Do You Shop At The Everything's A $1 Stores?

United States
July 11, 2009 2:41pm CST
I'm a single mother, as I'm sure you can tell by my username, so I'm always short on cash and looking for a way to keep from paying outrageous prices of things that i need. I only go to Wal-Mart for the things that I can ONLY get at Wal-Mart. Recently I have found that if I purchase my groceries at ALDI's and I purchase other items at the Dollar Tree(where EVERYTHING is $1), that I save considerably on my groceries and household items and I get MORE for my money. Yes, I'm not always getting name brand items but I don't even do that at Wal-Mart. I have to be a bargain shopper, I have no choice. How about you, do you shop at $1 stores or ALDI, SaveALot, et?
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I love my Aldi's! Like you, I start off at Aldi's and then fill in at WalMart the things that aren't available at Aldi's. I go to the Dollar Stores once in a while, but most of the things there are toiletries and cleaning supplies, and I don't use much of those and prefer to use natural products wherever possible. Most of the time vinegar is enough for everyday cleaning for me. I've started collecting and trading coupons and will try to match them up with sales too. I usually don't buy name brand, but if there's a coupon for something that's already on sale, it will likely be a better deal than generic, so I'm going to pay more attention and take advantage of that as much as I can.
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• United States
11 Jul 09
Coupons are an awesome way to save money. I have also been surfing the net and finding products that I use and getting coupons or free samples of the product.
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@greenline (14855)
• Canada
11 Jul 09
Hello. There are a number of "$ Stores" in my City too. Yes, I do go there once in a while. They carry very useful items, stationary, household, travel, and all sorts, and the price is just a dollar. Marvellous ! One of the stores that I like is Dollarama.
• United States
11 Jul 09
I wish there were more than one around here. I would be in bargain shopping heaven!
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
11 Jul 09
Hi Singlemommy, we have a one euro shop which is quite popular but it isn't a grocery store, it carries things like candles, air freshners, cheapy make up, toys, sponges, pens. It isn't a huge shop and it is actually located on a very good street near many of the best cafenions.
• United States
12 Jul 09
Sounds wonderful!
@smartie0317 (1612)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Yes, I shop at dollar stores. I get paper towels, napkins, and cheap containers there. I also get school supplies there. I can buy in bulk for cheap. You need to get 20+ of an item when you teach. So, if I need something for a lesson plan, I usually check in the dollar store first.
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• United States
11 Jul 09
Oh yes I bet the dollar store comes in real handy for a teacher!
@snowy22315 (78357)
• United States
27 Jul 09
Yes, I sure do. I even will go to Dollar Tree first to get the items there that I would probably pay more for at Aldis. I know alot of people swear by coupons and I think they work out well when you have a big family or unlimted storage space, but as for me I am generally only cooking for two people and we dont have alot of space to store things around here. It works out best for me to go to places like Aldi's and dollar tree. Ocassionally I will go to Costco to get things we use alot of like garbage bags or for prescriptions or OTC medicines.
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@bfarrier1 (2082)
• United States
27 Jul 09
Hello singlemommy I LOVE the dollar tree and all the other everything is a dollar stores I have spent hours in the one at Festus,I would shop at Aldi and Savealot if there was one a little closer to where I live. You have a great evening.
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@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
21 Jul 09
Hi single...I think that everyone has shopped at dollar stores at some point in their lives. I think it's a fabulous thing and I love shopping there every chance I get. They have lots of household items that you can't live without - or rather I can't live without - for great prices!
@Shery32 (424)
• Saudi Arabia
15 Jul 09
Hi I have never did but it seems like a good thing to do when you dont have that much :) I'll check these stores and will see what I like as I think it does not matter if it comes from a $1 shop for most of the things - It is always nice to buy brands but sometimes it is too expensive and does not worth buying. Thanks
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Hey singlemommy! I agree with you! I don't need to buy brand name items either! I am on Disability and need to save as much money as possible too so I shop wherever I can save the most money! I go to my local grocery store when there are the best sales and mostly buy the store brands! I also go to the dollar stores, where in NY they are no longer charging a dollar an item, but anywhere from $1.10 to $1.50,but it is still worth it usually!
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@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Unfortunately we don't have a ALDI'S or SaveAlot or a Dollar Tree in my area without having to drive 35 or 40 miles to get to one. I just have to do most of my shopping at Wal-mart or Dollar General. If those places were in my town I would shop there.
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• United States
11 Jul 09
I believe we all are becoming wiser in our shopping trends. YOU bet I go to Aldi's as well as dollar stores, like the dollar tree. With the current situation which many are in the same, it works to find those good bargains.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
12 Jul 09
I've moved to Spain from England, and, although food prices are much cheaper here, I do most of my shopping in LIDL, and just use the other supermarkets for things I can't get there. There are more LIDLs than ALDI, both in Spain and England, but I always go in ALDI when I find one. The computer I'm typing this on came from ALDI, and it was about half the price of our previous one, with a higher specification. At the moment, we're back in the UK, so I'm stocking up at Poundland, whose motto is, 'Don't ask the price - it's £1.' We buy all sorts of things there, including food, books, batteries, tools, and most of it is excellent quality. In Spain, we have what were called 100 peseta shops before the introduction of the euro. Now they're called 60 cents shops, but some things are dearer, so it's not as good as Poundland. Like you, I want to get as much as I can for my money. My husband and I are retired, and our pensions are paid in sterling, which is weak against the euro, though climbing slightly now. Effectively, although we are by no means poor, our money now has about 20% less purchasing power. I don't think we could afford to live full time in England now. I'm horrified at the difference in basic grocery prices. In Spain, I can buy a dozen large free range eggs for just over one euro (about £1); In England, it's about £1.50 for 6, and that's just one example!
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
12 Jul 09
Sandra, one free range egg here costs over 30 cents!
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• Spain
12 Jul 09
Goodness! When we go back to Spain, perhaps I'd better make you a tortilla and post it to you. Perhaps eggs don't figure too strongly in the Greek diet? Over here, you see the locals buying in two dozens, and a lot of tapas include eggs. Just goes to show, you can't make a blanket statement on prices in specific countries. In Spain, food is very cheap, but non food items such as tools and furniture are very expensive. My husband's favourite razor blades are more than double the price in Spain, so we'll be stocking up while we're in England.
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
12 Jul 09
Hi Sandra, well kindly locals who keep chickens do give us eggs but I have to say I have never actually seen a Greek person eating an egg! I'm reduced to Lidl eggs for baking now. Food is definitely cheaper in England than over here, even Greek yogurt is cheaper over there if you can believe.
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I LOVE the dollar store! When I lived in the Southwest, we had $.99 Only stores and they were about 10x as big as Dollar Tree, about as big as a supermarket. I miss that place! But I buy a lot at Dollar Tree--since I'm on a perpetual diet I don't buy a lot of food items but for gardening stuff, Tylenol, bandaids, bathroom stuff and especially greeting cards (sometimes 3/$1) it's my favorite place to go! I get little luxuries there sometimes like silk flowers or Sudoku puzzle books.
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• United States
11 Jul 09
Oh yes, there are some items that you can get more than 1 for a dollar like you mentioned the cards. There are always wonderful deals at a dollar store!
@carlas (201)
• United States
13 Jul 09
I like dollar tree--but sometimes i feel like you get what you pay for. I have bought plenty of things from the dollar store that have broke and been really cheap quality. But- like I said, you get what you pay for, so now Ionly buy some things from the dollar store like: baskets, cards, wrapping paper.
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@clutterbug (1051)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Hey, my hubhy and I shop at Wal-mart often, and the Everything for $1.00 is great for our church stuff, like papertowels, coffee, coffee filters, etc. I love bargains too, especially these days when the economy is not so good. The assortment of goodies like candy is also great at Everything for $1.00. And you never know what they'll be putting out on the shelves next..
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• United States
11 Jul 09
Yes, very true, you never do know what they might be putting out next!
• Philippines
13 Jul 09
How nice and lucky you guys have these kind of stores, hope there's a store like this available worldwide, as it really could help and add-up for savings.
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• United States
15 Jul 09
I haven't shopped at the Dollar Tree is a long time. My trouble is, when I go in there I see all this stuff for a dollar and I start picking up all kinds of stuff because I'll be thinking: look at this for a dollar. Then I would wind up buying a lot of stuff that I never use. I need to go back some time and check to see what kind of stuff they have now. To me, it reminds me of going to the flea market and buying things out of the boxes that are sold for a dollar, you can find a lot of neat things there also.
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@Shery32 (424)
• Saudi Arabia
15 Jul 09
Hi, I think you are right, many nice things :D and if you think about it, they get things cheap and sell them expensive. If you check out any China shops you'll see it is cheap but shipping it to your location is expensive But stores get special prices and ship things cheaper than individuals.
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• United States
13 Jul 09
Hi, I love the Dollar Store. My family call me the Dollar Store Queen because I'm quick to jump in the car and go there for anything. Im one of the lucky one, I live by at least 6 different low price stores like Aldi's, DollarTree, Deals, Save a Lot, Wal-Mart, and others. Like you I shop for bargains, why spend extra money when most of the time you get the quality as if you paid for the expensive brands.
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• United States
14 Jul 09
Instead of making the dollar stores richer, how about searching online, find your own store, order items from yourself, send your friends to the site, and make your own money, would be nice to have an eanniecemart or something, why make everyone rich, when you can build a fortune for yourself.
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• United States
11 Jul 09
Theres a giant dollar store around the corner from my house and i shop there all the time! Its about the size of a grocery store, and they actually sell groceries in there! you can get bread, frozen foods, everything really and its a dollar! they have shampoo and cleaning products and whatnot in there too, its not great brands, theyre normally knock of brands, but they work just the same as the real thing. If youre trying to save money, going to the dollar stores arent too bad. You get what you need and save loads because everythings a dollar!
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• United States
12 Jul 09
Sounds like a wonderful store. I wish I had one that close to me!
@savypat (20245)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I have been in your shoes money wise many times and I chose to find it a challenge to get the very most for my buck and to make everything last as long as possible. My kids are all grown and gone so things are not so tight now but I find I kind of miss the challenge. Good Luck
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• United States
11 Jul 09
Don't miss the challenge. Consider it a victory and a blessing!
• United States
11 Jul 09
Yes, I shop at the dollar stores and any store that is going out of business. The Food World grocery stores went out of business in my area and I shopped at those stores and stock up on whatever I could.
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• United States
11 Jul 09
There was a grocery store that went out of business here a few years ago. I remember finding so many good deals.
• Canada
14 Aug 09
I don't shop at the dollar store that often, but every now and then I will. If there is something that I know they have that I can use, i will shop there, but i will not shop there simply because the store is really cheap. If it's not worth it, I won't buy it for a lower price, if it's a bargain for something I need, I will.
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