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Grocery store shocker: Whole Foods is actually cheaper than Walmart — new study takes on Whole Paycheck tag

Grocery store shocker: Whole Foods is actually cheaper than Walmart

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New article says it's cheaper to buy these 18 items at Whole Foods. Photo by Whole Foods Market

A routine shopping trip to Whole Foods can quickly turn into a triple-digit bill, but a recent article by Kiplinger in Daily Finance found almost 20 common grocery items and foodstuff that are cheaper to buy at Whole Foods than just about anywhere else. Yes, cheaper at the grocery store chain often sarcastically dubbed Whole Paycheck.

Comparing original (not sale) prices at Harris Teeter, Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe's and Walmart to Whole Foods, the magazine found that common items like pasta, organic milk and extra virgin olive oil are actually less expensive at Whole Foods than other retailers.

Though Whole Foods has long touted the importance of organic produce, nowadays organic goods can be found just about everywhere. Devotees to the high-end chain will be happy to learn many items like organic carrots, organic peanut butter and frozen organic corn are still cheaper to snag at Whole Foods.

But it's not just organic fare that has Whole Foods out-pricing competitors. Baguettes and certain brands of Greek yogurt, salsa and shredded mozzarella cheese are also a better bargain. For a full list of Whole Food's best buys, click here.