A Whole Foods Experience.
Sunday I had the pleasure of having time to grocery shop at a leisurely pace. I really hate grocery shopping on Sundays because of all the people doing the same exact thing, but I decided that since I had time, I could relax a bit and take my time. I began my adventure at Aldi. I know what your thinking-Aldi? Is that not for poor people? And I say, a.) poor people need to eat, too. b.) Aldi is also owned by Trader Joe’s *gasp* c.) Aldi’s is all over Germany, as it is owned by a German and they are all over the world. You even have to use a euro to get a cart, just like a quarter here. So Aldi, is very cultured and finally d.) Aldi is where I get my honeyed goat cheese. You do remember this post, right? https://kmpinkel.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1505&action=edit
Well, anyway, I decided to travel to Whole Foods to see if it really was more expensive than buying organic elsewhere, and its right next to Trader Joe’s and we were all out of wine. Let me just tell you this, and maybe I am the only one who was blind to this, but I thought Whole Foods only sold organic food! I was walking around-and if anyone knows the wonderful scent they use at the entryway, please tell me. It’s not the flowers, as the one I was in did not have the flowers right at the front. Anyway, I was walking around and saw the orange juice I buy at Meijer at Whole Foods. Only at Whole Foods it was $1.50 more. The prices of the organics was more expensive, well actually everything was more expensive. Some things were not so high, as compared to Meijer, but others were off the charts. One thing it certainly has, and why its such a success is its ambiance. I like being in there, its cozy, its rich in colors, it smells good! You can get all sorts of natural supplements and essential oils that you cannot get at Meijer or Kroger. And you cannot get this:
There were plenty of choices of these great little solid perfumes, with divine scents. I had it narrowed down to three, but French Lilac lost out to these ones. Why not splurge for all three? they were $8.99 a piece-I already splurged!
Next I ran to Trader Joe’s for my case of 2 buck Chuck. It happens to be Chuck’s 10th anniversary. Happy Anniversary! I also discovered that their organic prices are much more comparative to Meijer’s and in some cases, cheaper. But for a family of 6, I could not conceivably buy all my groceries from there. Half the store is booze. I think it’s geared for the kidless, or the one’s whose kids have driven them to drink. Oops! That might be me, I did grab a CASE OF WINE!!!!
Next I screwed my head back on straight and went to Meijer and finished it all out. My only observation at Meijer was, once again, most of the organics have sold out. I had to go back last night to get the rest of my veggies. I think Meijer is missing the boat on this one, as well as Kroger’s. If you beef up your organic sections, keep your prices lower than Whole Foods, you will gain a whole new market. But that’s just my opinion.