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Go Trick or Treating at Trader Joe’s for Pumpkin Snacks

Now that the fall season is officially upon us, it is socially acceptable to drown in spice scents, wear warm sweaters, watch Halloween movies, and indulge in anything and everything pumpkin flavored. Something about the taste and scent of pumpkin spice sets the cozy fall mood perfectly. Luckily, Trader Joe’s is fully stocked with the best pumpkin sweet treats and snacks to fill your pantry and satisfy your fall cravings. Here are the top 10 items that should be at the top of your shopping list this October.

  1. Pumpkin Empanadas $3.99
photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer

This snack has the perfect traditional pumpkin taste. Not too sweet— these empanadas are filled with a pumpkin puree that is creamy and smooth. They taste true to the classic Spanish treat and are easy to heat in the oven.  

  1. Pumpkin Tortilla Chips $3.99

A strange combo at first sight, but these chips do not disappoint. The pumpkin flavor is not overpowering. The cinnamon and nutmeg spices hit as an aftertaste and blend nicely with the salty flavor of a classic tortilla chip. These chips are great on their own but are even better when paired with a sweet dip. Try serving them with a chocolate dip, flavored cream cheese, or brie.

  1. Pumpkin Spice Coffee $7.99

Nothing screams fall like a warm cup of coffee in the morning. These grounds have a subtle spice mix that give just the right amount of pumpkin flavor. This coffee will give you the fall taste without feeling like an over-sugared Starbucks latte.

  1. Pumpkin Rolls $3.99
photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer

These seasonal cinnamon rolls are fast flyers at Trader Joe’s. It is impossible to find an employee that will not recommend these as a grocery cart must-have. The rolls have a biscuit texture that flakes at first bite. Top them off with the pumpkin spice icing and the perfect fall breakfast has been created. 

  1. Pumpkin brioche twist bread $3.99
photo courtesy of @traderjoeslist on Instagram

What is better than french toast? Pumpkin french toast. This brioche loaf is the bread for the job. The slices are thick and spongy swirled with cinnamon and pumpkin spice flavoring that gives the perfect fall taste. Top it off with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter and serve warm.

  1. Pumpkin cranberry crisps $3.99
photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer

This pumpkin item adds a cranberry flavor to the mix. These crackers include real cranberries and pumpkin but do not have an overwhelming flavor. The texture is crispy and dense. Their natural flavor would pair perfectly with a cream cheese dip.

  1. Petite pumpkin spice cookies $2.99
photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer

Self-control is needed when this box of cookies is in sight. The cookie base is a strong pumpkin spice flavor and the icing coating is a sweet yogurt. Who knew yogurt could taste like icing? The best part about these cookies is the nostalgia they bring to simple times in elementary school when your mom would pack you circus animal cookies in your lunchbox. Maybe pick up two boxes of these because the first one will be gone quicker than you think.

  1. Pumpkin danish kringle $7.99
photo courtesy of OH Danish Bakery

A kringle is a traditional oval danish pastry that Trader Joe’s sells in seasonal flavors. Bake in the oven for a few minutes to reveal the buttery base that flakes like a croissant. Inside is a pumpkin filling that isn’t overly flavorful but it is balanced with a sweet caramel topping. This is a great sharing pastry for a fall party if you need a sweet dessert. 

  1. Pumpkin spice pretzel slims $2.99
photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer

Yogurt coating strikes success again in this salty snack. The pretzel slims have a satisfying crunch and the yogurt coating contrasts with a sweet pumpkin spice taste. Pumpkin seeds coat the pretzels for added texture. This snack is a flavor punch so a few go a long way.

  1. Pumpkin brownie blondies $3.99
photo courtesy of @traderjoeslist on Instagram

It is impossible to leave Trader Joe’s without a fresh pastry. These Pumpkin brownies are the perfect fix. They have a moist cake-like texture and are light. With a pumpkin bread flavor, pecans and chocolate chips, these treats cannot be passed up.

** Prices may vary depending on Trader Joe’s location

Saving Money and Looking Great

The temperatures are rising, the sun is out longer, it’s almost spring and that means a new wardrobe is needed.

It’s time for new spring outfits, but these days it’s hard to find great clothes without breaking your bank – unless you’re looking in the right places. Here is a list of some great places in Austin to find cheap and cute clothes.

Savers

5222 Burnet Rd #600, Austin, TX 78756

Thrift stores have been on the rise for years now. The clothes are vintage and allow for creative outfits to help standout. Savers sells a variety of good quality, cheap second hand clothing and shoppers can donate to help their community.

Photo by Lauren Breach

Blue Elephant

4001 N Lamar Blvd #510, Austin, TX 78756

A high-end boutique for women’s apparel, they have cute graphic t-shirts of Austin and other designs. Their prices are around the medium range with most of their shirts priced at around $30. A great stop for lovers of graphic tees.

Photo by Lauren Breach

Uptown Cheapskate

3005 S Lamar Blvd #110-A, Austin, TX 78704

Another thrift style store with great clothes and low prices. Shoppers can donate their clothes and receive to potentially go buy more clothes. The store features brands like Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters and Nike.

H&M

The Domain

This clothing chain has been popular for their affordable clothing for both women and men. Shoppers can find tops at prices as low as $10 with fun and simple designs. They also have business attire at comparably low prices.

Photo by Lauren Breach

Target

5621 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78723

Everyone knows that Target is a good place to buy groceries, but did you know they also have cute cheap clothes? Their clothes are chic, great quality and inexpensive. They also have nice purses for women and sunglasses for women and men. Don’t just get your groceries at Target, get some clothes as well.

Affordable Graduation Gifts

Graduation is the next big step in adulting. Once students cross the stage they go on to do a number of things: some will go off to a new place to work, some may travel, some will get married, and others may head back home. Four (give or take) years of lectures and finals pay off with the diploma and it’s an overall exciting time for both the graduate and their loved ones. Usually this also leads to something nearly equally as exciting for the graduate- gifts! If you have someone close to you graduating and want to get them something without breaking the bank, these ideas are for you based on their plans (or lack thereof) after walking the stage.

If They’re Moving…

Monogram Mug

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Help add a personal touch to the graduate’s new home without giving them something too big that makes it hard for them to show their own style in the new space. A mug is a classic go-to, especially for coffee or tea enthusiasts, and is aesthetic enough on its own. This mug is only $5.99 at Target, but similar styles could be found elsewhere too. If they aren’t much for flowers there are also similar more minimal designs. Bonus? Add a gift card to Target or another home store to help them out a bit.

Succulent/House Plant

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Nothing says trendy like a succulent gift for a new apartment. These plants are low maintenance and can be purchased alone at an outdoor or grocery store for $5 or less. If you have a bit more room in the budget you can get them a cool planter like this sloth one for $18 or a personalized gift box for only $22 that you can check out here.

If They’re Traveling/”Finding Themselves,” etc…

Travel Size World Scratch Map

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Help the new explorer track their travels with a travel sized world map that they can scratch off after visiting each country. If they’re staying local, US maps are also available. Either way, this gift comes in at under $20 and is both thoughtful and aesthetic.

DIY Option: Travel Must Have Set

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To keep your gift personal and low budget, try this cool DIY option. Basically, find a cute travel sized bag/pouch (think the size of a makeup bag or wallet) and fill it with a few travel goodies like gum, candy, bandaids, travel charger, sleeping mask, whatever suits your fancy. You can make it as basic or as unique as you want. If they love Starbucks or McDonald’s there’s practically one everywhere so you could even put a $5 gift card in there to get them a drink/meal. These sets  can also be purchased, but I think it’s a cuter gift when it’s done personally.

Mini Backpack

Photo courtesy of Target

This travel essential is not only trendy, but super useful. Mini backpacks offer all of the same features as a regular sized one (including compartments to tuck away valuables) but with less of the bulkiness. They may not be the number one pick for an avid hiker, but if someone is just out exploring a few new cities, it’s a perfect pick. Prices vary on these tremendously, but you can purchase this one (either white or black) at Target for $20. I also recommend looking in-store at places like Urban Outfitters and American Eagle to shop their sale rack!

If They’re Moving Back Home…

A Book

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Hear me out! It isn’t super exciting, but books can be super helpful and a nice motivator or de-stressor. Finding a job is tough and even if they have one but have opted to live with their parents again, it is a big adjustment. “Almost Adulting” by Arden Rose has everything from sex to traveling alone to making friends, which sounds useful no matter what stage of life anyone is in, tbh. You can purchase it at a local bookstore or on Amazon here. Another great pick is Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop. It’s basically about…well what it sounds like. Pick up a copy here.

Lap Desk

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Whether it’s for job hunting, freelancing, or watching Netflix- a lap desk comes in handy for hours spent on the go and at home. I personally recommend going to HomeGoods or something similar to find a good deal, but a reasonably priced one can be found here.

Lush

Photo courtesy of Lush

Give the gift of relaxation after a long four years and go with a classic, vegan friendly option: Lush! They have gifts for both guys and girls alike and are super affordable. This “Happiness” gift set comes in at $19.95 and “Bath Art” is slightly cheaper at $18.95.

No matter what your budget or the graduate’s after college plans, there is definitely a thoughtful and useful gift you can give them. Especially if you’re having to buy multiple gifts, this list can be a life saver. Happy shopping!

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