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Worst Things to Buy at Trader Joe's


There are plenty of reasons to like Trader Joe’s: helpful employees in Hawaiian shirts, a no-questions-asked return policy, unusual items such as cookie butter and rosemary marcona almonds, and -- best of all -- low prices.

However, not everything is a good deal at Trader Joe’s. We compared its regular prices on a variety of items with the regular (non-sale) prices of similar items at Harris Teeter, Kroger, Walmart and Whole Foods. While we found that it’s tough to beat Trader Joe’s everyday prices, there are a few things that are better bargains at other stores.

Take a look at the eight items you can get for less elsewhere -- and in some cases we're talking dollars less, not just pennies. For each one, we’ve suggested related items you might want to purchase instead at Trader Joe’s because the regular prices are better than you’ll find on competitors’ shelves. Plus, we identified five additional items that are notable bargains at Trader Joe's.

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