Last year I went to Santa Fe for Memorial Day. One of the key components of the trip was a trip to Trader Joe's, since there isn't one here in Colorado. Yet. (They have filed to do business in CO...there will probably be one in Boulder by early 2013). While at the checkout with a case of 2 Buck Chuck, I mentioned that there wasn't a TJ in Colorado, so I had to make the journey. The checker laughed and said that when the IKEA opened here in Denver, lots of people in New Mexico would be making a similar journey. IKEA opened last July. I finally went this past week.
The good news? Because I, and my budget, are completely focused on my upcoming trip to Greece, it was easy not to get caught up in a home improvement whirlwind. Don't get me wrong. I loved the couches with ottomans, funky light fixtures, kitchen storage and inexpensive down comforters. I just love the thought of vacation more. When all was said and done, I spent less than $10. All on food. IKEA has a large cafeteria that sells their signature Swedish meatballs, among other things. I felt compelled to try the $3.99 meatball plate with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam. I also bought two chocolate bars and a jar of the jam.
Not bad for my first visit. Not bad at all.