The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Shop at Trader Joe’s

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Trader Joe’s is awesome! You should totally shop there. There are so many reasons.

Reason #1 you should shop

at Trader Joe’s

So, the other day… I was opening a couple of packets of chicken to put in my slow cooker. The first one was fine and normal.

Plop! In it went.

I opened the next one, and I was, like…

<valley girl>OH! MY! GAWD! What is that smell?</vally girl>

Seriously, it was nasty.

My first inclination was to chuck it in the garbage. But as I was about to toss it in, I remembered someone telling me that Trader Joe’s takes back everything.

So, I wrapped the chicken back up. Wrapped it in a big garbage bag to seal in the smell. Then put it back in the fridge.

I had a crazy day ahead of me and no time to take it in, so I waited until the next day.

All that next morning I had this amazing speech going in my head of how I opened it up and this strange smell came out. How I had to wait another day to bring it in because I was so busy, etc. It was a perfect speech that I practiced many, many times in my head.

I didn’t want to be wrong or have them think I was some crazy lady who was never happy with anything. I could just picture them giving me an eye roll as they begrudgingly took the chicken from my hand.

“Yeah, sure, lady. Whatever. We’ll take it back.” Mutter, mutter, mutter under their breath.

So! You know what happened? (Probably not, since you weren’t with me. But I am going to tell you.)

I walked in the door. Went right up to the manager desk in the front.

The manager said, “Can I help you?” He had a smile on his face.

I started to hand him the package of chicken in the giant, white garbage bag.

He takes it as I start to say, “I bought this package of…”

“Chicken?” he says. “Did it smell bad?”

I nodded.

“Yep, that happens sometimes,” he said. “Do you have anymore shopping to do?”

“I wanted to get some Joe’s Os.”

“Go ahead. Just tell the cashier I have a return up here for you.”

“Um, ok,” I said.

That was it. I didn’t get to give my speech. (It was a good one.) Nothin’.

Holy Mackerel! How awesome is that?!

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Reason #2 you should shop

at Trader Joe’s

They have gluten-free oats. And they don’t cost $20/lb. Or even $6-8.

They are only $2.99/lb. I get to make gluten-free granola (which I live on). I can make oatmeal cookies. And eat them. Yippee!

Reason #3 you should shop

at Trader Joe’s

They have so many gluten-free products at Trader Joe’s. And they have this cute little icon they put on something if no gluten ingredients are used. Makes it a bit easier to figure out what to eat.

Trader Joe's No Gluten Ingredients |

*ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS READ THE LABEL!* Even if it has the cute little icon. (That was for my own benefit, as well as for you.)

Reason #4 you should shop

at Trader Joe’s

They have a handy list of those products that have that cute little icon on them. Click on this sentence to get to that list of no gluten ingredients used.

Reason #5 you should shop

at Trader Joe’s

They keep your kids happy while you shop. Yes, I know they don’t have balloons anymore, which sucks because, well, I like balloons. (Oh yeah, so do my boys.)

BUT, there is a butterfly! At our store, at least, there is a butterfly for the Little Man to find and get a lollipop. At our other store it is an otter. At our old store it was a monkey. Whatever it may be at your store, it keeps the kiddos busy looking while you get your shopping done. Whoo-hoo!

And they have stickers. Stickers are cool!

Those are good reasons, eh? Do you have anymore? Or any totally awesome stories of your own about TJs? Leave it in the comments below.

Until next time…Living better, easily!


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4 Responses to “The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Shop at Trader Joe’s”

  1. You don’t have to tell me twice! We are there at least once a week. We’ve actually been known to pick what city we wanted to live in based on if they have a TJ’s. You actually don’t even need to bring the food back. You can simply walk in and tell them “I got a bad xyz” – they’ll say just tell the cashier, you tell the cashier and they give you another, no questions asked! Hopefully people don’t start abusing this, but it is amazing. I’ve had some issues with their produce at times – like the occasional avocado being just plain bad, and no questions asked, done!

    • Tia Hain

      We always look up to see if there is a TJs close when we move somewhere, too. Hopefully we won’t be moving again. And our TJs is walking distance, if we want a good walk. It used to be tiny when we lived here before, but Blockbuster went out of business next door and the doubled their room. It’s so nice.

      I am guessing there will always be people that will abuse something like their policy, but the loyalty from other customers they gain from it probably out weighs it.

      Good to hear from you. Miss talking to you, Alisa. I feel like I have been in a cocoon for the last 2 1/2 years.

  2. I am a Trader Joe fan for all the reasons above and lots more. I love that store and their products. Organic pears, goat milk yogurt ( AMAZING) pirate booty, Persian cucumbers, dairy with out hormones, great priced wine, cilantro and jalapeno humus ( AMAZING)
    egg white salad, etc. etc. etc.

    • Tia Hain

      WINE! I totally forgot about the wine. I love the shiraz in a box. And only $10 for the equivalent of 4 bottles. Yummy!

      I know! I keep thinking of new things I should have added to the list.