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There are a few things I buy on a monthly basis at Trader Joe’s that I have verified are at the lowest price available anywhere in my area. On occasion I will also buy Marshmallows (they are gelatin-free), and Pita Breads. These prices are based on my store in the San Francisco Bay Area. What I buy:
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips $2.29/12 oz.=$3.05/lb. (These are vegan). Update: Chocolate chunk ones are vegan now, too!
Sunflower Seeds $1.99/16 oz. There are a variety of types ranging from no salt to roasted. I use these to make my own sunflower seed butter, and at $1.99/lb. that is a steal compared to other nut butters! (except peanut butter, but we are peanut free).
Bananas $.19 ea.=approx. $.33/lb. I wanted to figure out the price per lb. so I selected the largest bananas, weighed them and did a quick calculation. The bananas varied greatly in size, so choose the largest ones for the best deal!
Cocoa (unsweetened) $2.49/9 oz. =$5.90/lb.
You would pay up to 4 times as much to buy these items elsewhere! Now, imagine for a moment that you averaged paying 4x less on every item on your grocery list. That would mean a 75% savings overall on your monthly grocery expenses. Yes, it’s possible! Over time, this results in a lot of money saved. What are you going to do with all the money you save? 🙂
And that is all I buy at Trader Joe’s on a regular basis! I have priced out everything else my plant-based family would consider buying there, and these are the four items that made the price comparison cut. Anything else I buy is purchased at a better price elsewhere. Keep visiting The Penny Pantry as I am rolling out more content for you guys everyday! I will show you how to save more money than you ever imagined on groceries!
Look for my recipes on here soon that show how I use these items! Recipes for Homemade Hot Cocoa, Energy Bites, Banana Ice Cream coming soon to this website near you!
Happy Saving! 🙂