I am a pretty loyal Trader Joe’s shopper and do the majority of my weekly shopping there. I know a lot of people feel like its tough to do all of their shopping there since they don’t have EVERYTHING like a standard grocery store but unless I need a specialty item or household products, I can pretty much get away with making TJ’s my sole stop for groceries.
Friends of mine who are new to TJ’s often ask me what I like to buy there, so I thought I’d compile one giant list of almost anything and everything I’ve ever bought and what I like about it/like to use it for. I wish I had photos of every product so you could know what to look for but take advantage of the super friendly employees who work there to help you locate anything. I am writing this based on the isles at my TJ’s so some of the categories may seem a little random but work with me as a mentally walk around the store while I write this. :)
The main reason I like shopping here is that the prices are cheaper than Publix (our big local grocery store) and I love how many unique items I can find there, especially their seasonal items. I wrote a blog post about how I meal plan you can read here but I thought it would also be helpful to know I typically spend about $120-$150 a week on groceries for our family of 4. I cook about 4 nights a week and we do leftovers at least once.
I find that their lettuce and salad options go bad (or even start off bad) really fast so I usually go elsewhere if I need greens. As a whole, their organic produce is much more affordable than other grocery stores so these are the items that I like to buy organic there:
Fuji Apples, D’Anjou Pears, Strawberries, Blueberries, Bell Peppers, Squash, Zucchini and Carrots.
Lemons and limes
Onions, Potatoes, Sweet potatoes
Avocados- Most of the time I buy them individually but I also like the bags of 4 smaller ones that are the perfect size for individual servings.
Pre cut bags of broccoli. butternut squash, and brussels sprouts for roastings. The brussels sprout kit is really good.
Steamed and peeled beets- Quint eats one of these a day. I may forget to pack a water bottle for him most days but by gosh he gets his daily beet so I must be an alright mom ;)
Pain Au Lait Rolls - great for turkey/cheese sandwiches for the kids or just a snack.
Organic Soft White or Wheat bread-perfect for grilled cheese or avocado toast. it is so yummy grilled in a skillet with butter.
Homemade Tortillas- We don’t have access to good tortillas here (this is when I miss HEB) but these are much better than the ones you can find in most grocery stores.
Sliced Brioche- perfect for the most amazing french toast or if you just want to indulge a little more with your BLT or grilled cheese
Cinnamon Roll Bread- SO good for breakfast toasted with butter. I keep it in the freezer so it lasts longer.
Spanish Olive Oil. I love this for roasting veggies, salad dressings, etc. I buy this one because of the price and the large size of the bottle. I know there are better quality olive oils out there but this one works great for me.
Spaghetti Sauce. Their roasted garlic marinara is good for a basic red sauce to add to recipes and for an actual sauce to use with noodles or ravioli, I like the three cheese pomodoro sauce.
Macaroni and cheese- The kids love the organic white cheddar boxed mac-n-cheese and we go through about 3 boxes a week.
Pasta- Their organic artisan pastas are awesome. They make three varieties and I’ve tried two (gigli and orecchiette).
Nuts-Their nuts are such a good price and good quality. I like the roasted and salted pistachios without shells, pecan pieces and thai lime and chili almonds are good.
Seasonings- Everything But the Bagel is amazing on literally everything. We love it on eggs, avocado, veggies, proteins, etc. I use their Himalayan pink salt and black pepper grinders as they are a great value and I also like their 17 Seasoning Salute as a catch all seasoning.
Sugar- I love both their organic brown and white sugar
Chocolate chips- Their chocolate chunks are a favorite for cookies and the semi-sweet chips are great too.
Dark Chocolate and Turbinado Sugar with Sea Salt Almonds- I love these. So good and the kids like them too.
Almond Butter- Creamy Salted Almond Butter. I use it for my morning smoothie or as a snack with apples, pretzels, etc.
Baking Soda and Baking Powder.
Fruit Leather Strips
Fruit Crusher Pouches (Apple/ Carrot & Apple/Strawberry)
Juice Boxes (Typically I get apple and lemonade)
Yogurt Smoothies- I get the whole milk option (peach) for Quint and the lowfat option (strawberry) for Sutton
Yogurt- My kids love the 8 packs of “and cream” yogurts. We get the blueberry/vanilla and strawberry/banana options. They are the perfect small serving size for them to where I’m not having to throw away a half eaten cup.
Organic Silver Dollar Pancakes- These comes frozen and Sutton will eat about 6 of them for breakfast.
Individually wrapped Cheddar Cheese Sticks
Letter Cookies- Not only delicious but educational too. They can sound out the letter sounds and I help them spell simple words when we eat them.
Italian Meatballs- Such an easy item for quick protein for lunches or dinner.
Go-gurt style yogurt sticks- I put these in the freezer and the kids think they are eating a popsicle.
A Strawberry Walks Into A Bar- TJ’s version of a nurigrain bar. I think these are goof for myself too for a snack on the go.
Honey Wheat Pretzel sticks
White Cheddar Corn Puffs
Crunchy Curls- these are a chip made out of lentils and are SO good. A healthier alternative to a typical potato chip.
Joe Joe’s- Their version of oreo’s but the ingredients are a little better than oreos.
Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones- a drumstick style cone (without the nuts) that is the PERFECT size for little kids. they come in a chocolate and vanilla and have seasonal varieties too like pumpkin
Joe’s O’s Cereal
Frozen Organic Microwavable Rice- I am obsessed with this rice. It comes out perfect every time and it so easy. I usually just get brown rice but have tried the jasmine and the quinoa.
Organic 3 Cheese Pizza- great for a quick meal and pretty good.
Burrata, Prosciutto, and Arugula Flatbread- This is SO good. Perfect for a party served as an appetizer or just a easy weeknight meal.
Orange Chicken and Fried Rice- Probably their most popular frozen item, its so yummy and easy. Not the healthiest but even if you were eating this in a Chinese restaurant, its not going to be healthy there either.
Frozen Garlic cubes by Dorat- Makes cooking so much faster by not having to mince garlic. They also make it with basil, cilantro and ginger.
Acai Packets- Come in a 4 individual packages and perfect for Acai bowls
Brownie Crisp Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches- yumm.
Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches- also yumm.
Melange a Tois- A blend of red, yellow and green bell peppers that are perfect to throw into a recipe that calls for chopped bell peppers or to use with fajitas.
Uncured Ham & Cheese Flaky Croissant Squares- would be great to serve for a party or shower cut up or just for a fun Saturday morning breakfast treat
Croissants-both the chocolate and plain are divine.
Argentinian Red Shrimp- a good product for a great price.
Organic Superfood Pilaf- a delicious and healthy side that takes little to no effort. Its filled with quinoa, kale, sweet potatoes and carrots.
Pie Crust- Comes in a pack of two and its my favorite kind to use
Frozen Roasted Corn
Frozen English Green Peas
Frozen fruit- for smoothies
Organic Whole Milk
Eggs- I usually just get the cheapest ones
Heavy Whipping Cream
Kerrygold Butter- love that they carry my favorite (the best!) butter.
Fage Yogurt- My favorite yogurt
Canned cinnamon rolls-I make breakfast for dinner once a week and these always make an appearance at that meal.
Caramelized Onion White Cheddar Cheese- This stuff is SO GOOD. I shred it and use it as my cheese for quesadillas. It will blow your mind.
Shredded Cheeses- Cheddar, Parmesan, Swiss & Gruyere and Mexican Blend are my typical selections.
Organic Grass Fed Lean Ground Beef- They sell these in 1 lb packages and I always keep it in my freezer. I believe its $5.99 per pound which is a pretty good price.
Individually wrapped Organic Chicken Breasts- Again, I like to keep my meat in the freezer and so since these are individually wrapped, its perfect for storing in the freezer.
Smoked Turkey Breast- This meat is without added preservatives like nitrates. Its delicious and perfect for sandwiches or just a turkey roll.
Pork Baby Back Ribs- I use these for my oven baked rib recipe and they are delicious and priced well.
Salmon Filets- Not wild caught but its pretty good.
Chicken Thighs- I get these for my favorite lemon butter chicken thigh recipe.
Pesto Genovese Chicken Breast- Easy pre-seasoned chicken that you can bake or grill with roasted veggies.
Dry Rubbed Uncured Bacon- My favorite bacon to get. Thickly sliced and amazing flavor.
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Raspberry Star Shortbread Cookies
White truffle Oil potato chips-this are a new item and I am buying them three bags at a time.
Cookie Thins-Toasted Coconut and Meyer Lemon are my favorites
All Butter Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Fudge Filling
Smashing Smores- individual bites of a smore.
Daelman’s Waffle Caramel Bites- they will blow your mind. I could eat the whole bag in one sitting.
Cookie Butter- They are known for this sweet/cinnamon-ny spread and its certainly delicious.
Rose water Spray
Rich Hydrating Sheet Mask
That about wraps it up! The flower section always sucks me in and I usually get one or two new things to try each week. Also, did you know your kids can get a lolipop from their treasure chest when you are there? That keeps my kids happy for most of the visit :)
What do you like to buy from Trader Joe’s?