18 Favorite Trader Joe’s Items + Grocery Shopping Tips!

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Haaaaay friends! Today for #loveyourbalance, I’m sharing my 18 Favorite Trader Joe’s Items! Did you know one of my favorite things of all time is to grocery shop? I’ve loved it even when I was a kid! I remember pushing around my little tiny cart and putting in cereal, granola bars, ice cream and all the goods all before my parents inevitably put everything back in its place.

Even now as an adult, I bet we frequent the grocery store at least five times a week. I don’t know what it is – I love the organization of it, I love the SALES. Seriously, I love saving money. It’s the best. Ben and I also love the people at our local grocery stores. Fun fact: When I first moved to Burlington, some of me and Ben’s only friends were the cashiers at Aldi. In fact, Myrna, one of the Aldi employees, is still one of our favorite people in this little town! And she reads my blog 🙂 So hi, Myrna! Thanks for being awesome <3

Grocery stores (aside from local co-ops + farmers markets, which many cities lack) can be the main source of getting the proper nutrients and sustenance that you need. So they’re obviously very important. It’s also important HOW you shop in them. They say to avoid the middle aisles. That’s where all of the sugary cereals, the chips, all the “bad” things are. I will admit that we usually do stick to the outer rim of grocery stores – but that’s only because we also stick to a budget. Also our diet consists of mainly produce (except on Saturdays – aka pizza + wine day!) 

Grocery Shopping Tips!

  1. Go in with a list. You can download apps of most grocery stores (I frequently check the Harris Teeter and Aldi apps) to see what sales are happening. They change every Wednesday. Going in with a list ensures that you won’t buy unnecessary items.
  2. Don’t ever shop hungry! Make sure you have a snack before you go. If you forget, a lot of grocery stores do sample out foods so you can go get a couple of those to hold you over 😉
  3. Shop the sales!!! Use coupons and embrace the old lady you are by looking at the sales paper before you begin browsing.
  4. Have fun! Don’t be afraid to buy new things. Most places will do returns if you absolutely hate it.

Today, I wanted to share with you a few of my top items from one of my all time favorite grocery stores – TRADER JOE’S. I always love seeing people do Trader Joe’s hauls. They always have such interesting products there that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. Not to mention, all of their items labeled with their name on it are non-GMO! Which is awesome because this grocery store is also SUPER affordable. Ok, it’s not like, as affordable as Aldi – but it’s a bit cheaper than Whole Foods. Basically it rests right in the middle of those two – a quirky, fun grocery store with the best customer service you will ever find. I included produce, cereal, spices, desserts and lots of other things in this haul. 

18 Favorite Trader Joe’s Items

18 favorite trader joe's items flowers in pot

FRESH FLOWERS! These babies greet you right when you walk in the door at my TJ’s and they’re always so welcomed. They have a HUGE variety and they’re all amazingly priced and beautifully crafted bouquets. (Ben, if you’re reading this, please buy me flowers <3)

18 favorite trader joe's items slaw

The Cruciferous Crunch Collection! I had to add some greens in this haul for some balance! I love this mixture. As you can imagine, it’s super duper crunchy, fresh and makes an amazing homemade slaw.

18 favorite trader joe's items pizza dough

This is the best pizza dough of all time. It’s delicious and pre-seasoned with alllll the spices! Not to mention it’s vegan and super cheap! I’m pretty sure this is only $1.29 – which means it would be great to grab some and freeze a few to stock up for those Saturday pizza nights!

18 favorite trader joe's items frosted flakes cereal

Ohhhhh. Childhood throwback. This stuff is sugary GOLD. It’s crunchy and it’s just like how you remember as child, you know, when you would have like 3 bowls while you were watching cartoons. This has fewer ingredients and since it’s a TJ’s signature product, it’s non-gmo! Win win.

18 favorite trader joe's items everything but the bagel seasoning blend

Y’all already know how much I love this spice. I even dedicated an entire recipe to it! This tastes JUST like an everything bagel. Minus the carbs. It’s glorious. And it’s only $1.99. You should go buy it now.

18 favorite trader joe's items taco seasoning mix

Another awesome spice must have is the taco seasoning mix! For only .79 cents, you get a full bag of this stuff which usually lasts me at least a month. It’s flavorful and even a little spicy!

18 favorite trader joe's items trader giotto's roasted garlic marinara

This is some of the best canned sauce you can find. It has no added sugar (score!) and y’all know how much I love roasted garlic! The flavor is spot on.

18 favorite trader joe's items refried black beans with jalapeno peppers

Speaking of canned things….this beans are THA BOMB. They’re extra creamy, rich and full of spiciness! Do yourself a favor on your next Taco Tuesday and pick these babies up!

18 favorite trader joe's items garlic naan bread

This is one of those rare hidden gems. These are found in the frozen section and you get 4 pieces of naan, I REPEAT, 4 PIECES OF NAAN, for only like, 2 bucks. It’s amazing. And the garlic flavor will make ya swoon.

18 favorite trader joe's items premium extra virgin olive oil

We love this olive oil. Mostly because it has that cute little spout and it lasts us FOREVER.

18 favorite trader joe's items baby red potatoes

For some reason, we always buy these little baby potatoes here. They’re so cute and I love that they’re multi-colored. We usually roast these with whole cloves of garlic in the oven and serve them with salmon. SO GOOD.

18 favorite trader joe's items creamy salted peanut butter

Lovelovelove this peanut butter! It literally only has peanuts and salt in it. No added sugars or oils. Tha best. And it’s only like, 2.50. Great deal!

18 favorite trader joe's items salsa verde

This salsa <3 makes my heart beat a little faster. I could eat an entire bag of chips with this salsa verde. Not to mention, it goes great with chicken if you’re feeling a Mexican-vibe for dinner!

18 favorite trader joe's items gone bananas chocolate covered bananas

You have to get these! Found in the frozen section. The sweetest creamiest treat. It’s best when you get them during summer and it’s hot out. So refreshing! Oh, and did I mention they’re only 1.99?

18 favorite trader joe's items dark chocolate covered espresso beans

There are Ben’s favorite treats ever. I always buy them for every holiday because it combines his two favorite food items: dark chocolate and coffee.

18 favorite trader joe's items burning cavalier red wine merlot cabarnet

TJ’s is the absolute BEST place to get expensive tasting wine for cheap. Take for instance, this guy. They were sampling it, and it was delicious! Turns out, it was only $5.99. Score! You can also buy beers by the single here which my husband lovessss.

18 favorite trader joe's items dark chocolate bar caramel with black sea salt 70% cacao

TJ’s always has the coolest chocolate bars on the block. This one has forever remained my favorite. It is filled with gooey caramel and sea salt. Oh my.

18 favorite trader joe's items cold brew coffee chocolate bar

Last favorite chocolate bar (Lol, I think this entire haul has been mostly sweets…) BUT, y’all. This one’s a good one too if you’re looking for a little caffeine buzz.

…And that’s all she wrote! I could literally go on and on but those are just a few of my faves.

We don’t buy these everytime we go to TJ’s but…my staples that I always buy from this list when I go? Peanut butter, olive oil, pasta sauce, wine and the sea salt caramel chocolate bar. Oh, and Ben always sneaks in the box of Frosted Flakes…good thing he’s cute 😉

Cheers to living balanced! Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you enjoy these hauls 🙂


3 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I love this!!! I see some of my Trader Joe’s faves on this list (Olive oil! Baby potatoes!) and some things I want to try (Caramel sea salt chocolate bar!! Salsa verde!!) ❤️

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