From the friendly employees in their Hawaiian shirts to the palm tree décor, Trader Joe’s has a fanbase that keeps streaming through their doors. Trader Joe’s was founded in the 1950s under the name Pronto Markets, and in 1967 took on a new name and a new way of doing business. Trader Joe’s prides itself on offering unique foods at great prices. They keep their prices low by contracting prices early, buying directly from suppliers, and purchasing in large volumes. You may have the good fortune of having a Trader Joe’s in your own neighborhood, or perhaps you make a trek to pick up your favorite items. Either way, here are some items you will always want to add to your cart.
Trader Joe’s has a great selection of unique cheeses at affordable prices. Whether you are looking for plain old cheddar or want something a little more refined, Trader Joe’s has you covered. One popular item is the Trader Joe’s Fig Goat Cheese Log they roll out for the holidays, while the creamy Trader Joe’s Cranberry Chevre Fresh Goat Cheese is perfect for your wine tasting party. Or grab an 8-ounce bag of their shredded 3 Cheese Blend for Taco Tuesday for only $4.49.
Trader Joe’s carries a variety of nuts and seeds at lower prices than other stores. Smoked, salted, flavored, or raw, TJ’s has what you are looking for at some of the lowest prices around. Their 16-ounce bag of Half Salt Roasted Pistachios sells for $6.99. While we’re on the subject of nuts, their milk chocolate and dark chocolate peanut butter cups are a steal at only $3.99 for a 16-ounce container. For those allergic to peanuts, they carry Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups. These treats are free of gluten, dairy, soy, and tree nuts, and a 1-ounce pack of 2 cups sells for only 99 cents.