I know a lot of families have a cherished fall tradition of going to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins (pumpkin patch guide on Richmond.com). We never started that, so I love to get a great deal on our pumpkin(s) at Trader Joe’s – $3.49 for a quality good sized-gourd. If you need one, or need extras, check it out!
What’s your favorite place for pumpkins?
My oldest is so excited about pumpkins this year – he even drew me a picture of exactly what kind of angry-faced pumpkin he wants me to carve!
(If you love pumpkins, Trader Joe’s has the hook-up! Pumpkin soup, pumpkin pancake mix, pumpkin bread mix, pumpkin butter, organic canned pumpkin…)
Frugal gals, you might want to forward this to the guys in your lives so they don’t overpay for Valentine’s Day bouquets in their quest to demonstrate how much they love you.
Note to men: If you receive this post forwarded from your wife or girlfriend, take the hint that she likes flowers and you should be getting them for her other times of year too, just because!
Cheapest flowers award goes to Trader Joe’s every year, with a dozen roses for $9.99 (Sometimes this is all colors except red). They also have extremely affordable daffodils – $1.69/bunch!
Whole Foods – Twenty roses for $19.99. You can order online
Walmart – A dozen roses for $15
Tom Leonard’s – Dozen long-stem roses “2 for $30.” Also offers a “premium bouquet” of assorted flowers for $12.99
Fresh Market – Dozen long-stemmed roses $16.99, or two dozen for $30
Vogue Flowers – Valentine’s Early Bird Special: Have your order delivered by February 13th and receive a $10 gift card by mail. Use code VDGIFT. Valid for local delivery only. Gift card expires 5/31/12
Also Cash & Carry Specials: A dozen roses from $19.95 and Valentine’s bouquets from $14.95
Strange’s Florist – Order early and enter “facebook” at checkout on www.stranges.com for $10 off your Valentine’s flowers. Good through Friday, February 10th, 2012.
Living Social – Pay $25 for $50 to spend on flowers from Teleflora (Bouquets start at $44.95, with a $15.99 service fee. They offer a “deal of the day” bouquet for $50 – you take what you get!) Purchase voucher by Friday 2/10.
Groupon – $20 for $40 to spend on flowers (or any gift) through FTD. Florist-delivered bouquets start at $29.99 before fees. Purchase Groupon by Saturday 2/11.
Another option to check for deals would be warehouse clubs like Costco and BJ’S.
Where do you find flower values this time of year? Or are you like me and just ignore Valentine’s Day altogether?
A recent RTD article highlights Trader Joe’s niche as offering “affordable luxury”
“They don’t want to be your routine grocery store where you go to get toilet paper,” said Roland T. Rust, chairman of the marketing department at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Instead, Trader Joe’s, he said, has found its niche by offering gourmet products at reasonable prices. The company has made its reputation by offering customers interesting products they won’t find elsewhere.
They offer “affordable luxury,” he said.
Trader Joe’s said what makes it different is that the chain stocks food and beverages that range from the basic to the exotic at what it says are affordable prices.
The selection and prices come because it primarily sells private-label items it buys directly from producers, as opposed to buying brand-name merchandise from distributors.
Some of Trader Joe’s most popular private-label merchandise:
– Charles Shaw Wines (aka “Two Buck Chuck”)
– Frozen mandarin orange chicken
– Antioxidants trek mix
– Extra virgin olive oil
– Dark chocolate-covered espresso beans
– Trader Giotto’s Pizza 4 Formaggi (Handmade Four Cheese Pizza)
Everyone’s rave reviews have gotten me excited to check out TJ’s. I’ve never been to one, and the only products I’ve tried have been some salsa/chips and Two Buck Chuck. Despite all the hype about a saturated grocery market in Short Pump, it definitely sounds like Trader Joe’s offers an unusual alternative that Richmonders have been craving.