What not to buy at Trader Joe’s

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There are plenty of reasons to love shopping at Trader Joe’s: helpful employees in Hawaiian shirts, a “no-questions-asked return” policy, and best of all, low prices.

But not everything is a good deal at Trader Joe’s. Our Smart Cookie Sandra Hanna is breaking down what you should and shouldn’t buy at Trader Joe’s.

Among the lessons she’s learned:

  • Buy your milk alternatives such as soy milk and almond milk at TJ’s, but skip the organic cow’s milk — it’s actually cheaper at  Whole Foods
  • Stock up on high-end frozen meals, but leave the frozen fruit
  • Which one of Trader Joe’s most popular products is actually a lousy deal


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