Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Amazon bought Whole Foods. Corporate conglomeration merger as it may be, I am here for it.
At the store on East 57th Street in Manhattan, organic fuji apples were marked down to $1.99 a pound from $3.49 a pound; organic avocados went to $1.99 each from $2.79; organic rotisserie chicken fell to $9.99 each from $13.99, and the price of some bananas was slashed to 49 cents per pound from 79 cents. The marked-down items had orange signs reading “Whole Foods + Amazon.” The signs listed the old price, the new price and “More to come.”
Plus, Amazon Prime members will be able to get special savings and in-store benefits with Whole Foods’ private label products available through Prime Pantry and Prime Now.
Shopping organic continues to become more accessible and affordable. And I don’t miss a trick to upgrade my savings. Here are a few apps I use to save even more on healthy food and products for my family:
IBOTTA offers cash back for scanning coupons and bar codes as well as using apps already on your phone like UBER and Amazon. There are also generous welcome and bonus offers – I made $50 within my first week. Use my referral code, ekrkjkc, and you can get a $10 welcome bonus.
What I like about SavingStar is that you don’t have to think about it. Check off the items you are likely to purchase and link up your loyalty and frequent shopper cards from stores like Walmart, Target, and Acme and the rebates will automatically sync.
Shoparoo is a free mobile app that lets you snap photos of receipts to earn automatic cash donations and sweepstakes entries for the school of your choice. Earn regardless of where you shop or what you buy – Shoparoo makes its money by collecting market research. Personally, they can have all my info they want – maybe I will help increase the demand for cheaper organic blueberries.
This app offers deals on Organic, Gluten-Free, non-GMO, and Vegetarian foods. The downside is you really need a hard copy receipt to use it, but if you buy a few key things here and there you can make a few bucks!
Pantry Perks is a new site offering discounts on bulk items with a twist. Get cash back for your purchases and your friends’ purchases and give 1% back to the charity of your choice. I stocked up on Annie’s Mac + Cheese and Clif Kid Bars.
Of course, Whole Foods has its own rewards app (which may change now with the Amazon merger – I have no idea). And CVS has a killer rewards app, which I frequent because they have become a mecca of cheap organic goods (at least here in Philly).
And though they break my heart every day with their excessive packaging, I still can’t quit FreshDirect. The mobile receipt rewards apps don’t always accept them, but they offer a few brand coupons and weekly freebies and discounts. If you haven’t tried them yet, you can get $25 bucks off!
How are you shopping organic and healthy on a budget?