Christmas decorating has begun at my house and I’m up to my eyeballs in glitter and greenery! But, it’s the most wonderful time of the year isn’t it? I used to decorate after Thanksgiving, but I just can’t bare to decorate so much for such a little time. Therefore, I start a bit before Thanksgiving.
In the midst of decorating, I ran a ton of errands yesterday while the boys were at pre-school for a few hours. One stop was Trader Joe’s. I just love that place and have a huge weakness for just throwing stuff in my cart there. The goodies there are endless and it’s not a good place for me if trying to stick to a budget. It’s not the price of things there, it’s simply my lack of will power.
I thought I’d share my little haul yesterday. I wanted to get a few things from the freezer section that I could cook up for myself on nights when Ryan is gone. It’s tough to meal plan and cook dinners when it’s just me and the boys (Maddox has like 3 foods he likes, so it’s really just B and I). I enjoy seeing other people’s grocery hauls (I’m a weirdo), so hopefully some of you enjoy this as well.
Here’s what I got:
Turkey Corn Dogs: $2.99 – My kids like corn dogs occasionally and these do not disappoint.
Mandarin Orange Chicken: $4.99 – This comes frozen and is one of my go-to quick meals on busy nights. It is so yummy and feeds our family of 4 perfectly (if M decides to eat it that night). We pair it with Trader Joe’s fried rice (see below).
Corn Pudding: $4.49 – I didn’t even look at the price of this. They were giving samples of this stuff to customers and it won me over! I could’ve eaten an entire plate of it. I just grabbed a box from the worker and threw it in my cart. This would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner! I already can’t wait to eat it.
Marinated White Fish: $6.95 – I’ve never had this before, but I’m interested to try it. It comes frozen. I would probably pair it with rice and a veggie. I sure hope it’s good for almost $7.00.
Vegetable Fried Rice: $2.29 – I’m obsessed with this rice. Goes perfectly with our orange chicken. They have a chicken fried rice too. It’s so easy to make too…throw it in a skillet with some oil (I use coconut oil).
Garlic Fries: $2.69 – We are fry lovers over here. Sounds perfect with a burger. I’ve never tried these before so we’ll see how they are.
Uncured Bacon: $5.49 – If there is something I’m picky about, it’s bacon. Turkey bacon…I might as well just not eat bacon. But I love the real stuff. I like that TJ’s is uncured and nitrate free. It’s still bacon, but better than a lot of other kinds out there. I’ve had this kind before and it’s really good.
LaraBars: $1.29/each – I’ve heard amazing things about these bars and I’ve wanted to try them. They are sold individually here (and in boxes), so it’s a good option for me to try certain flavors without committing to a box and then hating it. I got Apple Pie and Cashew Cookies. As you can see, I ate the Apple Pie on the way home. It was really good. Although, the bar is pretty small and kind of expensive. They’d be cheaper as a box, but still a pricier bar. Here’s a close up of the bar…
Cookie Butter: $3.69 – By far the most delicious item Trader Joe’s sells. This stuff is really addicting. I can’t even explain the goodness of it. Just try some. I like the crunchy version (and I’m not a crunchy peanut butter fan)…these are cookie bits so yum! I like it on an english muffin or spread on waffles. It tastes good warm (and straight off a spoon). Have you tried this stuff? How do you like to eat it?
Sushi: $3.99 – I did not like this at all. I forced myself to eat 2 of them simply because I paid $4 for it, but I couldn’t eat the rest. The rice was super dry and just really not a tasty roll. My favorite place to get grocery store sushi is Market Street and then Kroger. I’ll stick to those places. Maybe I had a bad batch? Has anyone tried their sushi? Thoughts?
Wheat and Corn Tortillas: $1.99 – I am a flour tortilla girl all the way. Move aside corn tortillas and give me all the flour. But these didn’t look like the typical corn tortilla, so I decided to try them out. I had one last night and they are delicious! I can’t wait to make a breakfast burrito with one today!
Southwest Salad: $3.49 – If I’m going to eat a salad, it pretty much has to be prepared these days. I thought this would be a good way to avoid bad food for lunches when I’m on the go, even at home. I haven’t tried it yet, but hoping it’s tasty.
And lastly, I saw these Advent calendars for $.99. I grabbed the same one for each of the boys (you know, cause they’ll fight over it if they’re not the same). They will love to eat a piece of chocolate everyday in December! I’m tempted to use this as
bribery motivation to get the kids to do a little something extra around the house. Is that bad? Maybe so 🙂
So there you go. A little peak into my shopping trip at Trader Joe’s. My total bill was $47.77 (we still got groceries at Walmart). Anyone else love TJ’s? What things do you like? I wanna know what I’m missing…or not missing.