Trader Joe's loses top spot as 'favorite grocery store' for the first time in four years

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Trader Joe's is no longer America's favorite

For the first time in four years, Trader Joe's no longer holds the title as America's Favorite Grocery Store. In fact, it's fallen back two spots to number three.

Let's take a moment of silence for all of the organic junkies out there.

This year, bargain megastore Wegmans took the crown, followed closely behind by Publix.

The information came as a result of a survey of more than 10,000 people by Market Force Information.

The stores were ranked across a number of categories, including quality of the food the store provides, checkout speed, overall value and customer service.

Take a look at these favorite items from Trader Joe's:

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Trader Joe's loses top spot as 'favorite grocery store' for the first time in four years

Favorite overall:
Cookie butter, $3.69 each

Via Trader Joe's

Favorite beverage:
Trader Joe’s Spiced Cider, $2.99

Via Trader Joe's

Favorite Candy:
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, $4.29

Via Trader Joe's

Favorite Condiment:
Organic Ketchup,  $1.99

Via Trader Joe's

Favorite pumpkin:
Organic Pumpkin, $1.99

Via Trader Joe's

Favorite meat/meatless:
Soy Chorizo, $1.99

Via Trader Joe's

Favorite salad:
Organic arugula, $2.49

Via Trader Joe's

Favorite produce:
Bananas, $.19 each

Via Trader Joe's

Favorite bakery:
Sourdough Bread, $2.99

Via Trader Joe's

Favorite frozen:
Mandarin Orange Chicken

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Wegmans clinched the top spot strongly due to the specialty items it offers as well as the quick checkout experience, coming in with a customer loyalty rating of 76 percent.

Trader Joe's overall customer loyalty rating was a close 73 percent.

SEE ALSO: How to choose the most cost-effective grocery store

But in an industry as competitive as the grocery chain world, that 3 percent can make all the difference when it comes to customer loyalty. The survey found that only a mere 4.3 percent of customers would consider changing grocers.

But Chief Strategy Officer of Market Force, Cheryl Fink, points out that this doesn't mean the end for Trader Joe's:

"When you look at the top brands, I do want to be clear that the top three — Wegmans, Publix, Trader Joe's — they are very, very competitive...Trader Joe's has not gone backwards on service."

While this new information could signify the rise of Wegmans, it certainly does not mean the fall of Trader Joe's.

We wouldn't count on having to live without that Speculoos Cookie Butter any time soon.

Now, check out these 12 tips to slash your grocery bill:

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Buy in bulk
Even if you don't think you need a bulk amount of an item, you can always find a way to use it, especially if it's a dry good or item you can store for a long time. It'll save you down the road.

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Memorize rock bottom prices
You may have to jot down the prices you pay for certain items a few times before you can gauge the maximum price you should pay every time you shop for that item.Eventually, you'll commit it to memory.

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Research specific stores' policies
Certain grocery stores will price match or honor deals from other grocery stores, while some might have certain designated deals on different items on certain days of the week. Research before you shop.

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Buy a mix of name brand and generic brand products
For dry goods and condiments, stick to generic brand. For products like meat and dairy, stick to a brand you trust.

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Skip out on anything prepared, pre-packaged or pre-sliced
It's almost always more expensive than buying bulk ingredients and using them to prepare on your own. 

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Leave the kids at home (if possible)
"How did eight boxes of fruit snacks get into the cart?"

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Don't buy boneless chicken or meat
It will cost you the price of the meat plus the cost of preparation. Buy with bone-in and prep the meat yourself.

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Take advantage of "buy one, get one" deals
Especially if they're items like meat or bread, which can be frozen and stored for quite a while.

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Plan meals around when things go on sale
Instead of planning out your meals for the week and shopping for the appropriate ingredients, figure out when certain items go on sale, buy them and plan your meals around those ingredients.

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Look at the unit price
It's possible, for example, that buying two boxes of 10 granola bars is cheaper than buying one box of 20, based on the price per unit.

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Look up, then look down
Grocery stores tend to stock their most expensive items at eye-level. Look at the top and bottom rows for cheaper items.

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Skip out on personal care items
Your best bet for these kinds of items is drugstores.

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