Being the frugal gal that I am, I've found shopping for whole foods to be quite expensive. I think there are two things that come into play. First, there aren't sales, markdowns or coupons. Second, since we are not full of junk we simply want more volume of the real stuff. Also of note is that I'm having to travel about a half hour or more to get to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods to purchase things that just can't be found anywhere else.
I feel in many ways I'm starting from scratch here. My mind automatically knows what the best price is on processed foods, but venturing into natural foods is a whole different scene for me. So I've been going to the store ALOT more than I'd like, but I have been able to compile a list of price comparisons which will help me (and the budget) through the rest of this process.
I may not be able to cut costs tremendously, but I have found some great stock up deals each week. The first week it was 100% apple juice at Meijer for $1.00 and large cartons organic chicken stock for. $1.00 at Kroger. The next week Kroger was clearing out all of their brown rice cereal for $1.50 (they usually go for $3-4 a box). Last week it was 100% orange juice 1/2 gallons for $1.25 at Kroger. I've also found coconut oil for $1.99 marked down from $6.00. So there are deals to be had, but not guaranteed.
I haven't actually run the numbers on what's been spent in these three weeks. Honestly, I'm kind of afraid to do so. Perhaps I'll just start with this new found knowledge and be a little more intention in my planning this next month.
Here's the breakdown of cost comparisons for what it's worth:)
Rice Milk (64oz) $2.99 TJ/$3.24 WM/$3.39 M
Rice Milk (1/2 gallon refrigerated) $2.98 WM/$3.59 K
Almond Milk (32oz) $1.60 TJ/
Brown Jasmine Rice $3.29 TJ/
Wild Rice $3.47 WM/
Brown Rice (2lbs) $1.87 WM/ (1 lb) $1.25-2.20
Organic Brown Rice (2lbs) $2.97 WM/ $3.99 M
Brown Rice Flour $2.92 WM/ $2.99-3.29 K/ $4.24 Amazon/$4.99 M
Cream of Rice Cereal $3.86 WM/ $4.44 Amazon/
Dried Cranberries $.28/oz WM, $.42/oz K, $.17/oz S
Brown Rice Pasta $2.87-3.22 WM/ $1.99 TJ/ Amazon $3.31/$2.69-$3.39 M
Lentils (16 oz) $.98 WM/ $1.45-1.65 K/$1.69 M
Black Beans (16 oz) $1.12 WM/ $1.49 K
Agave Nectar (23.5 oz) $6.37 WM/ (11.75 oz) $4.22-$4.89 K/$2.99, (23.5) $5.17 Amazon- must buy 6+shipping
Truvia (80 pack) $6.99 K/ $5.86 WM
Coconut Milk $1.99-2.29 K/ $1.25 WM/ $1.99 M
Rice Noodles 16oz $4.13 K/ $1.39 TJ
Texmati Brown Rice (2lbs) $5.58 WM/ $5.97-6.55 K
Cashews $4.99 (1lb) M
Almonds $10.98 (4 lbs) S