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Healthy Whole Foods Haul | Splurge vs. Save

April 21, 2017

Hi Friends! I’m super excited to bring you another haul video today. You guys seemed to really like my Trader Joe’s Haul, so when I was shopping at Whole Foods last week I thought I’d capture what I bought.

In truth, I don’t go to Whole Foods very often. If I am going, it’s probably because I’m picking up food from the hot bar or there’s a specialty item I need to pick up. Both of these were the case last week when I paid a visit to #WholePaycheck. Curt wanted to grab lunch there and I needed to pick up a certain ingredient (which of course they were all out of!).

I’m certainly not a huge spender when it comes to food, but if there’s anything we spend money on, besides travel, it will likely be food. We also rarely eat out so our food budget ends up being much cheaper than anyone who eats a lot. Though I will admit, it’s probably higher than most.

Food and wellness are passions of mine. Though they certainly aren’t hobbies, I am always curious to try out new products and test them out for myself. It’s also necessary that I share that being in the position I am in, I also get a lot of products sent to me for free (which I always disclaim).

What I increasingly am becoming aware of as THM grows is the importance of noting the distinction between products that are essentials vs. products that are splurges, or non-essentials. I work with brands whose products I love, but can also recognize are not necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle. I get my Care/of vitamins shipped to my door and while they do offer great discounts, I also realize that supplementation is not for everyone and certainly not an essential. I also work with brands like Tropicana and Simply Organic that are far more accessible and affordable and are easy substitutes to life healthfully.

And sometimes I got to Whole Foods and spend $8.00 on a bar of organic, handmade chocolate and $6.00 on a bottle of almond milk that is half the size and double the price of its competitors. These are my splurges. They’re how I’m choosing to spend my money and while I certainly recognize the privilege of this, I want you guys to feel empowered to splurge or save on items in your own life.

The wellness industry is only getting bigger and more lucrative and more and more people like myself are popping up. People they call “influencers”. A term, which in truth I cannot stand. But here’s the thing, we DO have influence and that’s not something I want to take lightly.

I have no intention of changing my sponsorships or the amazing brands I get to work with. I develop relationships with these brands and they are all products I use in my own life. If my choices can inspire you, that’s amazing! But never feel pressured or insecure should your choices be different.

So that’s my PSA for today. I hope you enjoy the video and I can’t wait to hear what items you splurge or save on!

I'm sharing my healthy whole foods haul and we're also chatting about the difference between items worth splurging on vs. items you should spare for cheaper options.

Thoughts on this? Do you think it’s okay to promote less accessible or “splurge” products?


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    Juliette @ Namastay Traveling
    April 21, 2017 at 9:02 am

    These look awesome! Have you tried the golden milk powder there? I don’t shop there often ($$$$) but can’t turn this down!

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    Sam @ Hygge Wellness
    April 21, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Davida! This probably makes no sense.. but I actually think I spend less when I shop at WF because I’m more conscientious of what I buy and how much it costs. I learned the hard way after I accidentally purchased a $18 maple syrup once or twice 😉

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      April 23, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      I hear ya!!! You can definitely save $$$ if you buy from their generic 365 brand, which is great! And if you shop the sale section. I found New Barn Almond milk on sale for $3 a bottle yesterday! I was super excited to say the least haha

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    April 22, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I splurge on eggs (can definitely taste and see the difference) and ground cinnamon. I love the 365 greek yogurt and the price is comparable to name brands at the grocery store. Also love their chocolate PB cereal.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      April 23, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      yes! Me too. But I so agree that you can 100% taste the difference. The problem is that I also taste it when they aren’t the farm, fresh organic variety I usually buy. I’m such an egg diva haha!

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    Kimberly W.
    April 25, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I went to Grocery Outlet because of you and found the New Barn almond milk! And FYI: I found New Barn almond milk at COSTCO of all places. I got two of those jugs for $7-$8? What a deal, right?! It definitely is a splurge when I get it Whole Foods, but oh my goodness, it is SO good. Unfortunately I’ve bought some organic fruit there recently, and I found that my local farmer’s market has better tasting fruit. On the occasion that I do shop there, I try to stick to what’s on sale.

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