The Best Items to Buy at Trader Joe’s

If you’re an avid Trader Joe’s shopper, then you know TJ’s isn’t just a regular grocery store—it’s a cool grocery store. Okay, the jury’s still out as to whether a grocery store can be cool, but it’s definitely a superior shopping experience to many other grocery stores, especially for city dwellers. Beyond produce and cold cuts, Trader Joe’s offers a selection of exclusive and innovative products that will enhance your quality of life, or at the very least help you save some money. Scroll to discover the best hidden (and not so hidden) gems of Trader Joe’s.

Everything but the Bagel Nut Duo

Wow, from the moment you taste these you might never choose another snack ever again. These nuts actually taste like an everything bagel, and it’s magical. Buyer beware, you may consume the entire bag in one sitting.

Pro-tip: they also carry the seasoning separately, so you can add everything bagel yumminess to any kitchen creation you’d like!

Trader Joe’s Fruit & Vegetable Wash

Other stores and brands likely sell something similar, but we discovered this gentle wash recently and it has revolutionized prepping produce and veggies at home. A little bit goes a long way, so simply pour a drop or two of this mixture onto your produce and treat it just like soap. Never worry about dirt, wax, or other yucky germs contaminating your produce.

Ginger Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Cream

From the moment you put this on your hands, you may wonder if this is the most luxurious hand cream in existence. To have that feeling with a $4.99 price tag is pretty impressive. The real ginger root extract cream goes on thick and has a divine texture made of shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin E that instantly soothes dry and chapped hands. In this day and age, with how much hand washing we’re doing, this rich and nourishing hand cream is a welcomed treat.


Did you know TJ’s sold greeting cards? It’s true, and they’re adorable. Each card is only 99 cents and features beautiful illustrations and designs. Even if you don’t have a special occasion, it’s always a safe bet to keep a rainy-day stash of cards. This affordable assortment from TJ’s is the perfect place to stock up.

Strawberry Lemon Sugar Scrub

Oh, did we just get to the spa? Nope, still Trader Joe’s. They have a large selection of self-care items, but this sugar scrub is a favorite. It smells amazing, and it’s not too rough on the skin. It has just the right amount of exfoliation and makes you feel like you got to indulge in a little spa day while the spa is still closed.

Lip Balm Virtuoso

This lip balm instantly refreshes the lips with a cooling feeling and mint flavor. With 15 SPF and an ultra-moisturizing texture, don’t be surprised if you buy this lip balm again and again. Their tag line for the balm is “music to your lips” and honestly, we couldn’t agree more.

There are so many unbelievable food and lifestyle products at Trader Joe’s. Let us know what you’re loving and buying in your weekly grocery run in the comments below.

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