Trader Joe's is a godsend for people who appreciate a good deal but devolve into an anxiety spiral at enormous big-box stores. Small and friendly, Trader Joe's doesn't make me feel like I'm in Alfred Hitchcock's filmVertigo. And there are tons of things at Trader Joe's you didn't know you could buy for less than you're paying somewhere else. While I like to buy local meat and fish, and I get my produced delivered from local farms, Trader Joe's is a hidden treasure trove of can't-live-without things like beauty and skincare items, wine, cleaning products, toilet paper, and those delicious crispy crunchy chocolate chip cookies.
If you're still buying these items at a regular grocery store, then you are totally missing out. I'll admit that most of the time I choose convenience over a deal. For example, when I lived on the sixth floor of an apartment building I usually got my groceries delivered. To be honest, I loathe shopping — except when it comes to my beloved Trader Joe's. Luckily, I live pretty close to a Trader Joe's so I can go there on the regular to stock up on all of my favorites. If you're ready to make your shopping list, here are 16 things you should be buying at Trader Joe's.