Who here loves Trader Joe’s? We made a visit there over the weekend because so many people say how awesome it is. It’s a 30-minute drive, so it’s definitely not an every-week trip; but I really enjoyed looking around. I got a couple random things; but to be honest, a lot of it is pretty expensive. I’m not strictly an organic-only person, so none of that really appealed to me. However, there are a few specialty items I might go back for whenever we’re in the area again. What are your favorite Trader Joe’s buys?
I feel like I’m shopping for an army (Take a look at that massive Aldi haul), but there’s only 3 of us. It’s definitely because I eat a ton of food (Half Marathon yesterday, anyone?); and thankfully we’ve got a good cushion of $75 a week to support my bottomless stomach. Sometimes I like to see how many different kinds of food I can put on my plate and still eat it all.
At the end of March I created the entire dinner menu for April just to give me something to work with for the month. So far it’s working out well! I can easily see what I’ve already made, and I can switch things around if I need to. Last week I ditched the marinated chicken for something else, but will probably make it later this month instead.
Here’s everything I bought this week:
9 pounds of ground chuck, 80/20: $16.92, or $1.88/lb! Part of our stock-up money, not grocery.
Whole wheat rolls: $.69, on clearance
Whole wheat rotini: $1.49
RXBar: Free from Free Friday Download
Reeses peanut butter eggs: $1.80, on clearance
2 bags peanut butter M&M eggs: $1.17 each, on clearance. Great treat for my long runs!
Total: $6.32, not including the ground chuck
2 dozen eggs: $1.19 each
Parmesan cheese: $2.29
2 bags sweet potatoes, 3 pounds each: $.99 each, marked down
Guacamole mini cups: $2.99
Ground turkey: $1.89
Bananas, 2.94 pounds: $1.12
2 gallons milk: $1.07 each
Kidney beans: $.55
Jarred jalapenos: $1.49
Cottage cheese: $1.79
2 cans tomato sauce: $.25 each
2 containers hummus: $1.99 each, both for Allison’s preschool snack
2 packages zucchini: $1.69 each
Ground sausage: $1.99
Multi-colored peppers: $1.89
Turkey pepperoni: $2.19
Grape tomatoes: $1.69
Romaine hearts: $1.99
White mushrooms: $1.29
Italian chicken sausages: $2.99
Baby carrots: $.99
Yellow onions, 3-pound bag: $1.29
6 cups Greek yogurt: $.65 each
2 Larry’s Cookies: $.89 each. I’ve heard these are really good, and have 8 grams of protein!
Mini cheese sandwich crackers: $2.69
Strawberry cereal bars: $1.99
Cup of yogurt: $.99
Mini chicken cilantro wontons: $2.99. My friends have eaten these and they look amazing!
Weekly Total: $76.08
BONUS: Big Lots
4 cans tuna: $.68 each
Pinto beans, 1-pound bag: $1.08
Black beans, 1-pound bag: $1.04
Brown rice, 2-pound bag: $1.20
4 bottles seasonings- French fry spice, nutmeg, garlic powder, cajun spice: $.80 each
Banana Bread Larabars, 16-count: $6.40
Total: $22.30 with the 20% off Friends and Family discount. Used stock-up money, not grocery.
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Buffalo chicken bowls (Chicken*, buffalo sauce*, rice, roasted broccoli, zucchini noodles)
Dinner out- Thai food!
Turkey Meatloaf Muffins, roasted sweet potatoes, slow cooker ranch carrots
Biscuits and gravy, fruit
Red beans and rice, roasted zucchini
Healthy Pizza Pasta Bake, salad
Egg casserole (Recipe coming next week!), bread/fruit
Buffalo Chicken Dip for MOPS
What’s on your menu for this week? Share in the comments below!
Wednesday 18th of April 2018
I'm not a huge fan of TJ but just discovers their "everything but the bagel" spice. It's amazing!
Wednesday 18th of April 2018
Funny story- I planned to go there just to find that spice! And with the craziness of making sure Allison didn't get into anything, I ended up buying everything BUT the spice! I'm disappointed, because I keep hearing good things about it.
Wednesday 11th of April 2018
As far as TJ's goes...you HAVE to get the veggie gyoza in the freezer section!!! They are sooo gooood! If you're a fan of canned coconut milk (I'm newly discovered lactose intolerant and I use it a lot in curries, desserts, and even in chowders instead of cream) their price can't be beat. Also they have a great price on sweet chili sauce (really good dipping sauce for spring rolls, etc). Our closest one is about an hour away and my mom and I make a trip every month couple of months to stock up on their cheap stuff we love.
Thursday 12th of April 2018
Thanks! =) I'm gonna have to look for those next time!