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#1 Old 12-24-2008, 06:01 PM
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What is your opinion on Trader Joe's? I was there once and it seemed interesting. Are their prices really lower than other places?

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#2 Old 12-24-2008, 06:22 PM
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I've only been there once - I was a little disappointed - I thought it would be bigger and carry more items. I don't remember the prices being that much lower than other places. I just liked that they stocked Vegan BBQ ribs - I think I bought all 10 boxes that were there. I think on the whole I much prefer Whole Foods.
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Here's a recent thread that discussed TJ's.

https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...trader+joe%27s



Maybe it will help to answer some of your questions?
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#4 Old 12-24-2008, 06:59 PM
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I recorded the price of items that I commonly buy at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Safeway, and found that most of the products were cheapest at Trader Joe's. So I go there more often.
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I've never been to one-- I don't think we have one where I live. I've been meaning to look it up!
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I recorded the price of items that I commonly buy at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Safeway, and found that most of the products were cheapest at Trader Joe's. So I go there more often.



I have been there once and wasnt that impressed...I like shopping at Dominicks/Safeway with sales and with Coupons and do alot better and get alot more.



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#7 Old 12-25-2008, 04:00 AM
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Trader Joe's could have some more veg*n items in my opinion, but for a specialty store, they are better than average. I do find prices quite reasonable with the Morningstar products much cheaper at Trader Joes than your traditional supermarkets.
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I Trader Joe's. When you know what to look for, it's awesome. On the thread that was linked above, I mentioned specific items that are great. (Page 2 at the bottom)
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They are great for some items. And have the best selection around here of specialty products, like meat subs. I got some tofurky italian sausages last time I was there...I'd never seen those before! And their chickenless strips are wonderful. It's not someplace I'd do all my shopping at, but I do go occasionally to stock up on items they carry cheaper, or I can't get elsewhere.

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I am a fan of TJ's. It is true, some things are cheaper. It depends on the item. They do have a good selection of meat subs but I'd like to see more vegan items/staples. I think they are lacking in that department. But I try and go at least once a month. Yeah, I like the store.
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#11 Old 12-26-2008, 09:43 AM
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Yeah I too was hoping that the store would be larger.



It was funny, when I went home for Christmas a couple years ago my Dad was like I have this store I have to take you too. It was TJs and I was like, been there, done that. We did pick up some stuff though so that was nice.
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Never been to one.
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#13 Old 12-26-2008, 10:48 AM
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As long as you remember that Trader Joe's isn't a full scale grocery store, you'll like it.
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Maybe that was part of my problem. I thought it was going to be like a full scale grocery store. And the one by my parents is a tiny bit more like that (full grocer) as compared to the one out here by me.
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I think that's why some people don't like it. My siblings don't go because when they cook a recipe, they have to go to the regular grocery store too, they don't like making 2 stops with kids (it's a pain to take the little ones out). I keep my kitchen stocked, I usually can get by just going to TJ.
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As long as you remember that Trader Joe's isn't a full scale grocery store, you'll like it.



I lived in Germany so I think I'm quite used to that type of grocery store. TJ caters a lot more to vegans that a typical German discount grocery store, such as Aldi, which is owned by the same umbrella company. Although the selection at TJ is also quite limited and the brands are mostly in house.



It is annoying that they don't have certain vegan staples nor do they have a good selection of baking products. But I get those things when I occasionally go to a larger grocery store. TJ is most conveniently located for me, and that plays a big part in how often I go there.
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such as Aldi, which is owned by the same umbrella company



oooo that's cool, I didn't know that

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ive been there a few times, and i actually like the place...their prices do seem to be lower than some grocery stores that i know...and i like that they carry foods that i like to eat for less than im used to paying at other stores, plus quantities are larger.
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TJ's is more like a specialty store. But I'll warn you, some of their food is terrible (pre packaged items). Some of it is good.
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#20 Old 12-27-2008, 03:36 PM
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Absolutely love the place. Unfortunately, I've been going through withdrawals for several years now, as I used to shop there all the time in Reno and San Diego, but then moved to Knoxville, Tenn., and now live just outside Spokane, Wash., and there are none within hours of either of those two places.
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*WARNING* WARNING* WARNING*WARNING* WARNING* WARNING*WARNING* WARNING*



Don't get Trader Joe's sour cream - it contains gelatin! Don't be fooled becauase it says Kosher Gelatin on the label. Kosher Gelatin simply means that the gelatin came from cows that were slaughtered according to the laws of Kashrut. It's still from an animal and it's still gelatin and it's still verboten to vegetarians.



OTOH, Daisy brand sour cream does NOT contain gelatin, kosher or otherwise. So if you're eating dairy, it's safe to get the Daisy brand.



ETA: I also want to add that TJ's carries Tofutti brand Mintz's Blintzes. The box states that they are nondairy, but if you look at the ingredients, they do contain egg whites. So while they're nondairy, they're still not vegan.

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#22 Old 01-11-2010, 07:15 PM
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What is your opinion on Trader Joe's? I was there once and it seemed interesting. Are their prices really lower than other places?



Such a good question.



I love TJ's. I do think that there prices are pretty low (at least the one near me is) and the price for their frozen fruit is the cheapest that I have ever come across.

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Good prices on organic fruits and veggies, and raw almond butter. Personally, I avoid their processed foods.
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They put milk into their store-brand hummus. How backwards of a company do you have to be to de-vegan a classically vegan food?
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They put milk into their store-brand hummus. How backwards of a company do you have to be to de-vegan a classically vegan food?



They do!? How weird. I don't remember reading that.
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Something I LOVE about Trader Joe's... they list on the frozen food whether or not the cheese in a dish is vegetarian or not. I was so excited because I found a website post that said the Mac and Cheese from TJ was the best and vegetarian. Waited 3 months to get it... got to TJ in California and nope, Animal rennet. I picked up a lot of things, lots of animal rennet
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I love it because the products are pretty good quality and they're cheaper. HOWEVER, I prefer Whole Foods.
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#28 Old 01-12-2010, 07:00 AM
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I love Trader Joe's as I was able to find things like soy milk and meat subs for a good price, plus I love their selection of unique beers. I had 2 of them close to my house when I lived in Indianapolis, now that I have moved to Peoria, the closest one is in suburban Chicago!
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I used to LOVE TJ, but ever since I started shopping at Henry's/Sprouts/Sun Harvest (they're all smaller scale Whole Foods), I haven't had the need to go. Their selection isn't the best and parking in that area SUCKS. It's right next to a very large shopping center with restaurants and a movie theater. I've almost been hit by other cars every time I've ever been there. The only time I would go was early in the morning before the shopping area got busy. I don't live by one anymore, the closest one is 741 miles away in New Mexico.
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I lived down the street from a Trader Joe's and Whole Foods right next to each other when I lived in Nashville and rarely got to take advantage of them because I was a high school student. So obviously I didn't buy the groceries. They're the closest to where I live now, and over an hour away.

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