Report: Trader Joe’s Tops Whole Foods for Higher Home Values

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

It’s no secret: people love themselves some Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Almost any time a new mixed-use development is proposed in Philadelphia with enough retail space that could possibly fit a grocery store, residents come out of the woodwork to clamor for a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods.

You know what those people also love? Money. It’s called “Whole Foods Effect” – a real estate phenomenon where property values seemingly rise in areas surrounding the Austin-based organic grocery chain. The presence of a Whole Foods, especially in urban neighborhoods, seems to certify that a home buyer has made a quality choice of settling in that area.

Well, it turns out that it could probably be called the “Trader Joe’s Effect.” RealtyTrac recently ran some of the numbers and came to an interesting conclusion: “What we found is that homeowners near a Trader Joe’s have experienced better home value appreciation since their purchase, but also pay higher property taxes on average.”

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Philly Mag Editors Share Their Fave Beauty Finds From Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods

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Whole Foods’ beauty selection. | Whole Foods.

Sometimes the best beauty products can be found in the most unexpected places (West Philly’s International Food and Spices, South Philly’s Fante’s). So when we came across this great article breaking down the best finds at Trader Joe’s — think yummy Coconut Body Butter and anti-aging Nourish Antioxidant Facial Serum — we decided to do some digging of our own. Here, Philly Mag’s discerning editors share their favorite go-to beauty buys from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

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The Checkup: How to Become the Smartest Trader Joe’s Shopper Ever

Photo via Flickr user Mark Nockleby

Photo via Flickr user Mark Nockleby

• Did you try a new trail mix from Trader Joe’s only to realize it tastes like total garbage? No worries:  Trader Joe’s has an incredibly liberal return policy, meaning you can return anything — no questions asked — as long as you have a receipt. Or to avoid that problem in the first place, just ask to try something new while you’re at the store. They’ll let you try anything as long as you ask first! Good to know, right? That plus more tips to turn you into the savviest Trader Joe’s shopper alive. [Huffington Post]

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What To Buy At Trader Joe’s (As Chosen By People Who Love Trader Joe’s)

TraderJoesIntYou guys like lists, right? Everyone loves lists. And you know what everyone else loves? Trader Joe’s. So what would be perfect right here is a list about things to buy at Trader Joe’s.

Well lucky for you, the list-loving public, the team over at Be Well Philly has spent the last week gathering data from Trader Joe’s fans on their favorite things to buy. That data has now been assembled into a list, and that list includes such things as frozen edamame, the spinach and artichoke dip that everyone whose ever been to a Trader Joe’s ever goes bonkers over, Joe-Joe’s cookies (which truly are awesome) and Cookie Butter (which sounds like it should be awesome but just…isn’t).

Anyway, you can check out the entire list of the 20 Best Thinigs To Buy At Trader Joe’s over at Be Well Philly. Or you can just hang out here and tell me how wrong I am about that whole Cookie Butter thing.

The 20 Best Foods At Trader Joe’s [BeWell]

The 20 Best Foods at Trader Joe’s

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Last week, we asked you guys to dish on your favorite Trader Joe’s buys, and you all clued us in to a ton of  finds we’d never even considered trying, from meatless meatballs to cinnamon apple snack sticks. And because we want to have all these great Trader Joe’s finds right at our fingertips the next time we go grocery shopping, we compiled a handy-dandy list of the 20 best foods to buy at Trader Joe’s, as chosen by Be Well Philly readers. Check ‘em out below, then print this list out and take it with you next time you head to the store.  Read more »

What’s the Best Thing to Buy at Trader Joe’s?

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

The weekend is a comin’, folks! Which means my favorite day is right around the corner: grocery day. I love grocery shopping like most people love spa days. There’s just something about discovering a new favorite hummus or the cheapest raw honey around or the best soy milk on planet Earth that just makes me feel pure joy. And I know I’m not the only one who takes pride in their grocery store finds, right?

So this week, to help get my grocery-shopping discovery on, I want to ask you: What’s your favorite find at Trader Joe’s? The one thing you have to get every single time you go grocery shopping? Tell us what it is and why you keep going back for more. And if you have more than one favorite, feel free to share ’em all. Now, ready, set, comment!  Read more »

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