You can find a bunch of interesting things at Whole Foods: cuts of meat you've never seen, anchovies that kind of actually look edible, exotic fruits with names you can't pronounce and people of all ages spewing the oldest dad joke in the book.
Whole Foods? It should be called Whole Paycheck!
That's in reference to the market's surprisingly expensive products that you can usually find at your local grocer for half the price. But wander the aisles often enough and you'll see that there are a few steals you can always count on. These are the ones you should look out for.
Just past the giant wheels of brie and sharp cheddar, there often sits a basket of what looks like tiny, rejected hunks of cheese. They're actually just the odds and ends that haven't sold fast enough, and you can usually scoop them up for under $3.
Smoothie obsessives will be able to find pre-washed, pre-chopped frozen fruits (many of which are organic) for prices comparable to those at other chain markets — if not less.
According to a former employee, you can get a tub of Whole Food's 365 brand Greek yogurt for $5.99, while Fage (another popular Greek yogurt brand), is usually upwards of $6.99 at other stores.
OATS, GRAINS AND BEANS
You can file these under "things that are unreasonably expensive." At most supermarkets, you have to buy a container, and you'll usually be up-charged for the hassle of, um, containing the product. At Whole Foods, you can get as little or as much as you want — sometimes for less than $2 per pound.
WINE BY THE CASE
When you find a bottle of vino you love, it pays to buy in bulk. Whole Foods offers a 10% discount when you buy six or more bottles of wine. You can even mix and match.
LOOSE SPICES AND HERBS
It sucks to buy a $6 jar of dried dill knowing you'll use approximately four tablespoons of it over the next four years. At Whole Foods, the cost per ounce comes out lower than the bottled stuff, you can control the amount you purchase.
Here comes another win from the 365 brand: If you like your milk organic — that is, hormone-free and antibiotic-free, you should buy it here. A carton of it can be close to $1 less than comparable ones.
Whole30-ers live and breathe by coconut oil — and they know how expensive a jar can be. But once again, the 365 brand tends to ring up about $1 less than the house brand at other markets, like Safeway.