Thrifty Lessons I learned at the Grand Opening of a Health Food Store

Posted on April 26th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

My family and I have really been making the switch to not only more organic whole foods, but to really eliminate processed and fake foods. We prefer to buy food with less than 12 ingredients in them and really know what’s going into our body. I won’t lie, it’s taking a hit on our monthly food budget.

So when I heard we were getting a Natural Grocers chain in our town, I was excited. Bulk means cheap, so I jumped at the grand opening. I learned very quickly that doors like this were good for some things, but that Target and Costco could easily compete with their pricing on organic vegetables and snacks.

Here’s everything I learned.

1. The meats were expensive. But I get that, I understand they had to be. However, if you don’t want to pay those kinds of prices, you’re better off finding someone local who have meat and use them. You’ll be able to still get the same quality, but not nearly the cost.

2. Snacks! I prefer our kids to have healthy snacks and I want to know how to say the ingredients in their lists. Health food stores are AWESOME for that. However when I scoped this place out, I quickly found that Costco and Target had some of the same items wayyy cheaper.

3. Don’t discredit your local grocers. Our store is state running grocer and they have an amazing organic and natural food selection. They are much cheaper than the larger chain for the same foods.

4. Check for sales. Even the larger health food stores have coupons. I was able to get a bag of blue corn chips for less than a $1 with a coupon. You just have to look around to find the deals.

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