewe!! Yucky!
Yeah I've definitely had some strange stuff there, but I hit the jackpot the other day. They had a large sample bowl of chocolate covered cherries(normally $15/lb!), which were almost the size of ping pong balls. woot Those were really good....drool Too bad that I didn't see the "one sample per person" sign! Wink I mean, too bad for the people who got there after me!

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There salad bar is $7.99/lb, so I try to go for the stuff that is lightest in weight and healthiest (no mayo laden cold salads).
One thing to keep in mind is that the cold salads are actually less expensive in the refrigerated case or even at the deli counter. For example, cole slaw is 3.99/lb, the exact same cole slaw is 7.99/lb as part of the salad bar! Potato salad etc is also cheaper, in fact, as part of one of summer madness sales, they had 2 lb containers of it on sale for 1.99.

BTW, it was too big a container for me, but the family size "mac + cheese" on sale this week is actually 4 lbs! So that's actually not that bad a deal for 6.99. Although I've had it before, it's more like a homemade product than a commercial one--it doesn't have the intense flavor that the packaged or Stouffer's does. They usually have it at the hotbar(ha at 7.99/lb), so you could always sneak a 'sample' to see if you like it, ha.

Oh also, I'd definitely stock up on the real deal booklets. The cover is dated through 9/30, so no guarantee they will keep them out after that date, but the coupons are good until 10/31 or even 12/31. And I've been able to use the coupons at Shaws without any problems. Unfortunately, they raised the Clif Kids bars to .69 at Whole Foods(so .19 after coupon), but they are 3/$2 at Shaws and the coupon doubles to .66(won't give you overage) but it is free after coupon.

No weekend 'madness' sale this weekend...Mad
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Yeah I've definitely had some strange stuff there, but I hit the jackpot the other day. They had a large sample bowl of chocolate covered cherries(normally $15/lb!), which were almost the size of ping pong balls. woot Those were really good....drool Too bad that I didn't see the "one sample per person" sign! Wink I mean, too bad for the people who got there after me!
Wow, those sound out of this world!!!!!!!!!! OMG


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Unfortunately, they raised the Clif Kids bars to .69 at Whole Foods(so .19 after coupon), but they are 3/$2 at Shaws and the coupon doubles to .66(won't give you overage) but it is free after coupon.
Where are they located at Shaws? I haven't seen them in the Organic Bar Section yet.....
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Oh also, I'd definitely stock up on the real deal booklets. The cover is dated through 9/30, so no guarantee they will keep them out after that date, but the coupons are good until 10/31 or even 12/31. And I've been able to use the coupons at Shaws without any problems. Unfortunately, they raised the Clif Kids bars to .69 at Whole Foods(so .19 after coupon), but they are 3/$2 at Shaws and the coupon doubles to .66(won't give you overage) but it is free after coupon.
I've also been able to find the Kids Cliff Bars at Krogers for .50 cents
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Wow, those sound out of this world!!!!!!!!!! OMG




Where are they located at Shaws? I haven't seen them in the Organic Bar Section yet.....
I guess it depends on the store, the Shaws at Prudential has 3 different kinds, but they were with the rest of the organic bars. They were on a different shelf than the other Clif bars, maybe because they are 'kids'? But they were definitely in the same section.

There's also a .50 coupon on the chocolate dipped Mojo ones, but while Shaw's has the regular Mojo ones, I haven't seen any chocolate dipped ones there.

BTW, waaaaaaaay off topic, but if you want free movie tickets, American Eagle is rerunning the try on a pair of jeans and get a free ticket promo. There are both AMC and Regal tickets, the AMC ones are only good for a few weeks, but the Regal ones are good until mid October. There's a thread about this over in the Freebie forum.

http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=151368&t=911905
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I guess it depends on the store, the Shaws at Prudential has 3 different kinds, but they were with the rest of the organic bars. They were on a different shelf than the other Clif bars, maybe because they are 'kids'? But they were definitely in the same section.

There's also a .50 coupon on the chocolate dipped Mojo ones, but while Shaw's has the regular Mojo ones, I haven't seen any chocolate dipped ones there.

BTW, waaaaaaaay off topic, but if you want free movie tickets, American Eagle is rerunning the try on a pair of jeans and get a free ticket promo. There are both AMC and Regal tickets, the AMC ones are only good for a few weeks, but the Regal ones are good until mid October. There's a thread about this over in the Freebie forum.

http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=151368&t=911905
Thanks for the tips, I'll have to look around better.. now that I have all those coupons! That was the best part of my trip to Whole Foods last weekend! Beautiful too because it is right across the street from the Shaws I go to!

Nice deal! Thanks for sharing! Can't beat free movie tickets for a few minutes time! *Actually afterthought we don't have AMC or Regal.. I will have to check out the details in the thread
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I guess it depends on the store, the Shaws at Prudential has 3 different kinds, but they were with the rest of the organic bars. They were on a different shelf than the other Clif bars, maybe because they are 'kids'? But they were definitely in the same section.
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=151368&t=911905
Wait, you shop at the Shaw's at Prudential! The Whole Foods I get my lunch at is the one at Symphony at Westland Ave. I'm the one in there with a handful of coupons!
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I was just looking at my receipt, I actually think the Stonyfield deal is better than I thought. The cashier scanned the coupon and it took off .99, which is the regular price. So it was actually 2 for .51! Also, I don't think the Fat Free is on sale, it's the Low Fat, and Whole Milk ones.

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Nice deal! Thanks for sharing! Can't beat free movie tickets for a few minutes time! *Actually afterthought we don't have AMC or Regal.. I will have to check out the details in the thread
Yeah American Eagle did it last year I think or maybe the year before. What it's really good for is that, as you know, a lot of movie chains are located near or even attached to malls and virtually every mall in the solar system has an American Eaglelaugh out loud . So if you were going to go to the movies anyway, just pop in to the American Eagle store beforehand, and woohoo free tickets. I must have done that 3 or 4 times when they did the promo last time.

But I think it's just those 2 chains. Probably the best thing to do if you're interested is to call the nearest store, and ask if they are participating and if so, which chain(s) they are passing out tickets for. Last year(or whenever) the tickets went pretty quickly(within a few days or a week iirc), so it's probably worth it to call ahead regardless.

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Wait, you shop at the Shaw's at Prudential! The Whole Foods I get my lunch at is the one at Symphony at Westland Ave. I'm the one in there with a handful of coupons!
That's funny, I shop at the Whole Foods at Charles River Park! And I'm probably one of the few people who uses coupons there as well, ha. They probably have our pictures tacked up behind the service deskLMAO .
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BTW, as it turns out the Mambo Sprouts .50 off Clif Mojo coupon is good on either the regular or the dipped(it actually says that on the coupon, I just didn't read it that closely!).

Shaw's has the regular Mojo bars on sale this week for $1---so they are free after coupon at Shaw's! The coupon scanned without a problem.
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BTW, as it turns out the Mambo Sprouts .50 off Clif Mojo coupon is good on either the regular or the dipped(it actually says that on the coupon, I just didn't read it that closely!).

Shaw's has the regular Mojo bars on sale this week for $1---so they are free after coupon at Shaw's! The coupon scanned without a problem.
Great news!!! Thanks a bunch! I will def. pick up some this week!!
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And finally, there is a .50 off Clif Nectar coupon--these are on sale for 1.25, so .25 AC at Shaw's. These are also good on the Nectar Cacao bars--the dark chocolate raspberry well worth the .25 imo!

So, to summarize

Clif Bars on sale at Shaw's this week:

Clif Kids 3/$2--use .50 Mambo coupon, free after doubling
Clif Mojo $1--use .50 Mambo coupon, free after doubling
Clif Nectar $1.25--use .50 Mambo coupon, .25 after doubling
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And finally, there is a .50 off Clif Nectar coupon--these are on sale for 1.25, so .25 AC at Shaw's. These are also good on the Nectar Cacao bars--the dark chocolate raspberry well worth the .25 imo!

So, to summarize

Clif Bars on sale at Shaw's this week:

Clif Kids 3/$2--use .50 Mambo coupon, free after doubling
Clif Mojo $1--use .50 Mambo coupon, free after doubling
Clif Nectar $1.25--use .50 Mambo coupon, .25 after doubling
Thanks, I have all those Qs, in the Shaw's section on my coupon holder! Thanks for the info and summary! The nectar bar sounds good, have you tried that one?
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