Post # 1
I LOVE it! Funny the type of stuff you can find in one. But I never, ever buy food. I buy decoration stuff (like for the awesome “luau” party we had last year).
My friend says the food is safe and never like “made in China”…
What do you guys think? Should be more relaxed about it?
Post # 3
for me, it depends on what country the dollar store is in. generally, the Japanese instant food is fine.
Post # 4
There’s a dollar store near me where I get my applesauce- it’s marked made in the usa. I won’t buy any food from there where they won’t tell you where it’s made- distributed does not count! I would just check the label before you buy anything. I buy cleaning products from mine. It’s the same name brand stuff at cheaper prices. I try to avoid “Made In China” anything when I can.
Post # 5
Screw your friend. The Dollar Store is AWESOME. I buy decorations and random nick-nacks there all the time. Like picture frames, candles, lamps, etc.
I will not, however, buy food. My sister bought my foster dogs a box of Dollar Store dog bones, but I ended up throwing them away. So I guess it goes for animals too.
Post # 6
The dollar store near me has a ton of the same brands of food as they sell in the grocery store. If it’s the same thing for less why not buy it there?
Post # 7
I always feel like the food at the dollar store is the expired stuff. weirds me out. But anything else is surely open range!
Post # 8
I’ve always been a little skeeved out about by the dollar store food. Probably because it’s usually dusty and something looks odd about the packaging. Just like I never buy food from the gas station or convenience store unless I know it’s ‘high turnover’ stuff that gets replenished on a regular basis.
Post # 9
Some of it is the same brands you buy in regular stores. But I only buy brands I trust. Most of the things I buy are junk food, though the one just started selling the same bread I usually buy at the supermarket.
Post # 10
I would buy candy, but not regular food from there.
When I get my shit together, I’m going to buy 150 of the 10 inch clear glass plates they have for a DIY wedding project. I also like to buy decorations and party bags from the Dollar Store.
Post # 11
Yeah I would be weary of food from the dollar store. It’s there for a reason, and usually a bad one haha.
Post # 12
FYI – their pregnancy tests are the kind the doctor office uses. I asked my doc and she said they are very accurate.
Post # 13
I’m not a fan. I’ve gone in a few times. They are all over the place where I live. I never find anything useful.
Post # 14
I buy paper supplies, batteries, candies and houseware stuff….but no food.
Post # 15
I also don’t buy food, except for the chocolate bars at the checkout, I assume since they are a similar price to the grocery store, that they aren’t knockoffs.
Too many things at the dollarstore are knockoffs, and sometimes they are difficult to distinguish from the real deal, so no food for me, no matter what the label says!
I also avoid much of the food storage and cooking utensils. I am a little concerned about what the heavy metal content might be in some of the stuff. I have bought small colanders to strain berries (only cold water goes through them) and some decent silicon-type oven mitts.
I love dollarstores, but I try to be careful! There were cases of people chocking on bristles from knockoff toothbrushes a few years ago. I think there was also an issue with knockoff toothpaste.
Post # 16
@mija22: I’ve heard batteries are something to avoid, maybe it depends on the store?