Groceries

7 IKEA Groceries That Just Aren’t Worth It — Shopping

It's easy to make a ton of impulse buys at IKEA. (Cheap cutting boards? Sure! Plastic baggies? Throw 'em in the bag!) And I will almost always support the purchase. But after taste testing a few dozen grocery items from the Swedish retailer, I have come to learn that some things are best left on the shelf.

Here are the seven IKEA groceries that just aren't worth buying.

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This Cult Favorite Store Is Even Better than Costco — Shopping

(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

You love Costco, I love Costco, we all geek out over this bulk-sized Narnia. But what if I told you there was something even better than Costco? Something that only people in a small-ish pocket of the country really seem to know about?

Well, I am telling you that! Keep reading to find out what I'm talking about.

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The Best Things You Aren’t Buying at Costco, According to Our Readers — Shopping

While Costco stocks less items than the average supermarket (just 4,000 compared to 40,000), the warehouse store still carries a lot of products. Because it's basically impossible to be intimately familiar with everything they sell, we ran a crowd-sourcing mission: We asked you guys on Facebook for the best Costco items that most people don't know about. You know, beyond the store's iconic rotisserie chickens and giant teddy bears.

Here are the most brilliant nominations.

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10 Grocery Items You Should Always Buy at IKEA — Plus 7 Other Good Picks — Shopping

It's no surprise those bags of frozen meatballs are a top seller at IKEA's U.S. stores. But the bright-blue tubes of Kalles Kaviar smoked fish roe spread? No way. Who buys those? Turns out, lots of people. In fact, they're the most popular of all IKEA's seafood products. And those bland-looking cylinders of dry crispbread? They're a best-seller too, as are those suspect-looking jars of pickled fish fillets. In fact, everything I've usually avoided in IKEA's "Swedish Market" grocery section is a top-seller for the chain's stateside stores. I had to wonder, is it the novelty factor? Or are there really that many Swedish ex-pats living in the States?

Or maybe that stuff is actually pretty good. The only way to know is to put them to the test, so I sampled IKEA's most popular products in six different categories, plus a few of the chain's newer items, in order to find the store's best groceries.

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Our 10 Favorite Fall Foods from Trader Joe’s — Shopping

It's the first day of fall and there's so much to look forward to: Plaid! Colorful leaves! Trader Joe's snacks! Seriously, the seasonal lineup of fall foods at Trader Joe's is, hands-down, the best. From savory pumpkin ravioli to apple tarts, we're totally falling for (get it?) these 10 must-try groceries.

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The 10 Best Trader Joe’s Snacks for Summer — The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping

(Image credit: Courtesy of Trader Joe's)

It's a well-known fact that Trader Joe's has the best snacks, and with summer about to end, it's time to get your snack game on for one last outdoor lunch.

Here are the 10 best things you can pick up at Trader Joe's to eat outside while it's still warm. These snacks are totally portable, easy to munch on, and great for sharing. Did your favorite make the cut?

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