The dollar store probably isn’t the first place to cross your mind when…
It comes to your weekly food haul, but you might want to! If you know what to look for, there are plenty of cheap grocery items to be found to help you keep your grocery store spending to a minimum – and some of the options might surprise you. If you keep your eyes peeled while shopping, you can track down name-brand food products like Kraft Mac & Cheese, Pringles, Pop-Tarts, Quaker Oatmeal, and Pillsbury Frosting, often marked down from prices at regular stores.
When buying items like soda and juice, you’re likely to find family-sized bottles from store brands that taste almost exactly like the more expensive version. Certain dollar stores carry fresh-food staples such as eggs, cheese, milk and bread, making it easy to stock up on the essentials. When back-to-school season rolls around, this is the spot to load up on snacks and other essentials to make packing those lunch boxes a breeze. Look out for chicken and tuna salad kits, pudding cups, applesauce, individual chip bags, fruit snacks, and juice boxes. Plus, grab a bunch of locking plastic baggies to pack it all up.
Don’t glance over the freezer section on your next shopping trip. Hot ticket items include frozen fruits and veggies (you can often get two cans’ worth for a buck), family-size French fries, garlic bread, ice cream, and even the occasional rib eye steak. The pros know to stop by their local dollar store before a trip to the movies – there are often aisles stocked with tons of popular candies, and you can save up to $4 on boxes of movie theater candy like Junior Mints, M&Ms, Snickers, and Butterfingers etc. Nothing wrong with saving a dollar or two-or more.
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