We love hitting up Whole Foods when it comes to getting our health nut fix – and if you have any sort of gluten, dairy or other allergies, the grocery store is basically a (pricey!) godsend. But as it turns out, not every product there is worth the splurge. While you may think you’re paying for better quality (and in many cases you are!), many of Whole Foods’s offerings are simply marked-up versions of products you might as well buy at your average grocery store.
So which products should you be picking up elsewhere? According to Reddit user psh_1_psh_2, who worked at Whole Foods for 3.5 years, you should steer clear of the produce and meat sections.
“Buy produce at ALDI or a local market,” the user says. “WF jacks their prices, even for conventional produce. Apples are like $2.99/lb to other stores’ $1.69, and to my memory it’s even cheaper at ALDI. Bananas at ALDI are $.39/lb to $.69 elsewhere and $.79 at WF.”
Apparently, meats, especially chicken, are insanely marked up. You could save $4 just by buying your chicken somewhere else!
“Buy meat at a local market. Go out of your way to do this, especially for ethnic meats. Never, ever, ever buy chicken at WF. It’s $6.99/lb compared to $2.99/lb elsewhere. It’s crazy.”
Also of note? This former employee adds that any form of non-dairy milk is actually a good deal at Whole Foods – you can get a 2-pack of soy or almond milk for $5.99, while a half gallon alone is usually around $3.39 elsewhere.
Basically, yes, it is possible to shop at Whole Foods on a budget. You just have to know what’s worth the splurge and what isn’t – you should always supplement your Whole Foods goodies with trips to less pricey grocery stores.