Showing posts with label Dollar Tree. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dollar Tree. Show all posts

Saturday, May 30, 2015

I Just Made Dinner for 2 for $3

Second post of the day?  What?!  I just HAD to share this.  Last night I made dinner for myself and my husband for $3!  And it was tasty and filling too!

This is what we had:

Dollar Tree FoodDollar Tree Food

I got each of these at the Dollar Tree.  My husband loved the biscuits, I thought they were okay, and the soup was really tasty (though I did add some shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream).

Thanks Dollar Tree!  See my post, First Tip: THE DOLLAR STORE!!!, for more things to buy and save at the dollar store. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wedding Decorations Pt 2, The Dollar Store

For those of you who have read many of my posts, you'll see a lot of my recommendations are for the Dollar Store, and for weddings it's no different!  Believe it or not, there are many things that can be used for weddings that can be found at a dollar or less type store.  Although I love Michaels (and my first Wedding Decorations post was about them), there are things that are a little overpriced.

As with any of my posts regarding this store, shop wisely -- not all their products are the best quality.  But contrary to what most people believe, there are a lot that are good quality so don't let that warning deter you.  And there are some items where quality just really doesn't matter.

Here is my list of items from the Dollar Store that could be used for weddings:

    dollar store wedding
    dollar store wedding
  • individual bubble packs
  • favor boxes
  • candy
  • ribbon
  • confetti
  • fake flowers
  • fake petals
  • floral supplies (floral tape, foam pieces, wire, etc)
  • twine
  • vases
  • sand
  • pebbles
  • baskets
  • frames
  • candles (real and battery)
  • candle holders
  • lights
  • craft supplies for DIY projects:
    • dollar store wedding
    • popsicle sticks
    • glue
    • markers
    • paper
    • glitter
    • beads
  • flip flops (to offer to the ladies for dancing so they don't tire out their feet!)
  • thank you cards

Don't forget to go here for all your pre-wedding party needs (engagement, bridal, bachelorette, bachelor) for party decorations and plastic tableware!

Are there other items that you've found at the Dollar Store that can be used for a wedding?  Leave a comment!

Click to read the first post of this series: Wedding Decorations, Michaels Coupons

Saturday, August 3, 2013


So for my first real post, I'm going to reveal my biggest secret . . . . the Dollar Store!  Now I'm not just talking about stores only called The Dollar Store -- it could be the Dollar Tree, $.99 Store, $.98 Store, Family Dollar, Dollar General, you get the picture.  Any store where all of the items are priced at a dollar or less.

dollar store
dollar store

Now you may be thinking, "Carmen, I am not going to step foot inside a store like that.  I'm a well-respected middle class citizen."  Before you leave this blog though, hear me out.  This is not a store you should be ashamed of going to, it's merely a place to save money on essential items . . . and you can save a lot of it!

Here are some common misconceptions about dollar stores:
  • They are dirty and only poor people go there -- Not true
  • The items they sell are bad quality -- Not totally true
  • They only carry generic brands -- Not true
  •  It's not worth my time, I wouldn't find enough things for myself there -- NOT TRUE

Once you've removed these thoughts from your head, I can give you a list of things that you should get at a dollar store, and the list is long!  Keep in mind that not all stores carry the same items, some have better selection than others, but also that the items carried in one store varies per shipment.  So if a store doesn't have the item you are looking for once, that may not be the case other times and vice versa.

*An important note about the generic vs name brand argument.  Some people really value name brands, I get that.  Dollar stores do carry a lot of name brand items.  But there are certain things that the generic brand really is no different.  Don't believe me?  Compare the ingredients of a generic and name brand similar item.  If they are the same, then there is no difference in the quality except in your mind.

Things You Should Buy at a Dollar Store:
  -- Frozen
  • frozen veggies
  • frozen meals
  • popsicles & ice cream
  -- Refrigerated
  • margarine
  • eggs
  • milk
  • sour cream
  -- Snacks
  • chips
  • pretzels
  • candy
  • popcorn
  • nuts
  -- Baking Supplies
  • sugar
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • vanilla
  • mixes
  • icing
  • sprinkles
  -- Canned Goods
  • soup
  • beans
  • tuna
  • canned vegetables
  • olives
  • chili 
  -- Sauces
  • pasta sauce
  • salad dressing
  • condiments
  • soy sauce
  • hot sauce
  -- Grains
  • rice
  • pasta
  • bread
  -- Misc
  • spices
  • tea bags
  • boxed meals
  • instant mashed potatoes

  • toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • mouthwash
  • deodorant
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • cough drops
  • tissues
  • various pills/vitamins
  • bandages
  • rubbing alcohol
Cleaning Supplies
  • dish soap
  • sponges
  • laundry detergent
  • dryer sheets
  • glass cleaner/surface cleaner
  • trash bags
  • mops
  • brooms
 Office Supplies
  • pens/pencils
  • permanent markers
  • highlighters
  • white out
  • staples/paper clips
  • tape
  • envelopes
  • notebooks/binders
Around the House
  • batteries
  • glue
  • duct tape/masking tape/packaging tape
  • basic light bulbs
  • simple electrical items (extension cord, 2 to 3 prong converter, etc)
  • cards/gift wrap
  • party decorations
  • some car items (mostly for cleaning, some fluids)

There are some things I do not recommend getting.  Generally toilet paper and paper towels are of very poor quality, of the stores I've seen.  Also, some stores have fresh fruit and vegetables but the quality I've seen also hasn't been so great.  And be careful about cheese, most of the cheese they sell is imitation.  But let me know if it's different in a store near you.

The items where you really save are in medicine and cleaning supplies.  Quite often you can get name brand items at the dollar store in these categories and those are the items who's normal prices are generally five, ten, or even twenty times the amount.

Are there items you feel I've left out?  There could be lots more, depending on your store.  But as you can see, there's definitely a lot you can save by going to a dollar store.

Now I know there will be still items left on your grocery list.  That's the unfortunate thing, that you can't get everything you need there every time.  So usually when I go grocery shopping, I have to go to two stores.  Hopefully there is a grocery store nearby your dollar store.

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