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Old 01-04-2009, 09:17 AM   #61
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I just recently started shopping at TJ's. I like the packaged and frozen foods, but I get the best bang for my buck on produce at Sprouts. I do have some frozen green beans from TJ's, but I haven't cooked them yet. Sounds good for lunch today.
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:56 AM   #62
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Money is tight for me right now, but I actually find Trader Joe's to have very good prices, especially when comparing their organic produce to the other grocery stores.
Since TJs is owned by the same guys that own Aldis, do you guys think that's the reason TJs does have some incredible pricing?

Ironically, I went to both Aldis and TJs yesterday. Aldis first then TJs! I love love love TJs French Roast dark coffee. So rich and lovely.

I have two TJs within good distance from me. I went to the one in Maple Grove yesterday and they didn't have tons of the stuff I like to get. Maybe just out. They didn't have cream (except tiny cartons of a brand), they didn't have the stevia packets I like, they didn't have any flax chips.

I did get my sprouted wheat bread, coffee, and thought I'd try the container of stevia they had. I didn't check the label, get it home and theirs milk in it. Why??

I used it this morning in my coffee. Better than Splenda yes?

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Old 01-04-2009, 12:39 PM   #63
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Since TJs is owned by the same guys that own Aldis, do you guys think that's the reason TJs does have some incredible pricing?

How do you know this interesting fact? Why can't they get some of that LC sprouted grain bread delivered to my Aldi? It is a long, frustrating drive for me to go to TJ. Aldi is in my town. I really want some more bread.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:32 PM   #64
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Since TJs is owned by the same guys that own Aldis, do you guys think that's the reason TJs does have some incredible pricing?

Ironically, I went to both Aldis and TJs yesterday. Aldis first then TJs! I love love love TJs French Roast dark coffee. So rich and lovely.

I have two TJs within good distance from me. I went to the one in Maple Grove yesterday and they didn't have tons of the stuff I like to get. Maybe just out. They didn't have cream (except tiny cartons of a brand), they didn't have the stevia packets I like, they didn't have any flax chips.

I did get my sprouted wheat bread, coffee, and thought I'd try the container of stevia they had. I didn't check the label, get it home and theirs milk in it. Why??

I used it this morning in my coffee. Better than Splenda yes?
there is one in St. Louis Park also, did you know that? I am in Watertown and Maple Grove and SLP are pretty much equal distance from me!
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Old 01-04-2009, 03:59 PM   #65
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there is one in St. Louis Park also, did you know that? I am in Watertown and Maple Grove and SLP are pretty much equal distance from me!
I always go to the one in Woodbury. I have never seen the TJ brand of organic cream. Only the name brand that I can get at any grocery store. Lots of TJ half and half, though.

I love TJ.
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:57 PM   #66
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:48 PM   #67
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there is one in St. Louis Park also, did you know that? I am in Watertown and Maple Grove and SLP are pretty much equal distance from me!
I have gone to that one before. I think I like it better than the one in Maple Grove.

Nice to see more Minnesotaoans here! Nice!
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:49 PM   #68
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I always go to the one in Woodbury. I have never seen the TJ brand of organic cream. Only the name brand that I can get at any grocery store. Lots of TJ half and half, though.

I love TJ.
Hi Elloise!

Yep, they had plenty of h&h. I love my cream though right? Gotta have the cream.
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:33 PM   #69
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Trader Joes doesn't have full fat coconut milk, which disappointed me today :-(

But I got sardines in water which taste pretty good mixed with mayo. Mmm omega 3's!
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:52 AM   #70
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:00 AM   #71
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I went there on Sunday and I discovered they have bags of shredded cabbage! Yay, just pure shredded cabbage- no carrots YAY......I've never found that at any store (no carrots)..........I will be getting this everytime I go.

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Old 01-06-2009, 09:17 AM   #72
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frozen french green beans, perfect for the ugly green beans dish. Also the roasted turkey slices, cheeses, fage and sausages.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:22 AM   #73
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No ghormone and antibiotic free chicken tenderloins, buffalo burgers, frozen organic blueberries & strawberries (a fraction of other grocers prices), raw cheddar cheese, organic baby spinach for 2.49 a bag (other grocer wants 6.99 a pod for this ), organic apples by the bag, raw nuts of all description, Fage, sprouted wheat & rye breads, EVOO, marinated tuna steaks and other seafood cuts, unsweetened Almond Breeze, dark chocolate, organic onions & other produce, Goddess dressing.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:47 AM   #74
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TJ is a food giant. They are owned by a German company started by an ex-****, unfortunately.

I read a book about their corporate history. They promote the folksy image but are just another huge multinational corp.
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Interesting to know, BS101. That's kind of a bummer.
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wow, that is a bummer. they certainly don't act like it. and it just doesn't have that "feel". (thank goodness)

BS101, what's the name of that book?


If anyone has went to see Valkyrie or saw the History channel..........just because they were branded a ****, doesn't mean that they had the same beliefs and views as Hitler. There were many, many in the German **** that did things they did not want to do in fear of their own life!!!

I am finally glad to say I am part German again!!! Before I told people that I was Polish and Czechoslavakian. Which I am all 3.


Back to our regularly scheduled topic!!

I love Trader Joe's too, the closest one I have found is in St Louis, MO.....which is about an hour or so drive.

But, I found a local Neighborhood Food Co-op and joined today for $100.00 lifetime membership. It is like a Trader Joe's, just community owned and based.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:12 AM   #75
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I love TJ's. I wish my budget would allow me to shop there exclusively!! I love the sparkling mineral water I can get there too, keeps me away from the Dr. Pepper.
Trader Joes is actually cheaper than the grocery stores around here. I shop exclusively at TJ's and Henry's Marketplace (think Sprouts) and save a ton of $.

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Old 01-06-2009, 10:37 AM   #76
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there is a trader joes about 45 mins from me... i have said that i need to go... and then i never do... but this time... i really need to go!!!
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I live in southern Indiana and I'm very excited that they opened a TJ's in Nashville in November. It's 2.5 hours away.

It's not like I'll be able to go all of the time. But now at least when I make a weekend trip to Nashville every once in a while, I'll be able to go! I can't wait!

I've heard so much about it here on LCF and I've never been to one!
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Dreamchaser, would it be too far for you to drive to the Chicago area to visit a T.J.'s? In the western suburbs, I'm spoiled with 3 within 15 miles of me. We're only 20 minutes from Northern Indiana, but I know it's a really long state.

In my area, TJ's has the cheapest regular price of any supermarket, on rib eye steaks. I think it's about $7.99 per lb. compared to $12.99 per lb. at other stores.

They also have really cheap bagged spinach and salad, without additives. And OH! Yes! Second what lisabinil said! They have unsweetened Almond Breeze cheaper than Wal-mart!! Like, $1.99 each!

I love TJ, but be aware that not everything they carry is organic. And they often don't do a good job of distinguishing the two. For example, in my TJ, they have frozen organic cherries. Right next to them, in an almost identical bag, they have non-organic frozen mixed berries. The frozen cherries are much cheaper than organic cherries at other places. But the berries are about 50% more expensive than non-organic mixed berries at other stores. It's very easy to buy the berries, thinking they are organic.

They also have sugar-free chocolate bars reasonably priced, although they contain sugar alcohols.

And, thanks to bobo on the recipe board, I've discovered that they have a marinara sauce that is very low carb, and some have Sprouted Wheat or Rye bread that is low carb and delicious!

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Old 01-06-2009, 01:42 PM   #79
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I wish my TJ's had the 4g sprouted breads.
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Dreamchaser, would it be too far for you to drive to the Chicago area to visit a T.J.'s? In the western suburbs, I'm spoiled with 3 within 15 miles of me. We're only 20 minutes from Northern Indiana, but I know it's a really long state.
Oh yeah, unfortunately I'm about 6 hours away from Chicago. But thanks for the suggestion
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I love coating those frozen organic green beans in bacon fat and roasting them in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. They get so crispy and yummy. Then I crumble some bacon over them. Divine!
That sounds like an excellent idea. We get new sales papers tomorrow (Wednesday) so I'm going to see if we have any green beans on sale and get some bacon also.
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I dont like the produce at TJ's but I am in the Bay Area and we are surrounded by farm fresh organics on the cheap. I buy all of my produce and eggs at the Farmer's Market and get the rest from TJ's. I do like their bagged organic baby spinach or mixed greens if I need them. We love their frozen meats, nuts, butter, yogurt, milk (for DS), cream, almond meal, simmer sauces, cheese, etc. They have some great snacks for DS too!
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OMG. It sounds like the small town in NC that I'm from. Granted, NOW it's a bustling and crowded... well, still town. But it's like doubled in area and quadrupled in population.
Mark, I'm from NC too. What small town are you from? I'm from Elizabeth City, about an hours drive from the coast.
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I didnt realize how old this thread was.
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I buy a lot at Trader Joe's, but there is one product that I could not do without as a low carber. It has changed my life.

Trader Joe's Sprouted 7-Grain Bread: 7 carbs with 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. 4 extremely healthy effective carbs per slice! BEST LOW CARB BREAD I HAVE EVER HAD!

It does dry out quickly. I buy one bag at a time and it stays freshest if just left out on the counter. It can be frozen to extend it a couple of more days. Makes fabulous toast.

They also have it in Rye and Whole Wheat, but 7-Grain is my favorite.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:44 PM   #86
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Closest TJ is about an hour away. Inspired by suggestions on this forum, I gave it a try. So glad that I did! I've loved everything I've tried. I now make a trip every few weeks with my cooler.

Here are my favorites:
marcona almonds with rosemary
roasted almonds with 50% less salt (JUST salty enough, perfect)
4 cheese spaghetti sauce (great price)
alfredo sauce for when I'm too lazy to make my own!
TJ precooked bacon, again for when I'm lazy (Only precooked kind I've liked)
smoked chicken and basil sausage
Santa Maria Tri Tip, ready to throw in the oven
fresh hollandaise sauce in ref. section
Precooked chicken breast that tastes like real chicken
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But I got sardines in water which taste pretty good mixed with mayo. Mmm omega 3's!
Love their sardines in water. I just eat them as is. Only $1.29, which is much cheaper than my supermarket. I also pick up their canned salmon.......
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:39 PM   #89
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Mark, I'm from NC too. What small town are you from? I'm from Elizabeth City, about an hours drive from the coast.
I'm from Huntersville, just north of Charlotte.
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On topic I can't believe nobody mentioned coconut oil at TJ'S only $5.99 per 16 oz. best price around here!

As for Hawaii, if you can learn to eat "local" lots of fresh and raw fish, sea veggies, and use the farmers markets For veggies its not bad but the common food is not so good. Lots of breaded and fried stuff, rice with everything (including rice with traditional "haole" meals that come with potatoes or pasta), noodles, and many sweet pastries and breads. The traditional "plate lunch" consists of some meat, "two scoops rice", AND macaroni salad. And the prices are astronomical in regular grocery stores.

We lived there for a few years and loved it, but finding good healthy food (especially 20 years ago) in a budget was sometimes challenging.
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