Trader Joe's is the mecca of cheap, good food that is easy to prepare and super yummy. Not to mention the whole aisle full of cheap, delicious wine. "Cheap and delicious" seems to be the theme of Trader Joe's. It would be the most perfect place in the world if their parking lots weren't always legendarily terrible.

But their chocolate coconut almonds make up for it. So does that frozen orange chicken. And that truffle-infused cheese. Ooh, also, everything bagel seasoning goes on pretty much anything you can think of. And cookie butter. How could I forget about the cookie butter? Trader Joe's is great for the grocery shopper who likes to eat good food and to not spend a lot of money on it. And people who consistently shop at Trader Joe's have come up with some pretty great hacks using the interesting things you can buy there. You might want to get yourself a snack because this list is going to make you hungry.

Sorry to hit you with this cookie butter GIF right off the bat.


But I just couldn't help myself. It's so delicious. It's so beautiful. It's so smooth. Grab yourself a spoonful and get ready for this list.

Umami Seasoning

Trader Joe's Umami seasoning, well, it tastes delicious, and I can't imagine a better use for it than Kraft mac and cheese.

Pita Chips and Cookie Butter

Oh my god. I never thought about actually dipping the cinnamon and sugar pita chips in anything because I am a fool. This is genius.

Mango and Prosciutto

This is like the fanciest flavor combination on the planet, and it only costs a few dollars at Trader Joe's! That's luxury right there.

Everything Bagel Seasoning

Avocado toast was getting super boring. But I swear if you put everything bagel seasoning from Trader Joe's on it, it's transformative.

Hot breakfast tip

Speaking of everything bagel seasoning, it really does taste like an everything bagel, and it will spruce up your toast like you wouldn't believe.

Chips and dip

I'm salivating just thinking about this combination. The salty sweetness of the sweet potato chips probably pair perfectly with the tangy-sweet onion dip.

Sweet potato gnocchi

Wait...does this mean...is this person suggesting that you cook up some sweet potato gnocchi and douse it in maple syrup and butter and eat it for breakfast? Because I'm not opposed.

Souped-up soup

This sounds delicious! I never think to combine two different Trader Joe's dishes, but so many of them go perfectly together!

Lazy dip

Holy crap this sounds delicious. And the cornbread chip factor just takes it over the top. I will definitely be trying this one.

Burger and fries

I don't know about this. It's kind of gross to think about, but I will personally endorse the pickle popcorn because that stuff is addictive.

Freezer cherries

This sounds like something right out of my brain. Chocolate, cherries, coldness... Sounds perfect.

Cookie butter grahams

Pro tip: You don't have to be vegan to be into this combo. It's delicious no matter if you eat animal products or not.

Potato salad

This sounds like so little effort for so much reward. These Trader Joe's experts are truly creative geniuses.

Chocolate, cheese, and wine

Wait, does Trader Joe's sell a chocolate cheddar cheese? Excuse me, I have to run an errand...to Trader Joe's. To buy this cheese.


I did not know this. But now that I do know this, I will fully take advantage of this.

Tea tree oil and vitamin E

Trader Joe's isn't just good for yummy snacks! They also have top-notch skincare products available. There is nothing this store doesn't have.

Custom pizzas

This is brilliant! Buy an already-constructed cheese pizza and customize with all your favorite toppings.

Almonds and cookie butter

Oh my god. The honey sesame almonds are so good, but I never thought to dip them in cookie butter. Holy crap.

Grilled cheese

Cheddar with caramelized onions from TJ's is so delicious, and I will say I have done this before. It's amazing.

Fig jelly

Trader Joe's fig jam is so yummy. And this sandwich frankly sounds perfect. The good bread is a very important component of this. Luckily, Trader Joe's has that too.

Big samples

This is such a smart hack that I have never thought of before. This is as good a reason as any to shop in the middle of the night.

Coconut oil

In case you missed the news, you can use coconut oil for anything. And I mean it. Food, skincare...anything.

Lavender soap

Apparently, Trader Joe's doesn't just have great food, but they also have great soap. Lavender is a lovely scent.

Rice and beans

Again, the frozen sides at Trader Joe's are second-to-none, and it turns out you can make a delicious meal by just mixing a few of them together.

Fancy pasta

Such a delicious, fancy pasta dish with almost none of the effort. That's what Trader Joe's is good for.

Christmas bags

Even the paper bags from Trader Joe's are super useful and versatile. Your holiday gift wrapping will never be the same.

Cream cheese and crisps

Those rosemary raisin crisps, and the fig and olive crisps, too, are the best crackers in the world. They are so delicious.

Masala burgers and chutney

Again with the genius combos. You think the chutney has to go on a chicken breast or something, but burgers! It works on burgers too.


Now this is a great hack. Share this with someone who loves Trader Joe's!