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Old 06-13-2014, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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TJ's is not a grocery store. I don't' buy groceries at TJ's. I buy their specialty items, which are way cheaper than most gourmet shops (i.e. Williams and Sonoma, A Southern Season, Dean and DeLucca, etc.) I buy certain items that are under their own label. I buy some of their wine (but admit that Costco often has better prices.)

I also love their flower selection, which is nearly always very fresh and cheaper than most others. Small cuts of the cheeses are great for tasting something new or those who don't eat a lot of cheese.

I never buy meat or toilet paper or soap at TJ's. THAT stuff is cheaper everyplace (except maybe Whole Foods, but I don't buy ANYTHING there.) And I don't give a rat's behind if it's organic.
Their paper towels are awesome though. It's cheaper than the name-brand paper towels you buy at WalMart and they work as well and last just as long.

I can usually spend $80 there and feed my family of 3 for two weeks. But we double dip where we can. For example, I can buy a whole chicken for roughly $6. The whole chicken will last my family 2 nights then the bones I boil and make chicken stock for homemade chicken noodles. The bones make enough stock for 4 nights worth of chicken noodles.

Their orange chicken (which I like but the hubs doesn't) will last 2 meals and it's $5. I buy their fried veggie rice and it's around $3 and also lasts 2 meals. So for $4 a day, I can make dinner. We don't eat large portions at our house though - plus there's only 3 of us, one of which is a toddler.

Also, their oils are a great deal. I can get a large jar of organic coconut oil for around $5. At Kroger, an inferior product (the oil isn't prepared the same and isn't organic) is $10. Spices and seasonings are also a good deal.

I agree though, you definitely can't get everything there. And some things are very expensive. Specifically any meat that isn't ground beef/turkey, whole chicken / drumsticks, or sausage.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:35 PM
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I like Trader Joe's for certain things--chicken, olive oil, flaxseed meal, other things... They have a great all purpose cleaner Cedarwood Sage, smells good, not antiseptic, but cleans great. Ever have their Windmill shaped almond cookies (thin, like wafers)? They have unique stuff, that's why I like them. And, the management must be good overall cuz they're friendly, everyone I've ever been it.
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Their paper towels are awesome though. It's cheaper than the name-brand paper towels you buy at WalMart and they work as well and last just as long.
Yeah, but they aren't Select A Size, which is all we use because they save us money (no kids in the house).

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For example, I can buy a whole chicken for roughly $6.

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Is that the chicken they sell at $2.69/lb? I go get them on sale at my local grocery store at .98/lb. Like I said, I don't care about organic. Frankly, I think the organic ones don't taste as good and I just can't make myself pay 3X as much.

(I admit, if I had young children that I was feeding, I'd probably be looking for meats that didn't have added antibiotics and hormones. THAT stuff does worry me for the little ones.)
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Mountain Home, ID
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I love Wegmans supermarket. It blows TJ and WF out of the water. Everything they have is just as good or better and cheaper. They also have "regular" stuff your neighborhood grocery store has. It's like if they combined TJ and the local store into one. Everything has a section too. Kosher has a counter, seafood, bakery, cheese, deli, salads, Chinese, Indian, etc.
It bugs me when people diss stores like TJ's and names some local chain they prefer instead. There are no Wegman's here. Aside from Wal-Mart, there are no national grocery chains so there is a vast difference in the availability and prices of specialty foods. Not everyone has the same options you do.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:36 PM
 
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It bugs me when people diss stores like TJ's and names some local chain they prefer instead. There are no Wegman's here. Aside from Wal-Mart, there are no national grocery chains so there is a vast difference in the availability and prices of specialty foods. Not everyone has the same options you do.
I have to drive over an hour to TJ and do go there for several things (like their frozen fish from the US).
Besides Walmart the only other store is Kroger and there are many things they do not carry vs where
we were living before. Yes, it's nice that some people have better options like the Wegman's but those
are all on the east coast.
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Their paper towels are awesome though. It's cheaper than the name-brand paper towels you buy at WalMart and they work as well and last just as long.

I can usually spend $80 there and feed my family of 3 for two weeks. But we double dip where we can. For example, I can buy a whole chicken for roughly $6. The whole chicken will last my family 2 nights then the bones I boil and make chicken stock for homemade chicken noodles. The bones make enough stock for 4 nights worth of chicken noodles.

Their orange chicken (which I like but the hubs doesn't) will last 2 meals and it's $5. I buy their fried veggie rice and it's around $3 and also lasts 2 meals. So for $4 a day, I can make dinner. We don't eat large portions at our house though - plus there's only 3 of us, one of which is a toddler.

Also, their oils are a great deal. I can get a large jar of organic coconut oil for around $5. At Kroger, an inferior product (the oil isn't prepared the same and isn't organic) is $10. Spices and seasonings are also a good deal.

I agree though, you definitely can't get everything there. And some things are very expensive. Specifically any meat that isn't ground beef/turkey, whole chicken / drumsticks, or sausage.
Are they made from recycled paper? That's the only kind I buy.
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:08 AM
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It bugs me when people diss stores like TJ's and names some local chain they prefer instead. There are no Wegman's here. Aside from Wal-Mart, there are no national grocery chains so there is a vast difference in the availability and prices of specialty foods. Not everyone has the same options you do.
Plus not everyone likes Wegmans. I, for one, never fell in love or like with it when I lived close to one. It was too big, no flow as far as finding things & overpriced. I liked their bakery, but I don't buy that sort of stuff much anyways.
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Old 06-14-2014, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Yeah, but they aren't Select A Size, which is all we use because they save us money (no kids in the house).



Is that the chicken they sell at $2.69/lb? I go get them on sale at my local grocery store at .98/lb. Like I said, I don't care about organic. Frankly, I think the organic ones don't taste as good and I just can't make myself pay 3X as much.

(I admit, if I had young children that I was feeding, I'd probably be looking for meats that didn't have added antibiotics and hormones. THAT stuff does worry me for the little ones.)
Same with us, when we had TJoe's and your earlier comment about it being a specialty store, not a grocery store is so true. This is something people forget.

When it comes to true organic, I grow that in my back yard during the summer; the rest of the time, my budget doesn't allow me to buy organic and I really do not care..
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:18 AM
 
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It bugs me when people diss stores like TJ's and names some local chain they prefer instead. There are no Wegman's here. Aside from Wal-Mart, there are no national grocery chains so there is a vast difference in the availability and prices of specialty foods. Not everyone has the same options you do.

You mean other than Kroger's and Safeway?

I do NOT shop at Trader Joe's personally as their prices are HIGHER than my local independents for quality that is sadly lacking in their Midwestern stores, especially in the fresh food, deli, dairy, and bakery areas where everything is pretty much shipped in from the Boston area.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:36 AM
 
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This has been brought up but I'm joining the chorus. They have a really extensive selection of cheeses including non cow cheeses which I enjoy. Good deal and great selection. They also had these gluten free funion knock offs which were pretty good.
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