TRADE SECRETS: 5 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF SHOPPING AT TRADER JOE’S
Got a craving for turkey corn dogs or cookie butter? Head to Trader Joe’s, a chain known for its low prices on unique food items and a culture that’s more super-friendly than supermarket. Hawaiian-shirt clad employees and plastic lobster decor lend the store a welcoming, bohemian coastal vibe but be aware that the stores are smaller and the shelf offerings more limited than those found in the usual grocery store: Trader Joe’s stocks approximately 4,000 products versus the 50,000 carried by traditional supermarkets.
Here are a few tips to make the most of your shopping excursion to Trader Joe’s and maybe help save you some cash at the same time.
1. Go Bananas
No more buying bananas in bunches: At Trader Joe’s you can buy a single banana for just 19 cents, which means you’ll no longer be tossing those overripe, brown speckled bananas in the garbage disposal or wastebasket.
2. Cut It Out — You Don’t Need To Be Cutting Coupons
Trader Joe’s claims that it already offers the lowest prices it can every day, so you won’t find any specials or sales inside the store or any coupons inside your Sunday circulars. Case in point: Speculoos Cookie Butter, a favorite of Trader Joe’s customers, cost $3.69 for a 14-ounce jar; a same-size container of Dream Spread Cookie Butter, a similar product, cost $6.29 at Whole Foods — a whopping 40% more.
3. Try It – You’ll Like It
Not sure if a product will suit your taste? Don’t let your fear of commitment stop you from making a decision. Just ask an employee to open up whatever piques your interest and you can have a taste on the spot and on the house. If you don’t like it there’s no pressure to buy it.
In addition, Trader Joe’s has a no-questions-asked return policy: If you buy something, bring it home to try, and decide you don’t like it you can return the product to the store for a full refund.
4. You Name It — Vegan, Kosher, Gluten-Free — And Joe’s Has It
Customers with special dietary needs or preferences will find shopping at this grocery store easy as pie. In addition to offering a huge selection of specialty items, Trader Joe’s clearly labels all of its vegan, kosher, and gluten-free items so that you can get your shopping done quickly and easily.
5. Expect Great Customer Satisfaction: It’s High On The List
According to the 2018 American Customer Satisfaction Index, Trader Joe’s ranks first in customer satisfaction among supermarket shoppers. That’s enough to beef up any store’s reputation.