Trader Joe’s

This is by-far our favorite store and how we’re able to cook so many things without spending a ton of money. While Trader Joe’s isn’t everywhere, they’re expanding rapidly. Go to their website and you can request that they put one near you. 

Pros:

    (Very) friendly atmosphere, great prices, international cuisine, unexpected finds, free samples everyday, no-hassle returns, neighborhood grocery store feel, good layout, unbelievable wine and beer, decent produce, good cereal, and did we mention the very friendly atmosphere?

Cons:

    Nothing goes on sale (it’s already so cheap!) so if you’re a bargain hunter and you like the thrill of the chase, TJ’s won’t get your adrenaline flowing as you approach the meat aisle. Also, there are very few, if any, national brands that you would find at your common ordinary grocery store. (Which again is ok, because TJ’s brands are better!)

   As you may be able to tell, we find that even the cons about Trader Joe’s are pluses. It’s like in an interview when someone asks you about your weaknesses: “I’m too much of a perfectionist.”

WHAT WE BUY AT TRADER JOE’S:

  • Olive oil
  • Wine
  • Cheese
  • Baguettes
  • Bananas
  • Artichokes
  • Fresh Asparagus
  • Cereal/Maple Pecan Granola
  • Milk
  • Chips, salsa, etc.
  • Fruit – especially raspberries/blueberries
  • Salad dressing – or we make our own!
  • Eggs
  • Prosciutto
  • More wine
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • White Balsamic Vinegar
  • Beer – but only when we want something funky.
  • Frozen veggies – especially artichoke hearts and edamame.
  • Bell peppers
  • More wine
  • Chicken/Vegetable broth
  • Water Crackers
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Ground Sea Salt – very good deal.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T BUY AT TRADER JOE’S:

  • Meat (will be cheaper elsewhere)
    • If you want to pay top dollar for meat, go to a place like Fresh Market
  • Regular cooking oil – SAMS is better for this.
  • Regular white vinegar – they don’t have it.
  • Flour – regular grocery has better prices.

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