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I went to Whole Foods today. I like to go on Fridays, because typically I've found that's the day my Whole Foods has the best bargains out of all the days of the week. Every once and a while, like today, I find that some things I normally buy for cheaper are still full price, but most Fridays, I save a few more dollars or get more bang for my buck.
Here was what I bought today, again using my method of: entering the produce section, making rounds (checking the prices of everything and seeing which fruits and veg have the best weight/price ratio), and grabbing the best deals, regardless of what they are (either way, this forces lots of variety in my diet!!! :) ). I add up the prices in my head as I go through the store, so I know when I've reached my maximum price range: $24-$35 dollars. That's an affordable amount per week, worth every penny for someone who would get very very sick eating ramen!! (and honestly, I'm afraid of conventional produce from regular stores. I seem to have bad experiences with it. If it works for you go for it, but I find I still spend the same supporting what I love, since usually stores like Kroger or Meijer (at least the ones near me) don't carry enough different types of fresh produce for it to be worth the trip anyway)
7.42 lb (3-4 bunches (as in, 3 big, or 4 medium)) rainforest certified bananas @0.79/lb: 5.86 (the extra dollar or two I am paying so I'm not supporting rainforest deforestation? priceless. You still get so much bang for your buck with this fruit, so if anything, I think this is the fruit to go eco-friendly on.)
5 lb Organic carrots @3.99 per bag (the one packaged item I get simply because it's such a good deal--the amount in the bag always seems WAY more than 5 pounds): $3.99
.97 lb Organic mung beans @1.99/lb: $1.93
3.76 lb Local, organic really pretty and interesting looking gold/green zucchin @ 1.69/lb: $6.35 (they have the local stuff on sale!! *hugs to whole foods*
2.1 lb Organic daikon @1.99/lb: $4.18
3.74 lb Conventional (but local!) peaches @0.99/lb: $3.70
40 c each limes: $0.80
1 bunch @2.49 each Organic red kale: $2.49 (dang it. are they finding out my secret? the greens are never on sale anymore!!)
1 bunch @2.49 each Organic green kale: $2.49
.56 lb @ 1.99/lb beets (I'm weary...I've never tried them before, don't know how to cook/un-cook them...so I made a cute little bag of them with a reused netted one I had): $1.11
1 (huge and beautiful! thick skin so I didn't worry about conventional) conventional canteloupe @3.00 each: $3.00
And usually I allow myself a little treat, but since I already reached my maximum total...well, I had to be disciplined this week.
So I usually bring in adorable, reusable bags, because I want to make a statement and kind of inspire others to do the same. I guess I'm becoming a regular now, since the cashiers are starting to recognize me...and LOL when I walked up to the register, this is what was said to me:
"Heyyy, it's Cool Bags!"
LOL. I now have a nickname at Whole Foods.
She said, as many have said to me before, that it takes dedication. (It does. But it is easy to do too. You just put the bags in the trunk of your car after every time you put away the groceries. That's their designated space--it makes sense. They'll always be with you when you go anywhere. Simple. As for the reusable produce bags, after you've used one, hang them on a chair in your kitchen to wash with the next load of towels.)
And then you know what else she did? She took off the price of even my reusable PRODUCE bags. Not just the shopping bags!! I got 70 cents off of the whole thing rather than a lame 20 like I usually get. So my final total was actually $35.20. I'm not sure she would have done this unless she knew that I regularly come to the store, always, always making sure to bring my reusable bags.
Dedication pays off. And it inspires people to better themselves too.
So, that was my little wholefoods trip!! :) Hopefully next week I'll be able to have some extra money laid over. I'm aching for a treat!! I also want to start putting money aside to also save up to order something amazing in bulk online! Or at least buy myself another raw revolution bar. :)
Above all though, I'm so happy with my discipline today!! Totally worth it. I have bulk dry goods stored in my cabinet in case I run out of the raw and need back up, but since the majority of my food is raw produce, I'm still feeling healthy, and since it's a limited amount, I'm saving money AND it's helping me lose weight and be more conscious of the daily variety in my diet. Not for everyone, but for me: Win, win, win!! I love saving money!
P.S: I'm sprouting mung beans. I have no idea what I am doing. Can you cover them completely, or does their cover need air holes??