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Old 06-20-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Groceries at T.J. Maxx

I'm fascinated by the random ingredients you can find in the grocery section at T.J. Maxx. Am I the only one who goes there just to see what ingredients they have? Here are a few recent finds. The Vanilla Infusion Kit is three whole vanilla beans in a glass bottle with instructions on how to make vanilla extract - for $7.99! You can't buy vanilla beans that cheap in a grocery store! So cool
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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I love that place for those kind of finds GG! Marshall's has the same if you have one near you. Both those places are great also for finding one of a kind kitchen gadgets and unique cookware and service ware at huge discounts.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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i got some interesting cupcake papers there. I just wonder if their coffee and bottled stuff is fresh, that's all.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:42 PM   #4
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That was a concern of mine too MW. However I found some Kona coffee beans there at a ridiculous price so I took the chance. The coffee was fabulous, but I don't know how they can sell it for what I paid. I went the next day to buy more, and it had sold out.

I like to stock up on these unusual items all year to make great Christmas baskets for the cooks on your gift list.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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TJMaxx, Marshall's and Home Goods are all part of the same company. They buy and sell leftovers, salesmen's samples, etc.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:04 PM   #6
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I'm fascinated by the random ingredients you can find in the grocery section at T.J. Maxx. Am I the only one who goes there just to see what ingredients they have? Here are a few recent finds. The Vanilla Infusion Kit is three whole vanilla beans in a glass bottle with instructions on how to make vanilla extract - for $7.99! You can't buy vanilla beans that cheap in a grocery store! So cool
I get vanilla beans from Amazon usually around $20 for extract grade beans (still excellent quality), 50-60 beans per pack! If I just need a couple beans I get them at World Market 2 for $2.99.

Yeah, I agree they do have some cool stuff!
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:17 PM   #7
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Yeah, you have to be ready to pounce if you find something there (or Ross or Marshalls) because chances are you'll never see them again. I found my best beloved All-Clad saucier @ Marshall's for 29.99. I go home empty handed from them more often than not - but love the deals I do find.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:34 PM   #8
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It's a bit of a drive for me to get to one just to look around (about 20 miles) but I make sure I check them out if I'm near one. I've never had any issues with any of the food items I've bought.

Other chains with a similar "buy and sell cast-off" theme are Tuesday Morning (don't remember them having food but they did carry kitchen goods), Big Lots, Ocean State Odd-Lots (only in New England) and Marc's Deeper Discounts (northeast Ohio).

Also, if you're looking for a good price on vanilla beans you might want to check your local health food store. I stopped at a little place in NW MA or SW VT for spices and nabbed a couple of them for $1.25 each.
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I am in and out of TJ Maxx and Ross at least every other month. I head right to the kitchen stuff and foods. The dishes I got for the Mushroom Challenge, I got that at TJ Maxx, 2 place settings.

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I have had to ban myself from these stores. I simply cannot leave without something in hand.
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