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3/25/14 9:17 P

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I don't shop there often, but when I do go, it's usually to pick up either gift bags or wrapping paper.

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3/25/14 12:47 P

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At the Dollar Store, I recently found some colorful, heavy plastic, storage baskets. I was lucky to be there the day they came in.


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3/25/14 12:40 P

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I was surprised that the Dollar Store actually carries some Made in USA items. Mostly in the food storage section. But it is there. I am always looking for Made in USA items.

I love to stop by the Dollar Store, especially when I find something that I know is $5 or more somewhere else.

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1/13/14 7:54 P

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Wish our Dollar Store was larger. There are too many times when I hope to find something there, and I leave the store empty handed.

Yep, stay away from the food, it is low quality.

There was a study I read that compared Dollar Store items w/ other store items. They discovered that some of the Dollar Store item were same quality of other stores.

Gotta pick and choose.

DH found some Christmas bowls for me at the Dollar Store. They do look cheap, but they work; I've been looking for such type bowls for quite a few years now. So, I'm happy w/ them.

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1/13/14 7:00 P

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I do shop at Dollarama in Canada. They have by far the greatest selection and quality for a dollar store. I understand the reasons for not shopping there but I need to shop very frugally and this allows me to also donate more to charity every year than I otherwise would be able to. As far as safety goes, I read labels just as I do in all stores and I buy food there if made by a reputable company even though it may be from china. I figure there are risks everywhere but there are also risks in me not having a nest egg at retirement so I do shop there. Most items I buy are not food though, like gift bags, tissue paper, decorations, gum, hand soap and bubble bath. Last week I bought a dress bag to take on a trip. I was actually looking for a calendar and could not find any. Maybe when the other stores clear them out dollar store will get the cast offs.

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1/13/14 5:35 P

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I agree that buying things that are not made with slave labor is important. But unfortunately that is getting harder and harder. Even expensive brand-names for clothing, shoes, many consumer brands are made in China, Mexico or other countries where slave labor is common. It is also getting more common for products to be made in the US with what is essentially slave labor. Most of fruits and veggies grown in this country are harvested by illegal immigrants that have no rights, either. Many goods that are assembled in this country are still getting parts/raw materials from other countries.
The best is to support your local economy for both groceries and everything else you buy. This helps minimize the cost and pollution involved in transport. Consuming what is locally or at least regionally made/grown gives us better quality and can help us avoid toxic and dangerous products because we know the supplier or at least know the person who knows the supplier. Food co-ops are a really important part of this and many provide much more than just food. Ours carries some clothing, paper products, cosmetics, any drug store items etc., all sustainably made for fair wages. The cost is higher but we consume less (at least half less) and that makes up the difference.
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1/13/14 4:52 P

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I don't shop at dollar stores, mainly because none of them here in town are conveniently located for me. But I also have the same basic problem that Serene-Bean has with them. I have the same problem with WalMart, which is conveniently located right around the corner from my apartment, and that problem is that a large percentage of the products sold in WalMart are produced in China by what is basically slave labor.

I've been having a lot of internal conflict recently because of finding that I really do need to make a choice between being frugal with no thought given to any other considerations, and being at least a little bit socially conscious and refusing to buy products that I know to be made by people who amount to modern day slaves. It's not just China, it's also India and Mexico and who knows how many other countries. I'd like to buy American made, but I'd also like to buy frugal and inexpensive. If anyone has any good thoughts on this matter I'm very interested in hearing them.

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1/13/14 4:37 P

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I would avoid food and cosmetics there. The food is either inferior quality or packaged to where 1 dollar is not a good deal.
Cosmetics and skin care products are absorbed by our skin and cheap ingredients can be risky. In fact I like to make my own with good ingredients like coconut oil and bees wax.
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1/13/14 4:14 P

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I understand how you feel. I can only afford the staples right now so at least I'm not over-consuming.

I bought a calendar for .99 cents last week. It's every bit as good at a $25 dollar calendar and was probably printed in the same place. However, I've found that the cleaning fluids there do not work very well and I can make my own cleaner with vinegar and a little dish soap for much cheaper and it's safer to use.

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1/13/14 3:58 P

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I won't shop at dollar stores (not saying you shouldn't). I just can't imagine that the people who make something in China that costs 99 cents here are getting treated well as workers, so walking into those stores makes me sad. Again, not saying you shouldn't. Just saying it makes me sad, so I don't do it.

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1/13/14 3:53 P

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I both love and hate dollar stores. I love certain things that are so cheap there but I'm also afraid to eat some of the food they sell. I'm curious to know what others will or will not buy at these places.

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