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Do You Only Shop at Health Food Stores?

I will admit that I'm lucky to have access to a wide variety of grocery stores, from health food stores to large chain stores to little ethnic markets. My heart lies with the health food stores though, especially the little privately owned ones or, better yet, the worker-owned co-ops. Occasionally though, I must stray to a big time chain grocery store to find exactly what I need.

So I'm wondering, do you only shop at health food stores?


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SugarJaniece SugarJaniece 9 years
I shop at Whole Foods and Publix. Sometimes I'll get things like nuts at Walmart when they are on sale. I *heart* WF and Publix though.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
The nearest good health(y) food store is out of both my price and driving range. Fortunately the regular grocery stores around here all have good organic & health food selections.
Misalady Misalady 9 years
I do about half and half. I'd love to shop at only "health food stores" but I just don't have the money. It's a shame, too, because they have so many foods that I can have there while I'm quite a bit more limited at regular stores (I can't eat gluten).
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
If we had a Whole Foods, I'm sure I'd do 99% of my grocery shopping there. Unfortunately, we don't. :( I have to do my grocery shopping between several stores because none of them have EVERYTHING I get. Sigh.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
The health food shops in my town are all run by stinky hippies. so no, i will go to Publix
luz-y-sombra luz-y-sombra 9 years
I'm in the same boat as tlsgirl. But I'll buy from them when I find something not found in a regular super market and I have some money to splurge like Lara Bars or blue potatoes.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
As much as I'd love to be able to shop more at Whole Foods, it's just soooo overpriced. I'm a student on a budget, so getting all of my groceries there one week would mean going without grocery shopping the next.
garveygirl garveygirl 9 years
I shop at both Whole Foods and Trader Joe's - unfortunately, they are almost a half an hour away from me, so I can't go there every week for my shopping. I also go to the local Stop & Shop, the local produce market (which is way cheaper than S&S and WF), farmer's markets, and sometimes the local smaller health foods stores. I would love to shop at WF every time I shop, but unfortunately I'm not independently wealthy!
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I just can't justify the cost of the health food stores. I get almost all of my meat from Costco, and most everything else from Giant (the main grocery store here). I do go to farmer's markets fairly regularly, and make the rare trip to Fresh Market.
JessBear JessBear 9 years
There's a Sun Harvest (owned by Wild Oats) right across the street from our new apartment, and it's my new best friend. They have a decent organic and vegetarian section, a great bulk section for dried goods and spices, and these wonderful stuffed grape leaves. AND every week they have AMAZING specials on produce, so much so that I check there before buying anything at my cheap chain grocery. This week, they've got 3lbs of oranges or 2lbs of onions for $1, and earlier in the summer they had $2 raspberry pints and $0.25 avocados. That's pretty much unbeatable in my neck of the woods.
JessBear JessBear 9 years
I'd love to shop at Whole Foods exclusively, but unfortunately, it's WAY out of my price range. I only go there when I'm craving some obscure veggie meat product I can't find at my local chain, or when I'm in the money (rare!). That said, as far as regular old grocery stores go, I only shop at HEB, because it's fairly local (only in the TX area). I figure that's better than Wal-Mart or Albertson's, right?
susanec susanec 9 years
Prefering junk food and saying organic is too expensive are totally different things. Both can fit in a lifestyle, but they're not the same. Whole Foods is definitely more expensive than traditional markets but "regular" stores have organic sections, natural foods and commonly carry products like Amy's and Muir Glen. Oftentimes local markets are less expensive, my favorite place is a small chain called Sunflower, the produce is typically great and very reasonably priced. Fantastic selection. But no diet coke.
murmurkibbies murmurkibbies 9 years
Don't feel bad, Toyota. I, too, prefer eating processed junk foods to spending my money on the organic hype and getting into more debt than I'm already in. I had ice cream for supper and Pizza Hut for dessert tonight, and IT WAS FABULOUS.
frappelattes frappelattes 9 years
I will only buy organic!
toyota toyota 9 years
health stores, organic food and all of that is just to expensive. what can a person do???
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
I used to shop at both but it has gotten to the point where I have only started eating what I can get at Trader Joes. I love that place!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
There ARE no Whole Foods or Trader Joe's or any other real "health food" stores around me. I can find pretty much everything I need at Aldi and it's super duper cheap. And if I can't find what I need there, I'll go to Copps and get the other stuff. Copps actually has a pretty good health selection, so I can't really complain. In the summer, I do like to visit the farmer's market and buy the local produce.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Both :)
Porkchopz Porkchopz 9 years
I don't shop at CostCo often, but my fiance and I went there to stock our earthquake kit, and I was amazed at the selection of bulk ORGANIC foods! I found huge tubs of milled flax, organic olive oils, spaghetti sauce, oats...I was really amazed. This was the CostCo in El Cerrito, CA. I wonder if all of them are like that?
eroca87 eroca87 9 years
natural foods all the way. but i'm kinda biased (and lucky) since i work at one. and get a discount. i stray once and a while for paper towels. and farmer's market for fresh fish.
susanec susanec 9 years
There's no diet coke at the organic market...
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I mostly go to regular grocery stores as they are much cheaper than health food stores. My local Safeway has a good selection of healthy foods that rivals the best health food store. I do have to admit I am very partial to the little corner stores in china town and little italy. Thats where my heart lies.
blackjade blackjade 9 years
I go to the farmer's market twice a week, trader joes once a week and a local health food store once a month or so.
ohvogueee ohvogueee 9 years
all the health food stores around here are really expensive!
lintacious lintacious 9 years
yeah i wish i could afford a solely-healthy-place diet; but i still do my best at the local stopNshop
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