Whether you've never shopped at Trader Joe's or you won't buy groceries anywhere else, chances are you'll find the following tips for shopping at Trader Joe's useful. It's a great place to shop. The “crew” (staff) is notoriously friendly and the selection is out of this world.
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Don't Count on Frequent Sales
Trader Joe's doesn't believe in sale prices. For that reason, there aren't any. The chain claims to offer the lowest prices around. So, there's no such thing as going lower. Avid coupon users, don't panic! The chain readily accepts manufacturer coupons at face value.
Ask for a Sample
If you really want to buy a product, but aren't sure you'll like it, simply ask a crew member for a free sample. How seriously cool is that? If it turns out you don't care for the taste, you're under no obligation to buy.
Read the “Fearless Flyer”
The “Fearless Flyer” is Trader Joe's monthly mailer. It contains scads of Trader Joe's specials and discounts, meant to help you get the most bang for your buck. You can subscribe to the flyer online or pick up a copy when you shop.
Bring Your Own Bags
Many Trader Joe's locations go the extra mile to encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable shopping bags to transport purchases back home with them. These stores hold monthly gift card drawings for everyone who participates.
If your city enforces a disposable bag tax and depending how often you shop, the savings associated with using your own bags will slowly add up. And, it's certainly no secret that every penny counts!
Take Advantage of Easy Returns
Trader Joe's has a “no questions asked” return policy. That being said, there's no need to feel apprehensive about returning a product that doesn't live up to your standards.
Buy Trader Joe's Online
Did you know that you can buy Trader Joe's brand items online at Amazon? Yes, you can! If you don't live near a Trader's Joe (like me, gasp), I can still take advantage of the deals online!
These are just a few Trader Joe's shopping tips to consider. What started out as one Pronto Market in 1958 has blossomed into more than 400 stores nationwide. Why not check out your local award-winning Trader Joe's today? You'll be glad you did!