Whole Foods Whore No More

My close friends know that I’m a Whole Foods whore, but I might have to retire that title soon.  While the selection of products is vast and of decent quality, I noticed that I was dropping around $50 to $60 per visit.  Sometimes I would hit the $70+ mark.

As much as I liked the store, it was putting a dent in my wallet, and I realized that if I kept shopping there, I’d soon have a hole in it.

About two months ago, I was fed up with paying so much for groceries.  After all, living alone and spending up to $100 a week for groceries was a bit ridiculous.  I still wanted the option of purchasing quality food, but at lower prices.  One day, I was walking past Trader Joe’s and I noticed that there were a lot of people inside.  Curious of the large crowd in the store, I backtracked and stepped inside.

I’ve always had the impression that Trader Joe’s sold quality goods, but was expensive.  I was wrong.  Not on the quality part, but on the food being expensive.  It’s more of quality food at affordable prices.  I’m disappointed that I never gave this place a chance earlier, I would have saved a lot of money.

I walked around to see if the store stocked anything comparable to Whole Foods, it did.  When I went to check out, my bill came to about $30, and I’ve been consistently hovering around the $30 to $40 mark every time I buy groceries from there.

While I still shop at Whole Foods from time to time, I’ve been buying all my meat and frozen vegetables from Trader Joe’s.  This switch alone saves me about $10.50 per trip.  While it might not sound like much, it equates to $42.00 in savings a month, good enough for a full tank of gas.

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