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Old 05-12-2014, 10:58 AM
 
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Frozen Mangos
Frozen Pineapple
Bananas
bagged and cut kale
yogurt kale dip
frozen broccoli
Coconut Water
Almond Butter
dried bananas
dried blueberries
Fig Butter
cheap brie
sourdough baguette
Frozen 3 cheese Pizza (from Italy)
chicken shu mai
bean and cheese taquitos
lime fruit floes
pb pretzel bites
dark chocolate pb cups
cheap wine
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Costco does better on those nuts. Fresher and cheaper for all standard varieties. No flavors though.

agree about the cheeses, though the prices at TJ's have escalated dramatically and rapidly,
No they don't!

They charge to be a member, and you have to buy very large bags of nuts. TJ's smaller sizes allow me to have several varieties to snack on with little fear of spoilage. Sprouts is my other favorite place to buy nuts. (Bulk bins)
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:34 AM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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No they don't!

They charge to be a member, and you have to buy very large bags of nuts. )
But it's only like $50 a year, & they have so many other good things like great prime meat. And the nuts come in resealable plastic jars for freshness. And if you're disturbed by having a 1-2 lb jar of nuts in the house, you can divide them and freeze them!
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:52 AM
 
Location: galaxy far far away
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Costco CAN be cheaper, but not always - you have to check the unit prices. Often meat and fish used to be cheaper at supermarkets (it's been a few years since I shopped there, so I don't know if that's still true.)
I occasionally will do consulting for grocery stores and restaurants. So I did some research awhile back on Costco and other big box retailers. Turns out on average there are 200 items in each big box store that are cheaper than elsewhere. Everything else is equal to or more expensive than other places. They serve everything up in such big sizes and with such different measurements that it's hard to compare unless you stop in front of each item, have a calculator and list of prices elsewhere, and do the math. Most people don't do that. So this explains why some people on here declare Costco to be cheaper than Trader Joes. If you are lucky enough to have a great memory and only need those 200 items, you'll do great at Costco or Sam's club. If you walk in without a reference list or calculator, you might not fare so well.



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No they don't!

They charge to be a member, and you have to buy very large bags of nuts. TJ's smaller sizes allow me to have several varieties to snack on with little fear of spoilage. Sprouts is my other favorite place to buy nuts. (Bulk bins)
Agreed. I don't have that big a freezer anymore and I was paying close to $30 a month extra on my electric bill when I had one just so I could freeze all the extra stuff. I had to weigh the "savings" of buying food at Costco that I would have to freeze against paying $360 a year to keep it from spoiling. And some things that I eat regularly, like kale and fresh greens, just don't keep well after a couple of days. I'd rather buy in small batches and swing by TJ's on my way home for a little more as I need it. I've added far too many extra large bags of Kale and lettuce to my compost heap ...
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:53 AM
 
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From Joe's we buy

Bell Peppers
Tomatoes
Onion
kalamata olives
Olive Oil
pizza dough
refrigerated pastas
cheese ( mostly Parmesan and mozzarella)
artichoke hearts
frozen spinach
frozen fruits (berries and mango mostly)
Greek yogurt
almond milk
coconut water
beer
wine (lots of wine!)
cookie ice cream sandwiches
Marsala burgers
flowers
herb plants
sparkling water

And I just bought their corn salsa for the first time yesterday, so I'm going to give that a try
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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No they don't!

They charge to be a member, and you have to buy very large bags of nuts. TJ's smaller sizes allow me to have several varieties to snack on with little fear of spoilage. Sprouts is my other favorite place to buy nuts. (Bulk bins)
We 'repay' that membership fee with our first visit every year. The discounted wine alone takes care of it.

I'll agree with you about Sprouts, though. One of the few things I miss about living in Phoenix.
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:08 PM
 
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We 'repay' that membership fee with our first visit every year. The discounted wine alone takes care of it.
But then I can go to TJ and get some pretty decent wine for under $5 (not even talking about 2 buck chuck). When I've gone to Costco the cheapest wine seems to be around $10. Maybe they have some cheaper then that, but they don't have nearly as many wines under $10 as TJ.
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:16 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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That list is awesome! The Triple Ginger Snaps and Orange Chicken are on my shopping list almost every time. I'm not too impressed with their produce and meat sections, but the dried goods are generally top notch. A few other personal faves:
If you like the Orange Chicken, and I do too, try the Kung Pao Chicken. It ROCKS!
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:22 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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A typical reason I like TJ's:

I was recently in a local supermarket and they had tomatoes I'd never seen before. Labeled as 'Cocktail Tomatoes, they were slightly larger than a Ping-Pong ball and actually tasted like 'real' tomatoes , a 1 lb clamshell box was $2.89. The following week I went to TJ's who now had the very same sized tomatoes labeled 'Campari Tomatoes' for $1.99/lb and they too taste like 'real' tomatoes.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:40 PM
 
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in New York City they could open 10 more TJ's they would still be packed. Often times there is a line around the block to get in. TJ has a nationwide price policy so Manhattan residents pay the same as people in Kansas, so not only is the food better (non GMO, lots of organic options) but it's also the CHEAPEST in town.

no brainner really
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