I hate Wal-Mart. And sometimes even Target. I can go in these places with the intent of picking up one item, get a grocery cart, and leave with $100 lighter in my bank balance. The worst part? It will seem as if I bought nothing.
NOT at the Dollar Tree. I think the Tree is the East Coast version of the .99 Only store (except we don’t have wine at our stores. So jealous of those who live around the .99 store.) If you are getting your first apartment, all cleaning supplies, organizational supplies, trash cans, basic food items, plates, bowls, cups, mugs, cooking utensils, you name it, can be purchased at the Dollar Tree for one buck per item.
Just a shout out about the .99 Only store- I SO wish we had one in Kentucky! (I need to be happy though, we just got a Trader Joes.) I found some blogs that do the store some justice: this which is the official .99 Only blog, this which is a blog by someone who cooks stuff from ingredients they find at the .99 Only store, and this that talks about how a rapper lost a bunch of weight on the .99 Only store.
Pretty neat stuff!
What you should take from that is not everything you get from a dollar only store is pure crap. There are some really good things, and one could even set up a first apartment with it.
Think battered woman who has to get out of her situation. If there was a plan to leave, the apartment is rented but TS just a shell, it can be filled with less then a $100 of stuff. All the little things, down to toilet brushes and plungers, basic food needs, toothbrushes, deodorant, dishes…it can all be found at the Dollar Tree.
For example. The other day I went there jus to browse. I found a pair of hair scissors (to cut my son’s hair,) bleach, ponytail holders, a 12 pack of water, a best seller book, a pack of gel pens, and a Coke. Seven bucks plus tax. Had I picked that up at Walmart, you’re looking at an easy fifty dollars. Not too bad.
Who else shares my love of the Dollar Tree? Share some of your finds with me!