How do I do this? I keep a food pricing diary. I price compare and see which place has the cheapest food while still maintaining quality. Nine times out of ten, the best option is either Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. I don’t even remember the last time I shopped at Safeway or Giant (the equivalent to Dominics, Copps, or Hy-Vee for you Midwesterners).
So here are some entries from my food pricing diary, which will prove my point:
$4.65 ice cream
Frozen Vegetables (i.e. spinach, broccoli) (16 oz):
Whole Foods: $1.49
Butter (16 oz):
Safeway: Land-o-Lakes Brand: $3.49
Whole Foods: 365 Brand: $2.99
Milk (1/2 gallon):
Giant: Giant Brand: $2.29
Whole Foods: 365 Brand: $1.99
CVS: Herbal Essences (23.7 fl. oz.): $6.99
Whole Foods: 365 Brand (32 oz): $5.99
Now, this is just a small sampling. But hopefully this entry has at least convinced a few readers not to jump to conclusions about someone’s wealth just because they shop at Whole Foods, because it might actually be CHEAPER to do so!