Does anyone actually shop @ Whole foods?

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    Feb 06, 2013 3:41 AM GMT
    $6 for a fruit cup? $4 for orange juice??
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    Feb 06, 2013 3:46 AM GMT
    mikeyslc said$6 for a fruit cup? $4 for orange juice??


    No boo, you're doing it wrong....you can get those same things for a lot less at

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    jk....I go there sometimes...
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    Feb 06, 2013 3:49 AM GMT
    When I visit the U.S. it's the only place I go for grocery food because it's the only place where not everything is complete shit.
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    Feb 06, 2013 3:52 AM GMT
    I go when I can; the nearest one is 40 min away.
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    I spent $21 for a panini, fruit, and a bottle of orange juice. It did all taste very good icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    The generics cost about the same as any other grocery store, and at a slightly higher quality level. The store somehow got its misleading reputation by people who apparently forget how to shop economically when they enter the store. I think the "whole paycheck" myth has been debunked elsewhere on the interwebs, if you want to Google.

    Personally, I used to live a 5-minute walk from one location and did most of my grocery shopping there. My food costs were not perceptibly higher than they were when I lived in areas where I shopped at Safeway or Berkeley Bowl. Trader Joe's is the cheapest, but the selection and quality are very unreliable.

    Edited: Wow, never posting from my phone again. Dreadful.
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    Whole Foods, aka Whole Paycheck.

    That being said, some items at Holy Foods can be quite a bit cheaper than they are at other markets -- especially if you buy a case and get a bulk discount.

    Fage yogurt bought in bulk at Holy Foods: $7.19 per large container.
    Fage yogurt at other markets: $8.99 to $9.99 per large container.
    Even more impressive, Fage yogurt on sale at Holy Foods: $5 per large container.

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    Feb 06, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    I just remember getting raped for buying peaches $5 /lb.
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:31 AM GMT
    I like the hot bar and made to order meals at Whole Foods. I find the items to be healthy without sacrificing much of the taste. While Whole Foods is great, I prefer the food served at Dean & Deluca. I've been going there for years and have yet to be disappointed.
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    Well one thing is for sure ... if you do all your grocery shopping there you will definitely loose weight .. but only because you'll only be able to buy enough to keep from starving icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 06, 2013 10:21 AM GMT
    I loved Whole Foods when I went to NYC, I spent ages in there browsing around and bought loads of nice things. I wish it was more prevalent over here - there's a couple of stores in central London but they aren't as good.
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    Feb 06, 2013 11:49 AM GMT
    I buy the two rotisserie chickens for $14.99 deal that they have. Cheaper than Safeway, and bigger chickens.
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    Feb 06, 2013 1:54 PM GMT
    I have no idea how anyone could think the "whole paycheck" myth is debunked. Produce especially is exorbitant in comparison to "regular" grocery stores, much less to ethnic markets.

    Also, I don't like their prepared foods.

    Not a fan.
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    Feb 06, 2013 1:56 PM GMT
    Sometimes for specialty items I can't find anywhere else. They have a great cheese selection, and it's the only place in town where I can find San Marzano tomatoes. I can get a lot of the same for much cheaper at my local farmers market though.
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    Feb 06, 2013 1:57 PM GMT
    You pay for what you get. Want processed garbage, shop at WalMart. Better food, safer food, healthier food will cost you. I would not shop at Whole Foods, but sometimes that is the only option. I would never shop at WalMart, that is never an option, unless I want to die young.
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:03 PM GMT
    Kai808 saidSometimes for specialty items I can't find anywhere else. They have a great cheese selection, and it's the only place in town where I can find San Marzano tomatoes. I can get a lot of the same for much cheaper at my local farmers market though.


    Fortunately we've got a co-op and now a Trader Joes.
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:05 PM GMT
    Don't you have generic Whole Foods where you live?
    Used to get some of the same organic and locally grown things for cheap at the Sunflower in Tucson. Got hooked on kambucha there too. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:16 PM GMT
    mikeyslc said$6 for a fruit cup? $4 for orange juice??


    Yes, wholefoods is expensive foods, when you buy their prepared foods. They have even more expensive orange juice! I have bought OJ for 8.00.

    Their produce is amazing, and there is an old saying, " You can pay the farmer or the doctor"

    Trader Joe's is a more of a less expensive organic market
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:17 PM GMT
    There's a store like five minutes away from my house, but I rarely go there I think is a little dumb to buy from there.
  • ahab

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    Feb 06, 2013 2:28 PM GMT
    I buy some of their produce, but I really like to people watch when is shop at Whole Foods. I like to see all the high class well dressed women shopping quite a change from the norm that you see at regular stores. The store nearest to me is in a very high end part of town, but I could not afford to shop there all the time.

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    Feb 06, 2013 2:46 PM GMT
    We don't shop at Whole Foods, though there's one less than 4 miles from us. Publix meets most of our needs, since we mainly buy national brand names, while Publix house brands are adequate for some other needs. We're very careful with sales - I haven't bought clothing or dishwasher detergent at the normal price for years, stocking up for months at a time when sales occur, never running out before another good sale starts. We do that with other non-perishables, too.

    Publix produce can be a little high, but it's often better quality than some of the produce speciality stores we're tried around here. Their deli has Boar's Head brand that we like, especially their cheeses. And above all, one of their stores (though a smaller size for their chain) is literally within pedaling distance of me, I can be there under 5 minutes. That also saves money, and has its own "green" aspect to it.
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:48 PM GMT
    ^^^ Now I'm craving headcheese!
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    Feb 06, 2013 3:05 PM GMT
    I buy a few things there that either I really like or can't find anywhere else.

    I think you are payng for the store name and the (supposedly?) heathirfoo yu buy there.
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    Feb 06, 2013 3:06 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidI buy the two rotisserie checkes for $14.99 deal that they have. Cheaper than Safeway, and bigger chickens.
    COST CO 4.99 each and they are huge
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    Feb 06, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
    I go to Whole Foods for foods and products I can't find in other stores. Some of it is cheaper, and most of it is more expensive. The Whole Foods stores where I live are in towns with rich, snobby people. You still have to watch what you eat at Whole Foods. I buy Jason Body Wash for less than any store. They have sunscreens I cannot find only online, expensive though quality. I like the large choice of organic foods. It's too costly to buy all my foods at Whole Foods. One trip a month or so.