I take the shell and brown it on both sides in the oven. Pull it out and add shredded cheese and pepperoni and even other items I may have in my fridge. Back in the oven to broil a minute or two, and you have easy, quick, and cheap individual pizzas. The kids love being able to pick their own items.
By Kimberly from Lakeland, FL
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Just keep in mind many of the foods, toothpaste etc. come from China! I buy greeting card there, crossword puzzle books, nothing which I will be eating, feeding my pets, or putting on my skin. I am on a strict budget like many older citizens, but I take my health seriously, and that of my pets! Sadly China does not have the best record when it comes to safety. Buyer be aware! Cheap is not always the way to go. It may cost you more than you are willing to pay.
I love Dollar Stores, too, but you really have to be careful what you buy there, because... I have found, many times, that other stores (including grocery stores) have much better deals on items (including food) than the Dollar Stores. It really just depends. I check all of my store's local ads to see which have the best bargains, then I plan my route depending on which are in close proximity to each other. That way, I get the best deals on products AND save money on gas!
The 99¢ Chef, or something like that, has a web-site with lots of ideas of meals you can make from dollar stores.
All clever ideas. I also get orange ginger talapia fish, bbq salmon, ranch dressing, great deals on 2/1.00 veggies, green olives, coffee, creamers, sugar, chips and cookies, teas, eggs, bacon, hot dogs...well, I could go on.
If you want, log onto dollartree.com and see for yourself!
With things being so tough financially, I've found it helpful to shop regularly at Dollar Stores. Often times they have full size products. I've on several occasions bought full sized name brand ranch dressing, grated cheese, sour cream, canned veggies, chili and more.
Also, if I have only few dollars until payday and need something, they're smaller sized products that will keep me until payday. There are a lot of items they have that are great to add to children's lunches. And for those who diet, I have many time purchased, South Beach meals as well as sugar free foods. It's crowded a lot of times but the money you save is worth the time and effort.
By Joely from Ceres, CA
Dollar General has one thing that I always get there and keep stocked up on. That's septic tank cleaner. I pay less than $3 for a bigger box than WalMart has for $6. I've used it for 15 years and it works great. (04/22/2009)
The foods there also are anything but healthy. Healthy foods are living fruits and veggies; not processed items assembled in China. You can get single packaged items for lunchbags but if it's processed junk; that's what you're eating.
On seafoods you also have to look for a posting on the package for "wild caught" and the location. Cheesy poofs are healthier than farmed fish.
The last thing to look at are product dates. Many dollar store items have had those removed or they're very short dated.
Driving from store to store wastes a ton of $$$ in gas and time. I have a basket for the front and back of my bike and can easily pack out 50+lbs of food.
There are a very few bargains to be found there but for the most part; they're cheap junk that isn't even worth a dollar. There's no quick way around good basic budgeting. (04/22/2009)
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