Tuesday, February 15, 2022
If you read my post yesterday, I mentioned a trip to Trader Joe’s. I really enjoy getting out early on a Saturday morning around 8:00 and getting my errands knocked out. Trader Joe’s is a fun errand for me! But, I hadn’t been since maybe December because I didn’t want to be too tempted by treats.
Do you see a big increase in grocery prices? I had gotten our grocery bill down to about $400 – $500 a month for just Tom and I last fall. I am doing weekly grocery pick ups from Kroger and spending around $150-$170 a week now. Now, I will say that sometimes eating healthy can cost a bit more which seems kind of weird, but I have found it to be true.
I felt a bit bad spending $70 on this trip after just spending $150 at Kroger on Wednesday, but I knew the kids were coming home and that I was making a Valentine’s dinner for Monday – and it was my turn to make 3 lunches for Erica and I. Plus, we are eating out/getting take out less than ever before, I think.
So, here we go…
I am loving sparkling waters. These are good! I think they have a cocktail feel and they are good for the afternoons.
I love the produce at Trader Joe’s. Is it cheaper than the supermarket? Probably not.
These are one of my favorite things from TJ’s – these mini baguettes are 3 WW points each and they are amazing. I like to keep some in the freezer to go with pasta or just to have with some olive oil, salt, and pepper.
I love to keep this baguette in my freezer, too. This makes a great hot sub sandwich bread.
cilantro, carrots, apples, cucumber, onion, broccoli, and salad mix:
I like these for nachos because they are very sturdy, but to be honest – I do not love Trader Joe’s chips and crackers. The only think I really, really like are their plantain chips. My family is very discriminating about their snack foods and are very brand loyal.
This is a new discovery and I love it! I have been using regular instant coffee crystals for my iced coffee/protein shake. This really blends well because it is made especially for cold brew.
TJ’s spice prices can’t be beat. I needed pepper and I have learned that not all everything but the bagel seasonings are created equally. TJ has the best blend!
I had plans to do a weekend and Valentine’s charcuterie board. The wine soaked cheese is a longtime favorite.
I had plans to make chocolate chip pancakes for a early Valentine for J and M.
This rice is soooo good and it is often out of stock because it is so popular. It contains 3 microwave pouches and you keep it in the freezer. You will never make rice again.
I love these giant macaroni noodles for homemade mac and cheese.
Their olive oil prices can’t be beat.
These giant soft pretzels are great to keep in the freezer. The air fryer makes these taste amazing!
And, I got Tom’s card and candy at TJs. Their cards are soooo cute! I am a big believer in Dollar Tree cards that are 2 for $1, but the cards at TJ’s are only $1 and they look much more expensive. The dark chocolate peanut butter cups kept in the freezer and amazing.
If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, what are your faves?
PS – I’m taking a break tomorrow but I will back on Thursday for Fashion Files and Friday for Friday Faves!