Prodigal to Practical at Whole Foods

A few weeks ago, I was delighted to receive a card from my aunt and uncle, congratulating me on my recent graduation. While the thoughtful card was a kind gesture in itself, I noticed this little gem tucked inside it:


Glorious! A Whole Foods gift card! My relatives know me well 🙂

People are always saying how expensive Whole Foods is, so I thought it would be fun to share with you what $50 will buy you at Whole Paycheck Foods. I was a little prodigal with the money on my first trip, but I was far more practical for the second round.  Observe:

Round 1


  • coconut butter. $10.99 My coconut butter stash ran out a few weeks ago, and I’ve had trouble finding it (not to mention stomaching the hefty price tag). I jumped at the chance to replenish my supply.
  • organic chia seed. $15.99 This was a total impulse purchase. They didn’t have any chia seeds in the bulk section, so I sprang for this large bag without ever trying them before. I sure hope I like them.

Round 2


  • Nasoya firm tofu. $6.82 for 3 (I used a coupon) I am very particular about my tofu—it’s Nasoya or nothing for me. This should last me for the next 3-4 weeks.
  • canned beans. $5.34 for 6 Yes, I admit it—I use canned beans. They’re convenient and still quite healthful because I buy the no-salt-added variety.
  • hazelnuts (in the bag). $6.04 for 0.55 lb I don’t often have hazelnuts on hand, but I recently saw Katie’s recipe for homemade Nutella. Obviously, I have to try it.
  • Vega Performance Protein $4.98 for 2 After I read how Allie raved about this protein powder the other day, I decided it was worth a taste test. Love that they sell these little sample packs for precisely this purpose!
  • local eggs. $2.39 Latta’s Egg Ranch is located in Hillsborough, NC (about 40 miles from Raleigh), and it’s my preferred source for eggs. They’re always nice and fresh!

So that’s how I blew fifty bucks at Whole Foods. How would you spend a $50 gift card at Whole Foods (or another grocery store of choice)?

3 Responses to “Prodigal to Practical at Whole Foods”

  1. Salad bar! It would make me feel less guilty for going so often.

  2. In Eastern PA where I live there is no Whole Foods or Trader Joes. We have Wegmans and Fresh Market, which satisfy me, I would get nut butters, veggie burgers, tofu shirataki noodles, Chilean sea bass, almond milk, and those dark chocolate calcium chews.

  3. Cashew butter and vanilla stevia drops. Those are two things that I always look at and then walk away after seeing the price. But I always look for them just in case there is a sale. No such luck yet.

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