December 28, 2015 1:37pm CST
I headed out today primarily to get some kitty litter, as I didn't want to have to go out in the storm tomorrow or on Wednesday when it's supposed to be icy. My original intention was to go to Family Dollar, as they sell litter for $1 a bag. Somehow, though, I got distracted and ended up at Dollar Tree. While browsing in there, I found the same kitty litter, which meant I had no reason to go to Family Dollar. I was also able to get the few other things I needed there as well. I am consistently amazed at the things I can buy at Dollar Tree. They were in the process of getting rid of their Christmas merchandise, so I saw a lot of empty bins and shelves. But I noticed how they keep adding new things all the times, and many brand-name items as well. I was even able to buy a decent bath mat there to replace the worn one I've been using. And like everything else there, the price was right! Not long ago, I started replacing my kitchen and bath linens there, too. Why not? Where else can you buy two facecloths for a dollar? I have also been looking for something to put on a bare wall above my TV set, but I didn't want anything gaudy or childish. I lucked out again and found two small framed prints of autumn leaves done in negative relief against dark backgrounds. They fit perfectly on that wall! The store we have here in town in rather small, but I've heard they may be expanding soon, as there is vacant store space right next door. Sometimes I travel to Sanford, which is a 20-minute drive from here. But their Dollar Tree is twice the size of this one, with nice clear wide aisles and a much greater variety of items. I used to miss the passing of what we used to call Five-and-Ten-Cent stores like Woolworth's and Fishmans. Someone apparently picked up on the idea and decided that people would really go for a store where everything cost just $1. Whoever that was, they were right! They've got my vote AND my dollars! (Public Domain Image)
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• Saco, Maine
28 Dec 15
So do I. I'd forgotten Grant's. We had one of those here, too, till a big grocery store chain bought the shopping center out and built a huge supermarket there. I like Dollar General. While not everything is a dollar there, they do have good prices on lots of things, and a shelf of dollar items.
• Fairfield, Texas
29 Dec 15
We have a Family Dollar and a General Dollar store in our small, little town @Raelove . I found the Family Dollar is better in price. A 20-lb bag of litter is $5.50 and I can get 5 cans of 9Lives for $2.00. Considering I have 12 indoor, 2 outdoor and I take care of a couple of abandoned cats up the road, I need all the savings I can get.
• Saco, Maine
29 Dec 15
@nanette64 No, it wouldn't. Which is why I go to Dollar Tree a lot. I have just the one cat, so she's cheap to buy for. While she doesn't like their brand of dry cat food, they do sometimes have cans of Sheba at 2/$1. I buy all my cleaning and personal and paper goods there, and they also have food now, too, AND take the EBT card.
28 Dec 15
That sounds like a great shopping trip. I liked the privately owned dollar or two stores that we used to have before the big dollar store chains arrived. They used to have a much better selection for a dollar or under, our Dollarama is 1.25 and up and our Dollar Tree is just a dollar.