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10 Must Buy Items At Trader Joe’s

September 19, 2013

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Top 10 Must Buy Items At Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's Austin

Trader Joe’s 400th store opens officially tomorrow in Austin at 2805 Bee Caves Road and is sure to have a line out the door. A Taste of Koko got an exclusive sneak peek and tour this morning!

10 Must Buy Items at Trader Joe’s

Cookie Butter, Trader Joe's
Speculoos cookies, Cookie Butter, Trader Joe's

Butter, made of GROUND COOKIES. Too bad it’s limit of two per customer. Warning: One you start buying it, you will never stop.

Potted Basil plant, Trader Joe's, Austin

2. Fresh herbs for $2.99

The basil comes potted! You can also pick up beautiful bouquets of flowers for only $3.99.

Cheap bananas at Trader Joe's, Trader Joe's

3. Go bananas!

Bananas are 19 cents each (which works out to about 48 cents a pound) or 5 for a $1. They encourage you the pick the biggest. Go big or go home.

Two Buck Chuck, Trader Joe's

4. Two Buck Chuck

I’ll be buying mine by the case. Big spenders, feel free to splurge on higher end wines. And by higher end, we’re talking $7-$8.

Organic produce, Trader Joe's

5. Cheap Organic Produce

You seriously cannot find organic kale or spinach at $1.99 anywhere in Austin.

Trader Joe's pizza dough

6. Premade Pizza Dough

At $1.29 to make a 12″ pizza, pizza night just got a lot faster, easier and cheaper. Choose from plain, whole grain and garlic. Make it Italian night with their incredibly priced pasta at $0.99 imported from Italy.

Trader Joe's cereal

7. For the cereal addicts.

Big boxes of cereal for $1.99 – take your pick.

chocolate Trader Joe's

8. Good things become great things when covered in chocolate.

Dark chocolate covered edamame, potato chips, pomegranate seeds, ginger and espresso beans to name a few. You can also get a pound of chocolate from Belgium.

Trader Joe's samples

9. Sample bar

Trader joe’s has an official sample station located in the back of the store where you can indulge in delicious treats and refreshing drinks. Supposedly you can sample  any product on the shelf (no wine). Get this, they also walk around with samples. I had a sampling of 3 different cupcakes, hummus, crackers and cheese.

PB & J Trader Joe's

10. The essentials at check out.

It’s like what we ate as little kids but even better. Premium milk chocolate filled with creamy peanut butter and tart raspberry jelly. Grab a couple at the check out counter.

SEE ALSO: Sneak Peek Inside Whole Foods Domain

Trader Joe’s carries domestic and imported foods and beverages such as freshly baked artisan bread, Arabica bean coffee, international frozen entrees (try the Indian!), deli items, 100 percent juice, milk and eggs – at low prices. 80 percent of the items are under their private label, free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, GMO’s and no MSG.
What your favorite products at Trader Joe’s?


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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