(via consumerist) Slate has a guide to Trader Joe's for newbies. I totally agree about the Soviet mentality, and the inability to use it as your only grocery. Since fave items will disappear at random, gobble up the stuff you love. They used to have super cheap tofu, but it only appears on occasion. Chicken and sausage are great deals. Also get the nuts, esp the sesame covered cashews. And don't forget the spicy pecans. The advice about the candy is true, maintain your strength in the aisle with the low price Valrhona.