It probably seems counterproductive to drive 35 minutes one way to get groceries rather than 15 minutes to get them.
But it was so worth it.
Admittedly, I'm a Trader Joe's junkie, but the closest one to me is 35 minutes away. I told myself that it wasn't reasonable to add that much time to get groceries, a task that I'm not fond of anyway.
However, I hit the last straw with my closest grocery options, and so I decided to see what it would be like to make the longer trip.
It was amazing!
I saved $9.40 in like items. And, yes, you could certainly argue that I used more gas, which is absolutely true. I figured I used approximately two gallons at a total of $4.09, so I was still $5.31 ahead. Plus, it was an easier drive than I anticipated.
However, there were more takeaways than saving money.
One is I just flat out like the vibe there. No one is over the top cheery, like they are getting paid to be friendly to you. There are a lot of conversations happening all over the store between patrons and employees. It has an easy-going feel to it.
I also like that when I have a question about where an item is located that it isn't an imposition to either tell me or take me to it.
When I check out, the conversation isn't forced and they are observant. The girl today mentioned my shirt, because she liked that it says, "Take a hike." We discussed how it could be taken depending upon one's mood.
It feels genuinely authentic when I'm at Trader Joe's. I don't know what their business model is, but I like it.
I like it so much I'm willing to drive 35 minutes for it.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.