It's always been expensive and hard to find many organic products, but that's changing. When we moved to DC, we moved to the wonderful land of Whole Foods & Trader Joe's. I know love at first site exists because that perfectly describes my first trip to a Whole Foods. My weekly grocery trip now takes me to Tysons Station where I can get Trader Joe's on one side of the street and Whole Foods on the other.
So, how do I afford it? I've come up with a simple strategy that brought my weekly budget down by $25/week compared to shopping at a normal grocery store like Giant.
- I make a list based on dinner plans for the week and try to stick to the list. I find thinking about an impulse purchase for 10 seconds before putting it in my cart really helps me cut back on extras.
- I go to the Whole Foods website and print only the coupons for items that I already have on my list (this helps me avoid buying something I don't need just because there's a coupon).
- I go to Trader Joe's first and buy as much as I can there. Trader Joe's is cheap and has great stuff. I am avoiding doing more research on how this could be because I'm sure at these prices there has to be some sort of unethical behavior behind it all. I know that organic milk and most kinds of meat are cheaper at Whole Foods, so I buy those there.
I could certainly save money by shopping at Walmart, but who wants to do that?