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A Quick Trader Joe’s Holiday Haul

One of my favorite things about where we live now is the proximity to Trader Joe’s. There weren’t any TJ’s in Little Rock and the one back home always seemed out-of-the-way and way too cool for me. I had no idea really what Trader Joe’s was until we first went inside one right after we moved here! Holy cow I’ve been missing out! I just always assumed that the prices were ridiculous and that it was all weird organic stuff, but it’s actually quite the opposite! Sure, there are some really neat “healthy” items, but for the most part the items are just unique and different, and the prices are actually pretty low. We’re kind of obsessed!

We’ve been treating Trader Joe’s like our supplemental grocery store. I would never do the bulk of my weekly shopping there, but when we want to pop in for some fun finds, it’s the perfect way to top off the week’s budget. Besides the fact that all of their packaging designs are spot on and adorable, the store itself feels like a cute little market. We almost always pick up fresh flowers on the way in (and they’re super cheap!), then peruse the fun treats along the main aisles. It’s not as big as I thought it was, so it’s not like going to Costco or anything like that – just 4 or 5 aisles mainly. They usually have fresh coffee or cider samples, and this weekend had samples of salami and cheese. Every time we go I see tons of things I want to try “next time”, which leaves me excited to come back.

Here’s a rundown of what we picked up this weekend. Just a few things to get us through the week that we normally wouldn’t have on our list. A few of these items are long time favorites, and a few are brand new-to-us!

trader joes haul ideas holiday time

  • Triple Ginger Snaps: LOVE these. Buy a fresh batch almost every time. They also currently have frosted gingerbread cookies which we picked up last week…also delicious!
  • Rich & Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip: Tried this for the first time last week and we are OBSESSED. Seriously, the best frozen spinach dip I’ve ever had. And it’s only $2.99.
  • Trader Joe’s String Cheese
  • Chili Flavored Dried Mango
  • Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars
  • Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers: Holy good. We had these last week, and bought two more packages this week – grill them, then load them up with cheese, onion, and tomato on a toasted bun…such a great dinner staple. We like to serve them with sweet potato fries.
  • Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe Joe’s: I literally can’t. I could eat the entire package in one sitting.
  • Organic Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers

trader joes holiday haul

If you need me, I’ll be hiding the Peppermint Joe Joe’s from myself! Seriously so good. I feel like they’d make cute Christmas gifts too, for maybe teachers or nurses? Pair them with a cute coffee mug or something little, easy!

I noticed some really tasting looking Mac & Cheese’s this trip as well, so that might be on my radar for next time as a quick meal to split between Adeline and I one night when Adam is working late.

What’s your current favorite Trader Joe’s find? What do you always buy there? What would you like to try?



  • Reply
    December 11, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I always feel like there are so many options at TJ’s that it can be hard to find the good stuff. I always buy a package or two of the dried baby sweet pineapple. So good for a quick snack as I run out the door. The apple and strawberry just fruit bars are also amazing!

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      December 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      For sure! Yes! Adeline likes those bars!

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    Kelly Runs For Food
    December 11, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Girl, I am obsessed with TJs! I should’ve named my blog after it. I’ll have to check out those veggie burgers! I love the veggie fried rice, the sea salt dark chocolate almonds, any of their pizzas, and the entire cheese aisle.
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      December 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Hahah you should have! 😉 I’m LOVING it!! YAAASSS the cheese aisle…I want to try them all!

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    December 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I rarely go to TJ’s but now I want to give it a try 🙂 It’s a bit of a drive, but I have some vacation time coming up!
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      December 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      You should definitely make the trip! We LOVE it. And it’s a fun date night spot 🙂

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    December 11, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Rumor mill says LR is getting a TJ’s soon and I am crossing my fingers that it’s true! Two things I always pick up when I’m near on is the cookie butter (like four jars at a time, it’s out of this world) and the sweet potato gnocchi (frozen section). Delish.

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      December 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Stop it. Stop it right now! That would be AMAZING for LR!!! And I would be so jealous. And sweet potato gnocchi?? YUM!

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    December 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Love Trader Joe’s for fun finds too! Glad you finally know the joy of TJ’s! 😀 They even have gluten free peppermint jojos that I can eat!
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      December 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Haha YAY!! And I’m glad you can enjoy the jojos too!!

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    Kaitlyn McQuin Heckel
    December 22, 2017 at 6:36 am

    TJ’s is my favorite place to shop, and before I moved to DC, we didn’t have one near me, so I go there every week for groceries! We currently have both the quinoa burgers and ginger snaps in our kitchen, and I’ve been eyeing those mint stars the ENTIRE month of December! And chocolate covered peppermint Jo-Jo’s… #blessed.
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      December 27, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Bahaha #blessed is the perfect way to describe them!!

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