5 Reasons to Shop at Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s has fairly high quality food for very affordable prices. It’s like the budget version of Whole Foods. Almost everything in the store is self-labeled rather than being made by another company. They have a lot of unique offerings that you can’t find at most grocery stores.

1. The company treats its employees really well.

As important as it is to save money, it’s even more important to treat people with respect — especially people working sometimes-unglamorous retail jobs.

Trader Joe’s starting salary averages well above most states’ minimum wage at about $12 to $13 an hour, per Glassdoor.

“They totally overstaff so that you don’t feel like your stocking duties or your register duties trump interacting with customers,” an anonymous source told PopSugar.

2. You can bring stuff back.

Yes, even if you already opened the package and taken a few bites.

Trader Joe’s crew members actually personally try everything they stock, so they can give you informed recommendations. If the team thinks something just isn’t very good, it won’t end up on the shelves.

3. The wine is cheap, but still really awesome.

You can consistently land a decent bottle at TJ’s for ten bucks or less, whether you’re craving a classic chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon or looking to try something more adventurous.

4. All the signage is hand-designed.

Every piece of advertising signage in the store is hand-drawn and, thus, unique.

5. It’ll give you a chance at free money for doing something you should be doing anyway.

Trader Joe’s runs a bag raffle! Just bring your bags and write your name and phone number on the slip for a chance to win a free $25 to spend on groceries next week.


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