Sunday, August 21, 2011

Trader Joes

Trader Joes opened in KC for the first time back in July. We went once to just sort of scope things out and get a feel for the prices. Since we decided to take some money from my husband's unemployment to supplement our $50 week grocery budget, we went to Trader Joes to add some different items to our pantry and fridge. Most of the things that we purchased were priced very  well, but we did splurge a little bit on a few things. Regardless, we were SO happy to add some things we haven't had before to our groceries for the week. Overall, I'm not certain that Trader Joes is as cost effective as everyone says, but I'll take the variety it offers. Since we're not eating out these days, we just really needed a change!

Our menu plan for the week is as follows,

Friday - spaghetti with Boboli garlic cheese bread
Saturday - banana peanut butter smoothies / BLTs / smorgasbord
Sunday - banana peanut butter smoothies / bacon tortellini alfredo and salad / smorgasbord
Monday - cereal / packed lunches / cheese enchiladas and veggies
Tuesday - cheesy eggs or cereal / packed lunches / calzones and veggies
Wednesday - cereal / packed lunches / breakfast burritos
Thursday - cheesy eggs or cereal / packed lunches / smorgasbord
Friday - cereal / packed lunches / something from next week's groceries

Snacks will include - whole wheat pumpkin muffins (if I can find the time to make them,) fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese and chips and dip.

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  1. I love Trader Joes and I'm so lucky to live so close to one. Trader Joes is priced pretty well for somethings and I suppose it's priced well for other things, but I still find it hard to swallow sometimes knowing its cheaper else where. I shop here, Fresh & Easy and Target to help stay under my budget. And I might have to try find carmelized onion dip!

  2. Best of luck to hubby with his new job.