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Whole Foods != Whole Paycheck

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While visiting my family in North Carolina, one of the stores we stopped at a few times was Whole Foods. Not just for shopping, but we also sampled their wide array of vegan sandwich options, including a chocolate chip cookie that instantly turned into an ooey-gooey mess when taken outside to the tables where my sister and I ate lunch.

What surprised me most was its bad rap for being expensive. That may have been the case with some organic produce and name brands, but there was also an oasis for the frugal in that high-priced desert, namely, their 365 store brand.

My favorite finds were no-sodium-added cans of black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, and even garbanzo beans for just 99 cents each, and Golden Flax Flakes and Oat Bran Flakes cereals, low and very low sodium, respectively (these are actual FDA definitions; see low sodium labeling guidelines), for only $3 a box!

Needless to say, I stocked up and put a few bags in the trunk of the car for the ride home. Low sodium goods like this are hard to find, and when you do, they’re usually not cheap.

Unfortunately, good ‘ole New Hampshire doesn’t have a Whole Foods (yet?), but it’s probably worth the gas money to make an occasional, carpool, drive down to Massachusetts or over to Portland, Maine for such deals.

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