My first visit to Trader Joe’s
Well, there was no way I was going on opening day or even the weekend because I knew it would be crazy busy. I went today around 4:00 and while the parking lot was crowded and there were plenty of people in the store, it was easy to get around and I didn’t have to wait in line but for a few minutes to check out. I went up and down every aisle and was there less than an hour. Score!
So what did I get?
- Diet root beer (6-pack)
- Roasted veggie no cheese pizza
- Strawberry and peach soy yogurt
- Non dairy creamer (for Josh)
- Edamame with red chile and garlic (so excited to try this!)
- Frozen veg panang curry with rice
- Chipotle pepper hummus
- Veg soy chorizo
- Masala veggie burgers (4-pack)
- Twin pack of sprouted tofu
Now for the really shocking part. How much did all of this cost me? I would have expected much more than $26!!!
Granted, I only got stuff for me this time and didn’t happen to need any produce but I still can’t imagine ever spending more than $50 here in a single trip. I would bet that the same stuff above at Whole Foods or another grocery store would have run me more like $40. I was happy.
A couple of things worth noting: the roasted vegetable pizza was the most expensive thing on my receipt at $4.29. The Amy’s roasted veggie pizza I usually buy which is almost identical is $6.49 and that’s at Kroger where it seems to be the cheapest. On the down side, I didn’t realize it until I got home and drank one that the Hansen’s diet soda contains Splenda. Stevia is the only “artificial” sweetener I like to use but I guess even that has some drawbacks. Still, I won’t buy those diet root beers again.
I wasn’t going to but since I was already there, I decided I might as well stop into the wine shop and see what was up. It was really small but they had a great selection, many “Available only at Trader Joe’s” wines and while they did have an expensive section, most were well under $10. I decided it was time I met this Chuck guy everyone talks about.
I got the two above bottles plus a nifty little Trader Joe’s wine carrying bag for $7. Yep, I guess that’s why they call it Two Buck Chuck. I tried half a glass of Shiraz tonight and it was just as tasty as one I would have paid a lot more than $2.99 for. I foresee some Christmas presents coming ;)
A lot of my friend’s don’t get the hype over TJ’s and think the last thing Louisville needs is another grocery store and another store on Shelbyville Road at that — the place is already known for horrific traffic at certain times of the day. Also, a few friends were turned off by the packaging of produce — many items are already placed in plastic containers or bags. I can see their point, but at the same time, having exactly 1 lb of organic grapes in a container seems like a time and cost-saver to me.
I found a couple of articles about the store to be really interesting. First, The Best and Worst Products at Trader Joe’s — I need to go back for the falafel and veggie burritos, definitely! Another, a local article entitled Seven Things That Make Trader Joe’s Different, pointed out some things about this store I can really appreciate. No sales, no coupons. You will always know how much everything costs and how much you would spend. I can dig that.
What do you think? Do you have a Trader Joe’s in your area? What do you like/dislike about it?
- Very exciting weekend ahead (seesaraheat.wordpress.com)
- How to survive your first trip to Trader Joe’s in Louisville (ashleeeats.com)
Posted on October 31, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged Charles Shaw, cost of groceries, groceries, grocery store, Hansen, Kroger, Louisville, Splenda, Trader Joe's, Two Buck Chuck, vegan, whole foods, wine. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.