I moved to Washington, DC for an internship the summer after my junior year in college. Aside from coming to the realization that trying to earn actual money for a company would cause me a great deal of anxiety, I had the best time. I stayed in a dorm at George Washington University with students from around the country, went for breathtaking runs among the monuments (literally breathtaking, because the humidity did not waver from 98% the entire 12 weeks), and explored the city on the Metro.
I had two grocery shopping options within walking distance – a Trader Joe’s .6 miles away and a Whole Foods right down the street. One 95-degree day in June, I strolled to the TJ’s in a pale blue rayon top. Said top was three shades darker when I slinked back into the air-conditioned building an hour later with my heavy bags, trying to avoid acquaintances/slipping in a pool of my own sweat. Having at least some shame, I bought my groceries at Whole Foods for the remainder of the summer, despite the fact that my family calls the store Whole Paycheck and always shopped more economically when I lived at home.
While I did find it more expensive, I discovered a few tricks for shopping at Whole Foods without breaking the bank and wanted to share them today.