I received a fair amount of ‘push back’ during my Whole Foods on a Budget Challenge last month. People think it is so expensive – it isn’t ‘cheap’ by any means – you can go to some places and buy some things cheaper, but not as much as you would think. I just had to share this example with you.
One chain grocery store close to my house claims to be the “Low Price Leader”. Their prices were only OK in my opinion to begin with – certainly not anything I would call the “Low Price Leader.”. They used to allow double coupons which made for lots of great deals if you were willing to do the work with coupons – which I was. Well a few years ago they got much stricter with their double coupon policy – and now they don’t allow double coupons at all. That’s lame.
I had sworn this grocery store off several months ago. However, last week we got some pretty awesome coupons in the mail from them – free diapers, wipes, baby puffs, and a couple other freebies – total freebies – no purchase necessary. Well, I’m not one to turn down free stuff my family will actually use – so I decided I would give this store a try again. I wrote out my shopping list of things I needed and while I knew it wasn’t the cheapest store – I wasn’t going to go to two this week so it would have to do.
So I started with my freebies – put those in the cart and then moved on to a couple other things. Shopping at Whole Foods Market Encinitas on a strict budget made me hyper aware of prices and guess what?! The Low Price Leader was more expensive in MANY areas!
Milk – less expensive at Whole Foods
Greek Yogurt – the brand I bought was not organic – and it was MORE (yes MORE) than the organic yogurt I purchased at Whole Foods in the same size.
Eggs – the lowest priced eggs at WF are the same price as the lowest priced eggs at this other store – but at WF they come from happier chickens. Now I know that isn’t important to everyone. Honestly, we have to be careful with our budget and not everything we buy is free range and organic – BUT – when I can, I like to be as animal friendly as possible. And wouldn’t just about anyone buy the more humane option if it was the same price?!
Kashi Crackers – $1 more at the ‘LPL’ than at Whole Foods – no joke.
Baby Puffs – they didn’t carry the organic Happy Baby Puffs we give our little girl. They did have several other brands that were about 50 cents cheaper but they were smaller containers – AND – when you apply the case discount at Whole Foods – the larger container of organic puffs with less sugar are cheaper! In addition to that we use the BOGO coupons for Happy Baby from RecycleBank (the other sub par puffs do not have this kind of coupon available) – my point is – puffs were more expensive at the LPL.
Bananas -a few cents cheaper per pound
Organic Carrots – more expensive than at WF
I needed a few other things – Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Black Beans, and popcorn.
I normally buy these things in a bulk bin. Guess what?! No bulk bin at the Low Price Leader! All of the above items are inexpensive even when sold prepackaged. They are so budget friendly I bet many people don’t even think about how to find them less expensively.
Guess what?! These items worked out to 50% more (or MORE!) at the Low Price Leader than at Whole Foods from the bulk bin.
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