15 Insanely Budget-Friendly Trader Joe's Deals to Fill Your Freezer in May

Stock up your freezer for the spring with these unique flavors from the freezer at Trader Joe’s.
Updated May 25, 2023
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Now that it's getting warmer outside, you may want to stock up your freezer with some cool treats from Trader Joe’s.

The affordable retailer can help you save money on groceries with its deals on unique foods that are perfect for snacks and meals.

Check out these budget-friendly deals to stock your freezer from Trader Joe’s.

Gone Bananas!

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You’ll go bananas for one of Trader Joe’s most popular freezer items. Gone Bananas! features sliced bananas coated in a dark Belgian chocolate shell. It costs $2.79 for an eight-ounce box.

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Ice Cream

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Get a tart, tasty treat from the ice cream section of Trader Joe’s freezer. The store’s When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Ice Cream features lemon ice cream filled with bits of shortbread cookies to give it a little crunch. 

You’ll be happy you picked up a pint for $3.49.

Mandarin Orange Chicken

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Grab a bag of Mandarin Orange Chicken for an easy dinner option when you come home after a long day at work.

The 22-ounce bag, which retails for $4.99, includes a mandarin orange sauce to give the chicken an extra flavor.

You can eat the chicken on its own, add it to a bowl of rice, mix it with some ramen noodles, or try it in other delicious recipes.

Riced Cauliflower

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Need something a little more unique than the typical green beans or peas for a side dish? Try some Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower, which comes in a 16-ounce bag for $2.69. It’s the perfect side for your dinner, or you can mix it in with other ingredients for a main dish.

Chicken Tikka Masala

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Give your freezer some international flavor with Chicken Tikka Masala from the Trader Joe’s freezer. The chicken features a mildly spicy creamy sauce and costs $4.49 for an 8.5-ounce bag.

Buffalo Style Chickenless Wings

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Trader Joe’s is known for its non-meat options, including its Buffalo Style Chickenless Wings.

The chickenless wings are made with plant-based proteins, and you grab a 12-ounce bag from the freezer for $4.69.

Vegetarian Meatless Cheeseburger Pizza

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Another great vegetarian option from Trader Joe’s is its Vegetarian Meatless Cheeseburger Pizza.

The pizza is topped with plant-based burger crumbles, burger sauce, and sweet pickles to give you a fun and unique dinner option for $5.99.

Vegetable Spring Rolls

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Add some spring to your freezer with some Trader Joe’s Vegetable Spring Rolls. These veggie spring rolls come in a pack of five for $4.49. They’re stuffed with kale, edamame, mushrooms, tofu, and other spices.

Strawberries and Cream Gelato

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As it gets warmer outside, it’s time to start stocking up your freezer with cool, tasty treats.

Check out the Strawberries and Cream Gelato, featuring Italian-style vanilla and strawberry ice cream with vanilla bean flecks and candied strawberry bits. You can grab a pint for $3.49 from Trader Joe’s.

Premium Salmon Burgers

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Spring means it’s time to get the grill out, so why not try something a little different than beef burgers?

Trader Joe’s has you covered with its Premium Salmon Burgers, which come in a box of four burgers for $7.49.

Hatch Chile Mac and Cheese

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Instead of regular mac and cheese, try something with a little more kick. The Hatch Chile Mac and Cheese from Trader Joe’s is packed with traditional macaroni and cheese as well as hatch chiles to give it some extra spice. It’s $2.99 for a 12-ounce package.

Egg Frittata

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Get your morning started right with some warm Egg Frittatas from Trader Joe’s. They’re a healthy punch of protein in the morning.

The almost five-ounce package costs $3.49. It features frittatas filled with onions, cheese, and cauliflower.

Vegetable Fried Rice

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Vegetable fried rice is a great base for any number of lunch and dinner dishes. It is sure to make everyone in your family happy. Check out Trader Joe’s 16-ounce bag of fried rice with vegetables for $2.99.

Italian Style Meatballs

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When you’re out of dinner ideas, grab some pasta and a bag of Italian Style Meatballs meatballs for a hearty meal.

The Trader Joe’s version of Italian meatballs comes in a 16-ounce bag for $4.99. They’re perfect for countless recipes, including pasta and sub sandwiches, or just as appetizers.

Gnocchi Alla Romana

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Try something different with this version of gnocchi featuring semolina flour from Trader Joe’s.

Gnocchi Alla Romana includes four cheesy semolina gratins seasoned with sea salt, sage, and nutmeg. You can eat them as a side dish or add them to soups and salads. Pick a pack up for $4.49.

Everything But The Bagel Seasoned Smoked Salmon

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Trader Joe’s added its famous Everything But The Bagel seasoning to smoked salmon to create a ready-to-eat treat. It’s perfect on its own, with crackers, or even with a bagel.

Everything But The Bagel Seasoned Smoked Salmon comes in a five-ounce pack for $5.99 and needs to be refrigerated or frozen until you’re ready to eat it.

A Dozen Macarons variés

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Grab some of these French-inspired cookies from the frozen section of Trader Joe’s.

A Dozen Macarons variés comes in a 4.2-ounce box for $5.99. It includes fig, coconut, lemon, apricot, pistachio, and salted caramel flavors.

Mexican Style Roasted Corn

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Add some excitement to that boring side of corn with this version from Trader Joe’s.

The Mexican Style Roasted Corn comes in a 14-ounce bag for $3.79 and includes some extra spices and flavors to give it an authentic Mexican taste.

Pro tip: If this Trader Joe’s shopping trip is turning into a shopping spree, make sure to earn cash back on your purchase.

Bottom line

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Shopping at affordable grocery stores like Trader Joe’s is a great way to eliminate money stress and help you build your savings.

And you don’t have to go without, as Trader Joe’s offers loads of unique, quality food at those reasonable prices.

Before you go, consider making a list and sticking to it. This strategy will help you stay on budget and avoid impulse buys.

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