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Old 08-27-2016, 12:24 AM   #131
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Trader Joe products you have tried

I really wish we had a TJ's that was closer, but we don't have any, and probably won't get any. No "big" cities anywhere near us.

It is nice having relatives in a couple different directions who do live in or near big cities that we can visit once or twice a year who have TJ's. Though I am extremely pleased that we now have a Costco 45 minutes away versus 3 1/2 hours (my wallet, not so much).
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Old 08-27-2016, 01:24 AM   #132
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No Trader Joe's in Wyoming, have to go to Colorado. The one in Montana was 3 hours away from Missoula if you wanted to go Interstate, 2.75 miles if you went the back roads.
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Old 08-27-2016, 01:29 AM   #133
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And 2.75 miles on back roads takes how long?
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Old 08-27-2016, 02:28 AM   #134
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...When I was visiting a friend in Georgia, we went to Trader Joe's...
Quick question, Addie. About how long ago were you in that Trader Joe's in Georgia?
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Old 08-27-2016, 04:28 AM   #135
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Don't hold that location against TJ's and miss out on great deals. When Himself moved to MA, he would pass one on the way to and from work. It was in a more upscale suburb. He didn't look for months because he figured it had high price-points on all the items. To his surprise, it was the affordable version of a Whole Paycheck - but with better quality.

We're about 20 miles from the nearest TJ's, and it is in the direction opposite of most of our errands. However, we make a point to make a pilgrimage at least every 3 months.

Not going to TJs because they are in a "hoity toity suburb" would be like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Suck it up, don't breathe in the rich air, and enjoy the store.
Excellent advice!!!

I'm pretty frugal and I can find a bargain or at least a good value in most any store, even the ones in a "hoity toity suburb"!

This old quote pretty much sums it up for me.

"Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists not in saving but selection. Parsimony requires no providence, no sagacity, no powers of combination, no comparison, no judgment."
- Edmund Burke

I live about 5 miles from TJ's. I only go 3 or 4 times a year to pick up a few basic items and a treat or two that catches my eye in the Fearless Flyer, so far I've been lucky and not contracted affluenza!
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Old 08-27-2016, 08:52 AM   #136
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And 2.75 miles on back roads takes how long?
Herk! I meant 2.75 HOURS
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Old 08-27-2016, 09:59 AM   #137
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And 2.75 miles on back roads takes how long?
If it's anything like going to Birmingham from where I live (about 80 miles) by motorway (the M6), it's infinitely quicker to take the country roads via Buxton, Ashbourne and Lichfield (mainly on the A515). 90 mls via M6 - 83 miles via the A515. The M6 has been known to take 4 hours plus due to traffic congestion and the country roads usually take about 2.5 hours. Pleasanter journey, too.

If you take the M6 it's a good idea to take three square meals and a tent!
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Old 08-27-2016, 10:03 AM   #138
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Excellent advice!!!

I'm pretty frugal and I can find a bargain or at least a good value in most any store, even the ones in a "hoity toity suburb"!

This old quote pretty much sums it up for me.

"Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists not in saving but selection. Parsimony requires no providence, no sagacity, no powers of combination, no comparison, no judgment."
- Edmund Burke

I live about 5 miles from TJ's. I only go 3 or 4 times a year to pick up a few basic items and a treat or two that catches my eye in the Fearless Flyer, so far I've been lucky and not contracted affluenza!
Reminds me of something my Domestic Science teacher taught us in school - "Buy expensive cuts of meat in the poorer end of town and cheap cuts in the richer end of town if you want to get a good deal".

Mind you, that was in the days when butchers had to buy a whole beast rather than boxes of the bits the store wants to sell.
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Old 08-27-2016, 10:42 AM   #139
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Prices in all TJ stores are universal. The neighborhood has nothing to do with the prices and there are no sales or coupons and that doesn't mean there aren't tremendous bargains to be had. One small example is their whole rainbow peppercorns in an attractive refillable grinder for $2.00.
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Old 08-27-2016, 11:42 AM   #140
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I said I wouldn't shop at Trader Joe's when it opens next year because I refuse to even enter Germantown city limits. The number of people reacting to that convinces me it must indeed be a remarkable store. If they open another in Memphis or even a different suburb I will happily check it out. In the meantime, I'll just try to live without rainbow peppercorns in a decorative refillable grinder.
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