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UnrealizedPotential 01-27-2016 04:53 AM

Do you shop at the .99 store?
 
I did not see any recent threads on this and had a few insights to share. I was recently there in the .99 store and picked up some laundry detergent, 64 oz for you guessed it .99. You can't beat that. I picked up some moisturizer, a big container, some energy efficient light bulbs . I also plan on picking up my trash bags there also. I don't mind saying at other stores these items are a rip off. They just are. I also got some writing pens also. I am tired of buying all these items at terribly inflated prices. Now to be sure not every item there is a bargain. But if you look hard enough you can find great deals and save money. That to me is why I shop there because I needed to shop smarter and get things I really needed at prices that made sense. Does anyone else shop there if one is nearby in your area and what do you buy there?

HadEnuff 01-27-2016 04:55 AM

I do not but my wife does. God, I love that woman.

DrRoy 01-27-2016 04:59 AM

DW shops at 5 Below.

Amethyst 01-27-2016 05:25 AM

I've gone there for party favors and stocking stuffers. It's fun to see what little novelties have just arrived from China.

We buy 90% of our groceries, toiletries, and household goods at the big-box store, and I've calculated that the economies of scale are in our favor, versus buying at the dollar store (which is also out of our way).

Amethyst

rbmrtn 01-27-2016 05:55 AM

I visit one for certain items I have found to be a good buy. But you have to compare the product size and price. Many times the dollar store item is a smaller package and others walmart still beats on price. I have DollarTree, DollarGeneral, and Freds.

panacea 01-27-2016 06:13 AM

Ever since we got our last pay raise, we stopped shopping at the 99 cent store and have started going to the dollar store. ;D

travelover 01-27-2016 06:26 AM

I like Dollar Tree. Many items are sold elsewhere for $3. Some stuff is junk,for example pens don't seem to last and pencils have graphite that is segmented and falls out when sharpened. I find lots of items that work in an RV as they are a little smaller and light.

Dawg52 01-27-2016 06:31 AM

I shop at $1 store sometimes if I happen to be close to one and only need a few items. But I don't go out of my way to do so.

jollystomper 01-27-2016 06:39 AM

We definitely shop at Dollar Tree, there inventory has grown over the years and we find many useful things there.

Tadpole 01-27-2016 06:44 AM

Dollar Tree is my go-to store for stuff.

UnrealizedPotential 01-27-2016 06:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Tadpole (Post 1689037)
Dollar Tree is my go-to store for stuff.

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.

scrabbler1 01-27-2016 06:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Dawg52 (Post 1689030)
I shop at $1 store sometimes if I happen to be close to one and only need a few items. But I don't go out of my way to do so.

This pretty much describes my shopping tendencies at the local Dollar Store. I find it a good store to go to when I need some oddball items, mainly nonfood things. I won't go out of my way to shop there unless it is something I need right away.

Car-Guy 01-27-2016 07:12 AM

No, however the DW shops at Dollar Tree for birthday cards. She tells me they have some unique cards and a better selection.

FIYes 01-27-2016 07:13 AM

I don't shop at the .99 store. I'm living large and go to Dollar Tree😜.

Actually there is a Dollar Tree near by so I do go there occasionally for small items. I really like to get gift bags there.


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pb4uski 01-27-2016 07:18 AM

We do shop at the dollar store, but with care. Some items the quality is suspect... DW bought some dishwashing detergent and it doesn't suds well at all so we won't do that again. Also, some items can be had for cheaper than $1 elsewhere.

One of our best finds is an all-purpose spray cleaner called "Awesome". It works really well, and will in-fact take paint off if you leave it on a surface too long but we dilute it for some purposes.

rodi 01-27-2016 07:41 AM

Occasionally. Like others have said, you have to be careful about quality and "spoof" products. The cleaning products are all obscure brands designed to look like nationally recognized brands. (Crorax instead of Clorax or something similar.) Their produce is often an awesome deal.

When my son's were younger I'd buy their matchbox size/style cars there. They also had an apple "newt" type cookie that we were fond of.

I agree it's at great spot for stocking stuffers, kid party goody bags, etc.

Dreamer 01-27-2016 08:04 AM

I call all of the Dollar Stores. We have a couple of them nearby. I usually buy all of my greeting cards at them. If my grand kids are here, I will buy them helium balloons.

Big_Hitter 01-27-2016 08:06 AM

DW shops there

W2R 01-27-2016 08:15 AM

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. :blush:

jazz4cash 01-27-2016 08:36 AM

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Originally Posted by UnrealizedPotential (Post 1689042)
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 go to all of them from time to time, but would not actually call it shopping. Also go to Big Lots and I was surprised to find my favorite Kashi box cereal which is very pricey in the regular store. I think the expiration date was 6 months instead of 3 yrs or something.

The thing about all these places is it totally depends on how well managed the particular location is. Some of them are just junk stores and some are not much different than a regular store. If you travel off the beaten path in many rural areas of VA and WV, you see as many Dollar General stores as McDonald's.


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