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Trader Joe's

December 27th, 2011 at 08:47 pm

Went shopping at Trader Joe's today, bought about 2 weeks worth of my food and a months worth of wet food for the cats (they mostly eat dry). They like Tuna for Cats from Trader Joe's.
I got 6 bottles of wine (Italian), and more cheese than I usually get. I got cheddar, mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, creamy cheddar chives and herbs from New Zealand, cheddar & Gruyere (mixed), and a cheese fondue. I am way more concerned about the additional calories than the money for all this cheese:} But cheese is one of my favorite things in the world and one of the few things I indulge in.

The fake meat is two packages of Morningstar fake bacon. Its one of the few fake meats I eat regularly. Trader Joe's is one of the cheaper places to buy it so I buy 2 when I"m there.

The groceries is a pizza dough (1.29) and black olives. I also sometimes buy dried or fresh ravioli and tortellini for a few dollars that lasts weeks.

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December 24th, 2011 at 08:49 pm

I'm going to guestimate my food and groceries and then check numbers.

I do most of my food shopping at the local farmers market, and buy food grown within 100 miles. I live in Southern Calfornia so its a great selection. I typically spend $30-40/week at the market.

I buy other foods at Trader Joes - wine, cheese, pizza dough ($1), butter, yougurt, packaged foods, etc. I eat a lot of dried cheese ravioli and tortellini, one $3 bag lasts many meals (10 or so?).

I am suspecting I spend an awful lot of my food money on cheese.

I also shop at Smart & Final once a month, for paper towels, toilet paper, bags, and water. I like to keep emergency water around and rotate it, so we buy water in 2 1/2 gallon plastic container that we drink (instead of tap water). I think totals are under $100, and that includes the soup noodles I pick up for the veterans. I try to keep the volunteer office at the local VA hospital supplied with instant meals. I have a weekly meeting there, so all I do is buy them when I'm at Smart & Final, leave them in my car and carry them in. For $20-$25/month I feed a lot of vets.