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How to survive without Trader Joes & Costco???


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How to survive without Trader Joes & Costco???

lauraghall | | Aug 13, 2013 05:30 AM

Hi All! So I live in grocery store paradise now--1 m from Trader Joe's, 1.5 mi from Whole Foods, 4 mi from Costco, a bit farther from a couple of great farmer's markets in the summer... there's also a Super Target and so normal grocery stores nearby, though I don't frequent those as much. Over the past 3 yrs that we've lived here, I've gotten to the point that I do about 1/2 of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's (breads, frozen veg, some produce, chicken sausage, nuts & dried fruit, etc.), and 1/2 at Costco (tons of produce, diary, deli meat, nut butters, baking, meatless products, bulk meat, cheese, and non-food items like diapers & paper products).
And now we're moving.
To St. Joseph, MI, which has only normal grocery stores. I'm kind of devastated. (Well, the homemaker part of me is. Otherwise I'm excited.)
St. Joseph is 90 min east of Chicago, which of course has TJs & Costco, so I could potentially do a monthly stock-up trip at my two favorite stores. But I am so used to going to Costco about 2x/mo and TJs weekly, that I am just bracing for a painful withdrawal...
Has anyone had to give up these stores? Or even if you haven't, do you have any ideas on how to make do, without breaking the bank??