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A new grocery store recently opened in my neck of the woods, Trader Joe’s! Many of you have e-mailed to ask if they have good deals, so I decided to walk the store to find out.

Trader Joe’s has mostly house brand items, so there aren’t any coupons available for most of the items in the store. This makes it harder to get the best prices there, but they still win on some items. We are going to talk about what to buy and what to skip.

They do accept manufacturer coupons for the name brand items they sell.

Things To Buy:

Fresh Flowers

There is a big selection of flowers and small plants that look great. They have a lot more plant and flower options than any other grocery store in my area.

-Big Bouquet, $3.99
-Small Herb Plants, $2.99
-Tulip Plants, $2.49


Their everyday produce prices are typically the same or a few cents more than the sale prices of other grocery stores. It is a good idea always compare with current sales before purchasing, but know that most items in the produce department are decent prices.

Keep in mind that Trader Joe’s doesn’t have scales. The produce is sold per item or by bag, so you need to be careful in comparing.

-Organic Baby Spinach, 6 oz, $1.99
(4¢ less per ounce than the typical price of $5.99 for 16 oz)
-Kale, 10 oz, $1.99
-White Button Mushrooms, 10 oz, $1.79
-Organic Whole Carrots, 16 oz, 89¢
-Avocados, 4 ct., $2.99 (74¢ ea.)
-Fresh Herbs, $1.69
-Bananas, 19¢ ea.
-Artichokes, 4 ct., $2.99 (74¢ ea.)
-Russet Potatoes, 3 lb, $2.29

Coffee & Tea

Trader Joe’s coffee and tea selection is made up of their house brand items. They have some more expensive premium options, but even the cheaper options are known for being very good.

Trader Joe’s Irish Breakfast Tea, 60 ct., $3.49 (5¢ per tea bag)
-Trader Joe’s Dark Whole Bean Coffee, 13 oz, $4.99

Bakery Items

Trader Joes’s has a huge variety of breads. This is especially great if you are gluten free or prefer a certain type of bread. All of their bread is preservative free so keep in mind it may spoil more quickly.

-Udi’s Gluten Free White Bread, $4.99
-Ezekiel 4:9 Sprout Grain Bread, $3.99
-Organic Complete Protein Bread, $2.99
-Trader Joe’s Corn Tortilla, 11 oz, $1.49
-Ciabatta Multigrain Baguette, $1.29

Their fresh bakery items such as cupcakes and pastries tend to be hit or miss.

Specialty Cheeses

While Trader Joe’s everyday cheeses, like sliced cheddar, are cheaper in other grocery stores, you can get great deals on specialty cheeses.

-Trader Giotto’s Parmesan Cheese, $6.49 lb
-Gouda, $8.99 lb


All the eggs that say, “No Additives, No Hormones”, are just your typical grocery store eggs, but they also have cage free, organic, etc.

-Large Brown Eggs, Dozen, $1.99
-Jumbo White Eggs, Dozen, $1.69
-Organic Extra Large Brown Eggs, Dozen, $4.29

Yogurt and Hummus

Organic yogurt, 32 oz, is $2.99. It comes in plain, vanilla, or Vanana. Stonyfield yogurt, 32 oz, rarely goes below $3 even with sales and coupons.

Trader Joe’s Organic Hummus, 8 oz,  is $2.29. You can get Roasted Garlic Hummus for $1.79.

Frozen Fruit

Trader Joe’s has a ton of organic and conventional frozen fruit options for great prices. For example, you can get frozen strawberries, 16 oz, for $1.69.

Grocery Items

Here are the grocery items that are great deals:

-Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats, 24 oz, $3.29
-Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 Liter, $5.99
-Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 oz, $5.99
-Organic Marinara Sauce, 26 oz, $2.29
-Peanut Butter, 16 oz, $2.79 (only ingredient is peanuts)
-Clover Blossom Honey, 12 oz, $2.99
-Organic Apple Sauce, 4 pk., $1.99
-Organic White Quinoa, 16 oz, $3.49
-Luna Bars, 99¢
-Tortilla Chips, 2 lb bag, $2.99
-Smooth Almond Milk, 32 oz, $1.69
-Charles Shaw Wine, $2.99

Things To Skip:


You can find better prices on regular and organic milk at other stores, especially when it goes on sale. A gallon of milk can often be found on sale for $2.99 a gallon and is around $3.49 a gallon everyday at Publix.

Organic milk also goes on sale and is regularly priced around $5.19 at Earth Fare and Whole Foods.

-Milk, Gallon, $3.99
-Organic Milk, Gallon, $5.99


We can get meat for less when bought in bulk or stocking up while it is on sale. The prices at Trader Joe’s are not outrageous, but they aren’t the best.

-Whole Chicken, $1.49 lb
-Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs, $4.49 lb
-No Antibiotics, All Vegetarian Feed Whole Chicken, $1.99 lb
-Organic, Free-Range Chicken, $2.69 lb
-Organic Free Range Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, $4.99 lb
-Ground Turkey, 4.49 lb
-Pork Tenderloin, $4.99 lb
-Pork Chops, $5.99 lb
-90/10 Ground Beef, $5.99 lb
-80/20 Ground Beef, $2.69 lb
-Apple Smoked Bacon, 12 oz, $3.99


Butter is one item you can find for a lot less with sales and coupons. You can often get butter for less than $2 or even free. Organic butter will go as low as $3.

-Trader Joe’s Butter, 16 oz, $2.79
-Trader Joe’s Organic Butter, 16 oz, $4.79

Most Frozen Items

Buy one get one deals on frozen vegetables, especially with coupons, will beat Trader Joe’s prices any day. You can also easily get frozen pizzas for less than $4. Waffles have recently been FREE at Publix.

-Frozen Petite Peas, 16 oz, $1.29
-Frozen Organic Broccoli, $2.49
-Frozen Pizza, 15.3 oz, $4.29
-Waffles, 11 oz, $1.99

Breakfast Cereals

You are going to spend way more if you buy cereal at Trader Joe’s. With sales and coupons, you can get Kashi Cereal for $1-$2 and Cheerios or Frosted Flakes for less than $1.

-Kashi Go Lean Crunch! Cereal, 13.8 oz, $3.69
-Joe’s O, 15 oz, $1.99
-Frosted Flakes, 15 oz, $1.99

Grocery Items to Skip:

-Pasta, 16 oz, 99¢
(as low as FREE in other stores)
-McIntosh Apple Juice, 64 oz, $2.99
-Organic Real Fruit Toaster Pastries, 6 pk., $2.49
-Chocolate Chip Cookies, 7-18 oz, $3.99

Household Items:

With there being no coupons available, you aren’t going to get the best prices on household items at Trader Joe’s. Drugstores have the best prices on household items by far.

-Trader Joe’s Bath Tissue, 6 Rolls, $4.49
-Trader Joe’s Liquid Laundry Detergent, 128 oz, $9.99

In the end, you can find some nice deals at Trader Joe’s if you are savvy on prices. If you are someone who likes to shop sales and skip coupons, this is a great store for you. I will still be doing the bulk of my shopping at Publix, but might pick up some produce and other items at Trader Joe’s.

What are your favorite deals or items at Trader Joe’s?

    • thanks for posting this. i have been wanting to check it out.

    • thanks for posting this. i have been wanting to check it out.

    • Amelia

      I like the bag of 4 organic avocados for only 20 cents more than regular avocados. You need to use them quickly because they are usually quite ripe. Also, you can get a bag of organic apples for less than a bag of regular apples at Publix.

    • Susie

      Love it! Such great info! Thanks soooo much for posting!!!

    • Dee

      We can walk to our TJ, so go a lot. I always try to have some frozen dinners and snacks for my husband, and he really likes EVERYthing from TJs, they have different frozen options than you’ll find in a “regular” grocery store, and the prices aren’t bad!

    • Sharon

      Just a warning to all the gluten free people: skip the Trader Joe’s brand gluten free items as well–they have not been tested to ensure they are gluten free. My husband, who has celiac, learned this the hard way and both their gluten free corn pasta and gluten free toaster waffles made him very sick. Heard from other celiacs who had the same experience. Not worth it to save a couple dollars! HOWEVER–the price for Udi’s brand gluten free items are WAY cheaper than we can find at any other stores!

    • jen

      the flowers are amazing and last sooo long as long as you trim and feed them!! i have a bunch now that are 2 weeks old and still look good!! Also their cheese sticks are amazing and their 2.99 wine isn’t bad either!

    • Sarah

      I recently got a bag of organic pears there for $1/lb, which is awesome! Unfortunately, that was while I was visiting family, and the closest one is about 100 miles away :(

    • Lana

      I go there for their sulfate free raisins which are amazing, raw nuts, wine and their whole wheat flour is the BEST and freshest and only $2.99 for 5 pounds. Oils and vinegars are amazingly cheap and they have some very nice ones. They have organic canola oil for a great price. If you buy free trade coffee you cannot beat their price.Their shrink wrapped ground beef is not good. It has a weird texture. The cheeses may be more than on sale bargain prices but they are a much better quality than the ones we get deals on and you get what you pay for there. Their chocolate is the best I have ever had. The British (English) muffins are amazing. The bagels are SO good. They have good prices on spices, not amazing but good enough if need something. The milk prices in the upstate are much higher at the regular grocery than you listed so Trader Joe’s prices are not high to me. I go to the Greenville store every 2-3 months and stock up on the whole wheat flour and ziploc it and stash it in my garage refrigerator for bread baking. While I am there I pick up a few treats and never regret it as everything is so good.

      • Christy

        I agree! I’ve started buying the Happy Cow milk from Earth Fare (4.99/gal, but it’s local, low-temp pasteurized, non-homogenized, no hormones, no antibiotics, etc etc). Seems like the best bang for the buck for milk around here. Their pizza dough is also less expensive/lb than Publix, and it’s whole grain where Publix’s is white.

        • katie

          We live in Gville too. LOVE Happy Cow milk. Highly rec for anyone if you see it. We get it at Earth Fare too. Earth Fare often has free stuff if you spend $5 or $10 worth of stuff, so the milk goes towards that (as does thurs night free kids meal night). Iced, the cupcake store in Taylors, also sells happy cow milk (for just over $5, I believe).

          • Maria

            Not trying to be funny, but there is a Happy Cow Dairy that sells Happy Cow milk, cheese, eggs, fruit, veggies, outside of Greenville SC. You can even tour the dairy and during strawberry season, pick your strawberries

            • Christy

              Yep! That’s the dairy that the milk comes from at the local Earth Fare :)

        • Lana

          WOW! I did not know that Happy Cow was $4.99 a gallon. I know where I am stopping next time I am in Greenville!

        • I also really like Earth Fare, they do awesome freebies when you buy a certain amount (Usually $5-10 which is obviously easy to get). I’m not sure if we have that brand of milk here in CHS but we do have the organic gallons of milk at our Earth Fare for cheaper than $5.99.

    • Lana

      One thing to point out about TJ’s laundry soap at $9.99 for 128 ounces. It is a green plant based product and so to price compare that you would have to compare to something like Seventh Generation so TJ’s is a great price if you buy that kind of laundry soap.

    • Thom1977

      I really like them and started picking up my visits when I decided to wear my hair natural (no more chemical processing). Their sulfate free shampoo is $3.99 for 16 oz. Good price when compared to other shampoos being promoted to naturals. Also got that deal with the organic coconut oil for $5.99. Awesome on the hair.

    • LeeAnna

      Awesome post thanks!

    • Barb

      Not sure the object of shopping there is to obtain a bargain, other than comparing them with say, Earth Fare. They carry items that have been hand-picked and developed for taste and quality. In short, everyone I know who shops there is scarcely ever disappointed by anything they buy.

    • april

      What I buy at Trader Joes: frozen organic veggies are a good price, the 99 cent pretzel rolls are to die for, and sometimes they have cool cheeses on sale. I do NOT buy their produce…. everytime I have, it goes bad twice as fast as produce I get elsewhere.

      • Lana

        I have had the same issue with the produce. Aldi has way better produce for far better prices. I only buy produce at TJ’s if I am in real need of it for that day.

      • smel111

        That is because the produce is not sprayed with all the chemicals to preserve it. It is safer to eat.

    • Lana

      Our NY Italian son-in-law says that TJ’s is the only place he has found really good cheese outside of a NY deli.

    • Kim R

      I know the pasta is more if you find it with sale/coupons but their pasta is Italian and AMAZINIG!! I LOVE their pasta and I’m pretty selective. and it’s always 99 cents so in a pinch if you don’t have stock it’s a great go to.

      • Lana

        You are so right! Worth every penny!

    • Katie

      I went there yesterday for just the second time. Picked up the good deal on bananas and kale and some dried apricots. All great prices. Mainly went for the Aria Women’s Protein powder. It is $9.99 there, same price as I got it on amazon, which was the lowest I found it. Also got some TJs Almond milk – $1.69 for half gallon is the lowest I’ve seen. Had the unsweetened kind this morning and wasn’t as impressed as with Almond Breeze. Maybe the sweetened is better, but great price! Their coffee is GREAT and a great price. And don’t forget the 2 buck Chuck! Trader Joe’s brand wine is, well, $2.99 (Charles Moore I think is what it is called). Pretty decent wine for such a low price! I use the chard for sangrias once last summer. Was good!

    • Julie

      I think it’s important to point out that all TJ brand items have no artificial ingredients or preservatives. If you try to avoid these items in your food, Trader Joe’s definitely had the best prices around.

      • Lana

        And since they are owned by the same company the same is true of a lot of products at Aldi’s. TJ’s sells nothing with GMO’s either so I know I can buy anything there without getting a science experiment.

        • smel111

          Only their label is guaranteed to be GMO free. Brands like UDI’s doesn’t have that guarantee.

      • Jennifer

        I agree. The Joe’s O’s (which is on the don’t buy list) is not interchangeable with Cheerios. Cheerios is loaded with chemical additives that we can’t eat for health reasons. I feel like $1.99 is an awesome price for something that is additive free and in a huge box.

    • Lynn Wilkie

      I go there for the Trader Joes CheeseSticks. They are a cracker style snack – very crispy and very cheddary! So good and on $2.69. Much better than the $3.99 kind at Kroger. Also, my favorite snack is cherry tomatoes and TJ’s has heirloom cherry tomatoes! I’m in heaven!! Also the dark chocolate is the best around and cheap – 3 bars for $179. I would never buy all my groceries there for my family of 6, but for the extras, they can’t be beat!

    • Wilma

      Trader Joes has the best cookies (My family loves the Dunkers) and if you drink wine, you can’t the beat the quality of their Charles Shaw (2 Buck Chuck) wine at 2.99 a bottle.

    • kim j

      love this article, is there any way you could make it compact and printable and I could put it in my coupon book so I would remember what to save on and what to skip!!

      • clairewait

        You could just cut and paste it into a doc. and shrink it yourself.

    • smel111

      One thing you also have to remember, while you may pay more for an item, if you are trying to avoid GMO’s, you don’t have to purchase organic at Trader Joe’s. Their vendors have contracts and are not allowed to use GMO or GME items in any Trader Joe brand. You can safely purchase non-organic items, while you are paying a little more, the food is safer for your family. There is no HFCS or trans fat in their store brand products either.

      Their corn pasta, which is gluten free, is by far the best gf pasta I have ever eaten and it’s $1.39, verses $4.99 at Harris Teeter.

      Just because you can get it cheaper somewhere else, doesn’t mean you should.

    • Jennifer

      Two words….Cookie Butter! That stuff is amazing….

      • Renee

        You are sooo right, but it is dangerous for bathing suits…lol!

        • Jennifer

          No kidding. I am going to have to not buy it…crack in a jar!

    • Amy Arvin

      I think the objective of shopping at TJ’s is a little different than shopping at, say, Harris Teeter. When you shop at TJ’s, you can be confident that you’re not getting HFCS, GMO’s, etc. When I shop at HT, which I do weekly, I’m looking for bargains. When I shop at TJ’s, I’m looking for quality at a lower price point than EarthFare. Their frozen produce, selection of dried fruits and nuts, baking items and condiments – all great quality for a good price! And when I do need to pick up convenience foods like graham crackers, pretzels, and cereal, I do so knowing that I’m at least not getting the chemicals that many of the big name companies put in their foods.

      It took me months to finally fall in love with TJ’s. Once I had prices memorized and understood what I was getting, it has quickly become a go-to store for me.

      • cyndael

        Trader Joes does not have a GMO policy storewide. You can ask at your store, it is very difficult to label GMO’s. TJ’s labeled items are touted to be tested. Other than that the only way is those that are Organic (which are also tested), and TJ’s carries lots of non organic stuff that is not private label. Not saying TJ’s isn’t good, just that you should know that GMO’s can sneak into almost anything you buy.

    • lydia

      I have heard that TJ’s brand ground beef is no antibiotics and no growth hormones, does anyone know if this is true?

      • Lana

        I don’t remember but the texture of it is gross because it has been smooshed into that shrink wrapped packaging.

      • Erin

        We like their organic 100% grass fed ground beef (it’s 85/15). It’s $6.49/lb.

    • kjmiller

      Love, Love, Love Trader Joe’s!! Favorites? Wow, everything from peanut butter to frozen fish, awesome cheese and meats, I just wished I lived closer to one!

    • Hannah

      When it all comes down to it, Joe’s O is just as much junk food at Cheerios. It is just slightly healthier more expensive junk food. We can debate about the lack of HCFS, GMO’s, etc. all day long, but it is really just junk food. It still has other chemicals and questionable ingredients. I will buy olive oil, coconut oil, organic yogurt, nuts, and a few other items from Trader Joe’s. I personally do not feel like paying more for “healthier” versions of food that isn’t good for my family anyway.

      • kjmiller

        Not getting you.. Where do you buy most of your groceries? Or are you organic farming it all the way?

        • Hannah

          We try to make things ourselves.

          Joe’s Os ingredients: Whole grain oats (includes oat bran), modified corn starch, sugar, salt,
          oat fiber, trisodium phosphate, calcium carbonate, vitamin E (mixed
          tocopherols [added to preserve freshness]).

          Cheerios ingredients: Whole grain oats (includes oat bran), modified corn starch, sugar, salt, Tripotassium Phosphate, Wheat Starch, vitamin E.

          I really don’t see much of a difference, with all due respect. We eat a ton of fresh veggies, fruit, and some meat. :)

          • Erin

            I think the main difference is that Cheerios contain GMOs and the Joe’s Os do not. If someone is really wanting Cheerios the Joe’s Os are a better choice of the two. I don’t think anyone is trying to say that’s a super healthy food choice. :)

      • smel111

        Then, why the nasty reply above? You just said you WILL buy…
        Sometimes there is a need for convenience food.


      Thanks to you I will NEVER step foot in a Trader WHO?!

      • sra215

        what is this comment supposed to even mean

      • sra215

        what is this comment supposed to even mean

    • smel111

      We love their White Balsamic vinegar. We use it in everything that calls for white vinegar.

    • Renee

      Thanks for this review! You pretty much validated my thoughts about Trader Joes as one of my “must shop” stores! Would like to add a couple thoughts and product recommendations….. One of their policies to keep in mind- if you buy it and are unsatisfied for ANY reason they take it back no questions asked and refund your $ or store credit. I have done this before and it is as they say. I also encourage everyone to try any and all of the food samplings, even if it is something you think you don’t like. I recently tried tofu for the first time – made into chocolate mousse and loved it! The wine samplings are a must as well! The only drawback I have noted, is that since a lot of things are preservative free, they do spoil quicker than “regular” grocery store stuff. I just have had to double check expiration dates and resist the urge to stock up on things like that. Want to give a shout out for a couple of my fav products: the Tuscan marinara sauce in the can, a large can at that, is wonderful in any sauce or alone as a dipping sauce; the frozen cheese stick are great as one example to dip into the marinara! Other frozen faves- petite peas,(hubby won’t eat any others), creamy polenta w/spinach, eggplant cutlets, any of the fried rices, cut white corn are always in my freezer. The only non-grocery items I have tried are the hand soaps and the TJoes lavender body products and none of them have disappointed. Always take your own bags in to use and sign up for the gift certificate raffle each time. Also, sign up on their website for the freqent flyer paper too.. It features and explains their seasonal and regular items and is a must-read. TJ’s is a unique store; if you have one close-by, consider yourself blessed!

    • West

      How come no one has mentioned their wine?!?! :)

      • Renee

        I mentioned their tastings, but you are right, not a lot said. I usually stick to those that are TJoes exclusives, stay under 10 bucks and have NEVER been disappointed.

    • smel111

      They will accept coupons on national brands. I used the $3/off Udi’s printable coupons and got GF bread for $1.99.

      • smel111

        beats $6.99 at Harris Teeter.

    • Katie B Edwards

      Certainly not the cheapest price wise, but since you posted a picture I just wanted to share that the organic toaster pastries are soooooo good!

    • EFritz

      We buy their grape seed oil. It is an ok price for oil and does not have the flavor olive oil leaves, to me. But when I take my husband I can’t get out of there for under $50. He likes browsing :) Also their Sushi is a pretty good price and tastes great. We do tend to buy their teas and cookies as gifts. They are pretty ‘fancy’ to most of our families and not too outrageously priced

    • No one that I saw has mentioned the spices!! A grinder of pink salt is $2.29. Their smoke seasoning and black pepper mixes are wonderful and I don’t think any of them are more than $2.29. We love the Bay Blend coffee and the teas, too.

      • Jenn

        I agree. The 21 Salute Seasoning is salt free and delicious on anything!

    • Also, a jar of coconut oil is $5.99…I don’t remember the size.

      • Sarah

        16 oz. by far an excellent price for organic unrefined coconut oil!

    • Daisy ‘Cabrera’ Argudin

      COOKIE BUTTER! if youve never had it, it has the texture of peanut butter but its made of crushed cookies (ginger snaps i think) it is SOOOO good!

    • cherawls

      I drive 20 miles for their roasted garlic hummus. no other brands comes close. I’ve never had a bad Charles Shaw wine ( also known as a “two buck chuck”, because it used to cost that to walk out the door). Still a great price at $3. Even wine snobs like this stuff

    • Pam

      I buy Rice Milk organic and Trader Joe’s is cheaper than Walmart (which had been my cheapest).

    • bonjour4paris

      Many of their items are soy free, non gmo and not loaded with preservatives. The whole wheat donut holes w powdered sugar are worth every penny vs. grocery store processed powdered donuts.

    • Amy Thomas

      We love, love, love Trader Joe’s!! It’s by far my favorite place to shop. My kids are addicted to Pirate’s Booty – they have a huge bag of cheddar puffs for 1.99 – much better value and tastes the same.

    • M Claire

      Trader Joe’s is the parent company to Aldi! Something to keep in mind!

    • LilSeas

      I like the ground flax seeds. I believe they are 2.99 for a bag. They also have excellent no hassle return policy. If you buy something you don’t like, you can return it without a receipt.

    • LilSeas

      I like the ground flax seeds. I believe they are 2.99 for a bag. They also have excellent no hassle return policy. If you buy something you don’t like, you can return it without a receipt.

    • Hilary Putnam Barrett

      They have great prices on nuts, almond meal/flour, pure vanilla, golden raisins, and the 32oz desert honey. I also buy the olive oil, evoo, coconut oil, plantain chips and avocados. There are several other items I buy but can’t think of them right now.

    • Hilary Putnam Barrett

      They have great prices on nuts, almond meal/flour, pure vanilla, golden raisins, and the 32oz desert honey. I also buy the olive oil, evoo, coconut oil, plantain chips and avocados. There are several other items I buy but can’t think of them right now.

    • elizabeth

      16 oz frozen shelled edamame for $1.69 is one of the best prices that I have ever found. Standard brands (Green Giant, Birdseye,ec) that go on sale in other grocery stores rarely carry edamame.Occasionally, you get a good deal with sale and coupon on Cascadian Farms …but if youwant to find at a consistently good price, Trader Joe’s is reasonable.
      $3.99 /lb for red lentils is the best competitive price when compared to Wole Foods bulk and Fresh Market.

    • bebba

      Trader Joe’s in Knoxville, TN has a scale in the customer service area and they were happy to let me weigh bananas because I was doing the same thing you are by making a comparison. My take on the banana pricing was equal to the grocery stores prices.

    • Lola

      Trader Joe’s also sells frozen packages of julienne peppers, just peppers, (red, orange & green) which are great in a lot of dishes. Grocery stores add a lot of onions in theirs (I’d rather not pay for frozen onion’s added).

      They also sell frozen pre-cooked rice which tastes great and very handy.

      They have a lot of specialty items and worth the time to check out. Why not check out their latest edition of the “Fearless Flyer” http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/

    • kek

      I love this website, but agree with most of the posts below… Just because you can get a ‘similar’ brand free at major grocery stores does not mean it is actually ‘similar’. Butter at HT is NOT the same butter as TJ’s has. I will gladly pay more for a more pure form of butter at TJ’s. And just because (for example) International Creamers are on sale at Publix and you can get it for FREE, it doesn’t mean that you should! Take a look at the long list of unnatural ingredients and chemicals in it… ugh. I am a die hard fan of TJ’s :-)
      I do want to know how to get veggies, fruits, meats (non-processed items) cheaper as that’ the bulk of what we buy.

      • Mama_Boog

        Grow your own.

        That’s seriously the only way the price’ll go down on what you spend on fruits and veggies. :/ Meat? I just try to use it as sparingly as I possibly can!

    • rhonique22

      i think the gluten free waffles are a good price at 1.99 because unless you catch the van’s gluten free waffle sale at publix this is the cheapest price around town

    • kcreviews

      A warning about the organic coconut oil–it’s amazingly strong. I usually use it for popping popcorn, but the taste was overwhelming and so we didn’t use it anymore. I prefer other less potent brands. But the price was decent.

    • Brian Rayl

      Consumer reports rates their wine Charles something Very highly and it is only $3.99 and my wife really likes it.

    • I have shopped TJ’s in WI for a few years I now live in FL and find it hard to find stores as good as TJ’s Publix is more expensive to me but I do go there as well as Winn Dixie but I in the long term I would much rather drive the extra distance to shop at TJ’s

    • amyk

      You forgot to mention the wine!!! That’s my favorite thing to pick up at TJ!

    • tammy

      they sell tomato paste is a tube for .99 great deal you only use what you need and the rest keeps for when you need it again.
      They also have Gluten Free Pasta (Brown Rice, Organic) for 1.99 a pound. Although you can get regular pasta free elsewhere if you need/want GF this is cheaper than most other stores.

    • Rence Magno

      They also have the COOKIE BUTTER- awesome!!

    • rhonda

      I love almost everything I get at TJ… I love that items carrying their name have no GMO’s. My new favorite is their garlic salt with the grinder. It makes everything taste better. Their ginger thin cookies are amazing… their sweet corn tamale and green chili tamales are such a bargain. Also, if you purchase something and don’t like the taste, bring it back. They allow you to return anything. I didn’t think I would like it nearly as much as I do. The only thing I notice that is missing from their shelves is hemp milk.

      • Tasha Harley

        You might want to google your second statement. That’s not necessarily true. A lot of their items are made by name brand companies and sold to them at wholesale price in bulk so they can then pass on the savings after relabeling them TJ’s.
        I worked there for years. They will not label a lot of things “Non-GMO” because that wouldn’t be absolutely correct for some of their products.

    • Szusza

      Sure you can get everyday cheap pizzas for less than $4 anywhere but these are hand made in Italy!! It’s not only about deals but also about having something special for a great price. All items sold under Trader Joe’s label promise to be free of artificial colors and preservatives as well.

    • Szusza

      Sure you can get everyday cheap pizzas for less than $4 anywhere but these are hand made in Italy!! It’s not only about deals but also about having something special for a great price. All items sold under Trader Joe’s label promise to be free of artificial colors and preservatives as well.