Our Favorite Finds at Trader Joe’s Priced at Under $2

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Love shopping at Trader Joe’s?

We love wandering the aisles of Trader Joe’s because you can find so many unique food items – and many cost $1.99 or less! We put together 27 must-buy items that just require a couple of bucks at most!


1. Kalamata Olive Hummus 8 oz. – $1.99

Trader Joe's olive hummus


2. Trader Joe’s Beligum Chocolate 3-Packs – $1.79

Trader Joe's dark chocolate


3. Simply Lite No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate 3.5 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's Simply Lite milk chocolate bars


4. Trader Joe’s Reusable Unicorn Tote – 99¢

Trader Joe's unicorn reusable shopping bag

Trader Joe’s branding is so clever and fun – and this reusable grocery shopping bag is just another example. It’s also a steal at a buck!


5. Trader Joe’s Bamba Peanut Snacks 3.5 oz – 99¢

Trader Joe's Bamba peanut snacks


6. Trader Joe’s Roasted Seaweed Snack 0.4 oz – 99¢

Trader Joe's roasted seaweed snack

Roasted seaweed is such a fun, simple snack loaded with flavor!


7. Trader Joe’s Hawaiian Style Chips 7 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's salt and vinegar potato chips


8. Trader Joe’s Crispy Okra 1.4 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's crispy crunchy okra


9. Trader Joe’s Inner Peas Snack 3.3 oz $1.49

Trader Joe's inner peas snack


10. Trader Joe’s Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil 5 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's organic popcorn bag


11. Trader Joe’s Cheese Crunchies 6.5 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's spicy cheese crunchies


12. Trader Joe’s Parmesan, Garlic & Herb Pita Chips 6 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's pita chips


13. Trader Joe’s White Corn Tortilla Chips 4 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's restaurant style white corn tortilla chips


14. Trader Joe’s Pineapple Salsa 12 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's pineapple salsa in jars


15. Trader Joe’s Salsa Autentica 12 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's authentic salsa


16. Trader Joe’s Peppermint Tea 20-count – $1.99

Trader Joe's peppermint tea

Peppermint tea is so soothing and delicious – and no caffeine means you can rest easy. 


17. Trader Joe’s O’s Cereal 15 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's Joe's O's


18. Trader Joe’s Brioche Toast 5.26 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's brioche toasts


19. Trader Joe’s Seasonings 2.1 – 4 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's everything but the bagel seasoning and chile lime seasoning blend

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning is a fan favorite, but we also love Trader Joe’s Lime Chili Seasoning – it takes veggies to a whole new level of yum!


20. Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce 10.1 oz – $1.49

Trader Joe's sweet chile sauce

Use alone as a dip or pour over cream cheese and serve with crackers – yum!


21. Trader Joe’s Organic Sprouted Tofu 15.5 oz – $1.99

Trader Joe's organic sprouted tofu


22. Trader Joe’s Chicken or Cheese Enchiladas 2-count – $1.99

Trader Joe's chicken enchiladas


23. Trader Joe’s Fresh Organic Herbs – $1.99

Trader Joe's fresh organic herbs plants

We love those Trader Joe’s fresh herbs for cooking!


24. Trader Joe’s Produce priced as low as 99¢

Trader Joe's sweet peppers in produce bins


25. Trader Joe’s All Occasion Napkins 100-count – $1.99

Trader Joe's all occasion napkins

Trader Joe’s napkins are great quality!


26. Trader Joe’s Tissues – $0.99

Trader Joe's facial tissue


27. Trader Joe’s Daffodils 10-Count Bunch – $1.49

Trader Joe's daffodils bunches


What’s your favorite find at Trader Joe’s?

Let us know in the comments below!


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Comments 31

  1. FLmomma

    Their beer bread mix is amazing!!! It’s not always available, so I stock up when it’s there.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      YUM! Thanks for sharing your favorite!

  2. Gail

    How could you forget to include the dark chocolate sunflower seed butter cups?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Those do sound yummy, Gail! We’ll be sure to check for those too!

  3. Brenda

    Not under $2 but their corn chili salsa ❤️

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks a ton for the suggestion! That does sound good!

  4. Deb

    Have to say I was disappointed in the daffodils I got there. Very few even opened. Love their alstroemeria. $3.99 and they last more than 2 weeks

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh darn! Sorry to hear about that, Deb! Thanks for sharing your experience! Good to know you have been pleased with their alstroemeria!

    • Julie B

      Me too! They all just looked so sad, not sprightly and springlike. I tossed them after it became apparent that they were DEFECTIVE daffodils!

  5. Keila

    I love their cookie butter spread, cookie butter cookies, and cookie butter ice cream… No, I’m not obsessed or anything with cookie butter 😉 I also love buying potted flowers there, I managed to save my miniature daisy from last year. It’s always a treat to visit Trader Joe’s since the closest one is an hour and a half away.

    • GrlRcr

      Same! The cookie butter is amazing!

    • Sara

      I loved their cookie butter cheesecake bites. Unfortunately that item has been discontinued.

    • Julie B

      Ahhhhh, love their ice cream too! The coffee flavor is smashing!

  6. Stephanie

    Rice Noodles and Cheddar boxes Mac and Cheese! A very easy gf meal. I recommend adding some ham.

  7. Raquel

    A TJ just opened up a few miles away, so excited! 😁

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! That is exciting! Happy shopping!

  8. Kristy

    That pineapple salsa is good

  9. Allison

    I love the chile lime seasoning and everything but the bagel seasoning too! The Trader Joe’s “Indian Fare Tikka Vegetables” are very good, priced at 1.99. They have several different options too! Pair one of these packets with a pack of their frozen garlic Naan bread !

  10. Kendall

    Salsa verde, dried mango, “walks into” cereal bars, ABC bars,Chomps meat sticks, brown rice pasta, Greek feta salad dressing, just name a few 😊

  11. Sara

    Their new “dippers” seasoned corn chips (I can’t remember the exact name) are amazing. Try them!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SWEET! Thanks for the heads up on those, Sara!

  12. atm

    Everything looks yummy, however I’ve never been to trader joes the closest one i have is like an hour away, my local supermarket is publix which can be expensive at times. Is it really worth the hour trip each way?

    • Jen s.

      My first couple trips I hardly bought anything…. i live about half hour away. To me prices seemed high (milk, yogurt, etc) and I compared everything to aldi which I love for their prices. Make a day of it by going to some other nearby stores too, since it’s not a big store. Bring a list of things recommended by others and I’m sure you’ll leave happy!

  13. Lpmousse

    I love their Japanese fried rice. It has tofu and edamame in it along with shredded carrots. It’s delicious and easy to prepare- snip the corner of the bag, microwave for 5 minutes, cut the bag open and enjoy! My kids (ages 3&5) even like it! And my husband can prepare it. Priceless. 🥰

  14. Sandy

    Coffee ice cream is really good. Not under $2 tho

  15. Susan

    I like the pear vinaigrette salad dressing, in cold case with fresh vegetables, frozen macaroni and cheese with Hatch green chili’s when not wanting to cook, coconut milk in carton for smoothies, crunchy almond butter (actually taste tested this against 2 other brands with my sister and T J’s won). I can usually find a greeting card or two for .99 each. Also the small package of dark chocolate peanut butter cups for .99 are darn good. OK, some of these aren’t entirely healthy, but they are tasty!

  16. Erin

    TJs is not really a substitute for a larger grocery store. If you are looking to stock your pantry for less than you’d spend at Publix, you’d probably be disappointed. TJs has some good prices, primarily on snack foods (as you can tell from this post) and gourmet/foodie items (specialty cheeses, wine, flowers, international food items, organic milk, etc.), and some vegetables. The items I typically purchased were artichokes, fennel, grape tomatoes, peppers and bagged baby butter lettuce (til I found much less expensive stores for these) organic milk, pepper jack cheese, Pastures of Eden feta, Parmesan Reggiano, extra virgin olive oil, pound bars of dark chocolate for baking/desserts, Granny Smith apple granola, raisins, Blenheim dried apricots, candied pecans (for salads), nuts, dried sour cherries (til the price went up steeply), olives, wine (for cooking), champagne vinegar, prosciutto, snacking salami, cinnamon graham crackers, Bergamot iced tea, mochi, tortilla chips, dill pickle popcorn, etc. As you can see, not really the stuff of complete meals. I never bought their meats because they were really expensive and didn’t buy much in the way of their refrigerated or frozen prepared items because I typically cook from scratch. It’s easy to drop $50 without even trying and still not have the ingredients for a complete meal. For me, TJs isn’t the main course; it’s more of the fun complementary ingredients. So, from a strictly economic viewpoint, I’d say it would not be worth the drive. However, if you are foodie who enjoys shopping and exploring new ingredients, it’s worthwhile destination.

  17. Hollie

    Bruschetta sauce!

  18. sue

    *Your Bamba post says $1.99, but the sign in the picture shows .99 – just a friendly heads-up. My mother loves them.

    • Liza (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for pointing that out Sue! I’ve updated the price. 🙂

  19. Brenda Alvarez

    Tomato &Basil spaghetti sauce! So delish!

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