The Mr. and I recently broke with our usual routine and went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. I used to shop at Trader Joe’s frequently, but ever since my food spending face lift, I haven’t shopped there as much. My perception is that my money doesn’t go as far at Trader Joe’s because I end up buying prepared, packaged food rather than whole ingredients.
That said, I was pleasantly surprised with this last trip to TJs. We spent $103 which is within our weekly food budget and is actually less than what we sometimes spend at the regular grocery store. I realized Trader Joe’s has better prices on a few key items, namely organic milk and eggs.
I also stocked up on my favorite shaving cream and we bought two pepper grinders. At $1.99 a piece, the price is way better than what we find at our usual grocery store.
We also love their edamame, chicken burritos, and they have excellent prices on honey.
I’m reconsidering our usual grocery routine. I think a combination of Trader Joe’s and a larger grocery store for produce, poultry, and fish might actually save us money and allow us to buy more organic items with the budget we’ve set for ourselves.
How about you? Do you shop at Trader Joe’s? If so, which products are your favorites in terms of quality and price?