We are incredibly blessed to live in an area with a Trader Joe’s grocery store. Are you familiar with Trader Joe’s?
Trader Joe’s has a fabulous selection of natural foods (some organic, some not) without additives, and many of those products are cheaper than their additive-filled counterparts sold at conventional grocery stores.
Every eight to ten weeks, I visit Trader Joe’s to stock up on non-perishables, although I often end up finding a number of reasonably priced fruits, vegetables, and frozen/refrigerated items.
Although the store is small and busy, I am usually able to fill my cart in 30 minutes or less. Above is a picture of today’s shopping trip. Here’s what I bought:
2-4 lb bags Gala apples
1 package hamburger buns
1 package hotdog buns
1 package whole wheat tortillas
1 package unbleached white-wheat flour
1 package unbleached white flour
1 package (makes 12 cups) chicken broth constitute
1 container garlic powder
1 container organic dried oregano
1 container 21-seasoning slaute (haven’t tried that before)
1 container sour cream
1 container cottage cheese
1-1/2 gallon container chocolate milk
5 boxes granola bars
2 bags frozen corn
4 containers (4 cups each) organic tomato soup
2 containers (4 cups each) organic beef broth
2-10 lb packages 12-grain crackers
2-2 lb blocks dark chocolate
3-7 lb packages bread crumbs
2 cans black beans
1 package fresh organic mushrooms
3 heads Romaine lettuce
1 package fresh cilantro
2 bulbs fresh garlic
2 packages 100% beef hotdogs (nitrate-free)
1 package cough crops (for my terrible cough that won’t go away)
1 container sugar-free mints
The total cost was $120, which may sound like a lot, but if I had purchased the same items at a conventional grocery store, the price would have been significantly higher.