To say I am a Trader Joe’s fan would be an understatement. I flat out LOVE the place, and we do about 90% of our grocery shopping there. Here are some of my top reasons I love it:
1. The employees: early on a Monday morning they are upbeat, kind, and always so willing to help me find something. There have been numerous occasions I have asked about a certain product and the employees go out of their way to check the stock in the back, look up when the item will be restocked on the computer, and even ask me if I want them to hold some for me when the product comes in!
2. The layout/item selection: TJ’s is the perfect size where it has just about everything I need, but not so much selection that I end up buying 25 things I don’t need. Also, the store isn’t huge, so I can get in and out in under 30 minutes (thought this rarely happens because I just enjoy perusing the aisles with my little free cup of coffee so much!). The store is also small enough that I can easily send Nate to get something and usually tell him exactly where it is!
3. The prices/way things are priced: To start, I think the prices at TJ’s are extremely reasonable. With Nate in school and me staying home with John Robert, we are on a tight budget. I also like that they price items by quantity verses weight. For example, an organic pink lady apple is currently 79 cents. I can decide how many I want to buy and quickly to the math, as opposed to trying to guesstimate the approximate amount of pounds of organic apples I am buying. When things are priced per pound I always end up spending more money.
Now, on to some actual things I buy and love. I should note, I am not a diehard organic person. I am slowly becoming more educated and have decided there are a few areas I do care about it. Namely, milk, chicken, and certain fruits/veggies. Since we are on a tight budget I have to choose wisely, so the things I do buy organic I really do consider worth it. Plus, I think TJ’s has the best prices for organic. If you can’t do organic, don’t sweat it! Last thing to note…I obviously do not buy every single thing on this list every single week. If i did, we would be broke. I tried to put prices for as many things as I could–hope this is helpful!
My favorite things:
Things I get for JR:
Things I buy store brand wherever I find it cheapest (Kroger, Walmart, etc.):
And just for the sake of being thorough, these are things I currently get at Costco, but would get at TJ’s if we didn’t have the Costco membership: **many of these things are organic because that is what Costco offers, and they do it at a great price!**
I hope some of you found this helpful. TJ’s, I love you!!!