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Aug 12, 2008 07:49 AM

Food shopping at TJ Maxx/Home Goods

Lately, I've been able to find some good deals on items like DL Jardines salsa. I've seen them at Williams-Sonoma for $7-$8 a jar, but TJ and HG sell them for $3.99, and they are excellent, especially their raspberry and pineapple flavors. I've also noticed that Stonewall Kitchen items occasionally make an appearance there, and Martha Stewart cake mixes are now coming in - could that be because she switched from Kmart to Walmart (that's a travesty for another post)?

Anyone else have favorite brands that they buy discounted at TJ or HG that I should try? Jams, pasta sauces, teas, etc?

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  1. The brands are hit or miss. Look for "ingredients" instead. Such as 100% pure maple syrup or Madagascar Vanilla bean pods. This is how I've always found value at these two stores....and stay away from things that have questionable shelf life, unless you like to use biscottie as a door stop.

    1. Keep in mind that these are usually trade show samples bought at the end of a show, and may not have been kept very well. Look closely if it's something that would be affected by extreme heat or cold in storage, becasue no one cares about that stuff afterward!

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      1. re: galleygirl

        Totally agree, I looked at a few things last winter, lot of jars had been opened and resealed. Eh!, I'll pass.

        1. re: treb

          Well, that;s pretty easy to tell. I do buy some (I'm a sucker for Sherry vinager), but I would be wary of things like coffee and olive oil, not to mention cookies, crackers and chocolate...YMMV...

          1. re: treb

            Trust me,that was the doings of customers.They will open packages of candy and that kind of stuff.We find it all the time.I know because I work at TJMAXX in Selma,tx in The Forum at Olympia Hills.Any food stuffs that have been opened we mark them out in a book we have, and then these items are thrown away.Yes we have a lot of the stuff mentioned. For some reason,we have quite a bit of marshmallow stuff, as well as turkish delight and other things.Christmas is coming soon, so I might buy some of the fancy chocolates we carry.
            Still want to buy some of our real maple syrup.
            We also sell pasta and other things.I'm not a coffee drinker, but the bags of coffee smell good.
            As gallerygirl mentioned, Marshall's Home Goods ,A.J.Wright and several other stores are part of the TJMAXX family.We also have stores in England and Germany.

            1. re: HollyDolly

              I totally agree about the customers opening stuff, it's just that you can't police that area enough and keep up with it.

              1. re: HollyDolly

                In the UK, they're called TK Maxx, for some reason...

                If I ever get back to the UK (my company has cut WAY back on travel), does TK Maxx also stock food?

          2. O olive oils and vinegars. Fairly often, there's a variety of flavored O olive oils and different O vinegars as well. They're $6.99 at Homegoods instead of the $12.99 I've seen it for other places. I also get jars of roasted peppers for a lot less than at the supermarket.

            1. The TJ Maxx near me has an interesting selection of hot sauces. I hit that up every so often..

              1. I like the Monin syrups- not cheap at $7 or so, but less expensive than full price. I've been making pomegranate lime rickeys with the pomegranate syrup, and the Mojito syrup is decent when you want a shortcut mojito. They have other syrups that have HFCS but the Monin is cane sugar.