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UKbluegirl2 posted:
So Lexington FINALLY got a Trader Joes. What is a must buy at TJs?
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:

We love TJs! Do they have a game for the kids to play while you shop? Our local TJs has a stuffed alligator - Ziggy - who moves all over the store - the kids get a treat at check out if they find him.

My always buys are:

Cut up and peeled mango
Frozen French Toast & Waffles
Seaweed snacks
6 small containers of yoghurt - blueberry and vanilla that are packaged together - I'll have to look up the name but the vanilla is delish.
Whole grain Joes Os cereal
Panko breaded Talipia fish (frozen section)
"Just a handful" packaged nuts and cranberries. Small bags in a big bag - perfect to keep in the car.

I also love their premade salads but you have to be careful to look at the dates - they go bad quickly.

Have fun and tell us your experience!


p.s. If you bring your own bags, your name goes in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate. I've never won but have several friends who have.
iocasta responded:
I don't understand the appeal of TJs. It seems like a lot of prepackaged frozen food to me. Or things that you really don't need.
baby1at35 replied to iocasta's response:
I have never been to one. I think they opened one here. Hmmm Now I am going to check..
Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs
Mom2Emma23 responded:
The frozen orange chicken is really great and makes for an easy meal during the week.
Sarah, Dh, Emma (5), Delilah (born still at 21 weeks) March 5 2012
UKbluegirl2 replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
Wow, you do love TJs, don't you Haylen?

It was a really neat fun store. I will definitely go back with DH if nothing else for the wine. Holy moly!

I got some cheese (for lunch), Veggie Chips and bananas. My 3 go through 3 bananas each a day. As I was checking the girl asked me if I had a recipe for bananas or did I just really like them?!!

There were several things that intrigued me such as the various cheeses, the fresh flowers, not really caring so much about the frozen stuff, but the wine, OH MY!!

Did I mention the TJ wine?
crunk05177 replied to UKbluegirl2's response:
I have one around the block from me and I don't ever seem to make it there....but 3 bananas a day? I wish! We can;'t even eat 1 daily without constipation issues lol!
Me (29), DH (31), DS1 - Michael (5 1/2) and DS2 - Nathan (2 1/2 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
baby1at35 replied to crunk05177's response:
Now I am curious as I have never been to one. Come to find out there is one fairly close to me who knew?
Oh and speaking of wine I got some in SD at the Black Hills. Rhubarb wine! I love to try different ones. I may pour myself a glass..
Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs
UKbluegirl2 replied to crunk05177's response:
Yep for sure 2 a day, often 3. They also eat a ton of berries; so I guess that cancels out the bananas. None of the 3 have stomach/bathroom issues.
kc_94920 responded:
My TJ's list includes:

honey wheat pretzel sticks
yogurt 6 packs
soy milk
cereal bars- fig and blueberry
cherry preserves (DD's eat a dollop with their cottage cheese)
fresh flowers
fruit ice pops
frozen spring rolls
belgian waffles
KC~ Mady (9) Logan (7) and Coco (4)
UKbluegirl2 replied to kc_94920's response:
I must say I was disappointed in their pasta selection. I expected a better quality. But the place was packed so perhaps I didn't see the right things in that area.

The pretzel sticks sound intriguing as well as the preserves.
leftcoastgirl responded:
Joining you ladies officially now that DD1 has turned 4!

My must-buys at TJs are ...

-- Organic dairy products - they're cheaper there than any other store around me
-- Stuff to stock the freezer - like pasta meals, pizza, etc. Just stuff to have on hand for easy dinners after long work days
-- Bread - keep it in the fridge, no preservatives means it goes bad quickly
-- Jarred pasta sauce - for 1.79, you can't beat it
-- Pizza dough - Other than Whole Foods, I don't have any stores around me that sell raw dough

The best part about shopping there is that - like Whole Foods - they don't sell anything with artificial flavors or colors or with hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup. So you can pick up anything off the shelf and know it doesn't have those ingredients. Their produce isn't great, but it's adequate. And pretty much everything there is cheaper than it is at other grocery stores.
Me (36), DH (36), DD1 (4), DD2 (born in January!)

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