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Old 06-11-2011, 10:40 AM
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Being on a tight budget, I get alot of stuff from my local Dollar Tree.

LED flashlights, LOTS of FAK items, pliers, work gloves, aluminum water bottles, garbage bags.. you name it. Anyone else do the same? Any sweet steals found in your local dollar store?

The LED flashlight (has 3 diodes, runs off AAAs) is nice. Aluminum housing, and its low cost make it worthwhile. I got one and one of the diodes went out. Still bright (for 1 dollar) and still going. The led color is almost more "blueish" than anything.

Just wanted to know what other people find
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One especially good deal at my local Dollar Tree is emergency candles. You get six 5 1/2 hour candles in a box for a buck.

I've got about 15 of those boxes (I add a couple every time I'm there). I figure they may be very good as barter items, aside from their use as candles in my own home.

I also prep matches and lighters.

Here's what they look like:

Dollar Tree Emergency Candles

Here's a funny thing: People are selling these in bulk on Ebay for more than you can buy them at Dollar Tree.
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I got the tea lights, but I've never seen those at the 3 in my area. Guess I'll have to ask
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i loves me some dollar tree! i get the tea lights, 5 hour candles, canned food, medical supplies, miscellaneous containers/pouches for making various kits. it would be hard to list everything i get from them for prepping, but they help out alot.
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I love Dollar Stores too. When I was a teenager and had my first Appartment that is where I would get just about everything. My Curtains were made out of Green Vynil Shower Curtains, Potted Meat Food Produnct and Ramen Noodle were always on the Menu. My Dinner Table and Chairs were the White Plastic Patio Set from the Dollar Store too.
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I have a Dollar General store close by, no Dollar Tree.

I use DG to buy canned goods, generic medication and other basic items.
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I have never seen the "emergency" candles but I buy the church candles in the glass jars. Wind protection and then a jar later on! The flashlights and tools I would have as spares of spares I guess, but know what you are buying. I would dare say some of that stuff is even cheaper then the stuff at Harbor Freight. I too buy canned foods, FAK, and other stuff (ziploc bags, batteries, waterproof containers etc.) I am always worried to walk up to the register with a cart full of stuff and then here "$48.XX" makes me chuckle a bit.
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i buy aspirin for bartering from there.
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Make sure to repack the food products if you use them for storage. I do purchase quite a bit from there and the packaging is very cheap. Certainly not substantial or safe for food storage. At the very least seal the lids and bag the boxed stuff.
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Everyone's got to do what they can to stretch a preps dollar.
Our grocery store started a $1 section, we hit it every time we go to see what might be there this trip.
OTH, You have to be careful though of your "deals". Dollar stores seem to be more subject to counterfeits, the package stretching techniques (bigger TP tubes/less sheets) or lower quality product (cheap band aids that don't stick well) so is it really a deal? Got to watch for use by dates as well.

I think they're best suited for backups, trade goods, or things that might not get used as readily, like caches. For primary carry or things you will rely on working, maybe not so much.
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I get TONS of medical items there: alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, bandaids, anti-diarrheal, aspirin, advil, etc. Just stroll down the medical aisle and get what's there.
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my Dollar Tree has giant tea lights, about the size of mason jar lid, and they last a really long time, three for a buck. I like the towels that expand by adding water too. Most of the tools are junk and not worth the dollar that you spend, same with most of the electronics.
If you happened to be near or are passing through northern Ohio, there is a chain of stores called Marc's. It is not a dollar store but they have have a lot of things for prepping that are very reasonable. Right now they have 22oz.stainless steel bottles for $2, sometimes they get Mil-Spec Duct Tape for just a few bucks and it is really tough.
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You have to be careful about the Dollar Tree food. There was another thread about the Honey Bear honey for a dollar. Turns out the product is a mixture of honey and high fructose corn syrup. The product comes from China and there is an import ban on honey from China because of the pesticides used over there.

I buy there diet cola. In my ares it ts made buy Cott. Cott is an old beverage company in our area. At $1.00 per three letters.
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I use them so much they gave me my own parking space. Squeeze that dollar till george starts crying.
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We have a Dollar General close by. Tooth paste, light bulbs, canned veggies, coffee creamer, and other odds and ends. The best buy they have lately is a large can of Maxwell House coffee at 4.96. That's about 4 dollars cheaper than the grocery.
Someone mentioned honey....personally, I pay more, but buy honey from a local farm with hives, or a brand here called Kelly's. It's from Chicota, TX and isn't mixed with other honey. If you read labels...you'll see many times honey is mixed from sevral different countries. I've seen some that say product of: Portugul, Mexico, and some other countries mixed with US. Don't want it.
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We have a Dollar General close by. Tooth paste, light bulbs, canned veggies, coffee creamer, and other odds and ends. The best buy they have lately is a large can of Maxwell House coffee at 4.96. That's about 4 dollars cheaper than the grocery.
Someone mentioned honey....personally, I pay more, but buy honey from a local farm with hives, or a brand here called Kelly's. It's from Chicota, TX and isn't mixed with other honey. If you read labels...you'll see many times honey is mixed from sevral different countries. I've seen some that say product of: Portugul, Mexico, and some other countries mixed with US. Don't want it.
Yep we buy honey from a local apiary. It's better for local allergies. I wouldn't trust any other than local. We have a dollar tree too but I noticed you get less in packages and you have to watch the canned goods for expiration dates. We buy spices from there but I noticed they are only about half full. I get loads of candles from yard sales for next to nothing. Last year a store went out of business and we got loads of medical supplies for like .50 each. We bought enough to fill a plastic tub full. Yard sales are awesome. We got a bird bath last week with the sticker still on it for 7.00. We went to Agway and the same thing was 87.99. We also got sheets and a quilt still in the package for 1.00 to 3.00. DVD movies for 2.00 each. It's yard sale season so get out there while you can!
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My local store has a case of 12 of the cheap red kerosene lanterns for 36 bucks. Are they worth it?
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You have to be careful about the Dollar Tree food. There was another thread about the Honey Bear honey for a dollar. Turns out the product is a mixture of honey and high fructose corn syrup. The product comes from China and there is an import ban on honey from China because of the pesticides used over there.

I buy there diet cola. In my ares it ts made buy Cott. Cott is an old beverage company in our area. At $1.00 per three letters.
So wait, you are worried about Pesticides in Honey, but you will gladly consume Diet Soda?
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My local store has a case of 12 of the cheap red kerosene lanterns for 36 bucks. Are they worth it?
Sometimes the cheapies have leaks. Not often, but it does happen. At that price, I'd say they are worth it even if you had a leaker in the case. Might also make good trade goods.
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So wait, you are worried about Pesticides in Honey, but you will gladly consume Diet Soda?
LOL.

I would fall in the same boat. I drink diet soda (have a diet dr pepper right now). But only by local honey. I got a 5 pound bucket in the fall for $15 from a local farmer. We re-jar it and store it. VERY VERY tasty.
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