16 Refreshing Trader Joe’s Deals To Fill Your Fridge With Right Now

Chill out with these refrigerated Trader Joe’s bargain buys.

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Updated July 18, 2024
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Trader Joe’s has everything you need to fill your fridge this summer, from refreshingly tangy salad kits to dinner-ready prepared pizza dough.

These hot deals will help you keep more cash in your wallet, so you might even have enough left over to splurge on a summer getaway.

Editor’s note: Prices are subject to change and may vary by location.

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Lemon Arugula Basil Salad Kit

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Lemon Arugula Basil Salad Kit

Price: $3.99

Skip the pricey ready-made takeout salad for the upscale neighborhood eatery and try this under-$4 Trader Joe’s kit.

This summery bag of salad includes tandy arugula, carrots, roasted almonds, parmesan cheese, and a citrus-packed basil lemon vinaigrette.

Garlic and Asiago Cheese Dip

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Garlic and Asiago Cheese Dip

Price: $4.99

Don’t sweat over the stove just to make a dip for your next backyard BBQ. Trader Joe’s garlic and asiago option is a fridge find that foodies will drool over.

Made with plenty of tangy cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, mozzarella, and garlic, this dip is a top pick at a value price.

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Price: $2.99

Add some spice to a party platter with this green salsa.

A refreshing zip makes this fridge pick the perfect dip to pair with salty tortilla chips, slather over a barbecue burger, or add to fire-grilled enchiladas.

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Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough

Price: $4.99

No time to bake sweet treats? You don’t have to start from scratch. If you want an easier way to make chocolate chip cookies, this ready-made dough bakes in less than 15 minutes.

Take the cookies on a summer picnic, or make your own sandwiches with vanilla ice cream.

Lowfat Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Lowfat Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie

Price: $4.49

A cafe or yogurt bar smoothie could cost $5 or more. But at Trader Joe’s, you’ll get a pack of four six-ounce bottles for under $4.50.

The low-fat refrigerated beverage is made from USDA organic 1% milkfat yogurt and has the sweet taste of strawberries. Pack a few bottles in a cooler for a beach day, outdoor event, or camping trip.

Original Lemonade

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz trader joe's Original Lemonade

Price: $2.69

Trader Joe’s lemonade options include the refrigerated Original, fresh squeezed, organic low-calorie, organic strawberry, and organic low-calorie pink. And then there are sweet strawberry lemonade Joe-Joe’s.

You’ll find the Original (with pulp) variety in the refrigerated drink section of the store. Made from concentrate, this popular pick is tart, rich in vitamin C, and contains no artificial colors or flavors.

Basil and Garlic Monterey Jack Cheese

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Basil and Garlic Monterey Jack Cheese

Price: $4.99

This savory cheese is an instant Trader Joe’s favorite. The summer-like taste of basil combined with plenty of garlic gives this Monterey Jack a flavor you won’t forget.

Melt the slices onto barbecued burgers, stack them on a cold corned beef sandwich, or smother grilled veggies with the gourmet goody.

Crumbled Feta Cheese with Meditteranean Herbs

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Feta Cheese with Mediterranean Herbs

Price: $2.99

Set a course to the Med with this crumbled feta cheese. At less than $3 for a six-ounce tub, this spiced selection is a must-have summer bargain.

Sprinkle the crumbles onto a green salad, add them to a homemade gyro, or pair the spiced cheese with hummus and pita.

Chili Lime Grilled Chicken

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Chili Lime Grilled Chicken

Price: $7.99

Fans of Trader Joe’s other ready-cooked chicken breast options will enjoy the new chili lime recipe. Chili powder, cumin, garlic, paprika, and lime juice concentrate give this grilled chicken a slightly spicy, tangy taste. Heat and serve the breasts as–is, slice them onto a salad, or use them to make a savory wrap.

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Hardwood Smoked Pulled Chicken

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Hardwood Smoked Pulled Chicken

Price: $8.99

For $8.99, this prepared pulled chicken is a fraction of what you might pay at a restaurant. The refrigerated meal is fully cooked and ready to heat and eat.

A ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg combo gives the refrigerated pick a sweet flavor, while paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic add a savory side to the hardwood-smoked chicken.

Smoked Turkey Breast

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Smoked Turkey Breast

Price: $3.69

Target sells a similar seven-ounce pack of smoked turkey breast for over $5. But this deli-inspired lunch meat is only $3.69.

Stack the nitrate-free, all-natural turkey between two pieces of whole-grain bread, add your favorite veggies, and pack the sandwiches for your next picnic.

Pizza Dough

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Pizza Dough packs

Price: $1.69

According to data from Slice, the national average cost for a takeout pizza is $17.81. If that’s too pricey for your tastes, Trader Joe’s ready-made dough is a bargain at $1.69.

Add sauce, sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and your favorite toppings to make the perfect pie.

Spinach and Ricotta Raviolini

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Spinach and Ricotta Raviolini

Price: $3.49

New to Trader Joe’s, the pint-sized ravioli pieces are a 50/50 blend of pasta and filling.

Trader Joe’s packs the egg and durum-wheat flour dough shells with spinach and garlic bechamel sauce.

The under-$3.50 find is a value compared to what you might pay at an Italian eatery.

Pulled Chicken Salsa Verde

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Pulled Chicken Salsa Verde

Price: $8.99

This refrigerated meal is the perfect pairing of customer favorites. You get a seasoned version of Trader Joe’s pulled chicken and the brand’s savory green salsa in one low-priced package.

Mix the tomatillo-covered shredded meat into a creamy salad, add it to enchiladas, or top a spicy homemade pizza.

Everything But the Bagel Cheddar Cheese

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Everything But the Bagel Cheddar Cheese

Price: $4.99

Everything But the Bagel seasoning is a top seller at Trader Joe’s. The spicy, salty, savory mix of sesame, poppy seeds, onion, and garlic has topped everything from crackers to salmon.

Now that the blend has made its way to the dairy section, you can score the eight-ounce wheel of cheese for less than $5.

Cilantro Dressing

Courtesy of FinanceBuzz Cilantro Dressing bottle

Price: $3.99

While Trader Joe’s Organic Toasted Sesame, Mango Vinaigrette, and other popular picks aren’t in the refrigerated section, this cilantro-based buy is chilled from the start.

Pour the zesty green dressing over arugula, use it as a marinade, or add it to a summertime chicken salad.

Bottom line

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Trader Joe’s unbeatable prices make checking everything off your summer shopping list easy. And unlike other grocery stores, you won’t need coupons or a membership to score big savings.

The deals don’t stop at the refrigerated foods section. You can also find plenty of budget-friendly seasonal frozen meals, sweets, treats, and salty snacks at Trader Joe’s this summer.

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Erica Loop

With more than a decade of experience writing about everything from e-commerce to pets and parenting, Erica Loop has written for sites such as BuzzFeed, Brit+Co, Tinybeans, Family Education, and Care.com. Erica has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.