Even though I’ve heard over and over again how amazing Trader Joe’s is, and even shopped there a few times, I’ve never been a convert (until now).
Why? Because it’s hard to switch to Trader Joe’s. Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours examining products at grocery stores, learning which products match my hypoglycemic diet and which ones don’t. Very few of the brands and products I know and love are at Trader Joe’s, meaning for almost every product I want to buy, I have to re-learn what I can eat. This means, as we did yesterday, spending a lot of extra time re-assessing all of the bread in the bread aisle and deciding what would be the best option. Then move to the cheese and do the same thing.
It took a lot of time and mental energy. But at the same time, it was a great opportunity to re-examine our habits and what we were eating. It gets so easy to just grab products and “forget” to think about whether they are good for you or not. While I’m most certainly not saying that everything at Trader Joes is good for you, I’m saying it’s a good moment to take a look at everything anew, and, if you can’t find something in Trader Joe’s, it’s a good time to ask why (usually they are really bad products I can’t find, but not always).
And THEY ARE CHEAPER! Ok, I don’t know about where you live, but in New Orleans? Food is ridiculously priced for no legit reason I can find.
- Applegate Natural Turkey at Rouses (New Orleans chain): $5.99 per pack. At Trader Joe’s: $3.99 per pack. We go through about 2-3 of these per week, so $4-$6 savings per week!
- Green/Red peppers at Rouses: $1/1.99 each (and many look awful). At Trader Joe’s: $.79 and $1 each (and all look very fresh). We go through 4-6 of these a week, so about $2-$4 in savings.
Does Trader Joe’s totally eliminate my trip to the “regular” grocery store? Nope, there are some things we need, like Fairlife Milk, Beanitos, and quick oats, that Trader Joe’s doesn’t carry, but I can go a lot less often.
So if you have a Trader Joe’s in your area, spend the time and give it a try. It’s worth it.