Trader Joe’s Needs to Pay Me!

With as much as I blog about TJ’s, I think I deserve to see a wee bit of their advertising budget coming my way.  After vacation, we found the cupboards bare.  (Did I just say cupboard?  Is this a Dicken’s novel?)  I knew a big shopping trip was in order, so naturally, I decided to hit up my local TJ’s.  No, it’s not as awesome as the one in Los Angeles, but it’s still pretty darn cool.

I am doing “real food” June.  It’s a silly thing I’m trying, which was very inspired by Lisa Leake at 100 Days of Real Food.  While I think eating real and wholesome foods is not silly, I feel a little silly doing it.  Let me know what you think of them in the comments.  I have pasted the rules below, but please check out Lisa’s blog for more details, recipes, mini challenges, and even her experience completing 100 days of real food on a budget.  (I’m all about the budget!)

The Rules: Things to Avoid

  1. No refined grains such as white flour or white rice (items containing wheat must say WHOLE wheat…not just “wheat”)
  2. No refined sweeteners such as sugar, any form of corn syrup, cane juice, or the artificial stuff like Splenda
  3. Nothing out of a box, can, bag, bottle or package that has more than 5 ingredients listed on the label
  4. No deep fried foods
  5. No “fast foods”

I’m not so sure I can really do this, but it’ll be fun to try.  I think the rule about “5 ingredients” is particularly silly – only because it’s so subjective.  What if one of the ingredients is terrible for you?  I’m totally reading into this too much.  Try and pick things with ingredients that sound wholesome.  For instance, I just got cheese from TJ’s with five ingredients, but it was the most wholesome cheese I could find.  Speaking of TJ’s, I wanted to blog my experience.
I started out with this.  It is a list of my (and Kevin’s) meals for the week and the respective shopping list.

My List

I then got all this for $78.  Whaaaa?  Yes!  I scored all the loot for two people for a week (no eating out) for $78.  The meat isn’t organic, but it is all-natural and antibiotic-free.  The eggs, quinoa, beans, and a few other things are organic.  I do what I can.  I’m no superhero.
Food, Food, & More Food

Food, Food, & More Food

I’d like to add that I only had one coupon.  That’s why you see the Morningstar Veggie Burgers in the pic.  I do not consider them a “whole food,” but Kev may want to snack on them at some point this week.  If not, they’ll keep in the freezer until the end of June.
By the way, when you put your groceries in one end of the kitchen and try to put them in the fridge, your cat might do this for attention.
Speed Bump

Speed Bump

It’s okay though.  Kitties like it when you shop at TJ’s.
Let the cat outta' the bag.

Let the cat outta' the bag.


11 Comments to “Trader Joe’s Needs to Pay Me!”

  1. Love Trader Joe’s. My mom would take us there as kids and I always thought it was an “expensive” grocery store because it had so many cool products. The adult me was psyched to find out how cheap it is!

  2. This post makes me wish I lived near a TJ’s even more! Its so cheap and you get such quality stuff! Can’t wait to shop there regularly one day!

  3. the real food june thing sounds tough but watch “super size me” and you’ll get all the inspiration you need. im watching it right now and it’s freaking scaring me!!!

  4. I’ll have to look into that. I’ve heard good things.

  5. Bahahahahaha the cats in the bags made me laugh so hard. My cats do that same thing..I love the laser eyes too. I am so glad I now WORK at TJ’s so I can use my employee discount..otherwise I’d spend my lifesavings there.

  6. We don’t have a Trader Joes, but would lOVE one. Love the kitties….

  7. I love Trader Joes and I tell people all of the time how they can save by shopping there!! Your cat is so adorable. If you get a chance I would love for you to enter my eco friendly giveaway.

  8. Haha my cats love TJ’s bags too. And yes I agree, bloggers who love TJs should get compensation for all the awesome shoutouts!

    Good luck with the challenge =)

  9. Awww your cats are so cute!!!
    Awesome challenge, can’t wait to read more about it, you are braver then me 😀

  10. This won’t be as hard as you think it is. Especially since you are doing it in the summer time when there is so much fresh produce to enjoy and fill up on! Good Luck! Keep us all posted on how you are doing!

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