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19 Real Moms on What They Always Buy at Trader Joe’s
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Grocery shopping fatigue is real, which is why we turned to moms (and a couple of dads) to pick their brains about the crowd-pleasing items they buy on repeat at Trader Joe’s.

The Butternut Squash Ravioli

“It makes me feel like a real home cook—especially when I pair it with a jar of TJ’s pesto.” — Jenna

The Honey Sesame Almonds

“Perfect for semi-healthy snacking.” — Mary


“The store brand seltzer options are delicious—and I love the flavor variety.” — Kym

Sweet Potato Frites

“These cook up so well. A perfect side for dinner.” — Sarah

The Kids Yogurt Selection

“Our kids love the mango/peach, strawberry/banana or blueberry/vanilla, depending on the day.” — Carolyn

Freeze Dried Fruit

“We leave with bags of it, especially the dried strawberries and mango. It’s a great on-the-go snack.” — Amy

Hedgehog Cookies

“They’re so good and individually packaged. My daughter loves them.” — Stephanie

Frozen Scallion Pancakes

“Tastes like the real deal.” — Christine

Orange Peach Mango Juice

“It’s my daughter’s absolute favorite.” — Katie


“My toddler could eat a whole bag in one sitting. They’re also just 99 cents.” — Alyssa

Frozen Macarons

“They’re surprisingly delicious and so cheap.” — Brynn

The Spicy Lime and Everything But the Bagel Seasonings

“I put these two spices on everything.” — Cristina

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

“It’s the perfect quick meal without any fillers.” — Katherine

The 100-Calorie Chocolate Bars

“As long as you can eat just one.” — Gabrielle

The Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas

“These are so so good. They also feel like an indulgent treat—but not too indulgent.” — Laura

The Nut, Cranberry and Chocolate Chip Trail Mix

“Just be sure it has the chocolate chips. There’s one that doesn’t and I accidentally bought it and my kids revolted.” — Christine

Balsamic Tri-Trip Steak

“My kids and husband both love this. It makes it look like I prepped a gourmet meal from scratch.” — Angela

Guiltless Mac and Cheese

“I always have this on hand.” — Jennifer

The Frozen Pain Au Chocolats

“My friend—who’s Parisian, which makes her a pastry expert—turned me on to these. They’re the bomb!” — Alex

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