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Best thing you've found at a 99¢ Only Store?

ipsedixit Mar 30, 2012 06:28 PM

Let's see, some gems I've found include Silk Organic Soymilk, Roland Truffle Oil, Lindt 90% Dark Chocolate, and bionaturae Organic Whole Wheat Pasta.

But the best thing I think I've found was probably a 6-pack of Spam (12 ounce cans).


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    Jelly71 Feb 5, 2014 01:36 PM

    Albanese Gummi Bears!!! These are the Cadillac of gummis and usually a bit pricey. But they are delicious and taste like fruit juice in the best way. This might be the find of the year for me.

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    1. re: Jelly71
      Wahooty Feb 8, 2014 08:55 PM

      Hee hee...I once performed in a community theater production with a member of the Albanese family...he used to show up to rehearsals with bags and bags of various gummis. :D

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      treb Feb 5, 2014 07:17 AM

      I can always get grape or cherry tomatoes 16oz, baseball hats, triscuits, batteries for my food scale, celery and various veggies, I also get lots of hygene stuff, soap, tooth paste etc that we make in to kits to give to the homeless. Really enjoy the 99 cent/dollar stores.

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      1. re: treb
        Beach Chick Feb 5, 2014 05:19 PM

        'I also get lots of hygene stuff, soap, tooth paste etc that we make in to kits to give to the homeless.'

        ; )

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        Jase Feb 4, 2014 08:41 PM

        Violet Crumble full sized bars for $.25 each back when it was almost impossible to find them in the US. The packaging was changed was the only reason I could see why they were dumped. They all tasted fresh. I bought out their entire stock of three and a half boxes. Asked the manager to look in the back for more.

        Called up my friends and started handing them out to everyone hoarding one box for myself.

        1. Ruth Lafler Feb 3, 2014 07:28 PM

          They usually have some coconut water that's a good deal.

          On a food-related note, I don't know if they always have them, but around the holidays they have stuffing bags.

          1. Will Owen Feb 3, 2014 05:14 PM

            Most interesting was a bottle of Bob Dylan wine. NOT interesting as wine at all, but we kept the bottle.

            The best was a five-pound bag of White Lily Self-Rising flour, my go-to flour when we lived in Nashville. What I should have realized was that this signalled the exit of White Lily from the West Coast market. It was also the last of the real White Lily from the original mill and the carefully-chosen list of wheat suppliers.

            1. Cheese Boy Jan 27, 2014 10:06 PM

              ... $1 Gullon chocolate wafer cookies

              Tasty treat ... http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/subzi-...

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                happybaker Jan 27, 2014 03:10 PM

                They were out of one of my new favorite things from there - and just got more back in!

                A large canister of panko bread crumbs. So handy, they bake up really well for breading and, can't beat the price!

                I've been getting Mio (the flavor drops) for water there as well, 99¢ versus $3 or $4. And I just picked up some really nice fresh asparagus.

                I've seen the pouch campbell soups there, had no idea their retail price was so high!

                And one other recent fab find? Full size boxes of Ritz crackers, 4 sleeves in each box. Yum!

                Drat, I forgot to mention the pound and a half pouches of raw turbinado sugar. Perfect as a finishing sugar for baking (on top of pies and cookies), fabulous in coffee and the price? 75% less than the supermarket!

                Gosh I love that place.

                1. John E. Jan 27, 2014 01:10 PM

                  I remember buying bags of mesquite and hickory wood chips that cost $4 or $5 elsewhere.

                  1. Beach Chick Jan 27, 2014 05:00 AM

                    Latest treasure trove at the beloved .99 cent store. .

                    Lindt dark chocolate 87% cacao bars
                    Campbell's Red Bell Pepper and Gouda soup..its $3.99 in the stores.
                    2 large artichokes
                    Creamery butter 4pk
                    Oscar Mayer Turkey hot dogs
                    Portobello mushrooms..4pk
                    Fingerling pots
                    Sargento cheese sticks and Mozzarella and Sharp cheddar.
                    Snyder's 8pk pretzels
                    Bag of Fuji apples
                    Jello pudding..French Silk
                    Fig Newtons

                    Love love love these stores!

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                      MysticYoYo Feb 3, 2013 01:01 AM

                      I was there again yesterday and got a bottle of St. Paula brand black peppercorns, and two enormous red bell peppers. The peppers were two for 99¢.

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                        granadafan Jan 20, 2013 06:31 PM

                        I buy a lot of my spices there. Best scores were the Bertolli frozen pastas and Carr's water crackers. I regularly buy canned tomatoes there for stews.

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                        1. re: granadafan
                          Ruth Lafler Jan 28, 2014 04:10 PM

                          I buy sea salt.

                          The other thing I hate to buy almost anywhere else is coconut water. They usually have several brands, and sometimes they're even less than 99 cents.

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                          Violatp Jan 14, 2013 09:58 PM

                          Sigh. I wish the 99 Cents Only chain in LA (well, mostly in LA) was in Chicago! Too many things to list!

                          The Dollar Tree stores that are here are mostly a ripoff if you do the math. Yes, it looks like they have some fresh, generic foodstuffs for a dollar but the packages are so small, that it actually works out to more per ounce than if you bought it at a regular grocery store! Boo to that. The 99 Cents Only chain never, (well, I never caught an instance) did that.

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                          1. re: Violatp
                            Dornfelder Jan 15, 2013 11:55 AM

                            According to 99 Cents Only's website, Violato, the chain has stores throughout four western states: California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas:


                            Over the years, I've noticed that 99 Cents' most significant improvement has been in its fresh produce, especially what's available from the late fall through the early spring. Case in point: When my husband and I first visited the La Mirada (read: southeast Whittier) location in early 1994, the closest thing to a fresh vegetable there was a greenosh-brown eucalyptus leaf on the store's welcome mat.

                            Re. 99 Cents' produce (bulk-only buys): http://www.99only.com/club99/fruits-v...

                            I doubt any of us CHers are pining for 99's BODs (Bad Old Days).

                          2. free sample addict aka Tracy L Jan 14, 2013 07:42 PM

                            Ginger snaps. Cliff Bars, apple/raspberry apple sauce w/o sugar, sloppy joe sauce, olive oil, sea salt w/ dried herbs (nice for making pizza dough), Good and Plenty, organic flax seed. cashew pieces and frozen soft pretzel pieces (makes a great alternative to croutons). Oh yeah, and screaming yellow zonkers.

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                            1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L
                              Dornfelder Jan 14, 2013 09:39 PM

                              Back at my local 99 Cents Only location:

                              * SunBelle blackberries, fresh (4.4 ounces)
                              * Seedless watermelons, many topping five pounds)
                              * Fresh pomegranate halves

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                              laskiblue Dec 16, 2012 06:09 PM

                              Every so often, my local 99 Cents Only store has some lovely pork egg rolls made by a small company in the Los Angeles area. They are truly delicious and I check for them every time I use that particular store.

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                              1. re: laskiblue
                                happybaker Dec 19, 2012 09:35 AM

                                Wow! I will look for those!

                              2. Cheese Boy Dec 9, 2012 10:32 PM

                                The best was a jar of Almond Butter for .99c.
                                I bought two and I still have them here to stare at. I love looking at that separated oil ...
                                it looks like land and sea in those jars. Makes me wanna throw in a piece of coral sometimes.

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                                  foodieX2 Dec 6, 2012 01:06 PM

                                  I was there last week and scored 6 pack's of those chinese takeout-like container in holiday prints-perfect for gifting treats. I also found metal tins in holiday prints, about the size of those shortbread cookie tins you see this time of year, two for dollars. Perfect for gifting cookies.

                                  I also found bags of chocolate gelt and other cute stucking stuffers.

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                                  1. re: foodieX2
                                    happybaker Dec 6, 2012 02:05 PM

                                    What?! The take out containers? ARGH! I dropped $25 dollars there yesterday and didn't see those.

                                    I got tons of non-food items (things that wold be $6 elsewhere and just a dollar there), but my fav finds were food. 24 oz containers of cottage cheese (yay! cheap noodle kugel, here I come!) and veggie patch mini corn dogs.

                                    Now I have to go back and look for those containers. But maybe I'd better leave my wallet in the car...

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                                    seamunky Dec 6, 2012 01:01 PM

                                    I wish there was a good well-stocked 99cent store near me. Last one I went to had big clamshells of organic tri-colored mini peppers. They were sweet and crisp.

                                    1. pdxgastro Nov 30, 2012 12:19 AM

                                      A metal spatula that's as big as a salad plate. I can use it as a small pizza peel. I haven't yet, but I could.
                                      Square cannisters that hold 5lbs of flour or sugar, and stack very nicely. I have like 6 of them. I use them for rice and dry beans too.
                                      Wire waste baskets. I gave 2 away, wish I hadn't.

                                      1. Dornfelder Nov 15, 2012 05:51 PM

                                        The better half and I live near a well-stocked 99 Cents Only Store, so we shop at ours at least once a week. I have fond memories of picking up these finds:

                                        * White asparagus (fresh)
                                        * Green "regular" asparagus (fresh)
                                        * Grape tomatoes (6-ounce boxes)
                                        * Portabello mushrooms (fresh)
                                        * Avocadoes (many ripe, ready for guacamole)
                                        * Artisan salsa (refrigerated)
                                        * Russet potatoes (five-pound bag)
                                        * Gala apples (six-pack bag)
                                        * Pears (six-pack bag)
                                        * Plums (six-pack bag)
                                        * Strawberries, fresh (16-ounce box)
                                        * Blackberries, fresh (four-ounce box)
                                        * Blueberries, fresh (four-ounce box)
                                        * Raspberries, fresh (four-ounce box)
                                        * "Personal" watermelons, some as large as five pounds
                                        * Canary melons
                                        * Honeydews
                                        * Green grapes (16-ounce bag)
                                        * Cantaloupes
                                        * Pomegranates
                                        * Mom's Best Instant Oatmeal (16 ounces)
                                        * Harvest Best Breadcrumbs (16 ounces)
                                        * Terra Vita Extra-Virgin Olive Oil/Canola Oil (eight ounces)
                                        * Zacky Sliced Turkey, different varieties (five ounces per packages, I think)
                                        * Italpasta Oven-Ready Dry Lasagna Noodles (13.25 ounces)
                                        * Italpasta Whole-Wheat Penne Pasta (12 ounces)
                                        * Wolfgang Puck Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce (16 ounces), per happybaker's find ;-)
                                        * Encore Premium Paprika (3.35 ounces)
                                        * A wide array of Santa Paula seasonings, with granulated garlic our favorite (2.1 ounces)
                                        * Anderson's split pea soup
                                        * Many varieties of frozen vegetable mixes (all 16 ounces each)
                                        * Regular, reduced-fat and fat-free milk (1 pint)
                                        * AA eggs (one dozen)
                                        * Tapatio hot sauce, five-ounce bottle (59 cents)
                                        * Toblerone chocolate

                                        Small wonder that the Placentia 99 Cents Only store draws shoppers from all economic walks of life -- my husband and I can't count how many times we've found late-model Lexuses and BMWs parked next to our cars. Even though I realize that this is Chowhound and not Servicehound, I'll add that the staffers at this 99 Cents Only are consistently friendly and helpful; they totally blow away the surly and inattentive crew (mostly kids, I'm sorry to say) at the nearby Yorba Linda Stater Brothers.

                                        It'll be great meeting my fellow OC Hounders at the Placentia 99 soon. ;-D

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                                        1. re: Dornfelder
                                          HillJ Dec 16, 2012 06:21 PM

                                          I can't begin to tell you how jealous that price makes me. No such animal in NJ. 99 cent stores in NJ sell crap...and they smell god awful.

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                                            MarlboroMan Jan 29, 2013 07:29 PM

                                            I dunno.. I go to Dollar Tree a lot, and I'm in NJ. Best finds at the one near me: Kendale Farm Chicken and Beef Broths, a quart for $1.00. It's got better ingredients than most of the crap I find in the grocery store, and for a lot less. Taste is decent, AND it's made in the USA. Picked up 2 chicken and 1 beef tonight.

                                            Other good deals: Wegman's has their "own" brand of premium ice cream. Found the same packaging, but it was marked "Meijer", which I think is a Midwest brand. They had pints of raspberry sorbet and Jamocha Almond Fudge. Yes, for a dollar each.

                                            Also bags of mango chunks, frozen pineapple, etc. BUT, I'm very careful about what I buy. If it says "Product of China", I most likely won't buy it. Sorry, I just don't trust much of the food that comes from China.

                                            Lots of other good deals as well. 2 frozen chicken thighs for a dollar.. 4 frozen drumsticks.. etc. You can even get a ribeye steak! (albeit a very thin one!)

                                            AND, none of the Dollar Trees I've been in smell bad. :)

                                            1. re: MarlboroMan
                                              HillJ Jan 29, 2013 08:03 PM

                                              Then you've been fortunate. I've been totally turned off.

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                                                HillJ Jan 27, 2014 01:16 PM

                                                I haven't changed my opinion of food stuffs found at .99 stores but I also have come to realize that Aldi serves the same purpose. Not always .99 but some terrific deals nonetheless.

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                                          Jelly71 Oct 30, 2012 09:07 AM

                                          I recently scored on the single powder mixes that you pour into a water bottle. Snapple! Diet Peach!! My favorite drink in the world!! 6 singles in a box for 99 cents! I bought all I could find. (Sorry, fellow Reseda dwellers. I cleaned out the stock from the store on Sherman Way and Lindley.) I rarely buy Diet Peach Snapple in the bottles because I feel the packaging is so wasteful. So to find the powder singles was like my birthday and Xmas all rolled into one. And it tastes exactly like the bottle drink.

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                                          1. re: Jelly71
                                            happybaker Oct 30, 2012 11:59 AM

                                            Oh yes I love those Snapple Singles. So yummy and such a great deal!

                                            They've also had the crystal light singles that have protein and fiber. The strawberry banana is REALLY tasty and does indeed help you get through a mid day snack period without being too naughty.


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                                              Jelly71 Oct 30, 2012 02:47 PM

                                              Good to know. I saw those Crystal Light ones and debated buying it. I thought it would either be really tasty or really gross. But I was so focused on my Snapple hunt (enjoying one right now, actually!) that I didn't get the CL. I will get it next time I go.

                                              Also, back to Snapple - the stores in the West Valley have other flavors - Lemon, Raspberry and Green Tea, all Diet, I believe.

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                                            MysticYoYo Oct 29, 2012 06:15 PM

                                            I recently moved to California from Florida, where I was a fan of The Dollar Tree but I have discovered the "99¢ Only Stores" and I *LOVE* them! They are apparently located only in California, Texas, Nevada and Arizona. What they have that the Dollar Tree doesn't is FRESH PRODUCE. I've gotten bags of organic lettuce or plastic bins of mixed greens for, yes, 99¢! They usually carry strawberries, mushrooms, cukes, HUGE bell peppers (usually at 2 for 99¢) plastic containers of tomatoes (regular and plum!), various bags of lettuce (romaine, ice berg, shredded ice berg for tacos, etc.), potatoes, bananas, enormous artichokes, bunches of asparagus, and more.

                                            Other items I've found:

                                            Bags of English muffins
                                            Banquet frozen breakfast sausages
                                            Barbecue sauces (Open Pit and other brands)
                                            Sun dried tomatoes
                                            Crystal light type drink mixes
                                            Bottles of various spices (and then I refill them with 59¢-79¢ bags of spices I get at FoodsCo, another great store)

                                            (I also saw a five foot high pallet of Wolfgang Pucks' spaghetti sauces - Did not try/buy.)

                                            Not food but kitchen related: Betty Crocker brand rubber spatulas, small cutting boards, measuring spoons and measuring cups, parchment paper, disposable aluminum baking pans and freezer bags.

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                                            1. re: MysticYoYo
                                              happybaker Oct 29, 2012 07:35 PM

                                              They are my go to source for canned clams - perfect for a fast chowder or linguine with clam sauce. They used to carry Snows, which was lovely. But now they have a new brand, Cape May, that I think I actually like more! Sustainably harvested and very fresh and sweet tasting.

                                              My other recent find there was Smart Balance sticks. Great for baking, sautéing and pie crusts, they've even better at $1 a pound versus $3.50 or $4.

                                              FYI, I HAVE purchased the Wolfgang Puck sauces and they are tasty. Not too sweet.

                                              Oh and they now have pallets of Progresso Soups (and 32oz cartons of generic broth) that are mighty handy as we head towards "winter".

                                              Keep your eyes open for the Barbara Dee Winter MInts, they should be appearing about now. When you freeze them they are just like the Girl Scouts Thin Mints. Yum!

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                                                pine time Nov 2, 2012 03:13 PM

                                                On the Wolfgang Puck spaghetti sauce: it was buy 2, get 1 free at my 99 cent store yesterday. Yeah, the expiration date was next week, but the stuff freezes just fine.

                                                1. re: pine time
                                                  Jelly71 Nov 2, 2012 04:51 PM

                                                  I just used that this week when I made meatball subs. It's a decent sauce, a little sweet, which I liked.

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                                              nosh Apr 15, 2012 04:12 PM

                                              I like the microwave popcorn -- usually at least $3 in the supers. My last trip they had Act II, but I think I liked the offbrand (kettle style) better.

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                                                chops888 Apr 5, 2012 11:18 PM

                                                Dannon pure yogurts tub or 6 pack
                                                6 pack jello puddings
                                                6 pack kozy shack puddings
                                                bertolli family sized pasta dinners
                                                large tub of organic mixed greens (same as costco tub)
                                                persian cukes
                                                buitoni fresh pastas and sauces
                                                larabars 3 for 99
                                                gogurt boxes

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                                                  akq Apr 4, 2012 02:19 PM

                                                  Oops. I didn't realize this was limited to the 99 cent only stores...

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                                                    Georgia Strait Apr 4, 2012 11:21 AM

                                                    i had no idea that one could consume the dollar store food -- that said, i just passed up some cheap easter eggy things (like jelly beans) only to find the same packaging - eggsactly (sorry) same - at the major western chain grocery store ... what else - oh, peeps, the classic easter candy. But think how TJ's started --- wasn't it (and still is?) discount food with very little selection? (geez, how could i say anything against tj's). Amazing how a marketing twist can give one a whole different perspective. I say that mainly to myself.

                                                    i also like Daiso for the dinnerware / etc. lots of basic white.

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                                                    1. re: Georgia Strait
                                                      RelishPDX Apr 4, 2012 01:55 PM

                                                      Why of course you can eat it. You can even be a 99-cent chef and blog about it:


                                                    2. janethepain Apr 3, 2012 06:36 PM

                                                      At the local dollar store (Cheap Jack's in NYC), I've bought pancetta, among other things. Also spotted some Kerrygold Irish butter and lots of "fancy" goods like specialty oil and vinegars.

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                                                      1. re: janethepain
                                                        happybaker Apr 3, 2012 08:54 PM


                                                        Oh be still my heart.

                                                        1. re: happybaker
                                                          pine time Apr 4, 2012 07:53 AM


                                                          1. re: happybaker
                                                            janethepain Apr 9, 2012 07:11 PM

                                                            Yeah! Though I think they were slightly cheaper at Trader Joe's anyway.

                                                        2. caravan70 Apr 2, 2012 11:31 AM

                                                          They used to sell 4-packs of Frappucino knockoffs, which I liked a lot. A previous poster referred to the Hispanic foods - that may be the best thing about the place. I still get cans of halfway decent menudo, 2 for $.99. The hot sauce selection is surprisingly decent.

                                                          I like going up there because I never know what I'll find. Now that I live back East, I go to Ocean State Job Lot for the same sort of serendipity - last time I was in that place, I found dried wood-ear mushrooms that I used in a pasta dish the same night. You don't go to a dollar store with a purpose in mind, just the idea that you'll find something you can use.

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                                                          1. re: caravan70
                                                            happybaker Apr 2, 2012 01:16 PM

                                                            Caravan - the 28 oz. cans of the El Pato products ARE awesome indeed. And I forgot, I have gotten 28 cans of diced green chilies there as well. When that happens I feel quite rich...!

                                                            The serendipity is quite fun. Many times, if I do not know what to cook for dinner that night and I'm near a 99¢, I'll drop by and see what inspires me : )

                                                            1. re: happybaker
                                                              pine time Apr 4, 2012 07:53 AM

                                                              Can you freeze those green chilies? Wasn't sure if they'd turn to mush, albeit flavorful mush.

                                                              1. re: pine time
                                                                happybaker Apr 4, 2012 11:13 AM

                                                                I think you can. And somewhere in my tiny mind I think I once portioned out a can for the freezer.

                                                                As for the much factor - they are basically cooked peppers. And as cooked peppers freeze pretty decently, I think these would too.

                                                                But generally if I get a can, I just go whole hog and make a big batch of green chile chili - then freeze THAT : )

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                                                            happybaker Apr 2, 2012 10:44 AM

                                                            My fav find was bags of Bertolli frozen pasta - raviolis and such. Really great tasty stuff that retailed for $8! Haven't seen those in a while : (

                                                            Got half gallons of minute maid orange juice - awesome.
                                                            9 oz. trays of Oscar meyer deli fresh turkey.
                                                            one pound tubs of smart balance margarine.
                                                            a 5 pound tub of pillsbury sugar cookie dough
                                                            greek yogurt, 3 6oz containers fro $1
                                                            Oh and a few times I've gotten the three pound tubs of knudsen cottage cheese. Yum!

                                                            But oh those bertollis...

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                                                              Novelli Apr 2, 2012 08:44 AM

                                                              I once found 1 pound bags of imported frozen ricotta cavatelli. What a deal. Totally stocked up on those.

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                                                                Shanna Apr 2, 2012 08:25 AM

                                                                bionaturae - very nice find in a 99 cent store.

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                                                                1. re: Shanna
                                                                  ipsedixit Apr 2, 2012 08:30 AM

                                                                  Yeah, no kidding!

                                                                2. Beach Chick Apr 2, 2012 07:41 AM

                                                                  I've scored on 3 pack of portobella mushrooms..
                                                                  El Pato enchi sauce..the large can..sells for over $4+
                                                                  Bag of Fuji apples

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                                                                  1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                    ipsedixit Apr 2, 2012 08:31 AM

                                                                    Fuji apples ... that reminds me I once found a bag of golden kiwis.

                                                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                      Beach Chick Apr 2, 2012 08:37 AM

                                                                      They have Kiwi's too but I'm not a fan...

                                                                      Uncle Ben's wild rice and brown rice
                                                                      Lindt Cacao bars
                                                                      10pk of Reese's peanut butter cups...score!

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                                                                    pine time Apr 2, 2012 07:16 AM

                                                                    We bought the store's entire supply of spicy bread 'n butter pickle slices. Several clerks still recognize us as the "pickle people." Sadly, haven't seen 'em since, and we long ago ate the last pickles.

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                                                                      mzsnowhite Apr 1, 2012 11:46 AM

                                                                      I purchase cases of pumpkin at $.98 each that is fed to my dogs. The corn flakes ( I know) are pretty darn good, have a quick turn over and are $1.10 for a large box.

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                                                                      1. re: mzsnowhite
                                                                        jeanmarieok Apr 4, 2012 03:41 AM

                                                                        We feed our dogs pumpkin, also - thanks for the tip!!

                                                                      2. greygarious Apr 1, 2012 09:56 AM

                                                                        Ipse, maybe you should report your thread to the mods and ask them to change the title to
                                                                        "dollar" stores, since there are several national chains that have the same format but different names.

                                                                        I've never bought comestibles in such a store, figuring they might be there because of sub-optimal storage, or being past expiration dates. Nice to know they are not questionable. The only times I've gone into these stores is to get cheap storage containers/totes but I will definitely give them a more thorough look!

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                                                                        1. re: greygarious
                                                                          ipsedixit Apr 2, 2012 07:17 AM

                                                                          Ipse, maybe you should report your thread to the mods and ask them to change the title to
                                                                          "dollar" stores, since there are several national chains that have the same format but different names.



                                                                        2. John E. Mar 31, 2012 08:48 PM

                                                                          We don't have 99¢ Only stores in Minnesota. I have shopped at them in Arizona. I really like the assortment of Hispanic good items available. I know that even if we did have these stores they would not have the same merchandise but I do like them better than other 'dollar' type stores. Most of the Dollar Tree stores we have up are are dumps. Family Dollar stores are clean, but don't interest me all that much.

                                                                          1. The Chowhound Team Mar 31, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                                            Folks, a reminder: we are a food site, so please keep your responses focused on food products you've found at the 99¢ Only Store (http://99only.com). If there are foods you've found at other discount stores such as Dollar Tree, it might be best to start a new thread for that store as well.

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                                                                              RelishPDX Mar 30, 2012 11:17 PM

                                                                              • Jumex liter cartons of guava nectar. I'm addicted to guava. (Though now I'm buying the vastly superior Dewlands brand from S. Africa for 2x the price at Grocery Outlet while it lasts.)
                                                                              • Coated wire trays that fit everywhere, including as shelf trays for my spice jars
                                                                              • Quarts (?) of UHT whole milk, better for emergencies and the earthquake kit than powdered milk
                                                                              • Windmill cookies
                                                                              • Real Green Giant niblets corn, 2/$1
                                                                              • 20 oz. glass jars of Del Monte-brand sliced peaches and mixed fruit
                                                                              • Scrub Buddies kitchen sponges

                                                                              Dollar Tree isn't nearly as good as the 99¢ Only stores. :(

                                                                              1. sarahspatch Mar 30, 2012 09:41 PM

                                                                                Nature valley fruit twists, omg, they are awesome, First time I ever seen them was in the local dollar store, and I can't find them anywhere else, except online and they are usually sold out.

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                                                                                  dratlover Mar 30, 2012 09:31 PM

                                                                                  half pint Cream, dozen eggs, 8 oz pepper jack cheese, quart of oj, dozen bananas, bottle of 300 aspirin, sudoku book, 12 oz bag of Lay's potato chips, dozen eggs, 1 quart milk, Greeting cards. The 99 cent store is a boon for poor people.


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                                                                                    girlwholovestoeat Apr 4, 2012 07:56 AM

                                                                                    see what you have is a really nice 99 cents store. Ours doesnt even have a fridge!

                                                                                    1. re: girlwholovestoeat
                                                                                      ipsedixit Apr 4, 2012 07:59 AM

                                                                                      Gosh, that means you don't have things like eggs and ice cream at your store?

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                                                                                        girlwholovestoeat Apr 4, 2012 08:08 AM

                                                                                        nope...all we have are birthday hats, potato crisps, and crappy toys. Occasionally godiva truffles. but they aren't even 99 cents...:/

                                                                                        1. re: girlwholovestoeat
                                                                                          mcel215 Apr 4, 2012 02:23 PM

                                                                                          I found out recently that there are different dollar stores. Some like our Dollar Tree store sell only items for $1.00 and then there is Family Dollar store and they have no refrigerator sections with some thngs well over $1.00.

                                                                                          I'm in the Northeast, so I guess it would depend on your area. Perhaps you may look into what names the real dollar store goes under in your area.


                                                                                          1. re: mcel215
                                                                                            FrankJBN Dec 6, 2012 01:04 PM

                                                                                            Family Dollar is not a dollar store

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                                                                                    calliope_nh Mar 30, 2012 09:08 PM

                                                                                    We have $1.00 stores here. A couple years ago I bought a glass disposable pepper grinder filled with a nice blend of peppercorns. I put it in our camping kitchen gear. Have been very happy with it. I also find really peppery Ginger Snaps there.

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