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Tips for Shopping at Amazon & Whole Foods During Coronavirus

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The ease and dependability of Amazon paired with their competitive prices and no-brainer return policy has most of us hooked. The Krazy Coupon Lady watches both Amazon Subscribe & Save deals and Whole Foods coupons daily to give shoppers a roundup of the best deals available. And we’ll keep watching for savings even during the coronavirus outbreak.

As the days of simply ordering essentials with one click become but a memory, Amazon assures us in a recent blog post regarding COVID-19 that their teams are working around the clock to ensure they continue to provide essential services during the pandemic.

Amazon Whole foods also aims to serve customers, care for team members, and adjust operations according to a company update about the coronavirus pandemic. Policies at Amazon and Whole Foods will continue to change and expand as this goes on, so check back on KCL for updates.

In the meantime, here are tips for shopping at Amazon and Whole Foods during the coronavirus pandemic.


Whole Foods hours

Store hours at your local Whole Foods have changed. They’ll close two hours early to give their team time to restock shelves, sanitize the store, and prepare for the next day. Check your local Whole Foods store page for current hours because they may vary by location.

Senior shopping hours

Seniors 60 and older can start shopping at 7:00 a.m. every day at Whole Foods to ensure their safety and wellness.

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Supply and shopping limits

Amazon supply restocks

Amazon is prioritizing the shipping of household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand items to their warehouses. To be considered priority, products must fall under a baby, health and household, beauty and personal care, grocery, industrial and scientific, or pet supply category. You will notice when attempting to order anything outside of those categories, the delivery time may be several weeks out. This new policy is to allow more man hours to be spent on restocking and shipping in-demand items.

Amazon Pantry is temporarily closed to new orders as they work on restocks.

Amazon Whole Foods supply restocks

Supply restocks take place nightly after closing at Whole Foods. They are doing their best to meet the demand, but may not always have everything you need in stock at all times.

Shopping limits

There are no official limits in place on Amazon or in Whole Foods, but I have heard personal accounts of limits on things like toilet paper and water at local stores. Policies will continue to change almost daily as this continues. Look for postings at your Whole Foods and check back with KCL for any new official updates we know of for Amazon.


Amazon’s official return policy doesn’t appear to have any modifications at this time, but since our current situation is unprecedented, expect that to change.

I spoke with a Whole Foods employee regarding their Amazon returns drop-off service and she said it’s closed for now. Regular store returns are also suspended for the time being and all sales are final.

Check out the Amazon return policy and Whole Foods return policy here.

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Pickup and delivery

Amazon delivery

Amazon delivery is free for Prime Members or free with orders of $25 or more for anyone without a membership, but may take longer than usual. To combat the massive increase in demand, Amazon has adjusted their logistics, transportation, supply chain, purchasing, and third-party seller processes. Many essential items like paper goods, household cleaners, and groceries are completely unavailable, or are not available for several weeks. Some items can be purchased now, and will ship later when they become in stock again.

Customers are encouraged to choose no-rush shipping at checkout to help ease the stress on the process. You’ll get a $3 incentive back for every purchase you place with no-rush shipping.

Ordering groceries from Whole Foods through Prime Now is free with your Prime membership, but is experiencing delays and showing a decrease of available time slots. I’ve had best success with Prime Now when checking back several times throughout the day. New time slots seem to become available periodically, so keep refreshing the page to see if anything comes up.



Whole Foods Pickup

Some Whole Foods locations offer grocery pickup through Prime Now, and they have recently added even more locations participating as demand grows. Find your local Whole Foods pickup location, then select pickup from the drop-down menu on the top left corner of your screen.

RELATED: How Grocery Pickup Works, Simplified for Busy Moms


Amazon jobs and staffing


Amazon is hiring 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in order to keep up with demand. Apply for a job by visiting the Amazon careers page.

In response to the pandemic, Amazon has raised minimum pay to $17 per hour through April. Full- and part-time jobs are available nationwide, and new hires can start within seven days with no experience needed.

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How to coupon at Amazon and Whole Foods

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, make sure to download the Whole Foods app. You’ll get special discounts and coupons, which will adjust your total when you scan the QR code in your app at checkout. Plus, being a Prime member only costs $12.99 per month, and you’ll get free delivery, access to streaming movies and T.V. shows, and free books on Kindle.

Download the free Krazy Coupon Lady app to get deal alerts as well as free Amazon coupons and Whole Foods coupons right to your smartphone. KCL will show you the best way to combine sale prices with Subscribe & Save offers and coupons to get everything you need without paying the big bucks.

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