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They Weren't Kidding

March 3rd, 2013 at 08:01 am

A Whole Foods store opened up near us a couple of months ago and I've been meaning to stop by, yesterday we finally took the trip.

Oh holy heck was that a nightmare. First, we had to fight like Black Friday to get a parking spot and then it was so packed in the store we could barely move. I've never had to use my elbows as weapons to get to a bag of overpriced carrots before and I can't say I ever want to repeat the experience.

DH pointed out some fish fillets he wanted and I said "Honey, those cost $17.99 a pound!" We finally settled on some fish taco stuff that was $9.99 a pound.

Even with all my horrified sticker shock we managed to spend about $140 on hardly any food at all. I've always heard people joke the place should be called Whole Paycheck and now I see why. I try not to overly judge anybody but

I.just.do.not.get.it!

And I even buy a lot of organic and health food type of stuff. Why in the world is that place so popular????

I cleaned out my purse yesterday and took the $28 that was in my billfold leftover from my February allowance and put it in the safe. I haven't withdrawn any of my March allowance yet. I'll probably use some of that to take my Mom out to lunch next weekend.

8 Responses to “They Weren't Kidding”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    I laughed out loud at your post. You are so right! I go in there and spend north of $100 and manage to walk out with one measly half-filled paper bag. Last summer I went there to buy organic grapes, and one bag cost me $20. The sad thing is, I was reading some financial news about them, and in the last year they have actually LOWERED their prices in order to compete with other grocers. LOWERED!!

    I no longer buy groceries there, BUT ours has great cooking classes for cheap or free, and I do sometimes go there to buy specialty items I can't get other places, like my favorite essential oil, and a xylitol cavity fighting gum.

  2. scfr Says:

    It seems that food has become a "status symbol" in certain circles, and I think that contributes to the popularity of Whole Foods.

  3. mjrube94 Says:

    Love your post! I've had the same experience as you. Thanks for the laugh...

  4. just a thought Says:

    I think it really depends on what you buy there. It is really easy to spend a lot, but their Everyday brands (regular and organic) are not too bad. I'll confess that I do most of my regular grocery shopping there, and I spend about $150 a week, but leave with 3.5 full bags of groceries plus two gallons of milk, and sometimes a crate of clementines or something. Enough food to feed the three of us for a week. Again, I think it's easy to spend a lot, but not necessary to do so.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Whole Foods is definitely overpriced. There are so many better places to buy things than there. Our food co-op and Trader Joe's to name, two.

  6. Bob B. Says:

    Never been there.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    No doubt in my mind the appeal is the status symbolism of shopping there.

  8. DayByDay Says:

    I also won't shop there, one reason being this:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-21/whole-foods-lawsuit...

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