A Return Policy

I had a busy Tuesday afternoon running errands:


Grocery Store


Then onto Trader Joe’s

Wall of Nuts

Too bad I’m done with this section

Wall of Hummus

Beloved bags of crunchiness

I cannot live without sugar snap peas

And did you know if you try anything from TJ’s and you don’t like it, you can return it?

I saw this in the latest edition of their Fearless Flyer

For instance, if you were to purchase these and you decided they were just horrible, you could return them for a full refund.

Yeah, horrible.  <– Mmm, kay.  Sure.

I also saw this adorable chili pepper plant

The chili peppers were pretty small and green but so cute.  If veggies can be cute, of course.

They gave me a craving for this

I came home and munched on some yellow pepper wedges

Dipped in this

Sweet + heat + fruit based + no garlic or onions = love this chutney

And I have a serious mango anything addiction.

All kinds of mango-based recipes here

And more mango recipes here

And then I was feeling the chocolate monster come out so I took a look in the freezer to see what I could get into

And found a Magic Eight Bar

Imagine that. 

It pays to freeze your goodies

So you have options.

I like options in the form of Smores Bars, too

Thanks for the compliments on my last post about being featured as The Daily Special.  I was honored that I was selected!  Only took a couple thousand blog posts.  But it finally happened!


1. Have you ever returned food items? 

I have mentioned before that I do return food items every now and then.  Not necessarily just from TJ’s but from any type of grocery store from my regular grocery store like Ralph’s to Whole Foods.

For example, if I buy a new condiment or salad dressing or spice blend and I open it and it’s not at all what I thought it was going to be, yes, I will return it.

It may sound bad or tacky to some people or that some people just would never return food, but why keep something I will never use?  I wouldn’t keep a shirt that didn’t fit so why would I keep food that doesn’t fit my needs?

I  really don’t want to pay $4.99 to open a jar of something, take one whiff or one tiny little taste and realize, Nope. Not for me! 

Maybe I should just trash it but I wouldn’t throw a $5 bill in the trash so why would I throw away a $5 item that I bought?  I return it.

Not every single time I don’t like something, but occasionally, yet.

However, since I am much more selective with my dollars and choices the older I get, and not really much of an impulse buyer or impulse food buyer anymore, I find myself doing less and less returning.

I actually hate returning things!  I do it, but I don’t like dealing with it.  Who does.

2. How adventurous are you with you food purchases?

In years past, especially when I first start blogging, ohmygosh I was always buying “the latest and greatest”  this or that item and found myself with so many take-two-bites-and-this-is-gross purchases on my hands.

So now, I don’t impulse buy as much.

It’s cut down on trips back to the store, reduces the amount of money I waste (because I don’t return every single thing that doesn’t tickle my fancy) plus I have realized I like what I like.  A food groove, not a rut.

I don’t have to buy garbanzo bean flour just because it’s popular now in the blogosphere.  Too many beans give me a stomach ache so why buy an expensive and specialty bag of flour when in all probability, it’s not for me.

That said, I do love the blogosphere for all the great foodie finds I’ve found and discovered.  The good ones and things I’ve found and loved far outweigh the duds.  See all these things I love now, courtesy of the ‘sphere!

Have a great day and hope you don’t have to return anything today.

36 comments on “A Return Policy”

  1. I never actually really thought about returning food! Not sure why…or that my store would even do such a thing. Of course, lately I’m pretty good at sticking to tried-and-triue things, like you mentioned, so there hasn’t been much need for that!

  2. That’s awesome that you can return things! I have been trying to broaden my food horizons and that would be the perfect way!

  3. I absolutely hate returning anything ever. If I can avoid it, I will get out of it! But I have never once returned food. I think I feel better about returning say, clothing because I know they can put it back out on the shelf. But what do they do with the food? I think they have to throw it out and it seems like a giant waste to me. I am much more likely to give it to someone else that I think would actually enjoy it. I remember years ago actually I bought a veggie platter for a baby shower and when we opened it up it had gone totally rotten, so I threw it away. The guests were shocked that I wasn’t going to march back to the store to return it. Yes, it irritated me, but I wasn’t going to stall an entire baby shower to drive 20 minutes back to the store, wait in the line for 20 minutes and drive 20 minutes back. Yes, I could have done it later, but to me NOT having to deal with the hassle was worth that $5. I also had more spending money back then…lol

    I don’t have the money now to be too adventurous. Which is exactly why I don’t try all of the recipes I consider on a daily basis. So many good-seeming recipes, so little money to try them all!

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  5. (waves from the UK) The supermarket I use here, Asda (part of Walmart?) says on its own brand goods that if you dont like any product you can get a refund. I tried some frozen cauliflower florets and they were horrible – all soggy and watery. So I emailed them and told them what I thought and just like that they gave me my money back. I do online shopping so they can easily refund things to my account. It encourages me to pick up new stuff sometimes knowing I can get my money back if I dont like it!

  6. I think ALL stores should follow TJ’s policy!

  7. I am quite adventurous with food purchases, and I have returned things (if they were bad and I didn’t realize) etc..

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