I am back with another installment of “What I bought at Trader Joe’s”. My weekly grocery run usually leads me to 3-4 different stores, but I’d say that I do the bulk of my shopping at TJ’s.
Some items I could also get at the regular supermarket, but comparing prices does make sense.
I am always a bit mind-boggled if the exact same (brand!) item – like my first recommended item below – is sold at such different prices at different stores. How is that possible?
So, here are some of my TJ’s recommendations for this month.
Kerrygold Grass-fed butter (8 oz – $3.19) ★★★★★ // dairy section
We don’t eat a whole lot of butter, but if we do, I swear by Kerrygold. Trader Joe’s has the lowest price on this 8 oz package (although prices have gone up, it used to be below $3), but it’s definitely worth the price. I usually buy the unsalted version (because salted butter is not really a thing in Europe, unless you make herb butter for a BBQ, and I don’t like a salty taste when I have bread with jam or cheese).
Trader Joe’s Costa Rican Tarrazu Medium Roast Coffee (13 oz – $6.99) ★★★★★ // pantry section
If we don’t splurge on Stumptown coffee, Tarrazu is our go-to alternative. At $6.99, it’s pretty affordable and the taste is great. I realized (with horror) that is not part of Trader Joe’s extensive “fair trade options”, which I also tend to buy to switch things up every once in a while.
Trader Joe’s Social Snackers (16 oz $2.69) ★★★★★ // shelf above freezer section
Stop buying the fancy Ritz crackers and switch to TJ’s social snackers, because these crackers are so much better! They’re crisp and oddly, less sweet?! I haven’t compared ingredients lists (maybe I should), but if I can taste such a distinct difference, I must be on to something.
Trader Joe’s Hot Italian Sausage (1 lb – $4.49) ★★★★★ // meat section
We love spaghetti with meatballs, but without the meatballs. Ha. We use these hot Italian sausages instead. They give the dish a little spicy kick. We cut them up in little pieces, cook them and then add them to the pasta sauce. Delicious!
Trader Joe’s Crumbled Goat Cheese (6 oz – $2.49) ★★★★★ // cheese section
Are you as big of a goat cheese fan as I am? I just love the creaminess and it never hurts to have a little bit of crumbled goat cheese in your fridge. It’s delicious on salads, with crackers or on a slice of bread. I love that this cheese is affordable and comes in a resealable container with a lid.
What did you pick up at Trader Joe’s this month?
* I am not affiliated with Trader Joe’s, nor have they endorsed, sponsored or paid for my reviews. I am just sharing my love for the store and its products, which bascially means free advertisement for them. Ha. All opinions are my own.