Why Every College Students Needs To Shop At Trader Joe’s

3 Of The Best Reasons Every College Student Needs To Flock To The Nearest Trader Joe's ASAP

We've all been living a grocery lie, and the time for change is now!


Hello everyone, Bridget here. I feel as though it is finally time for me to dive deep into one of my most polarizing opinions: Trader Joe's is the superior grocery store. There, I said it. Now, as a Florida native, I will always be partial to the land of the green, aka Publix, but up here in Cackalacky, I am starved of my normal shopping locations.

Last year, this debate truly didn't matter to me. I lived on campus, had no kitchen, and basically survived off of Frosted Flakes and microwave nachos (no shame). However, this year I was blessed with an apartment with a kitchen — and my grocery game changed. You see, we do not have Harris Teeter in FL, so I just went with the flock the first couple weeks. I figured I would get the things I needed at a fair price and that would be the end of it. Let me tell you all, I was wrong!

I had limited experience with Trader Joe's, but one day I decided to give it a try. I knew that I was spending more than I wanted to on groceries and wanted to seek out other options. Now, the savings were honestly shocking. For the same amount of (on brand) groceries that I bought at Harris Teeter, I could buy the off-brand equivalents at Trader Joe's for nearly half the price. Needless to say, I was blown away.

I was so happy with my savings that I didn't even realize that the quality of the food I purchased actually exceeded (in my opinion) the quality of the produce and meat I was buying from Harris Teeter. From further shopping trials, I would argue that the quality of Trader Joe's groceries exceed those of both Walmart and Target, and are comparable to (much more expensive) stores like Whole Foods and Fresh Market.

All of this being said, I wanted to provide you all with some of my favorite ways to shop at Trader Joe's, given it's more minimalistic, off-brand nature. I want to try to change the minds of those who assume Trader Joe's is either 1. low quality or 2. unnecessarily expensive like some other "green" grocery stores.

Before I begin, I thought one more really awesome thing to add about the store is that they don't use plastic bags! The produce bags are compostable, and they encourage the use of reusable bags with the option of paper if you don't have any. I love this attention to detail and effort to minimize our footprint on our ever suffering environment. Every little bit helps!

Now, onto the list!

1. Fresh Ingredients At Every Turn


Buying organic can be expensive, but in some cases, I feel like it can be worth it. The taste of certain fruits and vegetables can improve when grown organically, and the nutritional benefits are definitely worth it; however, I know that it isn't within everyone's price range.

I find that Trader Joe's produce is fresh and delicious, regardless of whether or not they are organic. Their variety of produce is realistically seasonal so that when you are buying produce of any kind, you know that it is fresh and in season. They are not like every other store that has all types of produce all year round, because that is just not consistent with farming seasons. Further, they always have both organic and nonorganic options for their produce, so if you have certain preferences, you don't have to settle for all one or the other. I have always been pleased with the quality of my produce, both organic and not, at Trader Joe's and the pricing makes it that much better!

Side note: I also find that the same goes for their meat and poultry. They have more expensive organic options, yet their regular chicken and beef options have never left me disappointed and have never hurt my wallet!

2. The Frozen Aisle Of Dreams


Walking down the frozen aisle at Trader Joe's is like walking through Santa's workshop. Frozen food is one of the main ways I make it through the week (sorry parents), but with Trader Joe's, I do not have to sacrifice quality for accessibility.

When I say that they have everything you could imagine, I am not lying. Yes, they have the staple frozen fruits and veggies (perfect for smoothies!) and frozen chicken and kinds of pasta, but that is just the beginning.

To name a few, some of my favorite frozen items include chicken cilantro dumplings, chocolate croissants, arancini rice balls, mac and cheese bites, and riced cauliflower.

The opportunities are endless, and I promise there is something there that everyone will love.

3. Keeping The Cost Low

No, this is not my own personal receipt, BUT it looks pretty much identical to mine (except way shorter because your girl only grocery shops like twice a month). Notice how nearly everything is under $3!!


I think my favorite thing about Trader Joe's is their pricing. I know I am repeating myself, but I am always amazed when I look at my receipt and find that I rarely pay more than $3 or $4 for anything on my list. It is honestly such a great feeling knowing that you are staying on budget and setting yourself up for a nutritious week.

I cannot say enough good things about Trader Joe's as I'm sure you can all tell! I strongly encourage any of you who have not shopped there to give it a try and see what you think! As I said, the quality and the pricing are unbeatable, and the variety of choices is massive! Whether you are balling on a budget or just grocery shopping in general, I really think everyone can benefit from visiting their local Trader Joe's!

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Most Popular Beauty Gurus On YouTube That Will Inspire You

"May your day be as flawless as your makeup."

On YouTube, there are so many different channels, but favorite are the beauty ones. Here's a list of the 20 most popular beauty gurus on YouTube that will inspire you:

1. Jaclyn Hill

Jaclyn Hill, 26 years old, is a professional makeup artist, beauty and fashion blogger, and YouTube phenomenon who publishes videos to her channel Jaclyn Hill.

2. Nikki Tutorials

Nikki De Jager, 22 years old, is a professional hair and makeup artist whose publishes her videos NikkieTutorials YouTube channel.

3. Nicole Guerriero

Nicole Guerriero, 30 years old, is a makeup and beauty guru with an enormous social media presence. She runs a blog called Naturally Nicole where she posts tutorials, DIYs, reviews, and fashion blogs and beauty videos on her Youtube channel.

4. Carli Bybel

Carli Bybel, 26 years old,YouTube superstar and makeup, beauty, fashion and fitness guru who publishes videos to her channel. In addition, she also runs a highly successful blog called The Fashion Bybel.

5. Bethany Mota

Bethany Mota, 21 years old, YouTube star known for giving beauty tips to youngsters on the web. Her channel has earned over 10 million subscribers. She became the first YouTuber to ever be a cast member on Dancing With The Stars in 2014, and that same year she also won a Teen Choice Award for Most Popular Female Web Star as well as a Streamy Award for Best Fashion Show. In addition, she also collaborated with Aeropostale clothing line.

6. Lauren Curtis

Lauren Curtis, 24 years old, top Australian YouTube fashion and beauty guru known for her channel, where she posts makeup and hair tutorials, product reviews and all things beauty-related.

7. Laura Lee

Laura Lee, 28 years old, YouTube beauty vlogger who posts hauls, makeup tutorials and look-books to her channel.

8. Casey Holmes

Casey Holmes, 25 years old, hair and makeup obsessed YouTuber who publishes videos on her channel.

9. Teni Panosian

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10. Tess Christine

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11. Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren Elizabeth, 22 years old, actress, fashion and beauty YouTube personally known for her channel who also opens up to her subscribers about serious issues in her life in hopes of inspiring girls everywhere.

12. Manny Mua

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13. Jeffree Star

Jeffree Star, 31 years old, is gender-bending singer, fashion designer, DJ, performer, makeup artist and fashion and beauty blogger who publishes videos to Youtube.

14. Kathleen Lights

Kathleen Fuentes, 25 years old, Style Haul partner and beauty guru known for her YouTube channel as KathleenLights.

15. Aspyn Ovard

Aspyn Ovard, 20 years old, video content creator who is a beauty and fashion guru known for her self-titled YouTube channel. She also runs a secondary channel called Aspyn + Parker with her husband Parker Ferris. In addition, Aspyn and Parker own an clothing store online called Luca + Grae.

16. Desi Perkins

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5 Charleston Brunch Spots You HAVE To Try

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Who doesn't love a BIG chicken biscuit, home fries, and bottomless mimosas?? If you live in Charleston, you know it's the hot spot for brunch! Whether you just want a good meal, a good insta picture, or both, here are 5 brunch spots you have to try!

1. Poogans Porch

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Tucked away on Queen Street is a beautifully restored Victorian house that serves brunch and dinner daily. By far the best Chicken & Waffles I've ever had! But, if you're not a fan of that, then I highly recommend the Down Home Breakfast. The service is always amazing and you get fresh biscuits while you wait for your food!

2. Millers All Day

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Located on lower King Street, Millers All Day server's breakfast ALL day. The restaurant opened in 2018 and it's been busy ever since. I HIGHLY recommend you check this place out! I always get the Millers Plate, which has two eggs, bacon, home fries, and a biscuit.

3. Toast!

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4. Caviar and Bananas

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Located right in the heart of College of Charleston's campus is every college students favorite restaurant. They serve anything and everything. Before class every morning my friend and I get a bagel, but on the weekends we get brunch. Now their brunch menu has all sorts of things, but we always get a chicken biscuit and potatoes. No joke, their chicken biscuit is the size of your face!

5. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

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Do you like biscuits?? Callie's has biscuits of any flavor or sandwich you want. My favorite is the cinnamon biscuit!! They're the perfect size for you to eat 4 at a time. Seriously once you have one you can't stop.

If you haven't noticed I love biscuits and I never stray away from it, but I hope you get to try some biscuits and other things when you visit these places!! Enjoy your brunch!!

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