Trader Joe’s sourdough baguettes are delivered every morning freshly baked, and they’re perfect for sandwiches. I personally like to use it to make grilled cheese or garlic bread. The quality loaf is just $2.49.
2. The Fruitful Medley
At $3.69, the mixed-fruit container with grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, and melon is fresh, affordable, and keeps me from snacking on processed foods throughout the day.
3. Freeze Strawberries
I love putting dried strawberries in my oatmeal, cereal, or even salads. They taste like candy, but there’s no added sugar. They’re $3.49 a bag, and I usually grab two.
4. The five-layer dip tastes homemade
Trader Joe’s five-layer dip is perfect for any party, and I usually pair it with the corn dippers. For $4.99, the dip includes sour cream, black-bean hummus, mixed Mexican cheese, pico de gallo, and guacamole.
5. Frozen mac and cheese
I promise you won’t find another frozen mac and cheese that’s as good as Trader Joe’s hatch-chile variety. I prefer to make it in the oven, but you can easily cook the filling meal in the microwave. It’s super flavorful and all for $2.99.
6. Grana Padano cheese
Trader Joe’s has an amazing collection of artisanal cheeses, but this imported Parmesan is absolutely divine. I love adding it to salads and on top of pizzas. The price depends on the weight of the cheese, but I tend to pick up blocks in the $5 range.
7. Dark-chocolate peanut-butter cups
The dark-chocolate peanut-butter cups are the perfect dessert. There’s a larger container in the dessert aisle, but I like to pick up the smaller, $0.99 bag of individually wrapped cups near the checkout stands.