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Jun 2, 2007 06:14 PM

Am I the only one who shops at 99 cent stores?

All of these posts on "What's your favorite item at TJ's?"

How about: What did you find today at 99 cent store?


English Blue Stilton! 5.3 oz wedge "Dairy Crest" Hartington Creamery. Tastes good, too.

Silk brand soy "Chai" quarts

Dulcinea melons

Mini seedless watermelon

Good Earth Tropical flavored black tea bags

Breyers frozen Fruit Swirl 10 pack

Wolfgang Puck Organic Spicy Bean Soup cans

I always get the Rye Krisp and Brunswick herrings, too.

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  1. Well, not all of us live in Arizona, California, Nevada or Texas. ;-)

    I'm assuming you mean the 99¢ Only chain, which is focused on food stuff, as opposed to as a generic term. Generic "dollar stores" (what I would call them) don't have much in the way of food.

    Wish we had one of these though, looks good

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    1. re: CrazyOne

      Yea, I'm only familiar with the dollar store, whic occasionally will have a random find. One must proceed to the checkout with caution however, becase while the notion of only one dollar seems like a bargain, it *can* be more than the supermarket price.

      1. re: CrazyOne

        Oh cool! I shop at the Big Lots across the parking lot from one of these stores, but I never checked it out.

        Although I mostly go there for bath products (love getting fancy shower gel for $1 a bottle), I sometimes find interesting foodstuffs at Big Lots -- last time I was in there I bought some Abuelita chocolate syrup (with the traditional Mexican hot chocolate flavorings and no HFCS).

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Big Lots rocks. I have found so many great "ethnic" items there - hispanic, Indian bread mixes, some exotic oils, etc. Deals is another chain (Mo/ks area). that has some cheapie items.

          I, of course, also go to Aldi!!!!

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        1. Well,
          1st) are you talking a Chain or just dollar stores in general?
          2nd) Please be aware that health laws in various states influence what maybe sold in some levels of retail stores.

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          1. re: Quine

            I believe she is talking about the chain, 99 cents only, not the mom and pop ones.

            1. re: Quine

              I was at my local dollar store. The woman in front of me was having her purchases scanned when a decorative bowl beeped several times as it scanned. The checkout person told her the item was recalled. He said they usually get notices and pull the items, but they also have an automated system in case something is missed. He right away went to the shelf and removed the rest.

              I have had several good food purchases there..... cheese sticks, frozen dinners and yummy Freschetta artichoke and cheese appetizer bowls (don't know why they don't make them, they were great, 6 for a dollar). Oh and some of there candy is pretty good. I have had a couple of bad purchases, but I found if I stick to mainly brand name overstocks I do pretty well.

            2. We shop at Dollar Tree here in the 'OC'. Don't buy much, if anything, in the way of food items. Mostly things like softening sheets for the dryer...dishes, glasses & kitchen utensils...foil 'sandwich' wraps and other misc. items that may catch our eyes. But that's about it. Some items we would never consider purchasing would be health/beauty items. They, like similar stores i.e. 99c Only, have U.S. name brand look alike toothpastes mostly made in Canada, Mexico, China as well as other parts of the world where quality standards are much lower. Flouride levels in some of the foreign countries are up to 10 times higher than toothpaste manufacturered here in the U.S.. Kids shouldn't be swallowing this stuff. In certain toothpastes found in these stores manufacturered and imported from China the FDA found the poisonous chemical diethyhelen glycol DEG, I believe used in radiator anitfreeze.

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              1. re: crt

                I'm amazed at the Dollar Tree. I have found giant jars of roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, good extra fancy manzanilla olives and some great crackers. I think its just luck what you can find.

              2. Mexican Coke 2 bottles for 99 cents.