Surviving Whole Foods

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    Best apples I ever tasted came from WF. Some types I had never seen before.
    The organic apples arent cheap but so worth it.

    We get most of our food at Trader Joes as it is much cheaper. Lots of their stuff you can only get in season which means
    better taste and nutrition.
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    Love TJ's, do most of my shopping at Publix but spent 90+ at TJ's on Archer Road yesterday just on nuts and salsa - saved a ton on the salsa and can't get the roasted unsalted nuts in most other places and still cheaper than the average grocer's
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    I go to WF to buy Virgil's Real Cola. It's the only place I've found that carries it. Publix has all the offerings from Virgil's but not the Cola. I use the Cola primarily as a mixer with Shellback Rum or any other rum for that matter.
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    TJs does have a great nut selection. I go for
    for the walnuts. Also love the pound plus chocolate bar.

    17 and a half ounces for 4.99 is hard to beat.
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    yesterday it was roasted unsalted cashew and a case of garlic salsa - I can't make it for what they sell it for :no:
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    TJ's has some wonderful, very reasonably priced meats...Also a very good selection of nutritious frozen products.
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    I like the concept of Whole Foods, but agree that many of the shoppers are beyond pretentious. I also understand how the store got the name, "Whole Paycheck," and to me, it's just not necessary to pay the prices they charge.

    Fortunately, in Arizona, we have Spouts Supermarkets. Both Sprouts (Arizona based) and Sunflower (Colorado based) created similar stores attempting to come up with a Whole Foods competitor. Sunflower even used the tag line, "Serious food, silly prices." The two companies merged recently, keeping the Sprouts name (larger organization) and are now in AZ, CA, CO, NV, NM, OK, TX, UT, and soon to be opening in KS. And they are growing, with over 50 stores in CA, all opened in the last 3-4 years.

    Basically, Sprouts is the laid out the same as a WF, without the bars, seating areas, and people giving out samples of the latest whatever. They carry many of the same brands as WF, with prices that are more in line with Kroger (Fry's here in AZ). The produce at Sprouts is also very good, and they try their best to get local when possible. When we switched our weekly shopping from Whole Foods to Sprouts, we saved about 20% on our grocery bills with getting almost the exact same stuff.

    We still go to Whole Foods every now and again, for things that we can't find elsewhere. But maybe once a month.
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