i’m doing a transformer dietbet, which is 6 months long, and they have regular prize drawings (i guess to keep us motivated). anyway, i won a $100 giftcard to whole foods!
i’d never been to a whole foods in my life. i’ve been to trader joe’s (like it), my local food co-ops (love them), the byerly’s in town when i need something weird and i know they have it (it’s ok but i don’t go regularly). but i’d avoided whole foods because of the whole “apples cost $20 for 3 of them” chatter that the internet proliferates.
but now i had $100 to spend that wasn’t my money, and i guess it was time to set foot in a whole foods. the closest one is in maple grove, so nate and i hauled down there** to go to duluth trading company for a return and nate’s purchase of underwear (guys, i guess the bullpen boxer briefs are where it’s at – be prepared to spend $30/pair though) and then go to whole foods to use the gift card.
well, i guess that the costly apple analogy isn’t entirely wrong…we spent $99.13 (after amazon prime discount) and here’s what we got:
- 2 frozen skillet meals
- 2 oatmilk yogurt cups (don’t buy this. it’s bland. and meh.)
- tofurkey smoked lunch meat (like, 5 slices)
- smallish bag of terra chips
- some other smallish bag of chips
- impossible burger patties (2)
- box of roobios tea (YAY i’m actually really happy with this purchase)
- sweet potato fries
- hamburger buns
- rice crispy bar (1)
- prepared burrito (like a lunchbox meal)
- 3 macarons
- biodegradable sunscreen for my trip to mexico* so i don’t kill the coral reefs
- gouda cheese
- pretzel baguette
- a peanut butter bar for my drive home
- a container of cut mango
- bag of stir fry veggies kit
when i got to the checkout, i realized i needed the whole foods app in order to take advantage of the amazon prime sale/discounts, so i quickly got that on my phone, and that saved $13. good grief.
you know what i could buy at aldi for $100? 3x this amount of food. and overall, aldi isn’t bad about the whole organic, cleanish food thing.
whole foods reminded me a lot of byerly’s, except fewer old people. but the prices, the food, the pretentiousness – yes. the prices weren’t THAT far off from a trader joe’s, but i feel like TJ’s is a lot more “fun” if that makes sense.
if i hadn’t had that gift card, i probably would never have set foot in a whole foods ever. i guess i can now, and i’ve got some food that i wouldn’t have gotten otherwise!
*omg i haven’t blogged about this at all! did you know i’m headed to mexico in 5 days? i’ve gotta pack!
**megan – we need to reschedule our visit! i would’ve invited you to come with me on this, but nate and i had this planned before i even planned our visit 🙁 stupid work. i’ll figure out a day and send you a calendar invite.