If you haven’t heard of Trader Joe’s you probably live in southeast Florida like myself where we only have overpriced grocery stores like Whole Foods and Greenwise. I first heard about Trader Joe’s from my favorite supermodel Marisa Miller when she referenced it in an interview a few years back. Obviously after finding out my girl Marisa shops there I made it a mission to also shop there one day.
Years passed, many hundreds of frustrating shopping trips at Publix have occurred, and then all of a sudden my mother [who lives on the west coast of Florida] tells me she found a new grocery store where items are sold are at an insane low cost because they buy wholesale and are able to negotiate cheaper prices. And it’s called…Trader Joe’s.
Last week I drove over to visit my parents and was able to check out the elusive Trader Joe’s or TJ’s as I like to call it [my brother’s name is also TJ so it seems kismet]. Let me just tell you; TJ’s is everything I dreamed and more, except the decor is a little bare bones but I can work with it. Because I didn’t have a cooler with me I stuck to dry goods and things I knew were a MAJOR steal, but next time I plan to attack the frozen goods, meat department and produce aisles. It was the best shopping day ever and I was in a grocery store…never thought I would say that.
::Trader Joe’s Grocery List::
Organic coconut oil – $5.99
Olive oil – $7.99 for a monster bottle
Almonds & Cranberries [DIY trail mix]
Natural peanut butter – one ingredient. no lie.
TJ’s ‘Pirate’s Booty’ – $3.99 for a huge bag
TJ’s wine – $3 [aka three buck chuck] *You can buy a case for $35*
Organic chickpeas & black beans – $1.19 each
TJ’s whole wheat pitas
I lost my receipt so I don’t remember everything I bought but these are the best deals I got on some staples that would normally cost a ton at a normal grocery store. My only complaint about TJ’s was I couldn’t find any unsweetened coconut but other than that I am in LOVE.
If you are wondering if you have a store nearby, find your nearest Trader Joe’s here.