13 Reasons Trader Joe's Is The GOAT

13 Reasons Trader Joe's Is The GOAT

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Since going to college and learning that not all grocery stores are equal, I have come to the conclusion that Trader Joe's (TJ's) is the greatest grocery store in the world. Like seriously though, they have everything I need and it's all relatively healthy.

I can walk into TJ's and pick out some affordable beautiful flowers for myself then glide into the produce section where they have all the essentials as well as seasonal produce. In the aisles, they hide all the wonderful things Trader Joe's has to bless the earth with.

They have frozen pizza, sparkling limeade, and skin care products all for a great price. It is basic, I will admit, but it saves time and energy comparing labels of brands and prices. They have such great customer service that is exponentially better than the angry lady at Walmart. I love this store, its values, and the overall experience. Here are 13 reasons why you should start shopping at Trader Joe's and leave Whole Foods/ Walmart/ Target behind:

1. Free Samples

One of the finer things in life is samples. Like honestly, how does one not enjoy free food? Trader Joe's samples are above and beyond in the free food market because they will literally let you sample whatever you want. Literally Anything.

2. Paradise In Every Isle

Going to this grocery store is like taking a mini vacation. The workers even wear Hawaiian shirts and will sometimes hand out leis. TJ's wants you to feel like you and your mouth are in paradise.

3. Artsy AF

Every TJ's has an in-store artist that is always changing signs and updating the artwork to make the store more fun and different. They are your sketch note goals.

4. Low Prices

Putting Whole Foods to shame. Boom.

5. Gluten Free Friendly

As someone who can't eat gluten because of health reasons, Trader Joe's is clutch in providing gluten free noodles, cookies, flour, and even vitamins. I and my GI tract bless you TJ's.

6. Organic

I don't know why people are so fussy about organic food, but if you're into that sort of thing, Trader Joe's has got you covered.

7. Cheap Wine

TWO BUCK CHUCK!!! Okay, maybe it's $4 now, but who cares? It's cheap and delicious.

8. Seasonal Foods

Heck yeah they have fresh quality produce during the right time of the year. They know we don't need stuffing mix in July.

9. Trader Joe's Brand

Normally I am not a generic brand lover, but Trader Joe's is the exception. They have the best cookie butter, pasta sauce, facial scrub, just to name a few. Woot-Woot!

10. Beauty Products

Save yourself from designer shampoo that is way too expensive because TJ's has $3.99 shampoo and conditioner. It makes me Tea Tree Tingle-y just thinking about it.

11. Customer Service

These people are the most chill of grocery store employees. But then again who wouldn't love to work in a grocery store if you can make upwards of $40K and health insurance?! Also, you get a nautical title, Aye aye Captain!

12. Donating Unsold Food

Giving back to the community is rad. Plus everyone deserves to enjoy Trader Joe's!

13. Bells Bells Bells!

I'm not positive, but there's probably a statistic on enjoying life and the ringing of bells. Either way, TJ's is way too cool to use a PA system, and I dig it.

Next time you think about going to Whole Foods for some food, hit up Trader Joe's for some Jo Joe's or Cookie Butter. You're Welcome.

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It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Those of you with a uterus, listen up.


I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.


I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!


If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!


One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.


When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.


For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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