Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gluten Hates Me but I'm Surviving

Tis The Season of BIG GIVEAWAYS
Tuesday, November 1, 2009
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Today was a BIG day for me! For lunch I enjoyed a gluten free pizza party…

for one! Uno’s Chicago Grill Gluten Free Flatbread. New. Improved. Darn good!

And then I went on a BIG adventure.

It seems like every blog I read is offering up a delicious bloggity giveaway. Inspired by the giving, I decided to host one myself. So I bring you a BIG giveaway!

Today I went to a BIG box store. A BIG box store that sell big boxes of things…at discounts prices. The very kind folks at MyBlogSpark offered me the opportunity to try out one of the big guys: BJ’s Wholesale Club.

In all honesty, I’ve never been a wholesale club member. I’ve used a friend’s ownership to buy sparkling water a few times, but that’s about it. Working at a food co-op for 5 years, really taught me the impact your dollars can make in your local economy. While I understand that a wholesale club does employ local folks, I really would rather buy spinach from my local farmer. I live in a small household, so big bulk buying doesn’t appeal to me as much, but if I had a large family I’m sure I would be ALL over it!

With all that said, I’ll try anything once. And so today I made the trek down to Raleigh and in to the BJ’s.

The staff were super friendly, and it did seem much more approachable than Costco and Sam’s. I feel that the size of the store must have been smaller, but I’m really not sure. As for my loot:

I stocked up on ALL the naughty stuff! (for me and for Max)

10 Busy Bones for 10 dollars, Riceworks, a new Gluten free cracker I’ve never seen before Crunchmaster, Sabra hummus (aka the only hummus), Laughing Cow wedges, tasty peppermint mocha coffee creamer, and WAAAYYYYY too much Ranch for two people.

Overall my experience was positive. I DEFINITELY saved money on items that I can’t get at my local co-op and everyone at BJ’s was super nice and helpful. Plus, you really can’t go wrong with a giant tub of Sabra. I’m going to have a smile on my face until January because of that alone!

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