I love shopping at Trader Joe’s. I can buy organic food at a reasonable price. We don’t go all the time, usually I go every 3 months and do a huge stock-up of food for our pantry. We’ve also done two shopping carts a time to get everything!
Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite items to buy. I generally try to watch for prices, though I could probably improve a bit on comparison shopping. My shopping list is almost always for our pantry.
Organic marinara sauce and pasta sauces. We don’t buy canned food in our house, so when a recipe calls for a can of tomato-something (sauce, diced, crushed), I use their organic marinara sauce. I usually buy the one that has “no salt added.”
Organic jams and fruit spreads. I like the ones that have no sugar added.
Nuts and berries. If your local grocery store doesn’t have the bulk bins, this is the next great place the stock up.
Almond butter. Okay, and for a while there we were addicted to their cookie butter too.
Coffee. We pick up the French Roast and also a fair trade one.
Coconut water, coconut milk, and almond milk. The prices are pretty good, especially for the Zico brand of coconut water.
Pasta. Unless our grocery store is having a good sale on them, I buy my pasta here. I try to pick the more fun ones that aren’t as readily available at the grocery store like orzo.
Organic broth. I almost always buy the organic chicken broth and keep it in the pantry. I have tried a couple of other grocery stores and my advice is to read the ingredients list even if it does say organic on the box. You might not want to have sugar in yours. I learned this the hard way recently! Anyway, this is great in a pinch if you don’t have homemade stock on hand.
Spices. I buy most of my spices from here. As I’ve mentioned before, I love their spices. Their garlic salt is my favorite and I’m also a big fan of their cinnamon.
Maple syrup and Oils. I buy most of my oils from here, including coconut oil, olive oil, and ghee.
Cheese. Oh man, if you buy it with an occasional smoked salmon or prosciutto, it’s so, so heavenly. I buy the fancier cheese in blocks (like Brie, Camembert).
Organic produce. This one is going to depend a little bit on how well-stocked your grocery store is and what’s on sale for the week. I think organic berries usually run a little less here, as do some of their vegetables like organic carrots and tomatoes.
Grocery tote bags. We have two of the red and black insulated bags. They’ve held up for the last 4+ years and still going strong. Next time I’m going to pick up two of the large insulated bag (in blue, below) and then I’ll be all set for all my grocery shopping!
Chocolate. Oh my goodness, when I was pregnant with my kids I was obsessed with their sea salt and almond dark chocolate bars. I also love their chocolate truffles in a red box. It used to only be available around the holidays, but now I see it all the time.
Wine. Ahhh, I saved the best for last! I love French and Italian wines and the best place to buy it has been at Trader Joe’s. Their prices are fantastic, and they’re usually really good, especially as we stay around the $5-$15 bottles. We usually buy a case or two at a time.
So here’s a funny story. When we lived in the more rural part of Texas, we did a huge Trader Joe’s shopping trip when we picked up my mom from the airport. We stayed overnight at our family friend’s place. His elderly father was also there visiting. As we unloaded our Trader Joe’s groceries at his place, his father raised his eyebrows and asked if Brian and I were alcoholics! We had to explain that we lived too far away and our supply would last us for many months.
That’s my shopping list! Sometimes we’ll buy a snack bag, but those are my essentials.
Do you shop at Trader Joe’s? What’s on your to-buy list from here?