Believe it or not, going over budget was a good thing for me. I learned that I needed to be a better planner for the “little things” that I often buy for the pantry. I also needed to broaden my horizons and try new stores.
Enter the enchanted and majestic Trader Joe’s. 🙂
Somehow, society has convinced us that food without artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, MSG, genetically modified ingredients, and artificial trans fats a) taste bad, and b) is considerably more costly than the fake-flavored, dyed, preserved to last ages and hormone-fed food that fills most of the store shelves.
My dear friends, we have been deceived!
I already knew that homemade foods tasted better than store-bought (you can see the recipes I’ve shared so far here), but I was astonished to realize that I could have saved money last month by buying all-natural foods!
The curtain has been pulled back and my eyes have been opened!
The few minutes I spent price checking on my first trip to Trader Joe’s was not nearly enough to satisfy my nerdy quench to crunch the numbers, so I went back and spent an hour just perusing the aisles of beautiful and inexpensive deliciousness that Trader Joe’s has to offer.
I felt like a spy… going undercover for a recognizance mission to gather intel to win the war against the budget.
It was awesome!
And the fruit of my labor is my gift to you – a price list of products at Trader Joe’s. This list is not by all means everything in the store, but it’s a start and I hope you find it helpful in your quest to trim your budgets. Remember that these prices are from my local store in Central California and prices may vary from region to region.
Oats, Plain Dry
Beans, White, Can
Oats, Steel Cut
Olive Oil, EVOO
Cheese, Chunk Cheddar
Cheese, Mozz Fresh
Chicken Broth, Org
Chili Pepper Flakes
Chips, Corn Tortilla
Spinach, Fresh Baby
Maple Syrup, Grade A
Yogurt, Not Probiotic
Maple Syrup, Grade B
You can find the permanent home for this list here.