With a name like Sprouts Farmers Market you might guess that the best buys would be in the produce department—and you’d be right! I tend to purchase produce at a variety of stores depending on the current sales, but Sprouts’ prices nearly always beat the other stores. Promos often include grapes, peaches and apricots for 98 cents per pound, mangos 2 for $1 and eggplant for 98 cents apiece. Their selection not only includes fresh seasonal picks, but tons of organic and specialty items as well. Be sure to head over on Wednesdays, which is double-ad day. This means that both the previous week’s ad and current week’s ad are in effect, allowing you to get the best deals of both weeks!
One of the things that Sprouts prides itself on is quality meat from their Old Tyme Butcher Shop. In fact, their butchers can custom cut any meat just how you want it. You may think that such service will cost more, but Sprouts’ prices usually beat out those at my local Kroger and Safeway. In fact, last time I was at my area Sprouts, I spotted baby back ribs for $2.99 per pound and farm-fresh whole chicken for $1.69 per pound, which is nearly 30% less than my Kroger. Sprouts also features over 20 types of sausages, ready-to-cook kabobs and stuffed roasts in their butcher shop—all of which are free of nitrates and MSG.
If you’re looking for a place to pop in and grab some lunch on your break, Sprouts is a surprisingly economical and delicious choice! Their deli counter is always stocked with pre-packaged items such as chef salads and quinoa dishes. However, my personal favorite lunch are their made-to-order sandwiches in such choices as ham and swiss as well as veggie and chicken salad. The best part? The $3 price tag—it’s far less than you’d spend at most quick service (and even fast food) lunch spots. You can also find a variety of snacks such as chips, hummus, cheeses, as well as cold drinks and budget-friendly, grab-and-go lunches like meatloaf, sushi, tamales and pastas. Next time you’re headed out for lunch and you’ve only got a five in your pocket, Sprouts has you covered.
If you enjoy browsing healthy supplements or take vitamins that they don’t carry at your local drugstore, look no further than Sprouts. Their vitamin department carries over 8,000—yes, 8,000—different products. You can find everything from multi-vitamins to herbal supplements, natural remedies, body care and more. The prices at Sprouts are not only competitive with CVS, Walgreens and other drugstores, but they have a plethora of vitamin sales each week, making them hard to beat. Some of their products include Estoven, priced at $19.99 (a dollar cheaper than CVS), and The Natural Dentist toothpaste and mouthwash priced at $6.49, which is nearly seventy-five cents less than Walgreens’ price. And although the prices at Sprouts are always economical, keep your eyes open for their 40% off all supplements promo that runs once or twice a year!
5. Bulk bin items
One of my favorite places to check out on my weekly trips to Sprouts is the bulk bin section. Not only will you find hard-to-find items such as yeast flakes and a variety of flours, you’ll find an amazing assortment of nuts, oats, trail mixes, candy and dried fruits. Last time I was in, I grabbed coconut-almond granola for $2.99 a pound. Compare that to a 12-ounce bag of Bear Naked granola, which typically runs around $5, and you’ll be paying close to half price! I also found quick rolled and steel oats for 69 cents per pound. I used to purchase Quaker steel cut oats for around $6 for a 30-ounce container—nearly 3 times the price! Other great buys in the bulk bins include their nuts, which are often as low as $5.99 per pound, spices and dried beans. And don’t forget to grab a chocolate peanut cluster while you’re there—your mouth will thank you!