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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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Trader Joe's oatmeal soap is an extraordinarily good deal.

If you look at the label on most bars of soap today, you will find a long list of ingredients that scientifically-minded organizations like EWG.org list as carcinogenic, generally harmful, or untested altogether. Some ingredients in American soaps are actually banned in many other advanced nations, and some are not permitted to be sold pregnant women. Yet, sadly, in our country anything goes in personal care products (an example to those who might think this biased: tar shampoos for dandruff are a known, *undisputed* cancer agent yet are not limited for sale anywhere in the U.S.)

Trader Joe's oatmeal soap is a pleasant, lovely natural soap that has none of these ingredients whatsoever. And you know what? It's inexpensive and cleans just as well.

Anonymous

11/27/2011 - 10:19pm

I know everyone raves, as do I, at some of the products on the shelves of TJ's. However, there was a time they sold Fall River Wild Rice, www.frwr.com, but now I believe they buy it from them through a marketing rep. In any event, to buy it directly from the co-op that produces the rice go to the site to purchase directly (fresh), as well as receive some great recipes! They also have a list of businesses throughout the US that sell their product. FRWR sells
both boxed rice to cook and pre-cooked rice in pouches, pancake mixes, and rice flour.

Anonymous

05/17/2011 - 11:58pm

I like the produce offers, great organic buys & yes, sometimes someone else has better organic $'s...but not often, at least where i live...but to me most important is I must be gluten free now, & they offer me alot of wonderful options & publish what is & is not gluten free & shows it on the shelves & offers some great treats, snacks, etc....they are far superior to the big box supermarkets. They get 99% of my business...& food monies....Yes, they have the best priced organic chicken breasts! I say THANK YOU TRADER JOE'S for caring about people and the world!

Anonymous

02/21/2011 - 3:30pm

Let me just say this Lisa, I've gone to TJ's numerous times and the first thing I notice when I go into a store is, "do they have sugar free items. I'm lucky if I can find one item sugar free in TJ's except for some cola's. They have all this wonderful healthy and green feeling going on in the store and with all the great sugar free products that are out now (even Oreo cookies) why don't they have a line of quality SF items?

Anonymous

02/16/2011 - 1:53pm

This is a good story, but is a fairly blatant ripoff of a seriies that has been running on another web site for more than a year. CBS MoneyWatch has run What to Buy, Not to Buy, at WalMart, http://bit.ly/gFxYwE, Costco, Apple, and yes, Trader Joe's: http://bit.ly/g8gv68

Anonymous

02/15/2011 - 11:24am

We just recently got a Trader Joe's here in Lincoln, NE and I used to shop them while living in Oregon - thank goodness they are here now! I find the coffee is a great buy there, it's fair trade, whole bean and I can often find 1 1/2 lb canisters for less than ten dollars. Their frozen lemon bars are to die for as well and are cut into reasonable sizes so you don't have to over due them!

Anonymous

02/14/2011 - 10:10am

My husband & I love Trader Joe's Hot Dog, Bacon & Turkey Kielbasa. The reason why we also buy it has no sodium nitrates or nitrites. My husband can't eat that stuff. Makes him sick. They are one of the few places that carry it and at a decent price. We tried others and didn't like the taste or too expensive!

Anonymous

02/11/2011 - 9:34pm

What I wouldn't do for a T.J.'s in Hawaii. After all Hawaii is their theme, you'd think there could be a store here. I loved reading everyone's favorites. Great article.

Anonymous

02/09/2011 - 6:49pm

Kalamata olives, roasted red and yellow peppers, beer, wine, low fat cheese, capers, frozen uncooked shrimp, tortillas, yogurt, peanut butter, nuts, raisins, extra virgin olive oil.

Anonymous

02/09/2011 - 1:16pm

I too must disagree with the produce critique, at least with respect to the peaches. I bought a box containing a dozen peaches that were absolutely delicious!!! I've also bought bulk blueberries that were perfectly find. Finally, I love TJ's hand made 100% whole wheat tortillas, nonfat French vanilla yogurt, 50% reduced salt pistachios, and reduced guilt wheat crisps.

Anonymous

02/09/2011 - 12:52pm

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