Trader Joe’s

Vegan Cream Cheese

I work at a little coffee shop that sells bagels. So, naturally, I have a stash of cream cheese at home to either bring to work or use when there are leftover bagels at the end of the day. I thought I would do a quick comparison of a few of the brands that I have used.

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Spaghetti with steamed greens

Hey everyone! I have been busy the past couple weeks with the start of my new quarter. I have not been able to search around for product comparisons but here is a quick, simple, and affordable recipe. This must have taken me less than 30 minutes to prepare and cook! All prices listed are from my local Trader Joe’s and total amount for ingredients was around $15. This recipe should make multiple portions and is easy to edit depending on taste. I have started to make meals in large amounts so I have less time to spend in the kitchen during the week.

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Dr. Bronner’s

One of the biggest challenges I face is finding affordable vegan home care products. I tend to buy my cleaning products from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s but I know Target has cruelty free and vegan products too! I need to make a trip over there and do price checks. Checking out nearby drugstores is helpful as well! I have found brands like Method when shopping late at night after running out of soap…

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December Update

Hello everyone! I deeply apologize for not posting much in the past couple weeks. I recently declared my second major and planned out my remaining time at UCSC. It is also finals week this week so needless to say, I have been preoccupied with that. I also put a lot of my funds from the past two months into Christmas and birthday gifts. I have many family and friends who have birthdays around Christmas or in January.

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Black Bean Veggie Soup

Soup weather is upon us! The rain has finally started consistently falling in Santa Cruz and cooking is what helps keep our apartment warm. I had a lot of leftover veggies this week (some from Thanksgiving, some that had been overlooked during Thanksgiving) so I decided to make soup. Simple inexpensive ingredients too! Most of my veggies were from Trader Joe’s and all organic. I know I need to start writing down the prices more often but I believe organics at TJ’s are at least a dollar more, depending on what you buy. I want to say that the amount of vegetables to make the soup is around $10. I get canned beans in bulk from Costco.

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Food Shopping: Safeway & Trader Joe’s

One of my main goals for this blog is to write a series of posts about comparative food prices. Here are some facts that influence my shopping. I try to spend no more than $30 a week on groceries. I live with my boyfriend so that means we split the cost of food shopping. So, combined, we try not to spend more than $60 a week on groceries. That can get you a lot of food for two people! I am located in Santa Cruz, California and have a number of options when it comes to food shopping, including a farmers’ market on Wednesdays.

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Crispy Lentil Fritters

I have over a dozen cookbooks, including Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, but mainly get inspiration/recipes from The Internet. Pinterest and Tumblr specifically. These two sites have helped me find some amazing affordable and easy recipes to make.

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