(Closed) Dollar store?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

for me, it depends on what country the dollar store is in. generally, the Japanese instant food is fine.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Bumble bee

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Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I buy paper supplies, batteries, candies and houseware stuff….but no food.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@mija22:  I’ve heard batteries are something to avoid, maybe it depends on the store?

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