The Best Trader Joe’s Items to Stock Your College Dorm or College Apartment With
It’s almost back to college time and right about now, you’re probably hauling all your stuff out of your summer storage to get it ready. It’s been a loooong time since our college days but we sure do miss the excitement around this time of year!
We don’t, however, miss the crappy dining hall food and even crappier delivery pizza!
So let’s make a plan to get you ready to stock your (or your kids’!) college dorm or college apartment with the best that Trader Joe’s has to offer!
Here’s what we’re talkin’ about:
a shitload of the best late-night snacks
the best budget-friendly, microwave-ready, and easy-to-prep meals
grab-and-go snacks for your backpack
on-the-run breakfast ideas
PRO TIPS FOR SHOPPING AT TRADER JOE’S AS A COLLEGE STUDENT
Buy an insulated freezer bag. At $4.99, this will be your best purchase for toting cold and freezer stuff home from the store. Drop a cheap ice pack in there for extra insurance.
Make a list. Sticking to a budget isn’t easy especially when faced with hundreds of amazing things to try at Trader Joe’s. Having a list will keep you focused while you’re shopping.
Return what you don’t like. Trader Joe’s has a 100% satisfaction guarantee. So, if you don’t like any of the items you you’ve tried or they’ve spoiled before the “use by” date, don’t be afraid to return them and get your money back. We get that as a college student on a budget, every single penny counts!
Here's The Best Trader Joe's Stuff to Stock Your College Dorm or College Apartment With
A MUST HAVE SEASONING BLEND!! EBTB Seasoning is perfect on just about everything! Eggs, avo toast, burgers, chicken, salmon, cream cheese bagels...you name it! Plus, stash it in your backpack to sprinkle on that flavorless dining hall food!
You can't go wrong with the Trader Joe's Chicken Soup Dumplings! These dumplings are FAST to make in the microwave, make a filling yet light lunch, and they're totally phenom with some of the Trader Joe's Chile Onion Crunch on top!!
These tiny granola bites come in little packets that make them a fantastic grab-and-go snack. Or, just drop a few in your backpack to have a snack all week long! They also come in a chocolate chip flavor!
You have not lived until you've tried these PB & J snacks! Here, we've got peanut butter filled wafer cookies and raspberry jam to dip them into. They're individually wrapped, making them perfect for a quick snack between classes!
This ice cream has a rich chocolate base with swirls of creamy peanut butter that melt in your mouth. The chopped up Chocolate Peanut Butter Joe Joe's are just an added bonus in this ice cream, and what a treat they are! This one is a total MUST HAVE for your freezer!!
This is one of the ABSOLUTE best things to add to you morning breakfast yogurt along with a few fresh raspberries. Not only is it absurdly delicious on its own, but paired with a rich and creamy yogurt, and topped with your favorite fresh fruit, it's the perfect start to any morning. Plus, it's got a ziptop bag so you can drop it in your backpack for a great on-the-go snack between classes!
These sunbutter cups are the PERFECT alternative for those with peanut and tree nut allergies! They're utterly fantastic to snack on, chopped up on top of ice cream, or baked into the center of cookies.
Pulled chicken is easy to make in the crock pot, but if you're in a dorm, that's usually a no-no. So, this BBQ pulled chicken comes ready to eat. Just heat it up in the microwave and add it to a hamburger bun or toss it on top of nachos. (Pro Tip: the Jalapeño Pieces on the list above are a MUST on a pulled chicken sandwich!!)
If you like to bring a little heat to your meals, this Peanut and Crispy Noodle Salad Kit will be your BFF. No protein is needed to make this salad feel like a meal and you'll love allll the crunch going on here along with a spicy peanut dressing!