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The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« on: December 29, 2008, 07:41:15 PM »
I went to the Dollar Store today for the first time.  Whoa.  That place rules.

If you're prepping, especially on food, I highly recommend that you visit the Dollar Store (or whatever it's called in your area).  As the name implies, everything there is priced at $1.00.  It's not a place to get most kinds of bulk food like 25 lb. bags of rice.  But it's great for little add-ons.  Like $1.00 bottles of maple syrup, cans (big ones) of pasta sauce, and jars of jam.  For example, I get 25 lb. boxes of pancake mix at the Cash & Carry discount grocery store but I can get $1.00 bottles of syrup at the dollar store.  That's what I mean by cheap "add-ons" to your food preps.

Another cool thing about the dollar store is that it sells barter-sized things.  Like a 4 oz. package of mashed potato mix.  Pound for pound, you get a better deal on mashed potatoes by getting the gallon carton at the Cash & Carry.  But the 4 oz. packets are a good size for bartering. 

The Dollar Store has great non-food items too.  Like can openers, bulk wooden matches, moist towelettes, and other toiletries.  Take along a print out of firetoad's list of 100 Things That Disappear First in a crisis (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1890.0) and you'll see lots of them at the Dollar Store.


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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2008, 08:29:36 PM »
I raid the dollar store for cleaning products and gloves, especially rubber gloves. I agree that it is a good place to shop.

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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2008, 05:07:16 AM »
When we lived in a different town, my wife and I would hit the dollar store first before going to the grocery store.  Occasionally we'd pick up something for a dollar, and then I'd see it on sale at the grocery store for .98 or something, but overall, it was a better deal at the dollar store.

Especially getting candy or the occasional small toys for the kids.

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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2008, 05:46:57 AM »
We have a local Dollar General.  Not a whole lot of dollar products left out there, but they are definately less expensive.  They have DAK canned hams, usually for $2-2.50.  I've got a metric pile of those, as well as other canned meats....beef, turkey, chicken.  They also had our cat food (Purina One) for almost $0.75 a pound less than Food Lion.

Be careful on what you buy from them, check expiration dates, and try a few before you stock up on them.  Some of their no-name stuff....well, the cats wouldn't touch it after we tossed it.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2008, 07:49:10 PM »
I watch the prices, a lot of the stuff at those stores get rounded up to a buck it seems like to me. There are the gems, but you gotta be able to pick them out of the other rough stuff.
A lot of the stuff is cheaper at saw walmart, if you can find it.

When they pick up on overstock stuff, that's when their prices rule!

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2009, 09:53:13 AM »
You can usually find a ton of cheap candles too.
I like to buy trash bags there too, I hate paying for anything whose sole purpose is to throw it away.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2009, 04:08:41 PM »
I have been kicking around a 50 Dollar Challenge.

Goal Spend no more then 50 dollars to create the best "get by" kit you can.  (excluding the cost of what ever you keep it inside of).

What gave me the idea was walking around stores like Dollar Stores and low cost discounters like "Dollar General".   I mean Dollar General is not a dollar store, everything is very cheap but not a dollar.  Also I have thought about this in other "thrift stores" like Tuesday Morning and others.  I thought about having folks post pictures of their kits, total costs and reasons for their choices.  Letting everyone vote for the best and giving the winner something cool.  ;)

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2009, 08:50:53 PM »
I have been kicking around a 50 Dollar Challenge.

Goal Spend no more then 50 dollars to create the best "get by" kit you can.  (excluding the cost of what ever you keep it inside of).

What gave me the idea was walking around stores like Dollar Stores and low cost discounters like "Dollar General".   I mean Dollar General is not a dollar store, everything is very cheap but not a dollar.  Also I have thought about this in other "thrift stores" like Tuesday Morning and others.  I thought about having folks post pictures of their kits, total costs and reasons for their choices.  Letting everyone vote for the best and giving the winner something cool.  ;)

Great Idea Jack...Every time I go into one of the Dollar stores, China-mart or even a Super Market I'm always checking out the items on the shelves and wondering about t's
"Survival Quotient".

Just reading these Post starts me making plans in my head for your challenge... Just off the top of my head I'd first buy....aaah...never mind. I don't want to give any thing away....  ;D

Take is easy...  8)

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2009, 02:12:28 PM »
I have been kicking around a 50 Dollar Challenge.

Goal Spend no more then 50 dollars to create the best "get by" kit you can.  (excluding the cost of what ever you keep it inside of).

What gave me the idea was walking around stores like Dollar Stores and low cost discounters like "Dollar General".   I mean Dollar General is not a dollar store, everything is very cheap but not a dollar.  Also I have thought about this in other "thrift stores" like Tuesday Morning and others.  I thought about having folks post pictures of their kits, total costs and reasons for their choices.  Letting everyone vote for the best and giving the winner something cool.  ;)

You can go in a TUESDAY MORNING if you want to Jack, just don't try to bring your legally owned and carried weapon with you because it IS NOT WELCOME there.  Every TUESDAY MORNING I have ever seen had the big "NO WEAPON" sign in the front window.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2009, 02:20:54 PM »
What sign?  I didn't see any sign  ::)  Oh your right, let me give this dude his knife back so he can rob you, of course I will leave the store and honor your wishes,

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2009, 10:42:09 AM »
Bottom of the page...candles!

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2009, 05:50:48 PM »

Bottom of the page...candles!

http://www.preparednessjunky.blogspot.com/


Holy Toledo!  Ten five-hour candles for a buck?  I usually don't look in the candle section of a store since I'm a guy.  But I will now.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2009, 06:04:02 PM »
I went to the Dollar Store today for the first time.  Whoa.  That place rules.

If you're prepping, especially on food, I highly recommend that you visit the Dollar Store (or whatever it's called in your area).  As the name implies, everything there is priced at $1.00.  It's not a place to get most kinds of bulk food like 25 lb. bags of rice.  But it's great for little add-ons.  Like $1.00 bottles of maple syrup, cans (big ones) of pasta sauce, and jars of jam.  For example, I get 25 lb. boxes of pancake mix at the Cash & Carry discount grocery store but I can get $1.00 bottles of syrup at the dollar store.  That's what I mean by cheap "add-ons" to your food preps.

Another cool thing about the dollar store is that it sells barter-sized things.  Like a 4 oz. package of mashed potato mix.  Pound for pound, you get a better deal on mashed potatoes by getting the gallon carton at the Cash & Carry.  But the 4 oz. packets are a good size for bartering. 

The Dollar Store has great non-food items too.  Like can openers, bulk wooden matches, moist towelettes, and other toiletries.  Take along a print out of firetoad's list of 100 Things That Disappear First in a crisis (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1890.0) and you'll see lots of them at the Dollar Store.



One bad thing about dollar stores is the food mostly comes from China and most syrups, jellies and things like that are mostly High Fructose Corn Syrup.
 Also watch the dates on the products, these stores sometimes buy close out stock from other stores.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2009, 04:33:08 PM »
TOOTHBRUSHES!  I even found some with their own tube of toothpaste.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2009, 06:33:31 PM »
Do a google search on the dollar store survival prep contest, way back when many of the foroums on the web had a 20 buck prep from the dollar store with pics and it was a contest who could get the most for less

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2009, 07:34:59 PM »
I would say $50 challenge, but don't limit it to just dollar/thrift stores.  Encourage people to utilize them for the cheaper items, but not for everything.  For some things, there are just no substitutes (insert one here).

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2009, 07:40:01 PM »
Agreed Dan I was thinking 50 bucks and go nuts.  Pawn shops, what ever.  All that would be required is full documentation of where, how much and if a winner seems to have done a bit better then what seems possible a fax of actual receipts may be required,  ;)

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2009, 07:58:55 PM »
I went to the Dollar Store today for the first time.  Whoa.  That place rules.

If you're prepping, especially on food, I highly recommend that you visit the Dollar Store (or whatever it's called in your area).  As the name implies, everything there is priced at $1.00.  It's not a place to get most kinds of bulk food like 25 lb. bags of rice.  But it's great for little add-ons.  Like $1.00 bottles of maple syrup, cans (big ones) of pasta sauce, and jars of jam.  For example, I get 25 lb. boxes of pancake mix at the Cash & Carry discount grocery store but I can get $1.00 bottles of syrup at the dollar store.  That's what I mean by cheap "add-ons" to your food preps.

Another cool thing about the dollar store is that it sells barter-sized things.  Like a 4 oz. package of mashed potato mix.  Pound for pound, you get a better deal on mashed potatoes by getting the gallon carton at the Cash & Carry.  But the 4 oz. packets are a good size for bartering. 

The Dollar Store has great non-food items too.  Like can openers, bulk wooden matches, moist towelettes, and other toiletries.  Take along a print out of firetoad's list of 100 Things That Disappear First in a crisis (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1890.0) and you'll see lots of them at the Dollar Store.



One bad thing about dollar stores is the food mostly comes from China and most syrups, jellies and things like that are mostly High Fructose Corn Syrup.
 Also watch the dates on the products, these stores sometimes buy close out stock from other stores.

It depends on what dollar store you get it from as well. I know that Dollar General tries to carry fresh name-brand food. I do not like places like Dollar Tree. I don't trust brands I have never heard of.

And high fructose corn syrup is not bad in small doses, especially if that's all you can find.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2009, 08:00:53 PM »
Hmmm...when I get paid I would be up for the challenge!  :D

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2009, 12:18:55 PM »
I have been kicking around a 50 Dollar Challenge.
I am all for a $50 challenge! I add a couple of suggestions though. No barter/swaps and set a distance limit, because I can scour and score a lot for $0. :) Ooh maybe that can be another challenge, how much prep can you score for gratis? Be a great way to show that you don't need anything to start getting prepared.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2009, 12:51:13 PM »
If we do it there will be no limits on where, how, what, etc.  50 bucks and use your brain, just the requirement will be to document cost, how you found it, etc.  Wouldn't want any cheating, ya know.  ;)

The real reward would not be winning but seeing the creativity of other members in action.

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« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2009, 01:07:41 PM »
You guys gotta stop going in thru the front door shopping.. I prefer back door shopping at no-cost and the eviction/ foreclosure free for alls going on .. Saves about 300-400 a month at the grocery store by using the back door methods.


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« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2009, 01:29:31 PM »
If we do it there will be no limits on where, how, what, etc.  50 bucks and use your brain, just the requirement will be to document cost, how you found it, etc.  Wouldn't want any cheating, ya know.  ;)
Well OK but don't say I didn't warn you!  :D

What I meant was that if you are driving 50mi to save $3 it's not really saving. Still I do see your point, no limits would give creativity free rein, and I am all for that!

You guys gotta stop going in thru the front door shopping.. I prefer back door shopping at no-cost and the eviction/ foreclosure free for alls going on .. Saves about 300-400 a month at the grocery store by using the back door methods.
You and me both Trash! Freegan is free gain! Still that's a hard boundary for a lot of people to cross unless in dire straights. Even when I come home with gourmet goods still shrink wrapped I have people ask me if I had money problems or wonder how could I do that and not be ashamed. As a society we are used to paying for food, and while people may not hesitate to pick up a perfectly good chair by the side of the road that someone's thrown out, food triggers a completely different response. So perhaps I'll take up the mantle for myself and do a $0 challenge on my own. See how big a score I can net without spending a dime.*

*Barring transportation cost which should always be factored into the cost and worth of an item. Hmm maybe I can barter for the fuel.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2009, 01:37:32 PM »
I think we will exclude dumpster diving from the challenge simple because one could go on forever and claim no cost.  We may do a expense per mile beyond 25 miles or something on an honor system because ebonearth makes a good point on cost of transport.  Keep in mind this is more for fun and education then anything else.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2009, 01:44:16 PM »
How about setting a radius around your house and anything inside that radius is free transport cost.... Anything outside is .25 a mile..... 25 mile radius, but if you want to drive somewhere 50miles away to get it, then thats going to kill a quater of your money.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2009, 01:51:35 PM »
I carry bags on the bike so it looks like i went to the grocery store.. and am just coming back.. This past weekend I brought home 5 dozen assorted bagels, fresh greens and salads,, more of the Odwalla juices etc. I love it when the stores stock so much and have to toss it out because the yuppies aint buying them. I still have abour 15 pounds of pawk chops in the deep freeze and some ground buffalo from last weekend. All were still frozen when I gott them..

MOst of my shopping , either in the front door or back is done on the bike. cost of fuel,, a bowl of oatmeal (10 cents) coffee (5 cents for  homebrew) and an apple (appx cost 10 cents, depending on how i found the apples)

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2009, 01:53:32 PM »
Do you go to the dumpster behind the store or talk to the manager? Not knocking what works for you, just curious. Are the items past the marked expiration date?

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2009, 01:54:47 PM »
Jack and all,
Given what eboneearth said and realizing that id SHTF then backdoor shopping might just become a necessity to feed the kids and family.

While you are prepping for the worst,, learn the new skills.. that might help you. I was rereading the Foxfire book 1 on instructs on skinning squirrels and rabbits for gourmet delight.

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Re: The Dollar Store Has Lots of Survival Stuff ... For a Dollar
« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2009, 01:59:51 PM »
Do you go to the dumpster behind the store or talk to the manager? Not knocking what works for you, just curious. Are the items past the marked expiration date?

Good question.. I have my set routes of 3 strip malls and 2 apt complexes and housing sub divisions I frequent in my daily travels.
I just go to the dumpies behind the store and have a looksie.. No need to talk to mgmnt. I usually go early in the mornings to get the prime stuff. You develop habits and after a while you know what days are good and which arent.
The items I find behind the grocery store are just past expired, didnt sell items that arent expired, and overripe fruit  (great for dehydrating) and premixed greens that the yuppies didnt buy.