You can always count on Trader Joe's for things like whimsically-named fancy cheeses, chocolate bars weighing in at over a pound and, of course, Joe Joe's. But if you look carefully on the shelves, you'll find a few lesser-known, unusually high-quality products for your home that cost a fraction of what they would be if at a less Hawaiian shirt-filled retailer.
Here's what you shouldn't miss out on -- stock and availability, of course, will vary by your store's location:
Greeting Cards You can't beat the price of 99 cents.
Good Cleaning Products You can find Dr. Bronner's products, in addition to private label brands.
Pet Products Specifically cardboard scratchers for cats, which are super-cheap at around $7 a pop.
Flowers There's usually a nice selection of decent-quality, affordable cut flowers and bouquets at every TJ's.
Nice Soaps Perfect for when you want to maintain an aura of glamour when you have guests over. (They don't need to know your budget status.)
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