On my way to savings
I walked the aisles of my local store, but I was unable to find anything marked down. I found the manager and asked when and where they clearance out older or discontinued items. I was shocked; they don’t! My first reaction was disappointment. I was really looking forward to saving a little extra on their store brand! The manager then explained why they don’t lower prices for quick sales and I not only understood, but it reinforced why I shop at Trader Joe’s.
Trader Joe’s gives back
Trader Joe’s doesn’t mark down or put items on clearance because they have a policy of donating anything that is not good enough to sell, but is still safe for consumption. What I love most is that their donations aren’t done on a national level by a corporate office. Each location has a donations coordinator that does all donations locally. This means that they are involved in the local community donating to schools, non-profit organizations, food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens. Last year alone Trader Joe’s donated more than $260 million worth of food product to food banks! It is nice to know that they are working in our community to help provide relief as well as reduce waste. So while I may not save an extra dollar on my favorite cut of meat, I am glad to know that it will go to someone in need.