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What to buy and what to skip at Trader Joe’s

By Lisa Gosselin, February 7, 2011 - 12:18pm

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My favorites are pineapples ($2.00 less than whole foods and I've never gotten a bad one), and they ave GIGANTIC bananas for 25 cents a piece. Their bags of brussel sprouts, organic garlic, organic shallots, eggplants and bags of avocados are cheaper than whole foods and great quality but thats about all there is for good produce. They have really good organic steaks, and the frozen seafood (tilapia, swordfish and salmon) are really good. I also buy the packs of wasabi kale chips by dozen! Fortunately for me, my trader joe's is directly across the street from my whole foods and both are ten minutes away from my house so I don't mind making two stops to grocery stops. Whole foods is more of an experience, the meat counter, the wine bar and fresh food bar all of the exotic spices, olive oil and honey that you measure out yourself. Trader joe's is where I go to get the deals and get out.


04/01/2013 - 2:12pm

Cross breeding plants (common for hundreds of years) produces genetically modified food. Get off your high horse.


03/15/2013 - 1:32am

Cheap milk? I don't think so. It's $4.00/gallon. I can get milk elsewhere for about $3.40.


02/15/2013 - 11:55am

yay! trader joe's saved my budget and is delicious


01/30/2013 - 7:37pm

I agree pretty much overall. Meat and poultry, I can get as good a deal at my local Central Market, which is not cheap, but better quality and similar price,ditto for produce. My downfall is buying things i don't need calorie wise like yummy sesame pita chips, better than Stacy's, or the pub cheese....calorie busters Unfortunately, snacks there are one of the best buys, plus beer and wine, cheese, dairy, coffee, tea, pet products are good and reasonable, and my spoiled pets love them, plus frozen and canned stuff. Otherwise, I add Costco plus my high end Central market. And I must confess Walmart for some basics..which I hate but things like cat litter, some personal products, are like half price. Otherwise I would ditch Walmart in a second, because I hate supporting places that treat employees like slaves.


12/04/2012 - 3:47pm

Bought the TJ gruyere today and it tastes like cardboard.


11/21/2012 - 7:32pm

does trader joes ground beef contain meat by products such as "pink slime"


06/11/2012 - 9:15pm

Be careful about salt content on Joe's frozen foods. Many package listed for 2 or 3 servings are really enough for just 1 person as an entree. The salt content then becomesextremely high


05/03/2012 - 2:05pm

This is silly, I can calculate my own price comparisons. I only read this because I was hoping to get nutrition info.


04/17/2012 - 8:48pm

I am so glad I discovered you! I am a lover of Trader Joe and have my favorites but this article even told me more. I am going to link this post to my twitter page and add you to my favorites.


03/14/2012 - 2:32pm

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