By Erin Huffstetler | 01/16/2015 | 17 Comments
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Would you buy food from a Dollar Tree? Until recently I would have said no, but you know what? I’ve really changed my mind about that. Because the thing is, they’re not just selling junk anymore. There are lots of real, minimally-processed foods to choose from, and the prices are crazy good. We’re talking 75% less that what I’m used to paying at the grocery store for the same thing (and in many cases, the same brands).
Every time I stop in to stock up on groceries, I find something new to try, and so far I haven’t been disappointed with anything.
Here’s a look at what I’m currently buying at Dollar Tree …
Nature’s Own Bread – They act as a bakery outlet for several bread companies, including Nature’s Own. What they get in varies, and it sells out quickly, so I fill the freezer when it’s in stock.
Cobblestone Buns – Healthy whole grain buns for a buck? You know those are going in the freezer, too.
Frozen Fruit – We love to make smoothies for breakfast or a quick dinner, but it pains me to fork over $4 for a bag of frozen fruit, after our home-picked fruit runs out. I bought a few bags of their mixed berries to try, and was floored when I saw how many cherries were in the bag. Cherries aren’t cheap! I’ve since loaded up on bags of strawberries and peaches, too. Such a great buy.
Sweet Potato Fries – We didn’t get any sweet potatoes in our CSA share last year, so I’ve been buying our sweet potato fries. The ones that I’ve been getting at Dollar Tree are every bit as good as the brand I had been buying at the grocery store, but they don’t cost $3.89 a bag.
Jennie-O Turkey Bacon – We aren’t big bacon eaters, but we do use it as an ingredient in a few crockpot recipes. Filling the freezer with $1 packs of bacon is a lot less painful than filling it with $4 a pack bacon, don’t you think.
Soft Pretzels – This was a new find today. Six soft-baked pretzels for $1. Can you believe it? We heated some up for snack, and they tasted just like the mall pretzels, minus the price.
Do you buy food from Dollar Tree? Are there other foods that you’ve found to be a good deal? I’d love to hear your thoughts.