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    A DIETICIAN has revealed the 13 items they purchase each week at Trader Joe's while keeping their bill under $50. While adjusting to new prices at grocery stores across the country, the diet expert shared the inexpensive items they swear by at Trader Joe's. 4Trader Joe's Organic Roasted Red Pepper Soup can be made in less than 10 minutesCredit: Trader Joe's 4Granola is a healthy source of protein, especially if you are looking for a substitute to make your breakfast simplerCredit: Trader Joe's The dietician, speaking to Insider, said that she's also a bride-to-be who likes shopping on a budget without sacrificing great food. She began her list of 13 items with a versatile protein. Lentils - 1lb for $3.29 Lauren Armstrong writes that lentils are a healthy, savory option for any meal, and Trader Joe's offers them in soup form, which you can serve hot or cold. For both vegetarians and meat eaters, these lentils are a great option for protein consumption. More on Trader Joe'sBAGEL BOSS I tried 5 store bagels including Costco and Trader Joe's -...
    BAGELS are the perfect morning meal, although not all are worth the buy. There’s nothing like a morning stroll to your favorite shop and grabbing a perfectly toasted, flavor-packed bagel with your choice of cream cheese and toppings. 7Each bagel was lightly toasted with scallion cream cheeseCredit: Aurielle Weiss 7The bagels were judged based on three factors However, when you’re in a rush, store-bought will have to suffice and they usually save you money too. In the latest installment of our Bang for your Buck series, The Sun reviewed five bagels from major grocery stores including Walmart, Costco, and Trader Joe’s to find out which is worth the hype. We were originally looking to grab the Walmart Great Value brand and the Target brand Favorite Day, but after driving around aimlessly to multiple stores, both retailers were out so we had to substitute. We specifically chose everything bagels and judged based on appearance, value for money, and of course taste. Read More on Taste TestsGET SAUCE I tested five pasta sauces including ones from Target - there was a clear...
    WITH temperatures cooling off and back-to-school around the corner, the urge to splurge on trendy fall foods is tempting. One Trader Joe's employee shared the inside scoop to her favorite fall finds to snag before autumn kicks in. 6One Trader Joe's employee shared her favorite finds for fallCredit: TikTok/anxiousnhungry 6Trader Joe's has their own line of fall productsCredit: Getty TikTok user @anxiousnhungry is a Trader Joe's employee who shares her favorite seasonal recommendations, new product reviews, and quick and affordable meals from the beloved store. In her now-viral TikTok, she shared her favorite range of products to grab to ease into the fall spirit. "If you didn't know, Trader Joe's is cool and all but [during] fall time, we're extra cool," she started. "I swear we, like, double in size," she said. "We get so much more cheese, we get so much pumpkin — oh my god, the pumpkin overload!" Read More Shopping HaulsSTORE SECRET I'm a shopping expert - three hidden secrets in Costco's price tagsAISLE HAVE THAT I'm a money-saving expert - my $87 Aldi grocery haul...
    A GROCERY expert has shared with snack-lovers everywhere how they can get paid to test Trader Joe's upcoming autumn line-up. The role awards a whopping $1,500 for feedback on the fall favorites. 2Just one easy application will allow a lucky Trader Joe's fan a $500 shopping spree and $1000 for reviewing their snacksCredit: Getty 2The store's fall line-up includes pumpkin-stuffed ravioli and apple cider donutsCredit: Getty Pumpkin Palooza is put on by FinanceBuzz, in hopes that your taste buds will help them provide a market research guide on what to splurge on and which ones to wheel the grocery cart right past. Food items will include their beloved pumpkin-stuffed ravioli, cinnamon rolls, pumpkin waffles, and apple cider donuts. Taste-testers will be provided with a $500 Trader Joe's gift card and required to write ratings of the items, the site says. In addition to the $500 in free groceries, the site will pay their "Pumpkin Spice Pundit" $1,000 for their efforts. READ MORE MONEYTRADER WOES I tried Trader Joe's toothpaste and it has no toxins - but...
    Workers from Trader Joe's beloved wine store in New York City's Union Square say the discount grocery chain decided to close them down after they threatened to unionize, like thousands of other workers across the county.  The wine store was a firm favorite among New Yorkers who for more than 15 years, were willing to grit their teeth through the long checkout lines to nab their favorite wines at knock-down prices.  That was until earlier this month, when a flimsy notice appeared on the store's doors notifying customers that it was closed for good.  Workers from the shuttered store now tell The Huffington Post that they were planning to unionize and were days away from it when the store shut its doors.  Of the 30 members of staff, 22 had voted to form a union.  The shuttered Trader Joe's wine store in Union Square, where New Yorkers had been buying wine for 15 years  On August 11, the store suddenly closed with no warning to staff or to the customers who frequented it  'It’s totally to stop the union effort before...
    IF you're looking for a bargain grocery shopping, it's important to do your homework. Pennies can make a difference, as a TikTok influencer learned during a Trader Joe's run. 4TikToker nutritiouslyeasy shared healthy items to buy cheaper at Trader Joe'sCredit: TikTok: nutritiouslyeasy Maty Harrington, who goes by nutritiouslyeasy on TikTok, did the research for her 321,900 followers. She explained the healthy items you can buy cheaper at Trader Joe's. The Sun went a step further and did a price comparison with Walmart. We found, in most cases, Trader Joe's was a few cents cheaper. Here's a look at some basic items. 1. Organic orange juice Nutritiouslyeasy said juices such as orange juice is cheaper at Trader Joe's. In her video, she showed an organic OJ for $5.49 at Trader Joe's. Most read in moneyPAY DAY Millions to get monthly $4,194 direct payment this week - see exact dateCASH CLAIM Americans can apply for $500 direct payments starting TODAYPAY DAY I'm an ex Target employee - different products are marked down on certain daysINFLATION RELIEF Direct payments of $200 - $1,050...
    IF you need help finding affordable and healthy ingredients look no further than Costco. Bobby Parrish is known as The Grocery Store Guy on TikTok where he shares his favorite healthy and affordable buys. 2This healthy, organic pasta sauce is on sale for almost the same price as RaguCredit: TikTok 2These olives make a great snack or addition to a saladCredit: TikTok On his account FlavCity, he often takes viewers along with him to Costco to keep them up to date on current sales. Not only does he help people find what they're looking for, but he also helps them to avoid wasting money. Things that seem healthy can actually be filled with added sugars, which Bobby helps point out. This week Costco is running a great sale for two of Bobby's favorite things — pasta sauce and olives. Read more on grocery shoppingBARGAIN HAUL I spent $25 for a week's worth of dinners for three at Aldi and WalmartSMART SHOPPING I'm a chef - here are 15 Walmart items for under $3 to stock your...
    DIETING on a budget doesn't have to be difficult. Brooke Leach is a dieting professional and gym vlogger who recently revealed how to stick to a regime even with limited finances. 1Brooke is continuing to cut her calories, eating what will keep her on a deficitCredit: brookeleach_ Brooke, who goes by brookeleach_ on TikTok has tons of workout videos, grocery hauls, and even her favorite gym clothing purchases. She recently shared in a video with her over 440,000 followers how she's able to shop for her calorie deficit for under $70 between Trader Joe's and Target. Most of the meat came from Trader Joe's while the rest she was able to score at Target. Below are her 13 finds that will last a week or more and keep her healthy on a budget. Read More on Grocery ShoppingBARGAIN HAUL I spent $25 for a week's worth of dinners for three at Aldi and Walmart​​FOOD SHOP I got a week's worth of groceries for just $56 at Aldi - it's the cheapest Target items Target is a great source for...
    New York (CNN Business)Kirkland Signature. Two-Buck Chuck. Simple Truth. Cat & Jack. Great Value. Amazon Basics. Store brands have never been more popular.They have become forces in their own right and make up around 21% of sales in the $1.7 trillion US grocery industry, according to IRI.As prices surge, store brands -- also known as private labels, white labels or generic brands -- have become an even more attractive option for inflation-fatigued shoppers who are looking to switch from pricier name brands. Store brands can be anywhere from 10% to 50% cheaper.But the origins of store brands remain largely secretive. Retailers aren't typically forthcoming about the companies that make their brands. And manufacturers, likewise, have little incentive to reveal that they're creating similar products to their name brands under a different label sold on the cheap.Read MoreMany leading national brand manufacturers create private labels for multiple retailers. In the late 1990s more than half of brand manufacturers were estimated to make private goods as well. Trader Joe's first private brand product in the 1970s was granola. As the grocer grew,...
    ONE Trader Joe's super fan is sharing the foods you should and shouldn't buy from the beloved grocery store based on the ingredients they contain. Glenda claims to be an ingredients expert and shares her knowledge on her Instagram page under the username @whitesugarrebel. 2One Trader Joe's superfan says that certain products should be avoidedCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Some products are healthier than others and use fresh ingredientsCredit: Instagram/@Whitesugarrebel Glenda claims some Trader Joe's products are healthier than others and use fresh ingredients. Others should be avoided at all costs due to the ingredients they contain. The cilantro dressing is one of the first products Glenda names in her "products to avoid" video. She cites the highly inflammatory oils it's made with, canola and soy, plus the conventional dairy, natural sulfites, and more. READ MORE TRADER JOE'S STORIESTRADE SECRETS I worked at Trader Joe’s – the things you do in store that employees hateHARD TRUTH I'm a foodie – the best hard seltzer costs just $0.41 per can at Trader Joe's Another product made with highly inflammatory oils is...
    HARD seltzer enthusiasts, rejoice: Trader Joe's carries an alcoholic twist on the beverage that one foodie declared 'better than White Claw.' Get to the store quickly, because right now, a 12-pack of the tropical fruit-flavored drinks is just $4.99. 4Trader Joes has a sale on Mighty Swell seltzers that makes the drinks just $0.41 per can 4Foodie Elliott Norris sampled the tropical flavors that are on sale right now Foodie Elliott Norris has over 1million followers across YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. His fans rely on him for cooking tips and reviews of the trendiest treats available in stores. In one recent clip, Norris walked into his local Trader Joe's where he spotted an incredible deal. "Trader Joe's has a 12 pack of seltzers for $4.99," Norris said, showing off the box of Mighty Swell seltzers he brought home with him. The brand also an all-season variety pack, as well as "keep it weird" flavors like "Rocket Pop" and "Pink Colada," but the summery tropical drinks were on a special sale at Trader Joe's. READ MORE SHOPPING TIPSTEA TIME A...
    MOST people don't like to leave patches of white clumpy sunscreen on their face, especially if it doesn't even help protect them. Supergoop sunscreen is known for its velvety feel and its effortless application, and one shopping expert can confirm that its dupe does not compare. 4Faith Allison tries the Trader Joe's Supergoop sunscreen dupe using a UV patchCredit: TikTok 4Supergoop's Unseen Sunscreen is transparent and has a velvet textureCredit: Supergoop Every sunscreen affects people's skin differently depending on whether or not they have sensitive, oily, dry, or acne-prone skin. Supergoop combines skincare nutrients with SPF to create a safe formula for all skin types. Products range from SPF powder sunscreen to UV protectant shimmery eye shadow. All of them are either made with clean chemicals or 100 percent minerals. READ MORE ON BEAUTY HACKSDIOR DUPE I found a Dior lip oil dupe that looks exactly the same but only costs $4A COOL CURE I'm a skincare pro - my anti-aging tip uses something you have in the fridge Supergoop can be purchased on their website, as...
    JUNETEENTH celebrations kick off on Monday, June 19, 2022, to commemorate the day when all enslaved peoples were freed in 1865. In honor of the holiday, store hours will differ depending on the business and its location. 1Trader Joe's will be open on Juneteenth When is Trader Joe's open on Juneteenth? The majority of Trader Joe's locations are open on Juneteenth and hours do not vary from the typical opening times of 8am to 9pm local time. There are no discounts available for Trader Joe's locations for the holiday, and prices will vary depending on the state and region where the store is based. What is Trader Joe's holiday schedule? Trader Joe's holiday hours are: READ MORE ON THE US SUNFOOD FOR THOUGHT I work at Trader Joe's - there’s one product I can't live withoutNOT-AVERAGE I used to work at Trader Joe’s - here's why there are so many employees there New Year's Day - Closed Martin Luther King Day - Regular Hours President's Day - Regular Hours Good Friday - Regular Hours Easter - Reduced Hours; Closes...
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers that strawberries sold at major US grocery stores, including Trader Joe's and Walmart, may be linked to an outbreak of Hepatitis A.  The federal agency released a statement on Saturday, saying that along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it will investigate a 'multistate outbreak' of infections in the US. It will also partner with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for cases reported there.  Infections in North America are being linked to organic strawberries packaged by FeshKampo - a berries producer and distributor in California — and Texas-based grocery store H-E-B, purchased between March 5 and April 25.  Consumers who bought the berries with labels from the two brands are urged to get rid of their batches immediately, especially if they were frozen to be consumed later, the FDA said. The strawberries were also shipped and placed for sale at other popular grocery stores across the country, including Aldi, Kroger, Safeway, Wei Markets, Sprouts Farmers Market, Weis Markets and WinCo Foods, the FDA added. As of Sunday, 17 people...
    MANY Americans are gearing up for Memorial Day 2022, many stores like Trader Joe's could have different hours. For holidays such as Memorial Day customers may wonder if stores like Trader Joe's will be open. 2Trader Joe's is a grocery store that is available across the United StatesCredit: Getty Images - Getty Is Trader Joe's open on Memorial Day? Although many stores are closed in observance of Memorial Day, Trader Joe's does not close on this day. Store opening and closing times may vary based on location. Customers can confirm their local store hours by calling their local Trader Joe's store. In order to locate the closest Trader Joe's market, shoppers can also use the store's store locator on their website. Read more on The US SunCOFFEE RUN Memorial Day - Starbucks opening times revealed SORRY SHOPPERS? Consumers are wondering how Memorial Day will affect Marshalls' hours Memorial Day will take place on Monday, May 30, 2022. The federal holiday is observed in the United States to mourn the military personnel who have died while serving in the US armed...
    JOE Coulombe wanted to entice shoppers with images of exotic lands and grand travels while visiting Trader Joe's. He thought "Trader Joe's" would evoke images of luxurious travel to tropical islands. The name also honored the popular tiki bar restaurant, Trader Vic's. 1Joe Coulombe wanted to cater to those who sought out the finer things in life Coulombe set out to create a grocery store for people who sought out the finer things in life, reports CNN. He opened the first Trader Joe's in Pasadena, California, in 1967. "I have an ideal audience in mind," he told the Los Angeles Times in 1981. "This is a person who got a Fulbright scholarship, went to Europe for a couple of years, and developed a taste for something other than Velveeta," he said. He thought international travel would explode when the Boeing 747 began flying. The theme of the story would draw in those jet setters along with the impressive stock of their favorite Parisian wines. Read more on Trader Joe'sPACK IT IN I worked at Trader Joe's - why we...
    A TRADER Joe's superfan has revealed the three products she will never buy at the store - and it's not about the price. TikToker @kelseysfoodreviews has amassed 1.2million followers thanks to her reviews of the items at the beloved grocery store. 3TikToker @kelseysfoodreviews has revealed the three items she will never buy at Trader Joe'sCredit: TikTok/@kelseysfoodreviews 3Kelsey has amassed 1.2million followers thanks to her reviews of the fan-favorite grocery storeCredit: Getty The first item Kelsey won't buy at the store's Seville Orange marmalade, which she claims is "extremely sour and does not taste like oranges." The second item she stays away from "at all costs" are the champagne gummies. "They smell like vomit and they taste like vomit," Kelsey tells her followers. Lastly, the Trader Joe's superfan recommends to "never ever buy the queso" at the store. Read More in Lifestyle MOMMY ISSUES I have 4 babies under 4 –I was pregnant with twins 5 MONTHS after giving birthBUGS BE GONE I'm a DIY pro - keep bugs out of your home this summer with a cleaning product "It tastes...
    WITH over 530 locations across the US, Trader Joe's is loved among many people for its low-cost, natural foods. A lot of shoppers have even vouched that Trader Joe's store brand is a good buy. 1Trader Joe's has 530 locationsCredit: Getty This could be true as Trader Joe's was recently voted one of the top 10 Best Supermarket Brands by 10Best, but The Sun reveals what items are worth buying and what items are not. Products to buy 1. Chocolate One of the first items that should always make it into your basket is Trader Joe's dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Read More on Trader Joe'sGood timing I'm a Trader Joe's fan – the best time to shop for a more relaxing experienceJOE FOR LAUNCH I'm a Trader Joe’s superfan - here's how to get fresh groceries to your door For just $4.29, you get 16 ounces of decadent chocolates. These yummy treats even won the Sweet Treat title in the 2021 Annual Customer Choice Awards. 2. Cereal Another item that is worth purchasing is cereal. Most read in MoneyCHA-CHING Surprise summer...
    A TRADER Joe’s worker has revealed that meat is the most stolen item. The unnamed Redditor, who apparently works in a store in downtown Chicago, claims it’s harder for shoplifters to pinch a bottle of wine. 1A Trader Joe's worker has revealed that meat is the item that's stolen the most from the storeCredit: Getty The worker said the vacuum-packed steaks can be “pocketed easily” into thieves’ pockets. He added: “Shoplifters tend to think we watch the alcohol more but it’s harder to steal a bottle of wine than a pound of ground beef.” He also revealed that some Trader Joe’s stores have crew members on the lookout, while others have security guards. And, the worker claimed that he catches shoplifters almost every day. read more on trader joe'sNOT-AVERAGE I used to work at Trader Joe’s - here's why there are so many employees thereFOOD FOR THOUGHT I work at Trader Joe's - there’s one product I can't live without Dozens of Redditors have bombarded the employee with a series of questions on the thread. One person asked: “What is...
    TRADER Joe’s employees have warned customers to avoid the frozen food section and to buy their fruit and vegetables from elsewhere. Four unnamed workers revealed a list of products that shoppers shouldn't buy when visiting their local store. 1Trader Joe's workers have revealed items customers should never buy (stock image)Credit: Alamy One worker said the frozen produce is too expensive, according to Business Insider. While another claimed shoppers should go elsewhere when it comes to buying frozen fruit. The cuts of meat on offer are too expensive although they are of good quality, a worker said. And, a different employee told Insider that savvy shoppers could get better value for money if they looked around for their fruit and vegetables. read more on trader joe'sSAVE IT I'm a Trader Joe's employee - we don't have sales but there's one way to save moneyTRADE SECRET Trader Joe’s has secret theme that inspires EVERYTHING from décor to job roles Employees that work at Trader Joe’s are not fans of all the products on offer to customers. The chain often...
    SAN JOSE – Firefighters on Monday night quickly extinguished a fire at the Trader Joe’s south of the San Jose International Airport. The fire was reported just before 6:15 p.m. at the store at 635 Coleman Ave., said San Jose fire Capt. Mitch Matlow. “The management in the store heard the fire alarms go off, and then they started seeing water coming down from the ceiling in the area over their fresh meat section,” said Matlow, adding that the water was from the store’s fire sprinkler system. Firefighters arrived to see flames on the roof of the store, which was also being evacuated. About 19 employees and 60 customers were in the store at the time of the fire. “Everybody is accounted for,” Matlow said. “There are no injuries.” Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, Matlow said. Matlow said the fire started on the roof. The cause, however, remains under investigation. The fire left a hole in the roof, Matlow said. An estimate of the damage was not immediately available, but Matlow said he expected the store to remain closed for...
    A MONEY-SAVVY mom has shared the 12 products she buys from Trader Joe's that are loved by her two kids while also being super healthy. Lori Hong, who shared her story with Insider.com, revealed she likes to maintain a healthy lifestyle after she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 2012. 4A mom has shared her favorite Trader Joe's productsCredit: Getty 4She recommended the seeds-and-grains crispbread topped with dip and everything but the bagel seasoningCredit: Trader Joe's Since then, she's decided to keep up with her low-carb diet while offering her sons the healthiest meals possible. Here are the 12 Trader Joe's products she swears by: SEEDS-AND-GRAINS CRISPBREAD "The seeds-and-grains crispy crackers pack a lot of punch for 10 grams of carbs a serving," she explained. "They're nice and thick, and they fill me up. I love eating them with smoked-salmon dip or smashed avocado." Read More Trader Joe's SecretsFOOD FOR THOUGHT I work at Trader Joe's – these simple hacks will change the way you eatTRASH TALK I worked at Trader Joe’s - messy shoppers leave trash but that's...
    SIMPLE hacks can change the way you eat, according to Trader Joe's employees. Sharing their tips and tricks can help you eat healthier without sacrificing taste. 4Employees at Trader Joe's has revealed the hacks that can mean shoppers eat betterCredit: Alamy 4The Trader Joe's store in Princeton, New JerseyCredit: Getty The ingenious hacks were revealed by Matt Sloan and Tara Miller, who host the Trader Joe’s podcast. One employee's favorite hack involves taking regular yogurt cups and turning them into frozen yogurt. All you need to do is add popsicle sticks and stick the cups in the freezer overnight. Tori, who works at a store in Spokane, Washington, along with Tara, sampled blueberry and vanilla versions and claimed they were delicious and the texture was fantastic. READ MORE TRADER JOE'S STORIESWHITE LIES I'm a Traders Joe's employee – we actually lie to customers but we’re being niceBUY AND TRY I'm a regular at Trader Joe's and I reviewed which products are worth buying An employee at a branch in Woodbury, Minnesota, said a vanilla cake mix was actually better by...
    SPRINGTIME is for warm weather, blooming flowers and seasonal sweets at Trader Joe's. With fan favorites constantly rotating, Trader Joe's knows how to get their customers excited. 1These seasonal fan favorites are back in stockCredit: Getty Trader Joe's often sells their seasonal goodies around holidays or specific months, like their delicious Jingle Jangle at Christmas-time or Pumpkin Ginger Mini Hold the Cone! Ice Cream Cones during fall. The retailer always delivers. This year, they have tons of new seasonal items that are becoming fast favorites. We've rounded up nine of the most popular products to get your hands on before they're gone. Read More on Trader JoesFRUITY DEAL I'm Trader Joe's CEO and single bananas are 19 cents due to one shopperBUY AND TRY I'm a regular at Trader Joe's and I reviewed which products are worth buying 1. Synergistically seasoned popcorn Popcorn flavors are endless at Trader Joe's. Their new Synergistically Seasoned Popcorn is a salty, sweet and tangy treat that will no doubt have you buying bags. It sells for $2.29 and packed with 5.5 ounces of...
    Store brands have never been more popular - people love them for offering national brand quality at half the price. But, the name on the label is not always the maker of the product. 7Trader Joe's, Walmart, and Costco are rumored to use private labels for their store brands The Private Label Manufacturer's Association (PLMA) confirmed to The Sun that one of every five grocery products carries the store label and was supplied by a private manufacturer. Given the popularity of store brands - it's become a guessing game of sorts to "call out" ones that seem just a bit too much like a national brand favorite. Savvy shoppers on TikTok, Instagram, and Youtube have taken to the trend. Below are some of the favorite, and most questioned, store brands. Read More in ShoppingHAPPY SHOPPING You've been shopping at Best Buy wrong - here are five ways to save moneySHOPPING SMALL Four items you should never buy at Costco or BJ's Wholesale Club Great Value Peanut Butter and Peter Pan Peanut Butter 7The price difference between Walmart's brand...
    TRADER Joe's sells produce for a flat rate rather than by the pound because of one elderly customer. Before the CEO's interaction with the shopper, bananas were sold in prepackaged plastic bags. 1The grocery store famously sells individual bananas Dan Bane, CEO, said on the podcast "Inside Trader Joe's" in the grocery store's early days they decided not to have scales in the store. Rather, all produce would be weighed and packaged at the warehouse. The smallest bags had four to five bananas. The store figured this would be a good solution for customers since "no one buys just one banana," everyone buys them by the bunch. Read more on Trader Joe'sGETTING SHIRTY I'm a Trader Joes employee and we all wear Hawaiian shirts because of DisneyTRICKS OF THE TRADE I'm an ex-Trader Joe's worker - 10 things you should never do in stores While Bane was at a Trader Joe's location in Sun City, Arizona, he had an interaction with a customer that changed the way the store did business. An older woman was browsing the...
    A TRADER Joe executive has revealed the real reason why staff wear Hawaiian shirts – and it turns out it’s inspired by Disneyland. The company’s founder, Joe Coulombe, divulged all the secrets of the grocery store’s operation in a new inhouse podcast. 2The Hawaiian theme can become a staple of Trader Joe'sCredit: Getty 2And it turns out founder Joe Coulombe is responsibleCredit: Getty He was asked about the reason many employees are regularly found wearing the colourful attire, and it isn’t without reason. He explained it was a deliberate decision made when stores first opened in 1967.   "I'd been reading a book called 'White Shadows in the South Seas,' and I'd been to the Disneyland jungle trip, and it all coalesced," Coulombe explained. The book, which was written by Frederick O'Brien, takes place on an island in the South Pacific. READ MORE ON LIFESTYLESCRUBS UP Woman says £2 spray is 'best money she's ever spent' after it made patio look newPOUND AND OUT I make my son, 7, pay bills - I’m criticised but I want him to learn...
    MOST of us love Girl Scout cookies and almost everyone has a favorite variety. The thin mint fanatics are a loyal bunch, as are the tagalong fans. 8There's one great tasting Girl Scout cookie copycat that can be found in Dollar Stores No matter which you prefer, there seems to be one way to enjoy them - right out of the box. With this kind of consumption, you'll never be able to stock enough in your freezer this season. While most troops will be selling cookies through April, and you should do your best to support them, below are six ways to get your fix during the off-season. The knock-offs are sold at retailers including Target, Trader Joe's, Walmart and more. Boxes of Girl Scout cookies cost $5 each. Girl Scout Thin Mints & Keebler Grasshoppers 8Keebler Grasshoppers sell for $2.89 at Target stores According to the Girl Scouts' homepage, these round, mint cookies are their number one bestseller. When you can't have the real thing, Thrillist suggests grabbing a box of Keebler Grasshoppers. Side by side, these cookies...
    TRADER Joe's employees are part of why people love shopping there. However, the customers are not always right, according to an ex-employee. 1The tropical-themed grocery store is the favorite for many shoppers The ex-employee has a list of things they wished customers would stop doing at the grocery store, they told Insider. Most shoppers appreciate the affordable prices, but some will try to barter with employees to get a better deal. Employees have no say in prices, and the reason items may be more expensive is because of the cost of quality ingredients. Arguing with a cashier about the price of chocolate-covered banana slices will just hold up the line. Read more on Trader Joe'sDID YOU KNOW? The stuffed animals at Trader Joe’s aren’t just for decoration – it’s a gameBUY AND TRY I'm a regular at Trader Joe's and I reviewed which products are worth buying Free samples are a staple in the stores, but that doesn't mean shoppers have to take each one. If you sample an item and don't like it, simply...
    TRADER Joe's employees have revealed the best-kept secret hiding in most stores. Turns out employees at the stores across the country are playing a secret hide and seek game with every child that comes in. 2Trader Joe's employees have revealed a secret hidden in most storesCredit: Getty Somewhere in most stores, a stuffed animal is hidden by employees for kids to find, as reported by the kitchn. When a kid finds the hidden toy, they are reward with a prize such as a lollipop. A Reddit user claiming to be a manager at a Trader Joe's revealed the heartwarming secret on Reddit. "Each store has a stuffed animal of some sort hiding somewhere. It's really just for kids to run around and find the missing animal, and they get a treat," the alleged manager wrote. Most read in The US SunBABY'S NAME! Kylie reveals newborn son's name after giving birth to second childSHE DID WHAT? Khloe fans think she's BACK with Tristan after she 'accidentally drops clue'HORROR FIND 'Cops find man dismembering decapitated girlfriend' after 'fight turns deadly'HORROR TEST Tortured...
    Two Trader Joe’s employees followed the man up an escalator that leads to the store's exit but only stopped him from taking a shopping basket, the Post said. “They basically just tell us not to do anything, just let them go,” a Trader Joe’s worker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the paper. “We get in trouble if we do anything. ... It don’t bother me. I’ve been working here for two years, I see it happen every day. After a while, you just don’t care.” The Post said Trader Joe’s didn't respond to its request for comment. Retail theft complaints citywide have jumped 36% from 2020 to 2021, the NYPD added to the paper.
    EVER wonder which Trader Joe's products aren't worth their hype? One regular has all the answers, as well as the ones that are totally worth it. 4Lauren shares which Trader Joe's items are worth buying and which are overratedCredit: TikTok/laurensandiego 4Lauren claimed the Mint Flavor Dog Treats are overrated and her dog didn't like themCredit: TikTok/laurensandiego A social media user by the name @laurensandiego_ is known as the "CEO of overrated, underrated, justified" for her honest reviews on popular grocery and beauty products. As a regular Trader Joe's shopper, she reviews items in her cart to help people decide which they should try, and which they should avoid. She said her grocery haul from this video was a bit more basic than usual, but just couldn't help herself from throwing in a few Valentine's Day treats. The first product she reviewed was the Mint Flavored Dog Treats for $2.99, and she declared them overrated. Lauren claimed her dog didn't like the treats and that they went stale after just 24 hours. Next up was the Howling Gourds Pumpkin Ale....
    TRADER Joe's fans know grocery shopping can quickly become a massive spree, but you can stop that from happening with this simple formula. Dietician Olivia Ashton shared her secret to conquering the aisles of Trader Joe's without going overboard. 3Food expert Olivia Ashton revealed the only items you need from Trader Joe's to have a fully stocked fridgeCredit: TikTok 3Ashton starts her grocery shopping with seven items from the meat and produce aislesCredit: TikTok "When you open your fridge and realize you have nothing in it, use this formula to restock," Ashton explained in a TikTok that's raked in over a million views. She starts off by grabbing four proteins: greek yogurt, pork tenderloin, hard-boiled eggs, and frozen turkey burgers. "One for breakfast, one for lunch and dinner, one for snacks, and a frozen option to keep on hand," she explained. Then she said to grab three different colored vegetables and added that they can be either fresh or frozen. Ashton opted for Brussel sprouts, baby carrots, and cauliflower. Next, she added two ready-to-eat meals,...
    TRADER Joe's is an American chain of grocery stores with over 530 locations nationwide. Many American's go to Trader Joe's to shop for their holiday meals and want to know their upcoming hours with Christmas fastly approaching. 2Trader Joe's is one of the nation's largest grocery store chains Is Trader Joe’s open today? Christmas and New Year opening times explained Every year, it is recommended to get your holiday food shopping done as soon as possible or risk not getting everything due to store closures. While Trader Joe's offers Christmas Eve hours, the store will remain closed on Christmas Day. Shoppers can get their last-minute shopping in before 6:00pm on December 24, however, hours may vary by location and it is always best to check with your local location. The same goes for New Year's as Trader Joe's will be open during limited hours on New Year's Eve but closed again on New Year’s Day. What are Trader Joe's winter items? Among Trader Joe's selection of grocery items, during the holiday season, they also...
    By Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune We’re pumpkin people now. Me, my family — for us, it’s all pumpkin, all season. We shall take sustenance from the great pumpkin lord, today, tomorrow. Every meal will center around nature’s sacred orange gourd. I explained this to my 5-year-old: From here on, or at least through the Super Bowl, we will eat pumpkin products from Trader Joe’s. Pasta, hummus, breakfast bars, bread, tortilla chips — all pumpkin. This is the way it must be. She didn’t take it too well. But she will learn to adapt. Even pumpkin people once scrunched their faces at pumpkin bagels. She’ll see. Someday, should we move into a post-pumpkin future, we will have to explain: There was a time, long ago, when people greeted autumn by descending on Trader Joe’s, buying too many pumpkin products and convincing themselves they wanted to eat pumpkin-flavored meals 24/7. But I expect telling the great-grandchildren we didn’t always eat this much pumpkin will be like saying power windows weren’t always standard in cars. The imagination can grasp only so much. For...
    I tried many of Trader Joe's iconic breakfasts. Savanna Swain-Wilson for Insider I tried 18 breakfast foods from Trader Joe's, from Greek yogurt to pancakes. I loved cereals like the strawberry-yogurt O's and maple-and-brown-sugar wheat bites. Iconic staples like the protein muffins and frozen hash browns were slightly underwhelming. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Whether I'm in the mood for a protein-packed bar or a breakfast that feels a bit more filling, I look for foods that strike the right balance of convenience, affordability, and taste — and there's no better place to find that than Trader Joe's.  So I tried some of Trader Joe's most popular breakfast foods as part of an ongoing series to review the the chain's best items. Keep reading to see which Trader Joe's breakfasts I'll purchase again, and which ones I'll skip. Both kids and...
    I love these Weight Watchers staples from Trader Joe's. Briana Luca for Insider I've followed Weight Watchers for 5 years and lost almost 30 pounds at the height of my journey.  WW users are given color-coordinated plans and a daily amount of SmartPoints to meet their goals. Trader Joe's has several low-point foods, like frittatas and rice, that are staples in my kitchen. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
    I taste tested 15 of Trader Joe's seasonal foods. Savanna Swain-Wilson for Insider I reviewed 15 seasonal summer products from Trader Joe's as part of an ongoing series.  Foods like the key-lime tea cookies and Bloody Mary salsa will become summertime staples of mine. Next time, I'll pass on the pickle chips and dark-chocolate watermelon sticks. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. From versatile crispy jalapeño pieces to luscious Southern-style peach ice cream, Trader Joe's has plenty of seasonal items for the summer.  As part of an ongoing series in which I review Trader Joe's seasonal products, I decided to give the chain's 2021 summer offerings a try.  Keep reading to find out which products I'll keep coming back for, and which ones I'll pass on next time.  The chocolate chips majorly upgraded Trader Joe's Hold the Cone treats I was super excited to try this flavor. Savanna Swain-Wilson for Insider Just when I thought Hold the Cone couldn't get any better, Trader Joe's released these. The chocolate chips were a welcome addition, providing texture and...
    I tried 19 dips from Trader Joe's to find the best ones. Savanna Swain-Wilson for Insider I tried 19 dips and spreads from Trader Joe's, and I would buy most of them again.  The caramelized-onion dip would complement any appetizer table.  The jalapeño pub-cheese dip was an incredibly snackable option. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When it comes to snacking, nothing beats a good chip-and-dip combo — and Trader Joe's seems all too aware of that fact. From a comforting, cheesy pimento spread to spicy hummus, the chain currently offers a wide selection of dips for virtually every palate.  As a regular connoisseur of Trader Joe's salsas and spreads, I decided to taste test some of the chain's most popular dips using a tortilla chip and carrot stick to keep my reviews consistent and fair. One month and $70 later, I tried a total of 19 dips and would repurchase at least half of them. So, keep reading to find out which ones I'll be picking up again. The eggplant hummus tasted like a wholesome, mellower...
    I bought 18 award-winning foods from my local Trader Joe's. Savanna Swain-Wilson for Insider I tried 18 foods that won Trader Joe's Customer Choice Awards to see if they live up to the hype. Staples like the Mandarin orange chicken and soy chorizo deserve their acclaim.  I probably wouldn't buy the sweet apple chicken sausage and the white-cheddar corn puffs again. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Every year I look forward to Trader Joe's Customer Choice Awards, which reveals shoppers' favorite products and helps me discover some must-try chain staples. Items like Mandarin orange chicken have reigned supreme for years while others like plantain chips recently earned a title. So I hit up my local Trader Joe's and bought as many award-winning foods as I could to see which ones deserved their hype. Read on to find out which of these 18 fan-favorite Trader Joe's items I'd buy again, and which I would skip. This burrito stuffed with black beans and Monterey Jack was filling and delicious Trader Joe's black-bean and Monterey Jack burrito. Savanna Swain-Wilson...
    L.A. County’s director of public health Monday said officials have been contacting a number of retail chains to emphasize that existing rules that require everyone to wear masks indoors in a store remain in effect in California. The education effort came after the Trader Joe’s in South Pasadena posted a sign in front of its store on Friday that gave permission for vaccinated shoppers to enter its market without a mask — a policy that violates California mask orders. “Our teams are out notifying all of the chains that have made announcements nationally that they would be relaxing their masking requirements” that California’s mandatory mask policy within stores statewide remains in effect, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Absolutely, masking requirements are in place here and all across California,” Ferrrer said. “So this is going to be pretty easy for businesses and customers, residents and visitors to understand — because there’s one standard for the whole state. And it requires that we continue to wear our masks until June 15,” Ferrer said. Ferrer welcomed the...
    Target announced on Monday that fully-vaccinated customers need no longer wear a face mask in their stores, unless the local government rules otherwise. The Minnesota-based company followed the lead set on Friday by Trader Joe's, Walmart and Costco in saying that customers who have had their COVID vaccine no longer need to wear a mask while shopping. The news came shortly before Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, announced his state was lifting its mask mandate on Wednesday.  'Effective Wednesday, NYS will adopt the CDC's new mask & social distancing guidance for vaccinated people,' Cuomo said.  'Unvaccinated people should continue to wear a mask.  'Masks will still be required on public transit, in schools & some communal settings. Private venues may require masks.' Shoppers at Target will no longer have to wear face masks, unless local rules order them Thirteen states say they are lifting their mask mandates in accordance with the new CDC guidance and 11 states are keeping them. New York's is lifting on Wednesday  Restrictions still remain in states including New Jersey,...
    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) – On Friday, Trader Joe’s, Costco and Walmart announced that fully vaccinated customers can shop in their stores without wearing a mask, but there is also growing confusion about when and wear people are still required to wear them. The stores announcement came after the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention released new mask guidelines saying fully vaccinated individuals do not need to weak masks in most settings, unless that goes against state, federal or local laws. READ MORE: Dodgers Reportedly Sign Former Angels Slugger Albert Pujols “We don’t know what the rules or laws are because they are different everywhere,” Attorney Alexandra Kazarian told CBSLA’s Hermela Aregawi. “Private businesses can deal with however they like. The CDC’s guidelines are recommendations. They are not law. Those are national guidelines, but every state, every city, every county has different that they follow.” In one Los Angeles Trader Joe’s Saturday, not one customer was wearing a mask, but feelings were mixed about the company’s new rules because not everyone trusts people to be honest about their vaccination status. “For...
    Walmart, the world's largest retailer, Costco and Trader Joe's said that they won't require vaccinated shoppers to wear a mask in U.S. stores, unless state or local laws say otherwise, on Friday. Vaccinated shoppers can go maskless immediately, Walmart said. Vaccinated workers can stop wearing them on May 18.  As an incentive, the company said it is offering workers $75 if they prove they have been vaccinated.  John Bechtold puts his face covering on as he passes his storefront sign that lists COVID-19 protective covering required to enter in his retail shop on Friday in Pittsburgh's South Side A customer exits a corner market while wearing a protective mask in the retail shopping district of the SoHo neighborhood of the Manhattan In half the states of the country, nothing will change. 14 states had already lifted their mask mandates, and 11 never had them in the first place Both Costco and Trader Joe's said they would not require proof of vaccination, but employees at the grocery chain will still need to cover their faces.  Workers will need to...
    Will you have to keep masking up at your favorite retailers? It depends. Trader Joe’s will no longer require fully vaccinated shoppers to don masks, making it one of the first major businesses to change its face-covering policy after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines Thursday. The Monrovia-headquartered supermarket updated the COVID-19 guidance on its website Friday to say it continues to review federal, state and local health advisories and where it makes sense, to adjust efforts. “We encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping,” the store said on its website. Hours later, the messaging was no longer visible on the site. Attempts to reach the national supermarket chain, which has stores in 43 states were unsuccessful. The change was announced one day after the CDC dramatically loosened its masking requirements for those are who fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Under the new federal guidelines, anyone who is two weeks or more past their...
    I compared three different chain's orange-chicken dishes. Savanna Swain-Wilson for Insider I tried orange chicken from Trader Joe's, Panda Express, and P.F. Chang's to find the best one. P.F. Chang's dish was my least favorite and also the most expensive.  Although Panda Express' was great, Trader Joe's orange chicken won based on affordability.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Orange chicken is a popular dish that's been around for decades, but there's still some debate about the best place to get it.  Panda Express' former executive chef Andy Kao is said to have premiered the Chinese-American recipe in 1987, and in 2017, over 50% of the chain's customers ordered the dish as part of their meal. What started out as a mere addition to the Panda Express menu went on to become a food phenomenon, as restaurants and grocery chains around the world now offer their own version of the dish, with some rivaling the popularity of the original. So I decided to sample three of the most popular orange-chicken takes on the market from Trader Joe's,...
    I purchased a weekly grocery haul from Trader Joe's on a $30 budget. Savanna Swain-Wilson for Insider I spent $30 at Trader Joe's for a week's worth of food to see how far I could stretch my dollar. I planned several of my meals ahead of time to make sure I chose versatile groceries.  Sweet potatoes and tortillas were some of the most adaptable ingredients that I used.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As a single woman with many bills to pay, I'm always looking for new ways to save money on groceries.  Yet every time I orbit anywhere near my local Trader Joe's, I become like a moth to a flame — a flame that incinerates any form of a budget I had when I got there.  So in an effort to become more disciplined with my own grocery spending, I tried to make a week's worth of meals for myself using a $30 Trader Joe's haul. Read on to find out what I bought and made, and what I learned from the experience.  Before...
    The Alabama Theater was turned into a Trader Joe's. Erum Salam for Insider Houston's historic Alabama Theater was turned into a Trader Joe's in 2012, and I shop there. The art-deco building also housed a bookstore, and some of its original features are still intact.  There are some fun decorations located throughout the store to keep the theater theme alive.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Grocery shopping can be a burden, but when your supermarket transports you back in time it's a lot more fun. For me, coming back home to Houston, Texas, and shopping at the Trader Joe's that used to be the historic Alabama Theater is like entering a time machine. The store holds fond memories for me — it was the go-to place to grab snacks before heading over to friends' houses growing up. And I love that it still has some of the art-deco charms of the original 1930s building.  Read on to see what it's like to shop at this famed Trader Joe's. The building has been around since 1939, and...
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