Trader Joe's Secrets from A Crew Member

8 Things I Never Knew You Could Do At Trader Joe's, Until I Worked There

You can come by the demo station at closing time to eat all the samples!


Trader Joe's is the best, but it's probably even better than you realize.

Here are 8 things you can do in Trader Joe's that you probably never realized were a thing:

1. You can sample ANYTHING in the store

I've been a Crew Member at TJ's for over a year now, and am loving it! Here are some fun things you should know about everyone's favorite neighborhood grocery store! First - seriously. Cocoa glazed roasted almonds? Gluten-free cupcakes? Blueberries? Papaya? Simply ask a crew member and they'll let you try anything on the spot. Those chips you tried will go right to the break room for crew members to chow down on. It's a win-win situation.

2. We have plastic utensils!

If you want to eat your salad on the way home, just ask at the register for a fork, spoon, or knife. It seems insignificant, but you'll probably be starving after an afternoon of shopping for your favorite desserts.

3. All produce is priced by piece, so...

Get the biggest apple or cucumber you can find - it's the same price as the one next to it! We actually don't have any scales in the store, so memorizing quantity and produce codes is like a rite of passage for every new employee.

4. Ask when the truck comes

If there's a specific product you're dying to try but can't seem to find whenever you come, *cough - cauliflower gnocchi* ask a crew member what time the truck comes each day. Usually, it's around 7 pm - this means that if you come near closing, there's a better chance that crew members will be stocking this product. Or, come first thing in the morning to get it fresh off the shelves.

5. Return ANYTHING, even without a receipt or the item itself

We have an open, no-questions-asked return policy. You'll get a full refund, even if you ate the whole thing. I've had customers return everything from flowers to paper towels to tea.

6. Tell your cashier that it's your first time at the store (if it's true)

Sometimes you'll get a little prize - at my store, you get a free reusable bag! *Bonus* - bring this bag with you next time to be a little kinder to Mother Nature. You can shop right into your bag, unlike at most other grocery stores.

7. Chat with your cashier

When I'm on the register, I do my best to ask each customer about their day, talk about our favorite products, and make recommendations, but it can sometimes get a little dry and monotonous. Feel free to talk to us! Being friendly and personable is part of our job. And we'll probably remember you next time, too!

8. Finally - you can leave positive feedback for a crew member!

Emily Plumb

Leave positive feedback with a mate (the employees in Hawaiian shirts) at the Bridge (the customer service/main desk). This really goes a long way! Many stores have bulletin boards with customer/crew compliments to one another, and it makes us feel so appreciated and makes you feel good too!

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)


Final Date: Summer

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5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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