Whole Foods Lifestyle - Just spent $150.00 at Whole Foods Market

07-27-2010, 01:39 AM
I did buy some prepared foods, and some Amys frozen foods. I also bought some produce and some figs and mangoes, all organic.

I bought some mini pita bread, regular pita bread and wrap bread and NO MEAT!!! :carrot:

I was surprised the sales tax for all of that in CA was .70 cents!!

I am trying to eat non processed foods and to eat less dairy and no meat.

Oh but I did buy the 0 Greek Yogurt, I love that stuff.

The last diet I tried was a liquid one. I am going to buy a Blender tomorrow for green shakes.

07-27-2010, 03:44 PM
That always happens when we go! I think that's why a lot of people call it "whole paycheck." I still go there regularly though because they have a lot of things that you can't find at the regular grocery store and they have the best produce around here. And similar to you, I'm trying to cut down on meat and dairy and eat non-processed food, so the more variety, the better.

I was there the other day and I got a bunch of organic kale for super cheap, which is awesome because ever since we got kale in our CSA box a few weeks ago, I'm hooked. I use it kind of like spinach and throw it in just about everything I cook...omlettes, curry, stirfry, pasta.

I love the 0% greek yogurt too! That stuff is amazing:)

07-27-2010, 11:40 PM
I went for the first time today!!
We (well, my mom) paid about $85
I got 3 bell peppers, 1 yellow and green squash, nutritional yeast, barley malt, brown rice syrup, strawberries, coconut water, and more soy milk

I love it there, it's like a health foods store the size of walmart :D

07-28-2010, 10:10 AM
I'm pretty frugal at Whole Foods although I have better options in my area, I usually spend about $30 there but I don't buy a lot of processed products.

07-28-2010, 03:42 PM
Im with you nelie- I don't buy many processed foods... I mainly go there for a few specifics... That usually cost me 30-50 a month there....but we have a trader joes, and our Publix and Krogers around here carry many of the specialty items I use and Publix has a great produce section!

Chewy- I would check around for the Amy's stuff... they are pretty much the only convenience food I can eat(well, a few of their meals) and they even sell them here in Walmart now...for about 3 bucks each. Our whole foods charges 5-6.

08-02-2010, 02:30 PM
Around my house, we call Whole Foods "Whole Paycheck", and I go there for produce when I don't want to drive the 30 minutes for other options and when I want fast food - they have vegetarian sushi made with brown rice and a multigrain mix that is good when I don't want to cook or go shopping. Husband also likes the baked goods, but he doesn't need to count calories.

But it can be a costly place to shop when you do all your shopping there. Once you know the brands you want, your grocery store may have them in the "natural foods" section of the store.

08-02-2010, 04:04 PM

I know we live in a similar are but it is funny, I've found the regular grocery stores that do have 'natural foods' sections charge more than Whole Foods. Giant is one example where I've seen things there double the cost of Whole Foods for the same product.

08-02-2010, 05:08 PM
Okay, I want to make a joke about how you probably got home with just a free-range chicken, a bag of organic apples & a jar of almond butter, but personally, my research confirms what others are saying ... that Whole Foods prices are generally less than other, smaller mom & pop organic stores. (Except Trader Joe's, where the two seem to trade off on who's cheaper.)

These stores run my favorite salad bars EVER in the world. Very often, this is where I stop off for a quick lunch. Also, I get a lot of ideas for my own home food preparation from perusing the salad & soup bars.

08-02-2010, 06:08 PM
Generally for Trader Joe's, it seems that Whole Foods will be cheaper for store brand stuff while Trader Joe's is generally cheaper for name brand stuff. It depends though because I've seen some name brand stuff cheaper at Whole Foods than TJs.

08-02-2010, 06:33 PM
I will admit my sample size is small, in that I buy canned beans and soup from Whole Foods and they are more expensive than from my Giant or Costco for the same brand. But, the "Whole Paycheck" name comes from the time we accidentally bought oranges that were 4.50 a lb but mislabeled to less than half that price.

They were good oranges, and I prefer to have Whole Foods than not. I'm moving to a Walmart-only zone which luckily has a lot of farm stands in the summer. Winter might be rough, but I expect no less from rural Michigan.

08-02-2010, 11:24 PM
My trip last week was spent on mostly prepared foods. Spinach and Quinoa cakes, veggie salads, some organic produce, organic chips and a bunch of pre made meals too.

Does anybody know the nutritional info for the spinach and quinoa cakes?

Elijahs phoenix
08-05-2010, 05:49 PM
I don't have a whole foods near me but, I have been in one once and they seemed pretty pricey but they had a wonderful selection. My favorite health food store here is natural grocer's I love all there bulk grains, nuts, herbs section. I wish I could afford to go all organic but, I'm a SAHM so we have to make do with one income.

I about died when I saw a article written on how to eat healthy on a budget. it was written by a health food store. Its tag line was how to feed a family of four dinner for $20. It had a shopping list and recipes to go along with it. I calculated that up and that would $600 a month:yikes: just for dinner. That is supposed to be cheap? I spend about 200-250 a month on food for hubby, me and a toddler.

09-17-2010, 04:32 PM
I have been shopping regularly at Whole Foods since February and have found if I go with a shopping list I generally do pretty well. Of course when you consider how much it costs to eat out the cost doesn't seem quite as high. Plus I have found that the times I do venture back into Walmart I am appalled by the quality of their meat and fish. It just doesn't look good and their produce is the pits in comparison.

09-17-2010, 05:48 PM
I wish we had a whole foods. We just have regular stores: Kroger, Food Lion, Walmart, Save-a-lot, and Aldies. Good luck finding organic for a good price there. kroger and food lion have a very small section of organic that are insanely priced (nearly 3 dollars for one onion!)

09-26-2010, 09:35 PM
Don't knock Aldi's! They are owned by the same person who owns Trader Joe's so some of their food ends up at Aldi's but they relabel it first.

09-29-2010, 05:16 PM
I love Aldi's. I live within walking distance of a Trader Joe's and Whole Foods but still have to make my trip to Aldi's each month. There have been several instances where I have found the same exact item that Trader Joe's carries at Aldi with a different label, most recently the curry and tikka masala sauces. I stocked up!

10-01-2010, 02:28 AM
I do Trader Joe's Love it. Even when I go starved and without a list the most I've spent is a hundred.

10-07-2010, 05:00 PM
I shop Henry's Farmers Market for my fresh produce and meats. I hit the regular grocer for things that are too expensive at Henry's, like diapers and such.

10-09-2010, 02:29 AM
Yeah, I could definitely spend a lot of money at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, but one area where I find the best deal at Whole Foods is the bulk foods, you can go whole grains crazy without spending too much.

10-09-2010, 03:13 PM
Oh man, I miss Whole Foods. I shopped there exclusively this summer, and it got expensive bc I got lazy, but you can absolutely get out of there spending less than this. My advice is to ONLY get their generic brand, 365 organics, if you can help it. Almost all of their items have a 365 equivalent, the only one I wouldn't recommend are the corn tortillas, which were terrible.

Their produce is great, but pricey.. check out when they put things on sale. If your local store has a Twitter account, follow them to stay on top of the sales.

Trader Joe's is cheaper for things like coffee, olive oil, and nicer items like peanut butter and meat. But you can get out of WF without being robbed, it just takes time!

10-13-2010, 04:05 PM
I love Whole Foods. I shop there and Trader Joes pretty exclusively. I used to go with a list but have found now that if I take my time and make decisions based on what looks good and what is on sale I am able to save even more money.

10-15-2010, 12:59 PM
I do 90% of my shopping at Aldi, sometimes more, and I supplement with Meijer. I just discovered Whole Foods yesterday!! It's a bit of a distance. I went there on a search for bread, and I found it. But I think I could stop in at Panera and do just as well without the temptation of everything else.

I did not linger over the meats because I was in a hurry, I had my son with me and I was trying to just go in for what I needed. But I was extremely impressed with my quick once over. I definitely want to go back and have a look at the meat section.

We ended up walking with dinner: Ready cooked salmon, adorable "real" carrots with their tops intact, Jewish Rye bread and honey crisp apples. My nine year old picked everything out for the dinner. He and I ended up with stuffed crabs too. All very good!

10-24-2010, 10:29 PM
I wish we had a Trader Joe's here. We're getting a Whole Foods sometime in the next couple years, though.

Whenever we visit out towards the coasts we always make a pilgrimage to both stores!

11-08-2010, 02:06 AM
Love Whole Foods! I worked there for a while and I honestly loved it. I do think it is worth the price because everything tastes so much better (produce, even packaged items). It also makes eating healthy fun. Not everything you buy there is going to waistline friendly, but with a little common sense and some guidance it makes eating better easier. :)

11-10-2010, 07:40 PM
I did buy some prepared foods, and some Amys frozen foods. I also bought some produce and some figs and mangoes, all organic.

I bought some mini pita bread, regular pita bread and wrap bread and NO MEAT!!! :carrot:

I was surprised the sales tax for all of that in CA was .70 cents!!

I am trying to eat non processed foods and to eat less dairy and no meat.

Oh but I did buy the 0 Greek Yogurt, I love that stuff.

The last diet I tried was a liquid one. I am going to buy a Blender tomorrow for green shakes.

Sounds good even if it is pricey. With that said I cannot wait until Whole foods comes to my area. The closest ones to me are in Toronto or Oakville and I would have to get my son to drive me to either.

I am also trying to eat non-processed foods with no dairy, no glutens and less meat or fish. I also want to get into green juicing (check out "Dave the raw food trucker" videos on Youtube).

I also just found out that the Whole Foods website has a forum. :)

12-03-2010, 07:28 AM
I love all there bulk grains, nuts, herbs section too

12-03-2010, 09:44 AM
I've noticed Whole Foods has dropped their prices on some things. One thing notable is Ezekiel bread which is now $2.50/loaf at my Whole Foods.

12-07-2010, 11:22 PM
There is a chain in North Carolina called Earth Fare which is a competitor to Whole Foods. I used to shop there, it's actually is the closest store to me. But then I realized that the regular grocers, and even Wal*Mart sell some of the same items. (Amy's dinners, almond milk, whole grain breads, imported dark chocolate.)

I still stop in sometimes, for their hot buffet on the weekend, which is more one-of-a-kind.

12-07-2010, 11:36 PM
I have a great Whole foods in the area, but it is fairly pricey. Luckily, for a lot of my produce, meat, and breads, there are small ethnic stores literally right around the corner. I don't think the produce is organic, but they are not treated either. They WILL go bad in a week if you leave them.
I can buy chicken pretty inexpensively, as well as flatbread. All within a block walk. Of course, also, I have 2 bakeries, 2 pizzerias, and an ethnic coffee shop as well.

12-14-2010, 05:13 PM
I buy several things at Whole Foods because they are better quality and the price is lower than at Publix. I do buy my meat at Sams because of price.
These items we always get at Whole Foods, they are all the store brand:
1. Cat Food ($2.49 for their dry store brand, my cats love it)
2. Organic butter :moo:
3. Organic fat free refried beans (we love the lime and green chile version and the black bean version, easy protein and fiber - only $1.25 a can)
4. Reduced sodium chicken broth (better quality than swanson and cheaper too)
5. Multivitamins and supplements
6. Parmesan cheese

12-31-2010, 08:47 PM
i luuuuv Whole Foods and Earthfare! i've been to the earthfares in johnson city, tn, when it first opened, and the one in knoxville. i heard there was going to be another one on the east side and there may be by now. nashville will never get one becasue we have whole foods and trader joes, all in the much richer than me side of town:((

01-02-2011, 08:30 PM
I love Whole Foods. We go there for our main groceries. We also go to Sprouts and Sunflower market. It is more expensive, but DH and I have personal issues with Wal-mart and refuse to go.

04-20-2011, 11:21 PM
I love Whole Foods! I also only go there for very specific things but I could easily go crazy. I could walk around for hours.

05-28-2011, 02:11 AM
I'm generally a Trader Joe's girl but the salads at Whole Foods are INSANE; I'm addicted to them! They also have the Soul Veg take-out meals (which is good since the restaurant is so far away).

06-06-2011, 11:20 AM
I have gone to whole foods a handful of times. I find they are very expensive... but the products are to die for. If I didnt have a limited income I would definitely do all my shopping there. I actually wanted to try the veg-anaise(spelling?) does anyone know if it really is healthier than mayo?