Anyone who has shopped at Trader Joe’s undoubtedly understands why this grocery chain has a cult following. The store’s gloriously low prices and interesting array of products can make your shopping experience actually fun.
As a bonus, the gourmet grocer constantly throws new goods into the mix, and the always-low price points make it almost possible to sample as many as you want.
Click through to delight your taste buds and avoid going over your grocery budget.
1. Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burrito
Get your day off to an appetizing start with the new Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burrito. This chewy flour tortilla filled with chicken sausage flavored with sage and thyme, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sautéed onions and white cheddar cheese will seriously elevate your grocery game.
The bargain price point might also entice you to eat it for lunch and maybe even dinner, but you’ll be too busy savoring every bite to care if people are judging you.
2. Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie
Sink your teeth into the new Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie. Made with real butter, brown sugar, vanilla and rich chocolate chunks, this dessert turns into a warm, gooey masterpiece when heated in the microwave or conventional oven.
Delicious in any form, serve it au naturel, with a side of vanilla ice cream or topped with whipped cream. The cookie technically contains 10 servings, but don’t be surprised if you eat more than your fair share.
3. Organic Pepper Jack Cheese
Price: about $7.99 per pound
Get your fix on a budget with the new Trader Joe’s Organic Pepper Jack Cheese. Made in California and Wisconsin, this zesty cheese will spice up any dish you desire. Packages are weighted at random, but average 8 ounces, which is a steal, especially considering the cheese comes from organic cows.
4. Chicken-Less Mandarin Orange Morsels
Back by popular demand, the Chicken-Less Mandarin Orange Morsels are a vegan item, but the authentic taste could trick most carnivores into thinking they were eating real meat. This Asian-inspired product is crafted from soy and topped with a sweet and slightly spicy sauce.
Serve it with noodles or rice and a green vegetable for a cheap, healthy and satisfying meatless meal.
5. Organic Italian Artisan Pastas
Get a taste of Italy in your own kitchen with Trader Joe’s new Organic Italian Artisan Pastas. Available in three varieties — Capunti, Gigli and Orecchiette — this pasta is made from 100 percent organic durum wheat semolina, sourced directly from farms in Puglia, Italy.
Each package contains 17.6 ounces of your pasta of choice, and at this price, you might opt to buy them all.
6. Churro Bites
The perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth, Trader Joe’s new Churro Bites are a bargain in a bag. These baked corn puffs are coated in a mixture of caramelized brown sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon and sugar. Each seven-ounce bag contains seven nine-piece servings, allowing you to get your fill of churro goodness, even on a shoestring grocery budget.
7. Zhoug Sauce
Trendy food items typically come with a hefty price tag, but Trader Joe’s new Zhoug Sauce is the exception. Supplied by a California vendor with expert knowledge of Middle Eastern foods, this spicy sauce contains cilantro, canola oil, jalapeno peppers, chile flakes, cardamom, sea salt and cumin salt. Use it as a sauce, dip, spread or condiment.
8. Rose Water Facial Toner
It’s not a food item, but Trader Joe’s new Rose Water Facial Toner is a bargain worth mentioning. This hydrating and refreshing beauty product is made with real Damask rose water, Damask rose oil, witch hazel and a touch of Quillaja saponaria extract.
Mist it on your face after cleansing or throughout the day to literally smell the roses. It’s affordable and not tested on animals — a perfect guilt-free addition to your beauty regimen.
9. Organic Hearty Minestrone Soup
A new and improved version of the classic Trader Joe’s Organic Hearty Minestrone Soup, this new item really hits the spot on cold days or when the air conditioning inside is turned up a bit too high. You’ll savor every bite of this tomato-broth based soup, containing kidney beans, cannellini beans, vegetables, orzo pasta and a generous amount of herbs and spices.
10. Crunchy Cinnamon Squares Milk Chocolate Bar
Inspired by Trader Joe’s Crunchy Cinnamon Squares cereal, the new Crunchy Cinnamon Squares Milk Chocolate Bar is a creative take on a breakfast favorite. Bits of the cereal blended with milk chocolate create a crunchy dessert sure to satisfy. And because the price is so low, you won’t even feel guilty satisfying your cravings.
11. Banh Mi Inspired Noodle Bowl
Based on the trendy Vietnamese sandwich, the Banh Mi Inspired Noodle Bowl is packed with so much flavor, it’s hard to believe the price tag isn’t an illusion. This vegetarian dish contains vermicelli rice noodles, crunchy pickled carrots, cabbage and Trader Joe’s Sriracha Baked Tofu, topped with jalapeno slices, Thai basil and cilantro, with a creamy dressing on the side.
Eat it as a salad, or buy a baguette to enjoy it in sandwich form.
12. Cinnamon Sugar Muffin & Baking Mix
Trader Joe’s new Cinnamon Sugar Muffin & Baking Mix allows you to whip up a mouth-watering batch of muffins or a bakery-quality coffee cake with minimal effort. All you need to become a master baker in your own kitchen is water, butter and an egg, making this route far more economical than hitting up your local bakery for pre-made goods.
13. Electric Buzz Coffee Cups
Jump-start your morning with Trader Joe’s new Electric Buzz Coffee Cups. Designed for use with your Keurig K-Cup coffee maker, each package contains 12 single-serving cups brimming with caffeine.
Your average eight-ounce cup of coffee contains 95 milligrams of caffeine, according to the Trader Joe’s website, but each of these Keurig cups is loaded with 170 milligrams, making it a serious bang for your buck.
14. Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce
Back with a different recipe, the new and improved Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce is chock full of flavor. The base is composed of coconut milk and spicy green curry paste. Rice bran oil, sugar, basil leaf and green chili work together to give the sauce a perfect balance.
Considering the low price of each 12-ounce jar, you can afford to cover anything you want in this delicious curry sauce.
15. Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage
Delight your taste buds with Trader Joe’s new Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage. Made with ground chicken, sweet Italian seasoning, basil, garlic and celery powder, this sweet meat is an affordable way to add flavor to any meal. Each 12-ounce package contains five sausages, which is a serious steal, especially considering the organic quality.
16. Falafel Mix
Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean with Trader Joe’s new falafel mix. Chock full of flavor, the mix contains ground fava beans, chickpeas and spices ready to be shaped and cooked. The choice is yours whether to fry or bake these vegan, gluten-free and kosher delights, but with a price this low, consider buying two of these 16-ounce boxes and preparing one each way.
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Laura is a writer with nearly 10 years of experience in marketing and personal finance. She is a Los Angeles-based writer specializing in personal finance, higher education, legal matters and marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Robert Morris University.