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8.20.2012

@BJsWholesale and Back to School



A few weeks ago, the family and I got to go on a tour of BJ's Wholesale Club.  All thought, I have been before and was even a member of their competitor, I am not a fan of these types of establishments.  It bugs me to pay a membership to shop.  That said, I get why you would want to pay a membership fee for BJs.  There is a lot of savings to be had and they don't cater to businesses.

Why is not catering to businesses important to a family, especially one shopping for back to school?  It is the difference of getting one gigantic jar of peanut-butter and two normally sized jars at a bargain price.  I am not looking to stock my shelves with pencils but to fill a pencil box and have extras left over for when we run out through out the year.  I can get behind that difference.


Besides, great prices on the essentials for the school year, such as wine and cookies made with vegetables, they have all of the items on my son's list.  Being a lazy time-saving mom, stocking up early will allow me to be prepared when I get that note saying my son needs more of {insert supply here}.

Part of our tour involved lunch, as in "make your own lunch and see how easy it is to come up with fresh ideas for your kid's lunch box."


The recipes are great and easy, but this was certainly an adventure as I was there with my toddler, second grader (trying out how that sounds) and the Husband.  Making sandwiches to meet the finickiness of all of them is always trying, but at least they tried.  There are more recipes are here but here is what we had for lunch.

Baby had the BANANA NUT and the Second Grader had a variation of that (bread and peanut butter)
What You Need
• Chiquita Banana slices
• Smucker’s All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
• Berkley & Jensen Clover Honey
• Berkley & Jensen Raisin Medley
• Wellsley Farms Sunflower Seeds
• Earth’s Pride Organics Oatmeal Bread
I had the MEDITERRANEAN Wrap
What You Need
• Mediterranean Wrap Sabra Hummus
• Athenos Feta Cheese
• Berkley & Jensen Roasted Red Peppers
• Berkley & Jensen Petite Peperoncini
• Berkley & Jensen Manzanilla Olives
• Fresh Parsley
• Joseph’s Middle East Bakery Lavash Bread
And, the Husband had the SMOKIN’ TURKEY
What You Need
• Applegate Farms Smoked Turkey
• Great Lakes Mild Cheddar Cheese
• French’s Mustard
• Wellsley Farms White Bread
I always forget that BJs is not just TVs and bulk supplies but has a full fledged grocery with tons of fresh and organic items. Did I mention they have wine?

What is the top item on your back to school list?


Fine Print
I was invited for a tour a lunch at BJ’s.  I was not compensated for this post but I did receive a gift card and a one day pass to shop on my own.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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