We've been spending a lot on groceries lately. Unfortunately, our government doesn't subsidize fruits and veggies the way it does tobacco, and we are one produce loving household. We also try to buy organic when possible, which comes with it's own price tag. The two main stores we shop at are Whole Foods and Raley's. There is a Vons nearby, but the shabby produce section and lack of bulk bins spells n-o-p-e for this family of vegetarians.
"Well, we'll stop shopping at Whole Paycheck," says hubs. "Then you can get your hair done again."
Is that the problem? Is Whole Foods really as expensive as it's made out to be?
We did a little experiment this month and saved all of our grocery receipts, something that we really should have been doing all along. It was a bit tough to compare- sometimes we'd buy name brand items at Raley's and off brand at Whole Foods, or vice versa. But there were a few things that could be directly compared, and these I've listed below.
Raley's Whole Foods
Organic Lemons- .89 ea .50 ea
Organic Carrots- .69/lb .58/lb
Organic Cucumber- $1.49 $1.29
Organic baby spinach- $2.99 $2.99
Cage Free Eggs- $4.99 $3.29
White Corn- .79 ea .50 ea
Wow! Who'd have thunk Whole Foods would be the winner? By $2.69, or an average of 45 cents per item! Of course, the cage free eggs were a huge deciding factor here, but with the amount that my kids are eating these days, that really adds up. Still, if you're counting only produce, you've got a savings of 99 cents on only 5 items, or an average of 20 cents saved on each item. Not bad!
Still here? Have time for a quick conspiracy theory? Here goes. One week into this experiment, our Raley's location rolled out their new rewards program. It sounds really great- but. After seeing how outrageously high their prices are, it made me think- what if they raised their prices so they could introduce this rewards program without it costing them anything? So people think they're saving all of this money, when in reality, they're spending the same amount they were before? Who knows! Anyways, I'm off to attend a wedding. With my four inch roots. Grrrr. Wishing you a gorgeous day.