I remember the days when I used to be able to buy a week’s worth of groceries for both my husband and me for under $75. Those days are long gone.
Food prices continue to creep up. And as I have learned more and more about food and nutrition over the past decade, the quality of food that enters my house has only allowed my grocery bill to climb even more.
We want to provide the best for our families, and that often means spending more money on organic, all-natural, and fresh foods. Luckily, I’ve learned a thing or two about weekly grocery shopping so that I don’t go into cardiac arrest when the cashier announces my total.
The biggest lesson… Some items are cheaper when purchased at the high-end stores. Not all foods, but several.
This is because stores like Earth Fare and Whole Foods specialize in organic and all natural options. These stores are able to carry foods that meet our criteria with their own label. Just like Harris Teeter has their own line of foods (store brand), so do these stores. Thankfully, this allows them to offer certain things at a competitive rate.
And yes, that does mean I make the 25 minute drive to Whole Foods just to pick up a few things.
Over the years, here are the items that I have found to cost less at the “specialty stores”.
5. Ezekiel Bread
6. Bin Items (nuts, grains, beans, etc)
8. Specialty pastas (and often other gluten-free items)
I forgot to mention these:
9. Baby spinach
I understand that driving from grocery store to grocery store can be a hassle, but sometimes it is worth it. Earth Fare sometimes has deals that I just can’t pass up. For example, a few weeks ago they had their grass-fed organic beef on sale for just $5/pound. Considering the normal price is over $20/pound… the extra trip was well worth it.
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Just as a side note, I have no affiliation with Earth Fare. I love their commitment to local events and their weekly specials!