Hello everyone! How’s everyone’s “leap hump day” going so far? Mines not too bad, except for the fact that there is some dreaded snow in the forecast for today! Boooooo, I definitely think it has something to do with today being February 29th. Does anyone else ever wonder what it’s like to be born on leap year? I mean you only celebrate your true birthday ever 4 years! So what do you do the other years? I assume that you would celebrate on March 1 or February 28th, right?
This morning I enjoyed the usual Chobani with ground flax seed alongside my extra large (decaf) coffee. Typical but delicious
Yesterday I was determined to get my hands on some brown rice sushi for lunch. Since I was craving more than just the mediocre sushi offered at the nearby Shaws supermarket, I decided to venture of to my local Whole Foods Market instead.
I am sometimes skeptic about going to Whole Foods during lunch because there’s almost always traffic, the place is always a madhouse at lunch time, and for some reason I always walk out with WAY more than the few items I initially went in for. Despite all of these reasons holding me back I still decided to go, and I’m glad I did, because it was totally worth it! There’s just something about shopping at Whole Foods that makes me feel all fuzzy inside. Everything from the atmosphere, the large array of options and the people always make for a wonderful shopping experience! And oh ya, the sushi is to-die-for!
Why I Love Shopping at Whole Foods
Pleasant Ambiance: The aisles are brightly lit, the sections are neatly organized and the food is displayed in an very appealing way. I like that don’t have to fish through tons of processed foods to find what I am looking for. They also have these large chalkboard signs all around the market that they use to spread their message, and to display useful information about certain products. I’m not sure if it’s just a great marketing technique, but seeing signs like this all around the store puts me in the right mindset, as well as provokes me to purchase new foods that I otherwise would have passed right by.
Diverse Options: Whole foods offers a wide variety of wholesome, organic and exotic foods. Their selection and quality of products its pretty much through the roof! You can find anything from fresh produce, meats, seafood, authentic cheeses, organic chocolate, raw ingredients, cooked ingredients, gluten free options, lactose free options, vegan/vegetarian options, prepared foods and much more. The list is endless! Along with their superb selection of food products, they also have a section of the store dedicated to products other than food called the “Whole Body” department. In this department, you can find organic hair and skin products, as well as organic shampoo, soap, toothpaste vitamins and much more. It really is one-stop-shopping (but better)!
Great Customer Service: The customer service at Whole Foods is beyond excellent. Every employee that I have ever had to deal with has been polite, and willing to go out of their way to help me find what I need. I like that their service is unobtrusive, yet readily available. I have never had to hunt down an employee to ask them a question, nor do they try to sell me products that I have no interest in. They are all knowledgeable and universally helpful, which makes for a pleasurable shopping experience.
Free Samples: Who doesn’t love free samples?!? The particular Whole Foods market I shop at almost always offers several free samples . Everything from cheese cubes with toothpicks, tiny paper cups of soup, chips with dips, organic brownies, fruit and much more is there for me to try if I wish. Of course I almost always take way more than my fair share of samples, but I typically end up buying something that I sampled every time!
Great Deals: Whole Foods does have the reputation for being expensive, but you do indeed get what you pay for. They go out of their way to buy locally-grown produce (which is unfortunately more expensive). They’re also involved with a number of charities, including micro credit organizations in third-world countries. Sometimes they even have “5% days” where they give five percent of their profits away to a charity. If you’ve never shopped at Whole Foods due to your budget, I recommend that you give it another try. They offer some great coupons that you can find on their website and in flyers, as well as their in store “365″ brand which is fabulous.
I personally look forward to every time I visit my local Whole Foods market. I don’t mind splurging a little bit when I go because I always feel better about myself when I leave. In the end, I am spending money on bettering my health, as well as supporting local farmers and national charities!
I love you Whole Foods!
Do you shop at Whole Foods? What do you like/dislike about it?
Do you have any suggestions on how to get more” bang for your buck” while shopping at Whole Foods?
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