Trader Joe's® offers customers reasonable pricing, especially for frozen meals, snacks, and wine. They have no deals, no coupons, and no discounts. On their website, they say so, loud and clear. However, frugal shoppers have discovered ways to make the popular grocery store chain all the more affordable. Here are some easy ways to save money at Trader Joe's®.
1. Use coupons on non-Trader Joe’s® products
Although Trader Joe's does not offer coupons on its private-label goods, for non-Trader Joe's products, you can use manufacturer coupons. Such brands are far and few, but they do exist.
2. Carry your own bag
At Trader Joe's, customers who bring their own bags and spend $25 get entered into a raffle to win a $25 Trader Joe’s® gift card. Keep in mind that not all locations may have this offer. To be sure, just ask the cashier or inquire at the customer service desk.
3. Take advantage of TJ’s generous return policy
Did you ever buy an avocado and take it home only to find out it was rotten? Yeah, you should take it back to Trader Joe's®, and they're likely to refund you. If you’re not satisfied with the product, you can get it back to TJ’s and they will make it right for you. Make sure you read their return policy carefully, before heading back to the store.
4. Try before you buy
So, you purchased an item, brought it home, tried it, ended up not liking it, and now you’re heading back to the store to return it? Sounds like a lot of legwork. If you don’t want to go through all that trouble, simply try things in-store before you buy them – it can even be the products that are not being offered for sampling. All you have to do is ask a Trader Joe’s® employee and they’ll open it for you. Be sure to ask politely though.
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