Week 2 and The Magic of Trader Joe’s

Aight folks, so last we talked I was eating everything in sight and blowing off long runs in favor of air conditioning, right?

Well times have changed.  This week I was SPOT ON with all of my training (I even added an extra mile here and there).

Here’s what happened:

Sunday: 16 mile bike ride
Monday: 5 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: REST
Friday: 5 mile tempo run
Saturday: 10 miles (7.5 with the team)

On team runs: They are the best.  Especially when you are running long.  I thought I would hate running with other humans, but it’s actually pretty awesome.  Cheers to Team Saturday!

On a more sordid note, I’ve discovered something super scandalous.

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I spend at least $10 more per week when shopping at any of my local grocery stores instead of Trader Joe’s.  I’ve been collecting receipts, and each week I shop at Trader Joe’s my total grocery bill is close to $40, when I shop elsewhere, it’s at least $50.  I’m sure there are less expensive options at my local grocery store, but since I buy mostly produce, mostly organic, and things like almond milk and greek yogurt, TJ’s is saving me a LOT of moolah.  Like $520 a year… that’s half a vacation folks.

My next experiment is going to be comparing weekly expenses at the farmer’s market vs. Trader Joe’s. I am on a mission to find the most affordable, organic, locally grown/raised, minimally processed food in my neighborhood. However, this detail [insert link to brooklyn grocery article] may be a game changer, I’ll keep you posted!

What about you?  Do you shop at a local grocery store? A national health food chain? The farmer’s market?  Where do you save the most moolah without sacrificing quality?

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