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2013-08-16 11:07:18 PM

JasonOfOrillia: Grade F ribeye steak?  Were they all downers?


Taco Bell meat!
 
2013-08-16 11:09:04 PM
familygonehealthy.com

I hardly ever go to "Dollar Tree" but stopped there tonight (before reading this article) to check it out. I left with two "Larry The Cable Guy" beer bread mixes for a buck each, figured I'd try them in my bread maker.
 
2013-08-16 11:12:50 PM
One of Dollar Tree's yummiest offerings:
www.dollartree.com
 
2013-08-16 11:14:07 PM
There's one of them dollar tree stores in the town where I shop, but it has no refrigerator so this is the first I've heard of these rib eye steaks. Not sure I'd try one, but there was a 99 cent store where I used to live that was great for a lot of things, including foods. As a single guy, the smaller portions had the advantage of being all eaten, and I loved a dozen eggs (medium, though) for a buck.

Also, at the Dollar Tree, I bought some of those plastic scrubby things mostly to use as sink strainers. They were labeled, in Spanish, as tampons.
 
2013-08-16 11:16:02 PM

ZeroCorpse: There are a few worthwhile things at Dollar Tree, but I wouldn't make a habit of eating their food regularly.

However, for cleaning and household products they're great. I don't need name-brand bleach or window cleaner. My dish soap doesn't need to be a luxury item. A $1 broom works just as well as the $5 brooms at Walmart. A $1 bucket holds soapy water the same as the $7 bucket at Meijer.



I at one point, for four months did eat regularly from there, with a stop by the gas station for eggs, milk and cheese. The grocery store was too far for me to walk and I was extremely ill and the Dollar Tree is a block away from where I live.

It was alot of beans, rice, pasta and spaghetti sauce, but I obviously made it. Fun fact. Tuna and packaged salmon (chicken of the sea brand) are cheaper at my dollar tree then they are at King Soopers.
 
2013-08-16 11:16:13 PM
the Reynolds aluminum wrap sheets, which are like $2+ at the regular store - here $1

the frozen Larry's Potatoes - two nice cups of decent mashed taters, again $2 in Shop Rite. $1 here

found a nice 6 pack of the new Jif individual cups, for $1 it was a great way to sample it

nice two packs of  bubble wrap envelopes

not hard at all to go in there and spend 6..7...8 bucks
 
2013-08-16 11:19:10 PM
The $1 rib eye steak was tender with a deep, meaty flavor. Maybe it was the up to 30 percent "enhancing solution." Or the pineapple-based tenderizer. Just don't pretend you're getting a real steak. It's almost sandwich-style thin, but could be parlayed into a great cheesesteak.

That is not a 'steak'. That is a thin piece of meat that probably, mostly, came from a cow.
 
2013-08-16 11:20:51 PM

destrip: One of Dollar Tree's yummiest offerings:
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Oh hell yeah.
 
2013-08-16 11:22:50 PM
i shop there a lot but lately i have been buying my candy before i go to the movies . nearly  same size but only one dollar . the theater sells for almost 4 bucks the same stuff .
 
2013-08-16 11:30:37 PM

planes: [familygonehealthy.com image 495x297]

I hardly ever go to "Dollar Tree" but stopped there tonight (before reading this article) to check it out. I left with two "Larry The Cable Guy" beer bread mixes for a buck each, figured I'd try them in my bread maker.


Sounds like you need some Phyllis Diller Chili to go with that.
 
2013-08-16 11:32:57 PM

jwmc1971: i shop there a lot but lately i have been buying my candy before i go to the movies . nearly  same size but only one dollar . the theater sells for almost 4 bucks the same stuff .


Ohhh, they had king sized M&Ms, regular, peanut and pretzal, 2 for a dollar!

And they had the 7 dollar chocolate oranges there a couple months ago too.

And Jelly Belly Rejects....

I avoid the candy aisle...
 
2013-08-16 11:33:37 PM
Dollar General isn't a dollar store, that was a shocker at the check out.  The Dollar Tree closest to me is too small for a fridge but plenty further out have them; doors are grubby, but the food in them appears to be fine.  The Dollar Tree brand sweet pickle relish is the best in the world, it's made in India and there is no equal.  Their ibuprofen's the best price I've ever seen, same for the size Small Arm & Hammer rubber gloves.  Until last month they all (around here) carried a 2.5 liter bottle of Diet Shasta Cola (made w/ Splenda not aspartame) and all at once they disappeared, replaced w/ that Stars and Stripes crap.  Yech.
That said, I love me some Dollar Tree.
 
2013-08-16 11:34:01 PM

planes: [familygonehealthy.com image 495x297]

I hardly ever go to "Dollar Tree" but stopped there tonight (before reading this article) to check it out. I left with two "Larry The Cable Guy" beer bread mixes for a buck each, figured I'd try them in my bread maker.


s13.postimg.org
I'm not sure why ol' Larry got into the boxed foodstuffs game... but pretending like it's the best thing EVAR is good for a cheap laugh.
 
2013-08-16 11:36:02 PM
My local Dollar Store gets in Japanese Kit Kat bars (love the green tea and mandarin orange flavors).
 
2013-08-16 11:47:17 PM

Bender The Offender: I have nipples, do you think you can milk me?


Technically yes, men can produce milk like women. The only reason I know this, was I saw a medical show where a guy got medication so he could breast-feed his baby so the wife wouldn't have to do it all the time.

This was many years ago, the kid should be late teens by now. Oh god the mental scars he must have from being told he used to suckle daddy's teets.
 
2013-08-16 11:49:25 PM
Can you get malk there?

farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2013-08-17 12:00:19 AM
99cent Only store gets that rib eye steak and it isn't bad. I've also had the canned German-style potato salad and that is extraordinary. Other amazing things i regularly get; Toblerone and Terry's Chocolate Oranges, Tapatio hot sauce, Gardetto's snack mixes ( three cheese blend so good ), gyoza, spring rolls, raw vegetables and fruit, bread ( they have Jewish rye and San Francisco sour dough sometimes, probably due to my proximity to the Bay Area ), noodles, sauces, it's endless. I bought laser pointer key chains there, batteries included. Jimmy Hendrix and Three Stooges wall calenders.

The most important thing for Farkers would be booze. I've seen wine and beer but not at my neighborhood store. Back when I drank they sold something called Tie Dye lager, with free posters. My friends and i drank the store dry in a few days, we bought cases by the truckload since they were selling 3 bottles for 99 cents. It was very tasty and it was strong. I don't drink anymore and don't care for booze at all, but to this day that remains the greatest thing the 99cent Only stores ever had for sale.

/ ate gyoza earlier, snacking on planter's nut-rition peanut butter from the 99cent store -- it's peanut butter with bits of crushed M&Ms, cranberries and cherries.
 
2013-08-17 12:00:37 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: ZeroCorpse: There are a few worthwhile things at Dollar Tree, but I wouldn't make a habit of eating their food regularly.

However, for cleaning and household products they're great. I don't need name-brand bleach or window cleaner. My dish soap doesn't need to be a luxury item. A $1 broom works just as well as the $5 brooms at Walmart. A $1 bucket holds soapy water the same as the $7 bucket at Meijer.

Luddite. You're supposed to 3D print these items now. In a year, you'll have paid for the 3D printer and have so many brooms and buckets you can pile them to the Moon and colonize it.

If you don't believe this, may I just point out that a scientist was wrong once, and computers?

Dollarama is great for getting various little plastic cases for RC boat parts. Yay!


You've got a USB-connected Fleshlight that fellates you everytime you type the words "luddite" and "3D print" in the same post, don't you?

It better be 3D printed otherwise I've completely lost faith in you.
 
2013-08-17 12:00:55 AM

iron de havilland: Bumblefark: Aldi rules. Where I used to live, I could do 2 weeks worth of groceries in 20 minutes flat, at about half the price of a regular grocery store.

Last thing I bought at Aldi was a petrol strimmer, with line, brush and weed attachments. Approximately $155.

Honda recently sent me some physical spam advertising their gardening equipment. Their cheapest - but less powerful - equivalent is approx. $470. And it's a nylon line strimmer only.

Hmm.

/Translation notes for Americans: petrol = gasoline. I think you call strimmers "weed whackers", which makes it all the funnier when Seppos insult Brits about extraneous letters.


Is "strimmer" another made up british word like aluminium?
 
2013-08-17 12:08:58 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: ZeroCorpse: I_Am_Weasel: Was it ribeye steak flavored canned milk or did they actually milk a ribeye steak?

Well, if chocolate milk is chocolate flavored milk, then this must be  steak-flavored milk.

I'm still a bit bothered by the fact that the steak has nipples


It was the cut closest to the udders.  Must have strayed off the dashed line for a moment.
 
2013-08-17 12:42:52 AM

Coelacanth: My local Dollar Store gets in Japanese Kit Kat bars (love the green tea and mandarin orange flavors).


I have been wanting to try them since I saw them on nine gag ....
 
2013-08-17 12:52:24 AM
Dollar Tree has Polaroid 81/2 x 11 photo paper for 8 sheets for a dollar. Great for making CD and DVD cases. Some of the cheapest high gloss photo paper you can find. Second the emotion, that their one dollar cleaning products are very competitive. Also they have great specialty paper/plastic products for themed parties. Also great place to pick up cheap greeting cards.
 
2013-08-17 12:56:09 AM

planes: I hardly ever go to "Dollar Tree" but stopped there tonight (before reading this article) to check it out. I left with two "Larry The Cable Guy" beer bread mixes for a buck each, figured I'd try them in my bread maker.


Why buy a mix when you can make it from scratch? It's only like 6 ingredients. As for the beer, I use Hoegaarden (even though most recipes call for a dark beer).
 
2013-08-17 12:58:52 AM
"Horse [Ribeye] okay?"

"Nay."
 
2013-08-17 01:04:35 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: No worse than the sh*t at Walmart.


In Canada the food at Walmart is pretty pricy. And the meat sucks is it the same way in the usa?
 
2013-08-17 01:07:26 AM

Iczer: "The $1 rib eye steak was tender with a deep, meaty flavor. Maybe it was the up to 30 percent "enhancing solution." Or the pineapple-based tenderizer."

NO. JUST NO. For starters pineapple juice (and other citrus juices) do NOT tenderize meat, they turn it into mush by breaking down the meat itself. And secondly, there is no way in hell I'd buy something that was "pre-marinated" as god knows what went into it or when.


Like you said, tenderize. Or do you not know what that means?

/Speaking of, I always forget that jif is peanut butter. If my peanut butter tasted like cream cleanser I'd be worried.
 
2013-08-17 01:25:20 AM
Best thing about the 99 cent store in this economy is that good-looking women who would have been too snooty to shop there in loftier times now have no problem shopping there. Gotta love a looker who also likes a bargain.
 
2013-08-17 02:33:55 AM
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2013-08-17 03:25:03 AM

Snarfangel: I_Am_Weasel: Was it ribeye steak flavored canned milk or did they actually milk a ribeye steak?

Actually, it was rib eyesteak.

That space makes all the difference.


Mmmmm rib eyesteaks wash it down with a generous amounts of malk.
 
2013-08-17 03:30:19 AM

spentshells: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: No worse than the sh*t at Walmart.

In Canada the food at Walmart is pretty pricy. And the meat sucks is it the same way in the usa?


The meat is okay but it is ridiculously expensive. The food other than meat is in the lower price range of the local grocery chains. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market, which is what they're calling their grocery stores, opened a year ago about 5 minutes away and I shop there frequently to buy staples and have yet to buy a single piece of meat of any type from them. It's like they try to make back every penny they lose everywhere else in the meat aisle.

99 Cent Stores have fantastic deals on fresh fruits and vegetables. The prices are very good like 99 cents for a box of raspberries or blueberries that are $3 to $4 everywhere else.
 
2013-08-17 04:25:05 AM

OscarTamerz: spentshells: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: No worse than the sh*t at Walmart.

In Canada the food at Walmart is pretty pricy. And the meat sucks is it the same way in the usa?

The meat is okay but it is ridiculously expensive. The food other than meat is in the lower price range of the local grocery chains. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market, which is what they're calling their grocery stores, opened a year ago about 5 minutes away and I shop there frequently to buy staples and have yet to buy a single piece of meat of any type from them. It's like they try to make back every penny they lose everywhere else in the meat aisle.

99 Cent Stores have fantastic deals on fresh fruits and vegetables. The prices are very good like 99 cents for a box of raspberries or blueberries that are $3 to $4 everywhere else.


Buying food at a Canadian Wal-Mart is a sad scenario. I shop at four other chains regularly, and grit my teeth for lower prices at the mart on housewares.

Food from Wal-Mart?

Ewwwwwww.
 
2013-08-17 04:34:25 AM
When I complain about the state of journalism today I'm talking about the lack of fact-checking, I never said anyone had to run out and get e.coli.
 
2013-08-17 05:27:31 AM

420Gabriel: Is "strimmer" another made up british word like aluminium?


Well, you seem to enjoy using other words made up by British people.

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry seems to prefer the spelling "aluminium" but accepts "aluminum" as an alternative spelling.

But, if you want to go proper old skool, and give a shout out to Humphry Davy, you should call it "alumium".
 
2013-08-17 05:53:00 AM

BadReligion: [i74.photobucket.com image 500x500]


weirdest boner. jpg
 
2013-08-17 06:03:05 AM
Strange, but I went to the Dollar Store last weekend for the first time.  Great place to pick up cooking spices and cleaning supplies.  The store I went to was brand new so it was clean and organized.  They have name brand items that are more than $1 but still cheaper than most stores.
 
2013-08-17 06:19:49 AM

YouPeopleAreCrazy: The $1 rib eye steak was tender with a deep, meaty flavor. Maybe it was the up to 30 percent "enhancing solution." Or the pineapple-based tenderizer. Just don't pretend you're getting a real steak. It's almost sandwich-style thin, but could be parlayed into a great cheesesteak.

That is not a 'steak'. That is a thin piece of meat that probably, mostly, came from a cow.


No, think smaller with more legs.
 
2013-08-17 07:56:53 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: ArkAngel: I_Am_Weasel: Was it ribeye steak flavored canned milk or did they actually milk a ribeye steak?

You can milk anything with nipples

Pretty sure this is why this thread got greened.


Only worthwhile comment in the whole thread.
 
2013-08-17 08:07:54 AM

Bumblefark: TomD9938: Pickles, sardines, olives, cookies, 3 bean salad and green beans (69 cents).

That's about it, except for the dollar 20 oz Dew at check out.  About 60 cents less than at a gas station.

/ then it's off to Aldi

Aldi rules. Where I used to live, I could do 2 weeks worth of groceries in 20 minutes flat, at about half the price of a regular grocery store. Unfortunately, they don't have one in my current area.

I have become a dollar store enthusiast, tho.


Aldi is great...their store brands are of great quality

Of course, folks do not realize that high-end Trader Joe's is owned by Aldi...and Aldi just sells their Aldi brands w Trader Joe's tags and charges the Snob Set 5 times more
 
2013-08-17 08:23:41 AM
I've got some buddies and we all drink bleach
You know we practice what we preach...


Holy crap!  Someone made a Dead Milkmen reference.  I thought that band was all but forgotten.
 
2013-08-17 12:18:08 PM
I avoid dollar store "dairy" and "meat" products. The Larry the Cable Guy Rib Tater Chips (hillbilly for BBQ chips?) are amazing.
 
2013-08-17 02:13:15 PM

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: planes: [familygonehealthy.com image 495x297]

I hardly ever go to "Dollar Tree" but stopped there tonight (before reading this article) to check it out. I left with two "Larry The Cable Guy" beer bread mixes for a buck each, figured I'd try them in my bread maker.

[s13.postimg.org image 538x256]
I'm not sure why ol' Larry got into the boxed foodstuffs game... but pretending like it's the best thing EVAR is good for a cheap laugh.


Honestly,  his hamburger dinner is as good or better than Hamburger Helper brand.
 
2013-08-17 02:39:15 PM
Quantum Apostrophe: Luddite. You're supposed to 3D print these items now. In a year, you'll have paid for the 3D printer and have so many brooms and buckets you can pile them to the Moon and colonize it.

www.titaniumteddybear.net

sorry to quote the guy, but....honestly, now he's using food threads as his toilets?
 
2013-08-17 03:09:18 PM

DandyDon: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: planes: [familygonehealthy.com image 495x297]

I hardly ever go to "Dollar Tree" but stopped there tonight (before reading this article) to check it out. I left with two "Larry The Cable Guy" beer bread mixes for a buck each, figured I'd try them in my bread maker.

[s13.postimg.org image 538x256]
I'm not sure why ol' Larry got into the boxed foodstuffs game... but pretending like it's the best thing EVAR is good for a cheap laugh.

Honestly,  his hamburger dinner is as good or better than Hamburger Helper brand.


i105.photobucket.com
 I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh?
 
2013-08-17 03:36:50 PM

planes: [familygonehealthy.com image 495x297]

I hardly ever go to "Dollar Tree" but stopped there tonight (before reading this article) to check it out. I left with two "Larry The Cable Guy" beer bread mixes for a buck each, figured I'd try them in my bread maker.


but you're going to have to add things like...yeast...sugar...salt....BEER... I see flour listen on the ingredients but nothing else!
 
2013-08-17 03:37:29 PM
*listed
 
2013-08-17 03:50:16 PM

Momzilla59: planes: [familygonehealthy.com image 495x297]

I hardly ever go to "Dollar Tree" but stopped there tonight (before reading this article) to check it out. I left with two "Larry The Cable Guy" beer bread mixes for a buck each, figured I'd try them in my bread maker.

but you're going to have to add things like...yeast...sugar...salt....BEER... I see flour listen on the ingredients but nothing else!



Flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.  It's just the dry ingredients for a basic quick bread or biscuit mix.  If you were just buying the ingredients (without some guy's face on the package), for a dollar, you should get about six pounds of the stuff.
 
2013-08-17 05:11:53 PM
When I'm bored I go to the Dollar Store and take random items to the register and ask them to do a price check.
 
2013-08-17 11:59:31 PM
To hell with domestic dollar stores. I went to Japan last year and discovered 100-yen stores. Oh. My. Gawd! I loaded up my suitcase full of things that would have cost tons elsewhere. Kokeshi dolls. Teacups. Calligraphy brushes. Random housewares that the US doesn't have. Beauty products and the best danged "comb-razor thing" for cutting hair I ever bought. Nice stockings. Beautiful scarves. Umbrellas. Neckties! The quality? AWESOME. Everything I purchased was of good quality and actually not crap!
I even found a crowbar! Seriously, what dollar store here will give you a crowbar for a dollar?

If you live near a Daiso, go there. Granted, everything costs $1.50, but you will still come out with things that don't suck. I found one when I was in Seattle and I had a glorious field day, much to the dismay of my traveling companion.
 
2013-08-18 03:07:46 AM

DandyDon: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: planes: [familygonehealthy.com image 495x297]

I hardly ever go to "Dollar Tree" but stopped there tonight (before reading this article) to check it out. I left with two "Larry The Cable Guy" beer bread mixes for a buck each, figured I'd try them in my bread maker.

[s13.postimg.org image 538x256]
I'm not sure why ol' Larry got into the boxed foodstuffs game... but pretending like it's the best thing EVAR is good for a cheap laugh.

Honestly,  his hamburger dinner is as good or better than Hamburger Helper brand.


But there is a reason why its only at The Dollar Store ...

Ponder this on the Throne of Woe. (It's made of porcelain).
 
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