We Aced the $20 Challenge


Oh yeah, our team members know how to shop our store! While we weren’t eligible for the Living Social deal that burned up the internet Tuesday, a few of us got a sweet offer of our own. (In case you weren’t aware, it took only ten hours for a million lucky people to get in on a Living Social deal selling a $20 Whole Foods Market gift card for only $10. Wow! The deal sold out, so you can’t get it now, sorry!)So, with all the online chatter about what you can get for $20 at Whole Foods Market (yes, we laughed at the jokes too), we decided to put it to the test. We sent real live team members from our headquarter offices to our store with $20 bucks to spend. Armed with The Whole Deal value guide opens in a new tab, our online coupons opens in a new tab, and a sharp eye for specials and our 365 Everyday Value® lines, these team members wowed us with their creativity and general awesome ability to shop.I bet these whet your appetite as well as your desire to find your own great deals!Elizabeth shopped for a “Taste of Thailand” meal for $19.13:

  • Annie Chun’s Brown Rice Pad Thai Noodles, 8oz. box

  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Peanuts, Roasted & Salted, 12 oz. bag

  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Tofu, Extra Firm, 14 oz. package

  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Coconut Milk, 13.5 oz. can

  • Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste, 4 oz. jar

  • Fresh organic cilantro, 1 bunch

  • 1 organic Italian eggplant

  • 1 lime

  • 2 serrano peppers

  • 1 white onion

Vadan shopped for his pregnant wife’s smoothie ingredients and cravings for $19.45:  

  • Organic Yobaby Blueberry Yogurt, 4-4oz containers

  • 1 bunch organic kale

  • 6-oz package of blueberries

  • 2 organic carrots

  • 3 EARTH University bananas (Whole Trade™)

  • 2 red lunchbox apples

  • 365 Everyday Value® Large Olives, 6-oz can

  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Baby Dill Pickles, 16-oz jar

  • Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Frozen Waffles, 1 box

  • Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze, half gallon

Natanya put together fixings for a spicy tailgate party for $20.50:

  • Frontier Blue Corn Chips, 10-oz bag

  • 365 Everyday Value® Salsa, Tequila Lime, 16-oz jar

  • 8-count buttermilk slider buns

  • 1 head organic green leaf lettuce

  • 1 medium red onion

  • 4 small locally grown tomatoes

  • 1.5 oz goat cheese

  • ½ lb lean ground pork

  • ½ lb pork chorizo

Michael shopped to make his veggie tacos with homemade salsa and guacamole dip for $19.40:

  • 2 portobello mushrooms

  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 1 yellow bell pepper

  • 1 organic zucchini

  • 1 organic yellow onion

  • 1 poblano pepper

  • 2 jalapeno peppers

  • 1 organic hass avocado

  • 1 head of garlic

  • 2 limes

  • 1 bunch of fresh organic cilantro

  • 365 Everyday Value® Whole Peeled Tomatoes, 28-oz can

  • 365 Everyday Value ® Organic Flour Tortillas, 6-count

  • Organic Oikos Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt, 5.3 oz

Kate grabbed natural and organic lunch box and snack favorites for her son for $20.20:

  • 1 bag of organic red seedless grapes

  • 1 bag of cut & peeled ready-to eat organic carrots

  • 3 lunchbox apples

  • 1 bunch of EARTH University Whole Trade™ bananas

  • 1 bulk container of organic honey roasted peanut butter

  • 1  jar of 365 Everyday Value® Raspberry Fruit Spread

  • 1 loaf of fresh-baked sandwich bread

  • 1 box of six organic Clif Kid Z Bars

  • 1 package of six Organic Valley Colby Jack Cheese Stringles

  • ½ lb organic Thompson seedless raisins

Rebecca bought all these “runner’s remedy” items for $20.25:

  • 1 4-pack of Organic Valley Organic Chocolate Milk

  • 2 8-oz bottles of Zico Coconut Water

  • 1 2.75g pack of Tasty Orange fruit snacks, sport

  • 4 Cliff Builder bars

  • 2 1.3-oz Honey Stinger honey packs

  • 1 2.1-oz Think Thin bar

We’ve got lots of ideas! We put together $20 bags for healthy snacking, Saturday cleaning, pantry stocking, ultimate breakfast, grilling, wine tasting night, Italian dinner, movie night, and tons more.Let us know if you want to see some of the other shopping bags we put together for $20 bucks. What would you put in your bag?

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