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Old 09-18-2008, 07:17 PM   #301
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so jealous of all you people with trader joes close. I've emailed them asking when and if we'll ever see one. I think the closest one to me is a couple days away. lol
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Me too. I'd have to drive from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Atlanta!! Could be a fun road trip, but a LONG way for groceries.

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so jealous of all you people with trader joes close. I've emailed them asking when and if we'll ever see one. I think the closest one to me is a couple days away. lol
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:56 PM   #303
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Funny thing, I can never find anything worthwhile at Trader Joe's. The only good thing I've bought there was ground flax meal, but I will probably start ordering online instead. I've bought my coconut oil at Walmart, but I think I will order that online as well.


Can you tell me what you are buying at Trader Joe's that's a better deal than other stores? I'm spoiled cause I have so many grocery stores to choose from that sell good produce (I live in So Cal), that I can bypass that at TJ's. The nuts, I usually buy at Costco (yum, pecans). The meat, overpriced. I rarely buy pre-made foods, so that's out. What else is there at TJ's? Please enlighten me.....
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:04 AM   #304
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nothing worthwhile at TJ's?? you're kidding, right??

I do almost ALL of my organic; uncured; cage-free; whole food; low carb shopping there!! and I find their prices to be very reasonable, less expensive than the regular grocery store and much less expensive than whole foods or a health food store. here, maybe these links will help you:

Trader Joes - What Makes It Special for the Low Carber?

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/ma...ping-list.html

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/ma...cery-list.html

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/ma...-shopping.html
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Old 09-19-2008, 04:45 AM   #305
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just said on local news 99 cents only stores closing. It's a sad day.

I can't find info about it online.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:55 AM   #306
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Can you tell me what you are buying at Trader Joe's that's a better deal than other stores?
ALmond Meal - $3.59/lb

That alone is worth a 3 hour drive.

And the Charles Shaw wine...

ANd the cheap coconut milk...

And that AWESOME SUmatran coffee...
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:23 AM   #307
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The closest TJ's to me is 8 hours way in St. Louis, MO. There is no TJ's between Santa Fe, NM and St. Louis, MO. Not even one in Texas!
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:06 AM   #309
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Good idea YellowBrix.

Anyone who has a BigLots near them, check it out. I found Splenda Quick Packs for $1 each. I also found Ragu spaghetti sauce (a little carby, but no hfcs or sugar added) for only 60˘ per 13.5 oz pouch.
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Ooo! I love Big Lots!! The one here no longer has a freezer section as it once did, so most of the deals are on a lot of carby stuff, but I have found a lot of seasonings, sauces, salad dressings & such on the cheap. I got several packages of all-natural (no msg) stir fried rice seasoning. I use it over LC veggies & a bit of Dreamfields pasta for a Chinese food fix.
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No Big Lots, I do watch the Dollar Stores, sometimes they get various lc products.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:58 PM   #312
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Good idea YellowBrix.

Anyone who has a BigLots near them, check it out. I found Splenda Quick Packs for $1 each. I also found Ragu spaghetti sauce (a little carby, but no hfcs or sugar added) for only 60˘ per 13.5 oz pouch.
The one on South Academy has the Dreamfields elbow macaroni also, if you are interested. I have bought tons on the Splenda from them. Also, they had some of the Celestial Seasonings Christmas teas for $2/box.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:45 AM   #313
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That's the one I hit. I had already stocked up on tea though...King Soopers had it for $1/box a couple of weeks ago.
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Old 12-24-2008, 06:23 AM   #315
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Dollar Tree has 1 lb bags of frozen strawberries for $1

If you have a Mexican super market near you, check it out. They had frozen veggies for 67˘. Everywhere else they are over $1/package.
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If you have a super target near you keep an eye out for them to put fresh brocolli and cauliflower on sale for 3 for $4 ($1.33 each). Then check their website for printable coupon for $1 off broc, cauli or carrots - pay $0.33 each! You can print as many of these as you want. I cut this in to florets, blanch and freeze in 16 oz packs...about $0.10 each for frozen veggies....Even with out the coupon, it is very inexpensive for frozen veggies.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:09 PM   #317
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check middle eastern stores for spices, and many lc items. You can get 10 times the spices for half the cost of a small can at the regular grocery store. I also noticed that some of the stores stock on feta cheese, olives etc, and they're much cheaper than the regular stores. Also nuts and seeds are a good find there, don't know if they're as cheap as sam's or costco, but worth looking into if you have ethnic markets around you.
when I lived in chicago, I used to shop at dominick's and would spend $125 a week on food, then I discovered a local mexican store thru an ad, went there, bought the same exact stuff for only $50, I almost passed out at the register. Just like designer clothes, ur paying for the name, and supposedely "the shopping experience" whatever. The mexican market had fresh meats, the best deal on fresh veggies and fruits, great fresh cheese and deli counter and hell they even cut up my chicken for for fajitas when I requested it. and if u ever needed a product all u had to do is request it from the manager I did get the LC icecream I wanted

You have to be creative and look outside the box, and oh forgot to mention they had roasted whole chicken for 2.99 each what a bargain.
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I just try to buy things when they are on sale but what saves us the most (especially because DH mostly wants to eat steaks when he's lowcarbing- and btw.. he's been lowcarbing off and on all these years that I resisted. It's so much easier for him though- he can LOSE the weight faster than he can gain it- so he gains weight and then lowcarbs to lose it- then takes a long time to gain it but once he hits a point he doesn't like-he lowcarbs again. He's never got back up to his highest weight though. He lost 40lbs to goal the first time in rocket speed. I hate men like that sometimes LOL) ANYWAY since DH will tolerate pork chops only occasionally -same with chicken and HATES fish... he pretty much wants to eat eggs/bacon for breakfast, steak with veggies for lunch (yes even taking it to work) and either hamburger meat or steaks for dinner with veggies....... and I never find steaks on sale.
So what we do is stock up from a local meat market- it's cheaper and then we get a whole bunch (with stew meat/rib meat/etc. and he eats that too) and fill up our freezers and it usually lasts us quite some time. A whole lot cheaper than buying steaks at the grocery store- that's for sure!

But other than that- I just buy things when they are on sale... which isn't often anymore it seems.
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i hear of these 99 cent stores in los angles california and a couple of other states. i wish cincinnati ohio would have one. they seem to be great on what i hear.

i try not to waste any food. when cooking low carb meals if it is going to be left overs i will freeze a couple of meals for work to take with me.

i use some type of bags ( green bags to help keep vegs ) longer in regfri or on the counter to keep them from spoiling .

i am going back to sams or costco's to buy in bulk them use my food savor to vaccum bag meats to keep longer. sue
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i go to name brand grocery stores then i hit the store after 2 pm and get the cooked whole chickens for a reduced price of 2.50 for them a peice. this is sometimes but not all the time. i pick the chicken and then bag and feeze for later use. sue
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I'm starting to see a drop in beef prices such as boneless chuck for 1.99 and 80% ground beef 1.49.
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I just discovered LindaSue's Tuna Muffins. Really cheap and really really good! The first tuna recipe that I look forward to dinner.

http://webpages.charter.net/genaws3/tuna_muffins.html

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The link isn't working, Josie...do you know where I can find it again? (the recipe itself).

Thanks loads,
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:49 PM   #327
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I'm new, but I'm a total Bargain Hunter and I will share a few things I know.

I will repeat the tip that was a few pages back: when you buy your bulk meat, repackage it in freezer bags with some kind of sauce/marinade. Also, flatten it as much as you can in the package so that it defrosts quicker. It will marinate as it defrosts, saving you time, and giving you super tasty stuff! I've marinaded my chicken breasts in ranch or cesar dressing, lc bbq sauce, even just plain soy sauce for a salty kick.

Shopping the dollar stores has been mentioned many times, and always bears repeating. (And not just for food - they have GREAT crafting stuff sometimes for super cheap!)

Also, and some have mentioned Mexican markets - don't forget the Asian markets either! We found a great one here (Vegas) that has a full meat counter. Ground pork for $1.69/lb and super fresh vs at least twice that at Smith's. We bought broccoli florets for $0.89/lb vs $1.69 at Smith's! And so many fun treats and things - my hubby LOVES fried salted seaweed, they come in snack size containers, and it's totally lc. Satisfies his salty crunchy cravings no prob!
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I just thought I would add a tip to this thread. Save the water from canned mushrooms and canned vegetables (like green beans) and freeze it. Later you can thaw it out to make low carb soups and you wont need to add any salt to your soups AND the flavour from the canned veggies helps to flavour your soup nicely.
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I've shared this tip a few times, but I'll take the chance someone hasn't seen it. Don't forget that Walmart honors all competitor sale prices. I've saved many a dollar on gas and lots of time by viewing sale circulars for the main groceries around here and then purchasing the items at Walmart (don't forget to take the circular w/ you to show checker). It has been especially helpful w/ all the meat I buy.
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