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Old 05-14-2014, 04:45 AM
 
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In some parts of Europe, bread is considered fresh only the day it's baked.
There was a time in the US where you could go to a neighborhood bakery and buy fresh baked bread
for a decent price.
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:07 AM
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BUY LOCAL! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS!
Maybe you can buy local in CA or some other states, but most people can't eat a local banana or for that matter, most can buy much local produce unless the season is in. Also, a lot of these so-called farmer's markets are selling stuff shipped in from other parts of the country and sometimes even out of the country. It is all about price and fresh foods when it comes to shopping and TJ's has great prices and good produce if you know what you are looking for. Also, if you like grassed beef, it is hard to beat $5.99 a pound. I don't eat the junk food at any grocery store, so that isn't why I go to TJ's.
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:17 AM
 
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I don't go to Trader Joe's. One of the most overrated places ever.
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:26 PM
 
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Stopped in today to get a couple of things as it's easier than going to our larger supermarkets. They had a new salsa I'd never seen before there - Serrano Fresco. Not spicy, but taste, texture, heat similar to the table salsa I remember from Mexico city. Pretty good.

On the bad side, one of the things I wanted to get was chicken thighs for the grill. But all they had were boneless/skinless. They did have drumsticks, so I got those. But for a "foodie" store, not having bone-in thighs with skin seems a pretty big omission.

I don't normally buy meat at TJs, so am wondering if this is a local thing or if its common everywhere.
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:32 PM
 
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I don't go to Trader Joe's. One of the most overrated places ever.
You took the words right outta my mouth
Whole Paycheck is even worse
No reason to shop at either place.
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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You took the words right outta my mouth
Whole Paycheck is even worse
No reason to shop at either place.
Yes, no reason other than the good selection of food they have.
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:58 PM
 
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Yes, no reason other than the good selection of food they have.
Keep telling yourself that, as you get deceived into spending more than you should on groceries.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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If youi want good meat at twice the price, go to TJ.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:11 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Keep telling yourself that, as you get deceived into spending more than you should on groceries.
I actually spend less on groceries at TJ's. Prices on most items are less than other grocery stores in the area.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:13 PM
 
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Keep telling yourself that, as you get deceived into spending more than you should on groceries.
They have items there no other store has. That is a fact. So if a person wants those items, then they have to purchase those items from those stores.

Maybe you eat for more of a utility purpose, but not myself or many others. I enjoy unique and great tasting foods. WF and TJ are not expensive at all for many items, and comparable prices with normal grocery stores on other items (depends where you live, I live in Miami). But I make enough money where I really do not care spending a little more on food anyway. (TJ has very low prices anyway)

Not that I am criticizing your tastes, but your and the other poster had an air of criticism over other people's taste in food because they shop at TJ and WF.

A few noticeable differences between WF and a normal grocery store (I only have shopped at Publix and Harris Teeter)


- The fish at WF is better.
- the selection of nuts is better at WF.
- the bread is better and larger selection at WF.
- the selection of cheese is better at WF.
- the cola products (when in the mood, rarely drink cola) is better at WF.
- WF gets great seasonal items at a low price from surrounding farms, everything from berries, to corn, to bacon.
- WF often has sales on beef.
- WF has the same price for many products like BBQ sauce, chips, salsa, etc.

Now for TJ and a normal grocery store

- TJ has a great selection of off the wall snacks, like fig butter, or some strange cookie.
- the junk food like cookies and stuff is great at TJ.
- quality salami at a low price.
- quality bacon at a low price.
- good selection of canned items like cherries, peppers, etc.
- good selection of olive oil which I trust its lack of adulteration more than a general grocer.

But for grocery stores, I do shop and get my products there as well because I find value in the products there. You seem to think or I perceive you think it is an "all or nothing" where you either shop for everything at one store, or not go at all. Not true at all, many people will go to all three stores, purchasing their select favorites and seeing if anything is on sale as well.
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