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#SunDevilsFan - Says,

Not sure how each of you all feel about this, but I was curious to know: If any of you have ever bought your groceries at the 99 Cent store? I am not referring to the "Dollar Tree". However, they may sell groceries on a small scale. Actually, the one down the street does sell a bunch of caned food.

Anyway, partner and I were on vacation this past week and decided to stay home in the pool instead of driving to the beaches in Mexico due to the gas prices. On the news one night here in Phoenix, there was a special about a family shopping for all their food at a 99 cent store. We both thought it was a joke. So, we decided to stop by the only 99 cent store we knew close by and BOY we were surprised!! We found Organic canned tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, whole wheat bread, white bread, bagels, organic canned pumpkin, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar, sushi rice, sea salt grinders, pastry cutters and all kinds of Mexican food. We were just amazed the amount of money we saved going there.

One night we had pasta, which we bought all the indegredients at the 99 store. We figured it all up and the entire meal for two of us and a couple of our friends totalled to right at 8 bucks. NOT BAD in our book.

I am curious if anyone else has done the same thing?

#Lorri - Says,

We buy many, MANY things at the 99cent store. At the one here they even have things like fresh bananas sometimes, lots of name brand stuff.
My son-in-law is manager of a DollarTree and he says they cannot keep food items in stock they have such a high turnover of product. If someone is on a budget, that would definitely be the place to go.

I am curious about something and wonder if it is done. For people that have to use foodstamps--I wonder if they can use them there? Seems like they could really get alot for their money.

#JPolito830 - Says,

I can probably get by buying a food order at the dollar store. I like fresh food though, so it would be tough. I think it is great that you can find some good meal ideas by spending very little. You are resourceful!
#SunDevilsFan - Says,

Hey JPolito830..

We like fresh foods as well. They did have premade salads in a bag. I wouldn't consider that fresh. We get our steaks and other meat at Fry's or Safeway. Even Costco is reasonable in that area.

I noticed your in Richmond!!! I grew up in Annandale..... years ago...

#fireyone - Says,

Around my neck of the woods we call these 99 cent stores Bent and Dent's. Seriously that is what they are called. We have several of them mostly Amish run and vry economical. I was glad when My sister moved out here and found all these cheaper grocery prices. Now I stop in the old bent and dent before heading to Wal mart. The grocery money has been going further.
#Lorri - Says,

I have never heard of Bent and Dent. That is funny. Where are you located fireyone? I am in southern California. So any time you can fi nd a bargain here you better take it.
#sdchargers_63 - Says,

There is a store near me called Sharp Shpper. I love it!! Good stuff for 'dollar' prices. Alot ot 2 for 1 things. Wherever I can save money, I do. Good canned things, meats, vege's, etc. pretty good.
#Lorri - Says,

Its amazing to me the places there are today where you can get groceries at bargain prices. My mom would've loved this when we were kids. I remember the big thing that she used to do was go to the Hostess day-old bakery and she would get breads, cupcakes, rolls, etc. at half prices. That was the only place to get food bargains then. Ah---the good ol' days---I feel old.
#sdchargers_63 - Says,

My mom did all she could to but things on sales, etc. She did a pretty good job, too. My dad worked days and my mom worked two jobs and went to school. There were three kids in the family. My parents tried ( and did) show me alot when it pertained to shopping for bargins.
#fireyone - Says,

hey Lorri I am from PA. I thought it was rather funny myself when my sister first told me about these Amish ran stores. We also have places like Alti's to. I will not shop at any places that only run a few weekly specials. What I can't get at these stores then I will go to Wal mart. I also got a membership at Sam's Club where they sell by bulk. It really does save alot of money in groceries and probaly gas too since I don't have to run as much for items. You can get like 3 big bottles of ketchup for the price of two. Things like that really do add up.
#Lorri - Says,

We have these two stores here in southern California called Food 4 Less and Winco. The Food 4 Less has some good buys, but is kind of rundown like. It reminds me of like a Costco or Price Club that has been let go. The other one Winco, is more like a nice Costco, with a bakery, meat market, etc. and excellent prices on stuff. You can buy some stuff there in bulk too. I call it the poormans Costco. It is always crowded cause the word got out about their prices.

My mom wanted to work when we were little or in school, but my dad had this "macho man-1950's mentality" that he was the man and he'd be damned if his wife would work! Never mind that it would have HELPED us if she could have. Instead she did things like babysit and took in ironing.You youngsters might not have ever heard of a housewife that "took in ironings", that meant that other people brought their ironing to her (in the days before permanent press clothes or automatic dryers) and she would iron their clothes for 10 or 15 cents apiece. Hard way to make money, but she did it.

#goodnatured - Says,

I love Aldi's, I go there every other month and stock up on my canned vegetables, pastas and cleaning items. We don't have any Amish stores around where I live, wish we did.

I actually use coupons at the dollar store also, people look at me like I am crazy, but what they hey, they take them so I redeem them there.

#fireyone - Says,

I just recently relized the dollar store took coupons. Bot that really adds up to savings. I don't care who thinks I am crazy fact is lots of people silver spoon or not are beginning to use coupons. Npthing wrong with that. A penny saved ya know.
#Lorri - Says,

Dollar stores take COUPONS? Very interesting. I also found out that they take food stamps (my sister gets them) cause they sell so many food items there. And I think that is a great idea---to enable needy people to really get the most for their money.
#fireyone - Says,

I seen that they increased there food line. I kind of figured it was so they could benefit from that market. I too think it is a good idea cause a dollar sure doesn't go too far these days.
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