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Old 01-27-2016, 07:01 PM   #21
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I'm with Steve, our WFM has regular sales on various items.
I got fresh Mary's Chicken for $0.99/lb, it was wonderful, we'd
never had chicken that tasted like, well, CHICKEN! The best roast
Chicken I'd ever made.

Also, I'm in the same camp for the "hard to find items",
not to mention that at our WFM anyways, they ask you,
"did you find everything you were looking for?"
My reply at times, No, I did not, I'm looking for XYZ,
and they notate it and pass it on to management,
and son of a gun but it's available the next time I go in!

I "follow" my local WFM on Facebook as well as
receive emails in regards to the sales.

But okay, let's be honest here, I DO NOT do my regular
shopping at WFM, I shop around, and yes, I may have to go to
3-4 different shops, but, heh, I'm retired, I've got the time.
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:19 PM   #22
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They do have some interesting stuff. My $18 salad was to feed both DH and me, and I kept piling on a bit of this, a bit of that, oh, that looks good, etc. We ended up eating on it for 2 days, so it was probably 4 salad's worth.
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Old 01-27-2016, 08:52 PM   #23
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I've only been in a WF once, while visiting my daughter down in Valencia. It was fun looking around. We used to have a Von's here and they had a great salad bar, but they closed down and it's now a gym. I miss the salad bar. Neither of the two remaining grocery stores here have one.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:30 PM   #24
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Also, I'm in the same camp for the "hard to find items",
not to mention that at our WFM anyways, they ask you,
"did you find everything you were looking for?"
My reply at times, No, I did not, I'm looking for XYZ,
and they notate it and pass it on to management,
and son of a gun but it's available the next time I go in!...
I find that to be the case at Wegmans, a high-end grocery chain with 85 stores in half a dozen states. IF they don't have something in stock, they usually do the next time we check. We go there very infrequently, though, since the closest store is nearly 25 miles away, one way. Still, it is five miles closer than the nearest Whole Foods.

If I'm going to shop loss-leader sales at the stores around me, I want to go to the stores around me. I have eight different stores within a 12-mile radius of my house, one of which is a strictly organic grocery store offering local products, including produce in season. IF I'm in the mood to go "for a drive", we might wander over to Wegmans or some other far-away grocery store. Otherwise, whether I shop just one store per trip or four, I'd rather keep it close to home.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:59 PM   #25
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I'm way out in the boonies here - we have 2 grocery stores. Stater Bros and Albertsons...that's it. Anything else including TJ's, Costco, etc., is a 3 hour round trip drive. It's kind of a major planning trip to leave early in the AM, do the biggie shopping and hopefully get back home before midnight, or stay overnight at my daughter's.

We do have some fabulous little local farmers markets here though, and for that I am so thankful!
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I hear ya, Cheryl. We're in the same boat, though we now have a Costco 45 minutes away. Our nearest TJ's would be a 6 hour RT.

I think it's WF that sells the wonderful goatsmilk soap. The frankincense and myhrr smells heavenly. Peppermint is nice too. We always buy a bunch when we visit Baby Bro.
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I hear ya, Cheryl. We're in the same boat, though we now have a Costco 45 minutes away. Our nearest TJ's would be a 6 hour RT.

I think it's WF that sells the wonderful goatsmilk soap. The frankincense and myhrr smells heavenly. Peppermint is nice too. We always buy a bunch when we visit Baby Bro.
The Dr. Bronner's soaps are good. They're all natural and come in liquid or hand soap form. They have peppermint and other scents. They are available at mainstream pharmacies like CVS and Walgreen's.
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I'm way out in the boonies here - we have 2 grocery stores. Stater Bros and Albertsons...that's it. Anything else including TJ's, Costco, etc., is a 3 hour round trip drive. It's kind of a major planning trip to leave early in the AM, do the biggie shopping and hopefully get back home before midnight, or stay overnight at my daughter's.

We do have some fabulous little local farmers markets here though, and for that I am so thankful!
My mom lives in a small Northern California town, and they have a Safeway, and an independent place with slightly better quality stuff and more organic stuff.

And there is a 3rd place that is a sort of a classic place that's been there since the 1940's with the stockers wearing button up shirts, bow ties, and a shop keeper's apron. This place was sort of maybe 60% the size of the others but still a full service grocery store.

I sort of shopped at all 3 but tried to spend more at the smaller place. I'd only go to Safeway if something was a great price. I lived there a month helping her out.

Also, there was sort of a small neighborhood market that pretty much had everything but the prices were 20% more than the other places. They even had a small fruit/veggie section, and they carried some basic meats. Small deli counter. So you could grab a box of Barilla pasta, some Italian sausage, some garlic, and a bottle of wine.
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:42 PM   #29
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We moved my Mother back to her hometown in California, in the middle of the San Joaquin valley, "the food basket of the world", but...
try and find commercial shopping, HA!
When ever we plan a road trip out to visit with her, I ask her make up a list of everything she wants for "the Big City"... ie, TJ's, WFM, Sprouts, Safeway, etc. all the 'good stores' ... you should see the back of our car before he head out for Mom's place!

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The Dr. Bronner's soaps are good. They're all natural and come in liquid or hand soap form. They have peppermint and other scents. They are available at mainstream pharmacies like CVS and Walgreen's.

We like the goats milk soaps in bars for the shower. DH was so enamoured with it, he found it on line.
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