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Old 01-27-2016, 09:51 AM   #21
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We do shop at the dollar store, but with care. Some items the quality is suspect...
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Some of the really cheap stuff is actually very expensive since it does not last very long and just adds to the garbage we have to toss out. It's like burning dollar bills, err... 99¢ bills.

OTOH, the 'Cars' tissue is a great gift for the little boy or girl in your family.
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Old 01-27-2016, 09:52 AM   #22
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We shop there 2 or 3 times a year. For Christmas they had the large gift bags for .99 cents that Target wanted $5 bucks for.
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I've never been in a "dollar store". Is this the modern equivalent of the old five and dime store?
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:19 AM   #24
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Greeting cards, wrapping paper, party goods are a bargain. Check the ´where its madé - for food and personal items. I wouldnt buy anything in that category thats made in China.


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Old 01-27-2016, 10:36 AM   #25
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No, it would be at least a 150 mile trip to go to either a 99 cent or dollar store.
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I go there for greeting cards , wrapping paper and storage containers.
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I go there for greeting cards , wrapping paper and storage containers.
Dollar Tree for these things as well as cleaning brushes and plastic spray bottles. I go maybe once a year and stock up.
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No, it would be at least a 150 mile trip to go to either a 99 cent or dollar store.
You are not missing much, mostly the opportunity to waste $10 on a bunch of meaningless junk.

Occasionally I will find an item that is as good as in a regular store, but cheaper. Mostly regular paint brushes, small foam roller refills, SD card readers (but how many does one need?).
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I get reading glasses there as they tend to be a high turnover item from losing or breaking.
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I live 1 mile from a Walmart Supercenter so do 99% of my shopping there. No Dollar Store for several miles. When I stayed in Florida the last couple winters, I had a dollar store closer than the Walmart so I went to the Dollar store more often. I go to what's closest since the cost of gas out ways any savings in most cases. It's like driving across town to save 3 cents per gallon of gas. Stop and do the math, it doesn't make sense.
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Nope, not me. I never seem to find very good bargains there and often I am tempted to buy things I might not otherwise buy at all.
I agree- we have one in town and I haven't been in it in the 4 months since it opened. DH and I did a good job de-cluttering before we moved here and it greatly simplifies cleaning. I don't want more stuff. We also have a Costco membership and I trust their merchandise more.
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I go to dollar tree for wrapping paper, tape, greeting cards, and frames for photos. Occasionally, I see other items worth buying, too. You never know what they may have.


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Just got back from a visit to Dollar Tree. About all I buy there are disposable paint brushes.
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I'll go the Dollar Tree, but all of the other "dollar stores" seem too trashy for my taste.
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I'll go the Dollar Tree, but all of the other "dollar stores" seem too trashy for my taste.
My experience, too. Dollar Trees seem to be consistently stocked, reasonably clean and cheap. Some of the so called dollar stores are not even cheap.
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I have one not too far from me. Is it better than the .99 store? If it is and it certainly might be, how is it better? I am always looking for better deals to make my dollar go further.
I don't know. I don't think I have ever seen a .99 store. I've never been in one.
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Just got back from $.99 store and Costco.

The $.99 store is different than most of the other dollar stores in that it sells a lot of fresh vegetables. With my way of eating, I buy most of my groceries here. Today I got a few different squashes, pineapple, oranges and salad stuff. Wife bought an outfit for a GF's newborn.

At Costco we buy ~30 lbs of bananas at a time (freeze them for later use). The oranges are $7 a bag while I can get the same amount for $2 at $.99 store.
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Old 01-27-2016, 03:11 PM   #38
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We do get some food items from 99c stores. Occasionally, they have some surplus items that are super cheap such as 28-oz canned roasted organic tomato, or inexpensive produce such as packaged prewashed salad. I also get household items there, such as an occasional tool like a rubber mallet, or a garden hose coupling mender kit, which you cannot get anywhere for 99c.

The above said, not every item is a good deal. I do not buy batteries there anymore, as for 99c you can now get only 2 alkaline batteries (zinc carbon batteries are still 4 for 99c, but who wants them?). I can go to Fry's Electronics and still get 4 for $1.
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Yes. Don't buy much there but it is interesting to see what items they have. Some times they have surprisingly useful things for a buck. Last purchase there was gift boxes at Christmas. We recycle these and save on wrapping paper and more importantly time! They are nesting too so don't take up much space.
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One thing that I want to make clear. There is a chain called "99 Cents Only Stores", in contrast to generic 99c stores that sell only cheap Chinese imports, gadgets, toys, and no food. This chain sells a lot of canned food, and snacks. Many of their canned food items are made in the USA, not Chinese imports.
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