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Old 07-07-2011, 07:40 PM
 
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Default oh dear, trader joes vs costco

i have been shopping at costco for years and love their kirkland brand, but its just too much product.

i recently discovered trader joes and i think i like them better. pay less for less food that wont go to waste

AND the stuff there is actually pretty darn good. especially their frozen foods. i guess ill be shopping at costco only for electronics from now on.
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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i have been shopping at costco for years and love their kirkland brand, but its just too much product.

i recently discovered trader joes and i think i like them better. pay less for less food that wont go to waste

AND the stuff there is actually pretty darn good. especially their frozen foods. i guess ill be shopping at costco only for electronics from now on.
If we had Trader Js we would visit each week. Cosco (or for us Sams) is great for non parishables and some meats. The Trader Js type stores and small local grocery stores are meant for the basic weekly shopping. That is how I see it.

Nita
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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We have a TJ's less than 20 miles away. Unfortunately you have to pass through one of the worst intersections of New England, USA, to get from my house to there and so that 20 miles, on a 6-8-lane highway, takes almost an hour in each direction.

I've gone once. I won't go again, but I really did enjoy the store once I got there. I picked up a few jars of different varieties of marinara/spaghetti/tomato sauce, and discovered that cilantro can be minced, mixed with a little oil, and frozen in teaspoon-measured cubes for later use. I bought a package of those frozen cubes, turned out to make some excellent pico de gallo with them.

I know there's one in West Hartford too so next time I'm at Westfarms mall, I'll stop at TJs in the same trip. I'm more likely to go there than I am to have reason to drive to Orange any time soon.

Edited to add: Also, Aldi's is pretty neat, dirt cheap and you don't have to spend 20 minutes just trying to compare prices - they only carry one brand of everything
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:03 PM
 
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Yeah, no TJ anywhere here, but I sure do love ALDI. ^^ Cheapest place to buy staples, and they are good quality! Sometimes they even get special buys on organic!
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Old 07-09-2011, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Interesting. We are debating the merits of getting a Costco membership, but a local Trader Joe's is opening in the next month or so. Maybe I should wait and assess what's likely to be the better deal for us and our small household.
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:09 PM
 
Location: DC
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There's a time for Costco and a time for TJ's. For most of my needs I'll go to Trader Joe's, since there's no way I could use up the huge sizes at Costco. However, for certain things that don't spoil or if I'm buying for a party then I like Costco (well, BJ's. I don't have a Costco card).
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:42 PM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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I like both. Costco is only 40 miles from me...whereas TJ is 60. Just depends if I am going somewhere else & drive by a TJ. Then of course I'll stop.
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Old 07-09-2011, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Zionsville, Indiana
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Both Costco and TJ are 5 minutes down the road from me but haven't been to either of them. I have Sam's Club (also 5 minutes away). No personal preference, my family has been with SC for a long time.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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My Costco store is a mile away from my house and the nearest Trader Joe's is about 4 miles. I prefer going to TJ's most of the time because it would take me a VERY long time to consume the bulk quantity products sold at Costco which end up going bad and subsequently discarded.
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I have only been to TJ's once or twice because it is about 20 miles away through heavy traffic. Costco is closer (about 6 or 7 miles) and we use our food saver to package meats. Other than that, we can usually get as good a deal at the local grocers and we don't have to drive but a few miles. That said, I really like my Costco membership because the stores are clean, prices good, electronics warranties very good, food samples, and it seems like every week they have special vendors.
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