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post #41 of 67
We do a great majority of our shopping at TJs because it is cheaper for most items especially those items not on sale. We can get milk, butter, eggs and yogurt there cheaper then any where else that is not on sale. We also buy their gluten free pasta regularly. Oh I love their chocolate and coffee.
post #42 of 67
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Originally Posted by EmsMom View Post
I think the key to saving money at TJs is if you are a person who buys mostly organic and/or natural products. If you buy that kind of product, TJs will save you money (although not on everything, the local Stop and Shop has a better price on organic butter sometimes and rice milk always.) But if you shop for non-organic staples, you probably would do better at a regular grocery store. I do appreciate being able to buy cheap convenience foods with decent ingredients at TJs, though. I was so happy today to find naturally flavored Lifesaver type candy today!!! $1.99 for a package of six rolls. I love putting stuff like that in the stocking... Reminds me of my childhood (but without the carcenigenic dyes and flavorings....). yeah, if you want "natural" junk food, TJs is the place to go!!!
I disagree. 95% of what I buy at TJ's is NOT organic. I purchase everything (except dish soap, hand soap & TP) at TJ's (herbs, condiments, nuts, cheese, eggs, chicken, fish, meat, frozen & fresh food etc.) After a year of price comparison between TJ's, Stop & Shop & Hannaford, I realized I could eliminate all shopping at SS & HF b/c for us everything was higher priced than TJ's. Heck even some of the organic stuff is cheaper than at SS.

I honestly don't know what people mean when they talk about the cheap convenience food at TJ's. I think most people, that I chat with anyway, haven't truely spent the time to look at all that TJ's has to offer. I don't blame them b/c I was that way as well before I really spent some time & "looked". They have SO much packed into a small space. I also know that most people are so used to particular packaging & colors & TJ's does everything their own way (my mom for one is so branded it's crazy). The people I know IRL just go into TJ's to grab a few things, b/c it's "just a specialty store" & they don't think they can get much else. When they come to my house & I have regular everyday items from TJ's they are really shocked. It's b/c they haven't taken the time to really look at all the store has to offer.

BTW I'm in MA.
post #43 of 67
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Originally Posted by ZanZansMommy View Post
I disagree. 95% of what I buy at TJ's is NOT organic. I purchase everything (except dish soap, hand soap & TP) at TJ's (herbs, condiments, nuts, cheese, eggs, chicken, fish, meat, frozen & fresh food etc.) After a year of price comparison between TJ's, Stop & Shop & Hannaford, I realized I could eliminate all shopping at SS & HF b/c for us everything was higher priced than TJ's. Heck even some of the organic stuff is cheaper than at SS.
You are probably correct. Truth is, I have been buying organic food almost exclusively for about 12 years now. So I rarely look at other prices. And I do not usually buy any meat. I do buy the non-organic nuts at TJs, though. Really just cannot afford organic nuts anymore! I do the bulk of my shopping at TJs also. But most grains I buy from a food co-op. My local TJs used to have terrible produce but it has gotten much better and the prices are quite good. Anyway, I just love that store! And the people who work there are always so nice! Once I was shopping there with my baby and a huge rainstorm broke open just as I was checking out. One of the guys took one look at my situation (cart overflowing with groceries and one little baby) and offered to hold my groceries inside for me while I got the car. So I ran out with the baby and got us both in quickly, drove over to the entrance and he loaded the groceries in my trunk with a smile on his face.
post #44 of 67
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Originally Posted by llamalluv View Post
I saw those. Did you know they have them covered in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies?

We did not buy any, as that would have negated our one mile walk in the snow.
The cashier did mention that to me as I was checking out. I managed to restrain myself.
post #45 of 67
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Originally Posted by wannabe View Post
I don't understand how they can continue to trade. I shopped there once after I found a great brand of bread there. My whole bill was about 25% over what I pay at another ordinary supermarket. So strange.

My safeway is very close, the next nearest is like 10 min away. I shop there ONLY for the lost leaders. They have fabulous, lost leaders. Yesterday I got:

4 london boils for the freezer 1.99$ lb
5 boxes of cherrios each .86$ (with coupons)
5 jars of PB for .50$ (with coupons)
10 burts bees chap sticks of the discount bin each .50$
My personal fav halloween decoration marked 12.99 haggled to 2$
post #46 of 67
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Originally Posted by CarsonBookworm View Post
TJ's is much cheaper around here for most of our staples. That's where we go.
No Aldi's around here.
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post #47 of 67
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Originally Posted by EmsMom View Post
<snip> Once I was shopping there with my baby and a huge rainstorm broke open just as I was checking out. One of the guys took one look at my situation (cart overflowing with groceries and one little baby) and offered to hold my groceries inside for me while I got the car. So I ran out with the baby and got us both in quickly, drove over to the entrance and he loaded the groceries in my trunk with a smile on his face.
Another thing I LOVE about TJ's...friendly employees. And in Portland the other shoppers are really nice too

Kind ot, but one year at holiday time I was checking out and I was a dollar or so short. We were having a really tough year, but I had more $$ in the car. I told the cashier that I needed to run out to my car real quick and gat a couple bucks. The lady in line behind me piped up and said "Don't worry about it, you can just put it on my card" I thought that was the sweetest thing!! She was saving me the hassle of going back to my car. So the casheir tells her the amount that I was short, and says "So you want me to just charge that to your card?" and the lady said "No, put the WHOLE THING on my card"
The stranger in line behind me paid for my $50 grocery tab::
It was the kindest thing. And it came at a time that we really needed the help. I think she just knew somehow. :
post #48 of 67
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Originally Posted by APBTLuv View Post
"Regular groceries" is probably a subjective term, regular for me could be something totally different for another... I am in the west burbs of Chicago and the things I buy at TJ's are typically cheaper than Dominicks and Jewel. Some items are not much cheaper or same prices but are higher quality and or taste better than similar items at Jewel and Dominicks. When I go to TJ's I usually buy produce, salmon, yogurt, frozen cherries/berries, coffee, nuts and occasionally various baking items. In my family those are "regular groceries" and are cheaper/better quality at TJ's than what Dominicks and Jewel offers.
Re: your sig. You listen to WLS?
post #49 of 67
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Originally Posted by ~Megan~ View Post
I was under the impression that they were an all organic store so there prices wouldn't be the same

I don't think that they are ALL organic. Some of their produce is listed as organic, and some is not, which leads me to believe that it's a mix of organic and conventional. Plus some of their eggs are DEFINITELY not organic, or even free range. Only their TJ branded eggs are FR. And their "cheap" eggs are from the exact same suppliers as their Aldi eggs, only $.50 more per dozen.
post #50 of 67
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Originally Posted by Eman'smom View Post
This is true for us too and we are on the opposite side of the country. Sure milk goes on sale 3 for 6 at the local grocery store but it's alway 2.29 at TJ's. For us it's basic (not bulk) shopping. I know I'm going to get nice quality at a nice price.
And see, when I went by there, their milk was $3.59(69?) for conventional milk, but I had just bought a gallon at Aldi's for $2.69. Same supplier. Nearly identical packaging. Same product. Nearly a dollar more.
post #51 of 67
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Originally Posted by ZanZansMommy View Post
Wow I wonder what TJ's you've been to. I do ALL of my shopping at TJ's & I can easily find everything (I don't get TP there). In fact, I save about $40 a mo. by exclusively shopping at TJ's. Our prices are much cheaper than the Stop & Shop or Hannaford.
The one Glendale (phx), the one on Scottsdale Road (phx), and one in the western Chicago suburbs. At all three the prices on (conventional) produce and dairy were unremarkable. Most were higher than my price points.

By regular groceries I mean ingredients with which to cook meals. We don't buy snack crackers except occasionally. We don't make a point to buy organic. We almost never buy pre-prepared meals (like frozen entrees or chicken nuggets) - very rarely I will pick up a box of taquitos for a large gathering. I buy special occasion foods for special occasions - like, I might get some brie for a party, but not because "it's Tuesday!"
post #52 of 67
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Originally Posted by dubfam View Post
same here!!

Why is Safeway so expensive??

And let me just say I HATE how when you walk into the SW stores there are security camera's on you and your image is projected onto tv screens. Like they are saying "We're watching you because we don't trust you"...very unwelcoming IMO. It's the main reason that I avoid that store like the plague!!
Those are actually there due to the employees. Same as in the fast food joints.
post #53 of 67
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Originally Posted by llamalluv View Post
The one Glendale (phx), the one on Scottsdale Road (phx), and one in the western Chicago suburbs. At all three the prices on (conventional) produce and dairy were unremarkable. Most were higher than my price points.

By regular groceries I mean ingredients with which to cook meals. We don't buy snack crackers except occasionally. We don't make a point to buy organic. We almost never buy pre-prepared meals (like frozen entrees or chicken nuggets) - very rarely I will pick up a box of taquitos for a large gathering. I buy special occasion foods for special occasions - like, I might get some brie for a party, but not because "it's Tuesday!"
What types of things were you unable to find? We cook everything from scratch (except cold cereal...1 box per week) and I do the majority of our shopping at TJ's
post #54 of 67
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Originally Posted by WC_hapamama View Post
I hate to split hairs, but Trader Joe's is not owned by the same company as Aldis. It IS owned by one of the brothers that owns Aldis, but operates as a separate entity.

In the SF Bay Area, TJ's has the lowest non-sale prices on eggs and milk.
If you want to get really, really hair splitty

Aldi is actually two companies
TJ's is owned by a family trust
post #55 of 67
I have a 10 lb sack of potatoes in my veggie bin right now that I bought at TJ's. I get all my "staples" there. Milk, Coffee, cereal, rice, beans, olives (we eat a lot of olives in this house) bananas, yogurt, Olive oil, eggs, bread, grapes, organic spinach leaves (I use spinach leaves for salad almost nightly) Cheese. Mayo, Ketchup, broth, mustard, salad dressing, cookies. Pasta, chips, wine, salsa and hummus, spices and pancake mix. Cereal bars and crackers. Maple Syrup, peanut butter and fruit spread.

Things I get occasionally:
-Apples (they have great prices on organic, but they aren't always as good as the farmers market. I live in So Cal and have two farmers markets near me that provide locally grown organic produce, so I can afford to be picky about my fruit. If I lived in another part of the country I wouldn't have this luxury
-Oranges,these tend to come in a large bag and if I'm not sure my family will finish them I skip it.
-Onions, again come in a bag of 4, and we don't eat a lot of onions, I'm better off getting one at a time at the farmers market.
Bell pepper, tend to be four to a package, I have a heard time finishing just two in a week.
-Cold cuts for sandwiches, they have nitrate free there, and non-nitrate free packaged cold cuts. My family likes the flavor of fresh sliced at the deli better though, so I only buy at TJ's if I'm not going to be able to make it to the deli.
-Frozen foods, I get there flash frozen fish, Ahi or Salmon, and it's pretty good. Not as good as from the fish market, but I hardly ever make it to the fish market. I also by the bulk bags of frozen chix breast there, and some easy stuff for last minute dinners. Oh and their organic toaster waffles are my son s new favorite breakfast.
-Beer, my DP usually goes for a basic MGD, but once in a while he'll be in the mood to try something new, they have a lot of different beers there.


A lot of what I buy is organic, but not all of it. The coffee and chocolate are fair trade. I have purchased flour and sugar there before, but if I'm doing something like baking a ton of stuff for the holidays I am better off going to Smart and Final and buying in bulk, with a coupon for a major brand. The reason I buy everything listed above at TJ's is simply because it is much less expensive than the Ralph's (Kroger) market just blocks from my house. In some cases the same exact brand is double at Ralph's. If it weren't for Trader Joe's being two miles from my house I probably wouldn't even need a car.

eta: The other reason I have for shopping at TJ's is they have a great reputation for how they treat their employees, fair wages, insurance, even for part time workers etc. And also the way they work with their vendors. They seek out fair trade products and made in the USA products where they can. All of which I feel better about supporting, rather than larger stores who put profits before people in most cases.
post #56 of 67
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Originally Posted by dubfam View Post
What types of things were you unable to find? We cook everything from scratch (except cold cereal...1 box per week) and I do the majority of our shopping at TJ's
Well, for example, here's some of what I bought the last time I did the shopping:

2.49 milk
2.99 farina
3.99 10# potatoes
2.29 polska kielbasa
0.99 cabbage
1.19 celery
1.49 sliced mushrooms
0.79 canned pumpkin
.19/# sweet potatoes
4.29 bulk black beans (4# +)
.99 3# onions
.99 bouillon cubes
.44/# bananas
.49 canned tomatoes
1.29 eggs
.99 white vinegar
.99 apple cider vinegar
1.95 french vanilla creamer

TJ's might have some of these products, or most of them, but not at better prices than what I paid.

And if they do have canned diced tomatoes, they need to do a better job of displaying them. I saw TWO aisles for boxed baked goods (i.e. cereals, crackers, cookies, etc) and I couldn't even tell you where the canned vegetables were.
post #57 of 67
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Originally Posted by llamalluv View Post
Well, for example, here's some of what I bought the last time I did the shopping:

2.49 milk
2.99 farina
3.99 10# potatoes
2.29 polska kielbasa
0.99 cabbage
1.19 celery
1.49 sliced mushrooms
0.79 canned pumpkin
.19/# sweet potatoes
4.29 bulk black beans (4# +)
.99 3# onions
.99 bouillon cubes
.44/# bananas
.49 canned tomatoes
1.29 eggs
.99 white vinegar
.99 apple cider vinegar
1.95 french vanilla creamer

TJ's might have some of these products, or most of them, but not at better prices than what I paid.

And if they do have canned diced tomatoes, they need to do a better job of displaying them. I saw TWO aisles for boxed baked goods (i.e. cereals, crackers, cookies, etc) and I couldn't even tell you where the canned vegetables were.
They are right by the marinara and pasta sauces. $1.29 a can (big can) for organic...not sure how much the conventional are.

Most of the prices you listed are about the same, if not more, than my local Trader Joes. I think a lot of this has to do with region.
post #58 of 67
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Originally Posted by dubfam View Post
I think a lot of this has to do with region.
TOTALLY has to do with region. (I'm wishing I could get groceries where you get them llamaluv!!)

For example, non-organic milk at my TJ's is (roughly) $3.69/gallon, which is ridiculously expensive IMHO, but it's competitive with other grocery stores in my area. The bonus with TJ milk is the cows aren't treated with hormones. (If only we could afford organic. )
post #59 of 67
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Originally Posted by APBTLuv View Post
"Regular groceries" is probably a subjective term, regular for me could be something totally different for another... I am in the west burbs of Chicago and the things I buy at TJ's are typically cheaper than Dominicks and Jewel. Some items are not much cheaper or same prices but are higher quality and or taste better than similar items at Jewel and Dominicks. When I go to TJ's I usually buy produce, salmon, yogurt, frozen cherries/berries, coffee, nuts and occasionally various baking items. In my family those are "regular groceries" and are cheaper/better quality at TJ's than what Dominicks and Jewel offers.
I am in your neck of the woods. I have stopped shopping at Dom and Jewel and havent been in either more than twice in the last year. I shop at TJs for about 8 years now (opened near me in 2000) and I find them cheaper for soy milk, organic milk and a few other things like yogurt granola etc. I get Timber Creek now though for milk and eggs plus produce. I also go to a local grocery store.

I will not buy beer and/or wine there. Esp that 3 buck Chuck. I havent had good luck w their wines and beer is cheaper at our local liquor stores.
post #60 of 67
I am pale at the thought of $1.29 for eggs!!!!!!!! TJ's is the cheapest I've seen for eggs around here, but they're conventional.

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Originally Posted by dubfam View Post
They are right by the marinara and pasta sauces. $1.29 a can (big can) for organic...not sure how much the conventional are.
It depends on which day you go. They don't sell shelf space or have great stock control, so things might only be on the shelf one week out of five. I've only managed to get frozen basil twice in the last two years.
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