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Old 03-31-2010, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Hookerville, formerly in Tweakerville
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With my price comparisons, Trader Joe's is quite a bit more expensive than the other places that I shop. They don't have the brands of cat food that I use, I've never seen it there. I my cat food from PetSmart and Pet People.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Montgomery Village, MD
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They only carry their own brand of cat/dog food.. but that's true for most of their items.. 90 percent is Trader Joe brand.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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You are right, to each their own... I just hate the 'myth' about Trader Joe's being expensive.
If you shop at the "Big 3 chains" (Kroger's, Supervalu, Safeway), you WILL find Trader Joe's to be cheaper, often much cheaper.

If you shop as we do at small local independents and small ethnic markets, you will find that you are paying more when you buy at Trader Joe's.

That's been my experience.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Montgomery Village, MD
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If you shop at the "Big 3 chains" (Kroger's, Supervalu, Safeway), you WILL find Trader Joe's to be cheaper, often much cheaper.

If you shop as we do at small local independents and small ethnic markets, you will find that you are paying more when you buy at Trader Joe's.

That's been my experience.

Interesting! Good to hear, as we'll be moving away from our beloved Trader Joe's so we will need to replace some of our purchasing (I'll still shop there, just less frequently)
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Wherever I want to be... ;)
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Because a lot of people assume that it's like Whole Foods. If I had a quarter for every person that has said "Trader Joe's is too expensive" but never went there I'd be rich! lol

I mean, it may not be ideal for you, but to say it's "too expensive" only perpetuates the rumor that it's super expensive. But honestly I guess if I didn't care what I ate I may be able to get better deals at Walmart or something, but I read all ingredients and only buy high quality food..
For me, I also do a GOOD majority of our grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. We watch our food expenditures, but we're not on a "down to every last penny" budget. TJ's is certainly NOT what I was call expensive (FYI, I do refer to Whole Foods as being pricey on most things)--and most of the their items are not only very reasonably priced, but high quality. Perhaps it is not _the_ cheapest place to buy things but it is certainly one of the less expensive grocery stores. The main reason that the quality is high and the prices are low is because of the vertical production scheme for most of the products (i.e., the brand their own items and have companies produce it specifically for them). Another store that does this is Fresh & Easy, if you have that near you.
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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I spend about $100 a week at Wal-Mart a week and about $20 a week at the meat market. That is for 2 adults, an 11 yr old, a 2 yr old and 1 cat. We don't buy a lot of junk like I see in the other carts at the store. We do by ice cream about every other week, soda almost never, maybe 1 bag of chips and 1 box of cereal a month. I think some people buy way too many snacks and not enough fruit and veggies.
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK to SoCal to Missoula, MT
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I am of the opinion that Trader Joe's is NOT expensive. However, I do the majority of my shopping at WinCo as it is even "cheaper". Most of my meats come from Costco.
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:48 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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If you shop at the "Big 3 chains" (Kroger's, Supervalu, Safeway), you WILL find Trader Joe's to be cheaper, often much cheaper.

If you shop as we do at small local independents and small ethnic markets, you will find that you are paying more when you buy at Trader Joe's.

That's been my experience.

Mine also. If TJ's has a loss-leader on sale that I would normally use *and* I'm in the area, I'll go in and buy that one thing.
It doesn't happen often, since the nearest TJ is about 30 miles away
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Hookerville, formerly in Tweakerville
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There are no WinCo's in Southern California, unfortunately. I lived in Chico for three horrible years, and shopped there all the time. You just can't beat their prices.

The ethnic markets that I patronize are Hispanic and Middle Eastern. They have the best prices on produce and meat that I've seen anywhere. But I also buy a few things from the major chain stores and drug stores with coupons, but only if they're on sale, and I have a coupon for it. I don't leave home without my coupons, I keep them in my car, and add to them all the time.
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK to SoCal to Missoula, MT
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moved--

There ARE WinCo's in SoCal--but not in San Diego or Orange County. I am in San Bernardino County and that is where I shop.
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