If you were asked to compare who has cheaper prices, Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s, you’d probably automatically answer Trader Joe’s right?
As a shopper at both stores, I’ve noticed that Trader Joe’s seemed higher in some areas than Whole Foods, which goes against the reputation Trader Joe’s has of being the most affordable natural health food store (and Whole Foods’ bad rep. for being the “Whole Paycheck”).
So, I set out to compare Whole Foods Market’s and Trader Joes’ prices on popular food staples like dairy, eggs, oil, grains, bread and meat (items that tend to be more difficult to coupon for).
Here’s what I found:
Whole Foods Vs. Trader Joe’s Food Price Comparison
Surprisingly, Trader Joe’s came in at cheaper in 5 out of 9 categories, while Whole Foods was cheaper in just 2 categories but they tied in the remaining 2 categories. So, depending on which items you buy more, either store could work out for you.
Whole Foods Market offers new sales every two weeks, which often include organic meats, produce, and more. Trader Joe’s offers everyday low prices, with no sale prices.
Whole Foods also offers store coupons via their app (new ones bi-weekly) and their website (new ones every 2 month) on many products, including categories like meats, produce, fish and packaged products. Trader Joe’s does not offer store coupons.
Both stores accept all manufacturer coupons, including internet printable coupons. There is no limit to the number of coupons you can use in a transaction at either store (as long as you’re adhering to the coupon verbiage) and neither store allows cash back if the coupon exceeds the value of the product. (More on their coupon policies: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods).
So, while Trader Joe’s came in lower in more categories, Whole Foods still remains competitive by offering bi-weekly sales and store coupons.
Which store do you prefer to shop at, Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?
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