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10 things to buy at trader joe's

While I don’t do the bulk of my shopping at Trader Joe’s, I love going there to buy select items. They are known for cheap wine, but they also have great nuts, produce, and more! If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area, it is definitely worth the occasional (or frequent) stop.

Things to love about Trader Joe’s:

-They take manufacturer coupons
-You can return any item you don’t like
-Free samples
-No GMO’s in store brand products

If you are heading to Trader Joe’s, here are the 10 best things to buy there.

10 Best Things To Buy At Trader Joe’s



Love flowers? Trader Joe’s has a big selection of flowers and small plants for great prices.



In my experience, the produce can be pretty hit or miss. Some deals that never let me down: bananas, carrots, mushrooms, fresh herbs, and organic greens.

My favorite deal: avocados. You can get (4) avocados for $3.99 everyday.



Trader Joe’s bread is not the cheapest in the world, but if you like specialty bread, this is your store. All of their bread is preservative free. They also carry Ekekiel 4:9, Udi’s, organic options, and more.

Be sure to check out the tortillas and pita bread too.


Specialty Cheese

While gouda isn’t on my shopping list every week, I do enjoy grabbing a (very small) block for a fun recipe occasionally. I have found the best prices at Trader Joe’s for these options.

Note: for plain on American sliced cheese, you are better off grabbing it on sale (hopefully with a coupon) at another grocery store.


Coconut Oil

If this isn’t a staple in your life yet, it needs to be. This is one of the most versatile of oils. You can use it for cooking, as a moisturizer, to make your own deodorant, and more.

They also have a great deals on olive oil and vinegar.

cookie butter

Cookie Butter

If you ask anyone what to buy at Trader Joe’s, they’ll say Cookie Butter. It is one of the absolute most loved items sold there. So go ahead and grab a jar. Or two.

Other Favorites: Cookies, pumpkin butter, almond butter, and pretty much any type of cracker.


Nuts & Seeds

You can throw them on a salad or eat them straight as snack. Trader Joes’s has a wide selection with fun flavors mixed in.


Lunch Meat

Regular lunch meat is going to be cheaper at Publix, but if you want nitrate free, raised with no antibiotics, they have great options. It’s cheaper than Applegate but very similar in quality.


Frozen Meals & Fruit

Trader Joe’s has a great selection of frozen meals that actually taste really good. Added bonus: you should be able to pronounce all of the ingredients.

For the frozen fruit, you can find a pound for less than fresh (especially when the item is out of season).



You can get plain-o normal grocery store eggs for great prices. You can also get cage free, organic, and more.

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    • katherine

      freezer – edamame succotash; gyoza, marinated fish
      fruit – medjool dates for DIY “Larabars” $4.49; proscuitto $3.99 (same as sister store Aldi)

      • brenda daniels

        I spoke with an associate at Aldi. Trader Joe’s and Aldi share 10% of the same products – simply with different packaging! Of course, they won’t tell you what these items are ;)

        • Suzanne Collier

          They are owned by the same company.

          • NicuNanny

            Didn’t know that…just knew the owners were brothers…

    • Melissa

      I like their Soyaki and Island Soyaki bottled marinades – great flavor!
      Also, for those of us who live a ways out from town – they have a shelf stable whipping cream, reasonably priced.
      My coworker who lives near the one in Columbia, SC shops there weekly – I am so jealous! She likes their spray olive oil, olive bread and uncured bacon.
      Wish I had one closer but we venture over that way a couple times a year.

      • Tammi Velez

        Shelf stable whipping cream! WOW! Thank you for this. I never dreamed that existed.

        They are far from us, too. When I go that will be on my list.

    • mommalana

      Dried fruit–theirs is the best!

    • Lynn

      Milk! It’s delicious there! Also they have the best pineapple juice- not acidity like some brands

    • rille

      Trader Giotto’s 100% cold pressed olive oil 1 liter , $5.99 or $6.99 , can’t remember. Also Charles Shaw wines $2.99.They were out of coconut oil last week at the Columbia store . I saw red palm oil for $5.99 /16 oz jar , but didn’t pick it up and now I wish I had.

    • Renee

      Love trader joes dark chocolate peanut butter cups for 99 cents! One of my favorite treats ????

    • Kelliea

      Their store brand of soy yogurt is the best. Most soy yogurt has a weird consistency, but theirs is smooth and tastes just like regular (dairy) yogurt. I just wish there was a TJ in Chattanooga!

    • jmp1of2

      Trader Joe’s cocoa powder is AMAZING

    • April LeCureux

      They have the best crab cakes!! Set of 2 for $3.59!! Hubby and I can have a fancy crab cake dinner for less than $8!! Amazing!!

    • Rachael Calloway

      Got the cookie butter, not my favorite

    • Angela

      We live about 45min from one so when we go we stock up (I’m talking 6-8 of each) on greek olives, peanut butter, Wheetabix, and tamales! What’s also good is their corn bread mix, pumpkin spice, dried mango slices, and parmesan cheese.

    • elaine

      The handmade tortillas. The best I have ever had!

    • Kristin

      They have the best cooking stock around. Whatever it is it’s awesome, full of flavor and is the best price. Also they have the cold coffee concentrate. It’s incredible!!! No more Starbucks and you’ll save money and calories. And their house red wine Chariot.

    • Lana

      Dark chocolate almonds with sea salt….to die for! Orange Muscat champagne vinegar- dress salad with this- so good. Goat cheese is an excellent price. Gluten free crackers you can actually afford. Toscano cheese- wow! Frozen green beans and Brussels sprouts so young and tender and fabulous prices on them. How about white balsamic vinegar? Or how about bottled Lemon Ginger Echinacea juice!!!

    • Tie Dye Jen

      We always check the produce-love the avocado deal! Also, organic apples and bananas. We love the Coconut oil spray, mayonnaise, Inner Peas, coconut sugar, coconut water, coconut pancake batter (okay any coconut anything), pumpkin pancake & waffle mix (both are so delish they can be eaten without syrup), organic refried beans, organic chicken broth, organic tortilla chips, old fashioned potato chips, sesame sticks, nuts and dried fruits to make custom trail mix for hiking, chocolate bars and organic mints tin at the registers. They have a good stir fry sauce but I think we stopped buying it b/c it has MSG.
      Unfortunately the closest Trader Joes is 2 hours away, but we’ve been stopping in there when in the area for years. We get there every few months and keep saying “next time we’ll bring a cooler…” We keep a running list and almost always find some random new thing to try. Coconut oil is the #1 thing always on the list, but a few times they have been out-it’s no wonder; they have the best price on organic virgin coconut oil and I like its a small jar. I keep one in the bathroom for moisturizer-never used baby oil & baby always smelled like coconuts! It’s amazing in muffins and sweet breads b/c it has a coconut flavor.
      Also, recently discovered 2 multi-seasonings; one I think is called 21 spice salute & the other is in a grinder. I’m sure there’s more… They’re awesome!

    • Rachelle

      Love the organic spaghetti sauce with mushrooms, brown rice spaghetti, Pumpkin bread mix, tamales, oh and the best thin crust pizza has ham, gruyere cheese and onion. Amazing!

    • Linda

      2 buck Chuck (except it’s $2.99 now), decent wine, coconut oil, tomato basil spaghetti sauce-$1.79 (best jarred sauce ever), frozen fish nuggets (they are the bomb & the kids love them!)

    • Joy T

      Organic coconut oil is a dollar cheaper at Aldi, FYI. I love TJ’s almond meal for oatmeal and baking, and their banana chips disappear quickly in our house. We also love their wine and beer section (hello, hard cider for $2 cheaper than Angry Orchard!), and this Christmas we bought all of our fresh greenery there for a great price.

      • Joy T

        I forgot to add that I buy moat of my gluten free pasta there. It is so much cheaper than anywhere else!

    • Mel

      In addition to the cocoa powder and shelf stable cream I always stock up on the frozen pastries. The almond ones are amazing! They have the best tomato and red roasted pepper boxed soup. Not a fan of tomato soup usually but this one changed me. Oh and frozen gnocci!! Yum

    • Sue

      I shop around in my area for best deals, but quite alot comes from Trader Joe’s. I get all bell peppers, lettuce, and cauliflower at TJ’s. Every year I can’t wait for July/Aug/Sep for their phenomenal peaches (although last year they had a problem with them…hope all’s OK with the peaches this year). TJ’s Hot Fudge Sauce is to die for. In early winter, they have the best Satsuma tangerines and, later, Cara Cara’s at low low prices. Actually, I could keep going on about what’s good at TJ’s, but don’t have the time.

    • Sue W

      Their Everyday season mix is off the charts good. We also love the Trader Joes cereal bars. They have a hard time keeping the bars stocked here in Tallahassee.

    • Martha

      Decaf coffee!

    • Kara

      Their handmade 100% whole wheat tortillas. I go there specifically to buy those!!

      • jjoiner

        Love those too!

    • Kara

      I would love to buy their cookie butter but I see sugar about 5 times in the ingredient list along with other fake ingredients. It has 5 g of sugar for 1T which in total isn’t bad but should we be eating this for breakfast??

      • Shannonk

        It’s called Cookie Butter. Did you think it WOULDN’T be high in sugar? It is probably not a good choice for breakfast, but as a snack/dessert item.

    • Jennifer

      I’d also like to point out that the Trader Joe’s brand items (99% of the store) are artificial flavor, color, and preservative free. We had to change our diet several years ago to eliminate these things and it’s incredibly frustrating to try to shop that way at a regular grocery store. And forget about trying to coupon! When our TJ’s opened I found I could buy just about anything in the store and sometimes it was even cheaper than the sale price of a comparable item at Publix. Love me some Trader Joe’s!