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6 Best Trader Joe’s TikTok Hacks to Save You Time + Money — Plus Make Dinner More Fun

Plus, the viral soup dumpling recipe you can make at home

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Who doesn’t love a good Trader Joe’s haul? I sure do (once a week, actually). And lately, I’ve been obsessed with all the creative hacks and must-try products people are raving about on TikTok. From ingenious ways to use their famous Everything but the Bagel seasoning to discovering hidden gems in the frozen aisle or snagging one of their mini cooler bags, TikTok users are full of amazing tips that make your experience better. I’ve scoured the platform to bring you the best Trader Joe’s TikTok hacks that will not only save you time and money but also make your grocery runs a whole lot more exciting. Here’s what to know.

The 6 best Trader Joe’s TikTok hacks

1. Stock up on the best frozen meals

Trader Joe’s offers a variety of delicious and convenient frozen meals perfect for those days when you need a quick and satisfying dinner. TikTok users highly recommend items like their many flavors of soup dumplings (the chicken is by far a standout). The frozen aisle also boasts the popular Mandarin Orange Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice. Watch this TikTok for the best options:

@dietitiancass

SCREENSHOT & SAVE these 5 frozen meals for your next Trader Joe’s visit so that your freezer is fully stocked and ready to go for those low energy and lazy days 😴😩 #registereddietitian #dietitian #fyp #traderjoes #traderjoe #frozenmeals #quickmeals #busymommeal #traderjoesproducts #nutritiontips #dietitianadvice #traderjoeshaul

♬ Island In The Sun – Weezer

2. Try these must-have products

Trader Joe’s is known for its unique and high-quality products that keep shoppers coming back for more. In fact, some of their seasonal or exclusive items are only available for a limited time. Some must-haves that TikTok users swear by include the Everything but the Bagel Seasoning, Protein Pancake Mix and Unexpected Cheddar Cheese. Watch this TikTok for some more popular products:

@ohitsbaileyyx2

My Trader joes must haves 😍💆🏼‍♀️ what do you guys get a Trader Joe’s that I should try next time?? #foryou#traderjoesmusthaves

♬ original sound – Bails

3. Discover healthy snack picks

If you’re looking for healthy snacks, Trader Joe’s has you covered. TikTok dietitians often share their top picks that are not only delicious but also provide balanced nutrition, making them perfect for on-the-go munching. Check out some of these recommendations below:

@dietitiancass

SCREENSHOT + SAVE for TJ snack picks! #dietitian #dietitianeats #traderjoes #snack #balancedsnacks #snackideas #traderjoe #traderjoeshaul #traderjoesproducts #traderjoesfinds #traderjoesmusthaves #groceryshopping #registereddietitian #healthyeating #nutritionist #nutritionisttips #dietitiantips #groceryhaul #groceryshoppingtips

♬ Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!(Edit) – Scotty & Wilcox

4. Create delicious DIY meals

Using Trader Joe’s ingredients, you can easily create delicious and satisfying meals at home. Here are just a few viral recipes that taste amazing and are so easy to make.

Trader Joe’s soup dumpling hack

Enhance the store-bought Chicken Soup Dumplings by adding chicken broth, soy sauce, green onions and sesame seeds for a quick and flavorful meal.

@erinnobrienn

MY VIRAL TRADER JOE’S ELEVATED CHICKEN SOUP DUMPLINGS HACK 🥟🍜🔥 This is my favorite way to eat Trader Joe’s Chicken Soup Dumplings and I’ve loved seeing you share it. It’s so delicious and done in under 5 minutes when you need a really quick meal. Doesn’t get easier than that! What you’ll need: Trader Joe’s Chicken/Pork & Ginger Soup Dumplings Chicken broth (I use @bonafideprovisions ) Soy sauce Green onions, sliced Roasted sesame seeds @flybyjing Chili Crisp A little bit of sesame oil (optional) Recipe Steps: 1. Place dumplings in a bowl and add chicken broth. Microwave for 2 minutes. 2. Add soy sauce, green onions, sesame oil, chili crisp, and roasted sesame seeds. Enjoy! #traderjoes #soupdumplings #traderjoessoupdumplings #foodhacks #traderjoesmeals #comfortfood #easyrecipes #viralhacks #traderjoesfinds #soupseason

♬ original sound – Erin O’Brien

Trader Joe’s pizza hack

Turn their ready-made pizza dough into a gourmet meal by spreading the dough in a greased casserole dish and layering garlic bread dip and Italian Bomba hot pepper sauce.

@lisabreckenridge

I finally tried the @Trader Joe’s pizza hack…and of my goodness it did not disappoint. First you spread out the ready made pizza dough crust in a greased casserole dish. Then it’s just a matter of spreading things on… first up the garlic bread dip… then the italian bamba hot pepper sauce…Did I mention this is a spicy pizza, Then one ball of italian burrata broken up and spread around. Next I cut these fresh mozzarella cheese balls in half and placed them on as well. then I tossed on a bunch of the spicey charcuterie..(use regulaur if you don’t love the spice)do more than you think you’ll need as they shrink up. Bake it at 450 for 20 minutes. Then I drizzled on some hot honey, again for the sweet spiciness followed by a bunch of fresh arugula Some balsamic glaze on top of the arugula, Finally some marinade from the mozzarella balls And extra red pepper flakes. AND THAT’S IT! SO DELICIOUS! #traderjoes #traderjoespizza #traderjoesrecipe

♬ Che La Luna – Louis Prima

Trader Joe’s dinners

You’ll find so many TikTokers sharing their favorite dinner recipes using only Trader Joe’s ingredients. Plus, many are healthy, fast and budget friendly. Watch this one below for a creamy chicken and gnocchi skillet.

@kalenainthekitchen

TRADER JOE’S MEALS EPISODE 8: Creamy Chicken + Gnocchi Skillet✨ Okay so this may not be the prettiest meal I’ve ever created but it sure is tasty 😋 this is perfect for a one pan easy weeknight dinner! #kitk ⬇️ Let me know below what @traderjoes ingredients you want me to use for the next episode! LIKE + SAVE to make later! You’ll need: 1 lb chicken strips or chicken breasts 1 pack @traderjoes cauliflower gnocchi (regular will work too) 1 cup chicken broth 1 cup cream (I used coconut) 1 cup cheese of choice (I used @traderjoes cheddar goat) 1 can artichoke hearts 2-3 handfuls of spinach olive oil 2 tbs minced garlic 1 tsp salt 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp thyme 1/2 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp red pepper Season chicken with olive oil, salt, garlic powder and paprika. Cook chicken over medium heat in a skillet for about 4 minutes each side or until cooked through. Remove chicken from the pan and add garlic. Cook until fragrant. Then add chicken broth, cream, cheese, oregano, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Mix well. Then add chopped artichoke hearts and bring to a simmer. Add @traderjoes gnocchi, cover and let cook for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add back your chopped chicken, spinach and mix until wilted. Serve and enjoy! #traderjoes #traderjoesmeals #easyweeknightmeals #weeknightdinner #onepanmeal #traderjoesdinner #glutenfreerecipes #glutenfreedinner #dairyfreerecipes #dinnerinspo #dinnerinspiration #dinnerideas

♬ Natural Emotions – Muspace Lofi

5. Save some money

Trader Joe’s offers private label products that are often made by well-known brands but sold at a fraction of the price. TikTok users suggest looking for these items to save money without sacrificing quality. Watch this TikTok below to learn more:

@lorafied

🛒 ❤️ TRADER JOE’S HACKS: MONEY SAVING SECRETS 😉 What Trader Joe’s item is always in your cart? For me, it’s their Organic Ranch Dressing, which Kid 3 “needs to survive” 😂 and that’s just fine with me, because it’s a deal! It’s also one of their private label products made buy a famous brand! You can save big on a lot of your favorites at TJ’s (80% of their products are private label) same product, just different packing! What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s item? Comment and LMK! I’m a big fan of their garlic and onion pistachios 🤗 🩷 CHECKOUT my website: LORAfied.com for more! ➡️ @lorafied wherever you are! ⏱ TikTok 📺 YouTube 📌 Pinterest 👍 Facebook #traderjoeshacks #traderjoeshack #privatelabel #privatelabeling #traderjoesmusthaves #LORAfied #homemaker #foodhacks #traderjoeslove #traderjoesmusthaves #traderjoesvegan #traderjoeslife #traderjoeshaul #traderjoeslist #traderjoesfinds #groceriesshopping #ketogroceries #frugalshopper #groceryhaul #cheapeats #samsclub #costcofinds #frugalfinds #mamadeals #savvyshopper #dupes #hereforyou #realmomlife #thatmomlife #realmoms #adultinghacks #moneysavingmom #targetmom #moneysaver #didyouknowthis @LORAfied | HACKS Home & Life

♬ Cruel Summer – Taylor Swift

6. Skip the floral shops

Save money and impress your friends by creating beautiful flower arrangements from Trader Joe’s bouquets. TikTokers recommend buying a few different flower bunches and combining them to make stunning DIY arrangements. This only saves money but also ensures you always have a thoughtful gift on hand.

@annashieldss

This trader joes flower hack has saved me so much money & is the best way to make sure you never show up empty handed!! Its so simple, trust me! Also- Im sorry for my voice we are sick over here 😬 #traderjoes #traderjoesflowers #diyflowers #arrangingflowers #traderjoesfinds #makingflowers #flowerbouquets

♬ original sound – fa4yzee

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